Countertop Mashups Blend Style and Function

Just as it is with cabinetry and wood finishes, there is no rule that says all of your kitchen countertop surfaces have to be exactly the same. The marrying of various countertop surfaces in one space is a very big design trend right now. But what homeowners may not realize is that there’s actually a

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Today’s Faucets are Sculpture for the Bath

The sink area has the potential to serve as a bathroom’s eye-catching focal point. Faucet manufacturers have recognized this trend and many of the faucet designs they’re creating today look more like art than functional water faucets. From unique finishes and textures to unusual lines and shapes, many of the most impressive faucets we see

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What’s New in Kitchen Sinks and Faucets

The cabinetry may be the highlight of any kitchen, but it has a hardworking companion that’s finally getting the recognition it deserves—the kitchen sink. More than just a place to rinse vegetables and clean up dishes, the sink has evolved into a vital workspace in the kitchen. Sinks are becoming larger and more elaborate and

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KBIS Countertop Round-Up

Surfacing was front and center at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Held in January in Orlando, the show brought to light several new trends in countertops. Whereas granite has been the tried and true “go-to” for many years now, designers, architects, builders, and homeowners are branching out into new and exciting realms.

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The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year Gives a New Meaning to “Green” Countertops

Once again, the Pantone Color Institute has selected its Color of the Year. Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343) is the shade for 2017. It’s a zesty yellow-green that’s refreshing and invigorating—a color that calls to mind flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors. Designers are calling Greenery “nature’s neutral,” and it’s expected to breathe new

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What’s Hot in the Bath (Including Today’s Top Tile Trends)

When it comes to home remodels, the bath remains a major focal point. In fact, the bathroom has become a highly personalized domain that reflects how a homeowner desires to relax, reflect, and unwind. The most admired bathroom designs today tend to be clean-lined, practical, and seamless. Transitional styles dominate and we’re seeing an infusion

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The Kitchen Sink is the Star of the Show

There’s no doubt that the kitchen sink is the hardest working feature in the room. And the sink has come a long way from the everyday stainless steel basin. Today, there are an abundance of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials to choose from. This has turned the kitchen sink into a kitchen focal point both

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Countertops Elevate the Status of the Modern Mudroom

Countertops amp up the efficiency and practicality of this “rustic-chic” Colorado mudroom by Faye Crowe Architect. Photo courtesy of Jon Eady Photographer. While the kitchen or the bath may be the first areas that come to mind when you hear the word “countertops” there are plenty of other spaces in the home that can benefit

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Beyond the Countertop: Accent Walls

    This custom living room by John F. Buchan Homes highlights both the fireplace and foyer with a dual accent wall combination. Why should countertops have all the fun? The most beautiful countertop material can do double duty as a magnificent accent wall. Accent walls are one of the easiest ways to spruce up

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Get Mixed Up With Tile

A Penny Tile mosaic provides just the right amount of contrast to classic subway tiles. Kitchen was done in collaboration with Mason Miller Architect. Photography: Photo Designs by Odessa. Regan Baker Design Earlier this year, we dispelled the common myth that countertops in any given space must match each other. (Mixing and matching countertop colors

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