White Kitchen

Despite if it’s a traditional, modern with sleek accents, or simple, a white kitchen will always beat the test of time. The color white in a kitchen screams light, bright, open, and timeless, thus making it a foolproof wise choice for your kitchen update or remodel. 

Relaxing Bedrooms

The bedroom design trend that won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon is… soft colors. Experts say the shifts towards delicate, calming colors creates a more tranquil environment. Soft gray color schemes are a perfect balance to match the white walls and bedding.

Black and White

Often, color trends come and go, but black and white, nevertheless stays a classic duo. This high-contrast combination generates drama in any space chosen. Transform any contractor type bathroom into a sophisticated, refined space with white tiled walls, and black porcelain floors with an elegant chandelier hanging above. 

Vintage Pieces

One design rule that’s faithful? Vintage. Pieces. In every home, a unique vintage piece will fit seamlessly into any room, even newly decorated spaces. Worn or distressed pieces created a collected, designer appearance to your space. 

Marble

This stone looks fantastic in the kitchen, bathroom, floors, and almost any other space! It’s a timeless material that won’t be going out of style anytime soon. 

Freestanding Tub

Regardless of where, or when your home was built, installing a freestanding tub screams one thing: luxury. Picture coming home from a long day at work, or a day out from being active, run the water, soak, and enjoy it for decades to come. 

Navy Blue

You can always rely on navy blue to stay classic. This vivid color remains a staple among colors that aren’t going away. So go for it, take home that navy couch or paint your accent wall blue. Next, switch out throw pillows and accessories to keep decor current. 

Built-in Wall Shelving

Storage that’s built already built in your home provides utility without additional furniture and can be a bonus selling point in the case you ever decided to put your home on the market. This extra storage space attains a warming feel of a classic in-home library while at the same time giving it a modern look of white bookshelves. 

Vivid Front Door

Curb appeal means the home is always in style. An effortless way to captivate charm is by adding a bold front door. Select a bright hue and paint it over the weekend.  

Metallics

Gold, Silver, Brass, and Copper will add shine that never goes out of style. Mingle them together with mirror pieces to reflect the shine surrounding them. 

Fireplaces

Love outdoor bonfires? Stoves and fireplaces have gone from being an essential, to nice to haves luxuries. However, the dire urge of these innovative extras show zero signs of burning out. 

Our Top Picks for Kitchen Countertop Materials

One of the most important and difficult decisions you will make in the process of a kitchen renovation is what type of countertop material. With so many choices available at a homeowners’ fingertips, it becomes even more difficult. Since this surface area has a strong influence on many kitchen palettes, it is crucial to select what appeals most to you, and will hold up the activity in your kitchen.

1. Marble

Due to the high price, marble kitchen countertops are not seen often in whole kitchens. But marble has still kept its unrivaled, classic look that always appears to be in style. To achieve the clean, luxurious look, use it as a countertop choice on an island or inset at a baking center.

Pro: BEAUTIFUL, heatproof, waterproof, softer stone than granite,

Con: more expensive than granite and other stones, scratches and stains easily, porous, may need resealing occasionally according to manufacturer’s instructions

2. Engineered Stone

This particular selection of stone is composed of 93% quartz stone , and 7% polymer resin. The range of colors is larger than of granite and has a non porous that resists scratches.

Pros: easy to maintain without annual sealing, resistant to stain and acid,

Cons: Expensive, but comparable to granite and significantly cheaper than marble.

3. Solid Surface

This surface is exactly what they are called, solid, all scratches can be sanded out.

Pros: comes in a variety of colors and patterns, seamless, and stain resistant

Cons: susceptible to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface, moderately expensive.

4. Ceramic Tile

Not only is ceramic tile easy to maintain, it is durable, and is a great choice for countertops in a standard home.

Pros: withstands hot pans, easy to clean, larger range in price, texture, color and design

Cons: surface is not entirely balanced, chipping and cracking can occur, grout becomes susceptible to stains, and custom designed tiles can raise the price .

