Eat healthier? Exercise more? Learn a new skill? If these resolutions for the new year don’t sound as appealing as they may have in previous years, how about dedicating time to home improvement in 2019? There’s no better way to start your home-rejuvenation resolution than giving extra attention to your kitchen. Our experts have identified the latest kitchen trends you can implement to make the most of your space in the new year.
LIGHT, QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS
Quartz countertops are manufactured with roughly 93% quartz and 7% resins, polymers and colors. This blend of stone and resin results in a very hard but glossy and nonporous surface. While most homeowners prefer a more natural look, different colors can be produced by adding various pigments during the manufacturing process.
Quartz countertops are pretty low maintenance; some would say that they’re maintenance-free. Generally, warm, soapy water handles the job of cleaning your countertop. It’s a great option for your bathroom surfaces as well since it’s naturally water- and mold-resistant, and never needs to be sealed.
One of the most coveted countertop finishes features a white or off-white shade with light, multi-tonal flecks to deliver subtle richness. The snowy, sparkling look works well in many situations since it’s neutral while being contemporary and fresh. These countertops pair well with brass accents and are the better option over minimalist white countertops, which clash with the elegance of other kitchen elements like knotty woods or pendant lighting.
MIX-AND-MATCH FINISHES/TWO-TONE CABINETS
Two-tone cabinets offer greater diversity when designing your dream kitchen. The look works successfully within both traditional and modern kitchen styles, creating an effective look if you want to maintain your home’s existing theme. If you and your partner can’t agree on a color, a two-tone cabinet makes the perfect compromise while making a room feel lighter and larger.
When considering new colors for your cabinets, look to your surroundings (countertops, backsplash, fixtures and flooring) for inspiration. Painting kitchen cabinets with Benjamin Moore ADVANCE®, available at Boilard Lumber, provides endless possibilities with over 3,500 color options to give your kitchen bold new character.
GOLDEN HARDWARE ACCENTS
After being pushed out in favor of stainless steel and brushed nickel for many years, gold is making a big comeback in the kitchen. Trendy in the 80s and 90s, golden accents are now applied to different shapes, angles, hardware and lighting, so you don’t have to settle for a dated approach.
If you’ve decided that your resolution will be to update your kitchen space, just stop in and gain some inspiration from our showroom or request an appointment today! We stock a variety of knobs, sinks (including farm sinks), islands, quartz countertops and cabinets from brands like Merillat®, StarMark® and Aristokraft®, and if you don’t see what you want, we can place a special order with our vendors for you.