Clever Kitchen Upgrades

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style (Family Features) For avid cooks, seasoned hosts and busy families, the kitchen is likely the center of daily life and a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance. This high-traffic space generally influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the home has more of an open-concept layout. The colors and materials used in the kitchen normally set the tone for the rest of the home. When it comes to considerations like finish and materials, kitchen cabinetry trends are shifting toward colored cabinetry and …

Countertop Trends

Above: Clairidge by Cambria (from Woodstone Collection) Quartz continues to be popular as the countertop material of choice, according to industry experts, although home decorators and designers still are known to select their personal favorites, whether that’s marble, granite, soapstone, or some other natural stone. According to Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design, “More and more customers have heard of quartz and are open to using it. When it was first being introduced, some clients may have thought it was interior to other countertop finishes, but now most people appreciate it.” She adds, “Marble is timeless and basically will never …

Simple Bathroom Installations with Big Impact for 2019

(BPT) – Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams. Fortunately, you don’t need a major remodel. Consider these ideas for simple changes with big impact. With a little planning and effort, you’ll add to your home’s value and functionality, while getting the “Pinterest-worthy” bathroom you know will make you smile every day. Project 1: Fresh, eco-friendly style Transitional style is today’s most popular bathroom style, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and with good reason: almost limitless design potential. The American Standard Town Square S bathroom collection, …

Expand Your Kitchen

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help (Family Features) Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a place where family and friends gather. It’s also space where you may seem to need more space, whether you’re making breakfast for the kids or hosting a big dinner party. Using innovative wall-mount door hardware, you can unlock your kitchen’s potential by freeing up the “real estate” traditional swinging doors take up. Due to their unique space-saving possibilities, versatility and aesthetics, wall-mount sliding doors can make your kitchen more open and inviting. A standard hinged door consumes 10-14 square feet of …

Counters by Elite brings skills, modern equipment to the job

Founded in 1998, Elite Installation & Design Countertops moved from Gallatin to Hendersonville in 2000. What began as a business outfitting counters in tour buses soon grew so that residential and commercial jobs far outnumbered work on tour buses. Chris Brown and his talented team of skilled craftsmen built of the only three Corian® fabrication centers in the Nashville area in 1998. Within a few years, the team opened the first granite fabrication shop in the Nashville area. Elite has become the leader in fabrication and installation of natural and engineered stone countertops in Middle Tennessee. With over 60 years …

Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color

  (Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions. “Color is powerful – when you walk into a room, you can instantly feel its subconscious effect on your mood, your heart rate, and even your appetite,” said color trend expert Janice Fedak. “That’s why it’s important to choose colors that ‘speak to you,’ express your unique …

Living in Color

(Family Features) When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence. Whichever way you go, colored cabinetry is more than just a trend: it’s a design approach that is here to stay. That’s why careful planning is necessary when you set out to redesign the kitchen. After all, this essential living space is an area where you spend plenty of time, so it should feature visual elements and colors you find appealing. …

3 Kitchen and Bath Trends for 2018

(Family Features) When it’s time for a home remodel, specifically of a bathroom or kitchen, many homeowners turn to trendy looks as inspiration. Color, texture and material variance, like using different types of tile, lead the way in this year’s kitchen and bath trends. To help amplify the look and appeal of your space, consider these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry: Try Different Shades White is classic, crisp and always in style, while gray also provides a traditional look. Many designers pair white or gray cabinets, tile and wall color with a pop …

A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

(Family Features) Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end – with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project. To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider these tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services. Start with a plan Although it may sound obvious, the first step really is to decide what you hope to accomplish with your renovation. At the least, begin to outline rough ideas to …

Top Tile Trends 2018

Tile sizes continue to grow, according to experts, and, according to Amy Balsimo of Louisville Tile Distributors, the development of inkjet printing continues to give manufacturers the ability to create gorgeous graphics. “The ability of manufacturers to create dimensional tiles and more intricate patterns has led to tile being used in more non-common applications,” says Lesley Welch of Traditions in Tile & Stone. “We now use tile as wall coverings in powder rooms and even as accent walls in bedrooms.” Balsimo says that while rectangular shapes are still very popular, growing in interest are curved shapes and three-dimensional wall tile. …