5. Wood or Butcher Block

Wood offers a warm and homey look, and is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. For a few, wood and countertops just don’t appear to mix. However, finding the right high-quality wood with the right sealer can make for a beautiful and long lasting kitchen countertop.

Pro: Easy to clean, smooth, little maintenance besides the occasional sanding and re-sealing if necessary

Cons: frequent contact with water and stain over time makes wood susceptible to damage, scratches need to be oiled and or sealed

6. Granite Countertops

Granite is easily the countertop material of choice – this natural stone has plenty of character with unique grains, colors, customizable finishes, and defines the elegance in a kitchen. When sealed accordingly, it’s one of the most reliable options out there. As the popularity of granite rises, the price decreases. The natural beauty of the stone compliments even the most modest kitchen.

Pros: sustains heat, comes in a wide array of colors to pick from, will last a lifetime, 2nd hardness rating, and has a high value to homeowners.

Cons: can be expensive, but becoming more modest, requires some maintenance, stains can be permanent if not sealed properly, dullness can occur if you cut on it with knives, potential to crack if not stressed or installed inadequately.

Okay, so home renovations aren’t as bad as social distancing in the Age of Corona, but they’re no Sunday walk in the park, either. If you have friends or family who’ve renovated, they’ve no doubt told you of the horrors of not having a kitchen for twelve weeks, bathing at the Y, or worse! Okay, even that’s a bit of a stretch, but then again, not entirely. To prevent yourself from spiraling out of control while you try to navigate the impossible of Remodeling, here are our best tips for preparing properly for your renovation.

Research
Instead of indulging in Facebook or Dr. Pimple Popper videos, spend your time researching! Not just what types of design trends are in for inspiration – though, let’s be honest, that’s the best part – but everything from average expected cost to hiring a contractor to sourcing affordable materials. The more research you do, the better versed you will be in decision making and planning. Don’t forget to research permits, insurance, as well as projected timeframes and inconveniences. Having to go without a kitchen or bathroom – or home in some cases – for a period of time affects not only your daily grind and habits, but your monthly overhead as well. Which brings us to phase 2.

Budgeting
Obviously, you need an idea of what you are likely to spend and what you can spend. You may not get the room of your dreams, but you can still make changes that up your property value and quality of life while sticking to a budget. When it comes to how much you have to spend, the rule to remember in borrowing is never borrow more than you can comfortably pay back. Life happens. Be modest with the added overhead you can handle in paying off a Home Equity loan or line of credit.

Before coming up with plans and schemes, put aside 20% of your entire budget for emergencies. It could be a pipe bursting, damaged wood, mold, electrical issues… the list goes on. But it is far better to have an emergency fund and not need it than it is to have an emergency and need some funds. If you don’t use it, you can either leave it be and not pay interest on that amount, or spoil yourself with an upgrade like a new couch or custom curtains.

Once you begin allotting your budget, do it in a spreadsheet. Serious nerd-alert here, but a good spreadsheet never does you wrong. Itemize everything, print copies, provide them to your contractor, foreman, and spouse, and reference it daily – and as needed – to stay on track.

Ground Rules And Access
If there’s one thing you can’t truly prep for, it’s the real time experience of a reno. Like having a baby. You can nest, set up the nursery, child-proof everything! But when that bundle of joy arrives no amount of blog reading will paint the real picture of sleepless nights and vigilant care and attention to their needs. Suffice to say, your daily life will be uprooted with the kitchen being in the bathroom, no running water, and strangers coming in and out of your house.

Lay ground rules. When work begins and ends, clean-up and storage expectations, and pathways through the house including to and from the bathroom. More than that, designate a space that is all yours; untouched by mess and chaos. It’s no storm you can’t weather, but having a sanctuary and pieces of routine that aren’t interrupted will make it easier.

Our last bit of advice? It’s like we said; no amount of preparation can truly prepare you for what will happen. It may be nothing, it may be something huge. But with these bases covered you’re sure to sail through these seas with confidence and a little more ease.