The Color of Your Countertop Can Make You Happy

  The world around us is filled with color. And studies show that these colors can have a profound impact on our human psyche. Color can evoke certain emotions and even completely alter your mood. Color plays a crucial role in the way we visually communicate, therefore color is a very powerful design tool. This

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Luxury Counters Are Tops

In today’s kitchens and baths, luxury is a “must.” And nothing says “luxury” quite like an eye-catching countertop. Countertops can be the centerpiece of any kitchen or bath, bringing together the cabinets, floor, walls, and backsplash. As one of the most prominent surfaces in either of these spaces, the countertop can set the feel for

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It Pays to Focus on Positive Client Relations

Of course you focus on quality. You cross every “T” and dot every “I” when you design for your clients. But do you take the time to cultivate a positive working relationship? Building a trusting partnership with your customers also builds up your reputation. Your work speaks for itself, but when your clients speak about

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Which Countertops Work With Mid-Century Modern Style?

Forget about today’s obsession with granite. When it comes to designing a Mid-Century Modern kitchen, there are options—some of which didn’t even exist when the style originated—that are a much better fit. Mid-Century Modern is all about clean lines and function. There’s a reason that Mid-Century Modern design has been a major movement for decades.

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You Can Love a Laundry Room

As far as utilitarian rooms go, kitchens and baths traditionally get all the love when it comes to design. But in recent years, the laundry room has come a long way. In fact, many homeowners are learning to love their laundry rooms. They’re treating it like any other room in the house—a room worthy of

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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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