Five Easy Tips to Refresh your Kitchen

Verde Fuoco Granite Slab as focal point in kitchen remodel

Verde Fuoco Granite Slab as focal point in kitchen remodel

When a Dracut couple wanted to update their kitchen, they decided to go at it on their own.  What they thought would be and easy feat turned into a conundrum when choosing a new granite countertop. The conflict came when a more dramatic look was desired by him and a lighter look by her.

 Upon my first visit to the house to view the kitchen, there were more details to this refresh.  Finishes that we’re staying were the existing darker oak cabinets and the existing laminate vinyl marble look floor tiles. The paint color on the walls was Pratt and Lambert Indian Ivory.  Working with these elements in the kitchen the obvious choice for granite was to bring in a deeper more dramatic piece of stone for the countertop.  However, the process of elimination needed to happen to convince that the lighter stone in the countertop would be too much of a contrast.  Especially when a wow factor was the goal.


 The search was on visiting the granite supplier and walking the warehouse with a sample tile and cabinet molding in hand.  These pieces were placed next to every slab of granite dark and dramatic to lighter and less interesting. By conducting this process choices were easily made to include in my presentation to the couple.  Photos were taken of the slabs as most often the exotic stones won’t have samples to borrow.

Handmade ceramic backsplash tile

Handmade ceramic backsplash tile

Next selections to be made were options for backsplash tile and window treatment fabric.  Because a lighter look was desired by her, this could be achieved by the backsplash tile if the right piece was found.  A handmade ceramic tile with shade variation on the edges was the perfect bridge between the granite countertop selection and the darker cabinets.  The gradual shading of grays, whites and a bit of rose was a nice compliment to the whole look.  On to what I like to call the icing on the cake.  Fabrics to me are like gold.  The completion of a space and is always the tie-in to making the whole space jive no matter what type of surfaces are in a space.

Linen embroidered fabric for window treatments pulls the new look together

Linen embroidered fabric for window treatments pulls the new look together

 A gray linen background with multi colored embroidered leaves was the pattern selected to complete this refresh presentation.  What was so great about this fabric was that it had every color in the kitchen woven into the design of the material.  Indian ivory from the walls, rose from the backsplash tile, and a bit of green from the granite with a little shimmer. Kitchen refresh was complete.

Existing laminate floor tile

Existing laminate floor tile

 Five Tips for a Kitchen Refresh

·        Keeping the same layout of the kitchen is most economical

·        Stone solid surface countertop can be the focal point and not just white for updating

·        Look for the unique and unusual to bridge the style of the existing kitchen surfaces

·        Backsplash tile can be interesting as well to update the look of older cabinets

·        Finish the space with a window treatment fabric that joins all colors of the space together