Homeowners from St. Louis, Missouri to Miami, Florida watch HGTV to find all of the latest and greatest kitchen design trends. From popular paint colors to the material of your granite countertops, HGTV blazes trails in terms of new kitchen design trends and how to make your kitchen as functional as it is beautiful.
Luckily for you, you don’t have to be a contestant on HGTV in order to design a trendy and modern kitchen. All that you need is a few pointers from a pro, along with high quality countertops to tie your look together.
Step 1: Plan Your Layout
If you’re designing a kitchen from scratch, layout is one of the most important factors. You will need to plan your design in accordance to your lifestyle—consider how many people live in your home, how often you cook, and if you plan to host family holidays and dinners.
Your kitchen countertops serve as an anchor for your kitchen design. They set the foundation for the shape of your kitchen and determine where you will prepare meals and even serve dinner. You’ll need to configure your countertops in an order that makes sense for your lifestyle and maximizes the space of your kitchen.
When you’re planning your kitchen layout, don’t forget about the different ways to add extra counter space and new eating areas. For example, you can add a peninsula to your countertops into the shape of an L or U to serve as a small spot to dine. Furthermore, the peninsula can help define the space and layout of your kitchen and create a physical barrier between two rooms.
Kitchen islands are another fantastic way to define the layout of your kitchen, and they also serve as a centerpiece for the entire room. Your kitchen island’s countertops can also serve as additional seating as well as a buffet area for serving dinner—you can even consider a two-tier island to add square footage to your countertops.
Whether your kitchen layout is L-shaped, galley, or open, your kitchen countertops will impact the flow of the room.
Step 2: Plan Your Colors
Color can drastically affect the mood and atmosphere of any kitchen. Spicy red walls with white cabinets and white marble or granite countertops can add oomph to any kitchen. For a clean and fresh atmosphere in a kitchen, consider jewel tones with deep brown cabinets with glass tile black splash and dark granite countertops. Another beautiful combination is the classic black and white theme, where you can consider black granite countertops and white cabinets, or vice versa.
With all of the color palettes and interesting patterns in natural stone countertops, you’re bound to find a color theme to match any mood. Use complimentary or contrasting colors with your countertops, cabinets, and paint for that high-end look like you see on HGTV.
Step 3: Plan Your Finishes And Accessories
Accents and accessories add flair to your kitchen with interesting colors and textures. You have free reign to coordinate accessories such as your kitchen cabinet hardware and match them to your cabinets, backsplash, and even your granite countertops.
Your granite countertops serve as the star of the show in your kitchen, and the selection of your countertop material can help you choose corresponding accessories. The most popular countertops on the market today are granite countertops, quartz countertops, and marble countertops. These natural stones all have something to offer in terms of uniqueness, beautiful patterns, and adding a high-end look and feel to your kitchen.
Once you select your countertops, you can shop for corresponding hardware and accessories to pull out colors in the stone.
Step 4: Tying it All Together With Your Granite Countertops
It’s hard to deny that nearly every beautiful kitchen that you see on HGTV includes granite countertops. Even if granite isn’t the right fit for your kitchen, there are plenty of other options such as quartz countertops and marble countertops. Granite countertops instantly increase the quality of your design while contrasting or complimenting other colors and finishes throughout your kitchen.
No matter how you decide to design your dream kitchen, granite countertops and other natural stone will give your space the HGTV vibe. Kickoff your design by visiting the Arch City Granite showroom, or give us a call to learn more at 314-426-3100 or 636-329-8400.