Photo Credit | William Byrd Homes
Kitchen Countertop Island with Ogee Edge and lighting
Lighting is another important, though often overlooked, element of kitchen design, and adding additional lighting or changing existing features is a great way to update your space. Pendant lights are especially versatile and come in a vast array of different sizes and styles, and they work especially well over islands. Globes, cylinders, lanterns; swirled, colored glass, textured ceramic—the choices of pendant light fixtures are practically endless.
While pendant lights can serve as eye-catching accent pieces, other lighting updates can be subtler, but still practical and stylish. Add slim LED strips to under upper-level cabinets to illuminate your countertops or brighten your space with recessed lighting.
Photo Credit | Sky Marble and Granite
Quartz Countertops with Dark Color Cabinet
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to update your kitchen. It’s a cost-effective, low-hassle way to make your space feel fresh and new. Talk to a kitchen design expert or pick up some samples from your local hardware store to find a color that suits your tastes and works well with the existing elements of your kitchen. If you’re looking for a cool, airy feel that maximizes natural light, white or pastel colors are excellent options that yield a clean and timeless look. If your cabinets are black, white, or grey, consider a stylish neutral color scheme—you’ll be surprised by the variety of grays available to choose from!
Alternatively, a bold, vibrant color choice can add energy and excitement to your space, making it a more appealing place to pass your time. A brilliant red or rich blue might be just what your kitchen needs to spice it up a bit! And if you’re looking for an even easier project, or it there’s a color that your particularly love but fear might overwhelm your space, consider creating an accent wall. You’ll be surprised just how much changing one wall can alter the atmosphere of your entire kitchen.
Photo Credit | Siemasko + Verbridge
Marble Kitchen Countertops with Accessories
Even just the addition of a few accessories can give your kitchen new interest. New chairs or tables can totally change the look of your kitchen—and so can even smaller details. Consider swapping out the old plastic storage containers that hide in your cupboard for lovely ceramics that are useful and aesthetically pleasing. And don’t forget about the knobs and handles of your cupboards and drawers—exchange old, standard handles for something more suited to your tastes or the theme of your kitchen. You’ll be surprised at the difference even this small change can make.
Photo Credit | Boardwalk Builders
White Marble Countertops with White Cabinet
If you’re ready for more than new cabinet drawer handles, it might be time to think about upgrading your kitchen countertop. Countertops are in many ways the centerpiece of the kitchen, and a great stone can drastically increase your kitchen’s functionality and its aesthetic appeal. Sky Marble and Granite in Sterling, VA, has a wide selection of granite, quartz, and quartzite selections, and you’re sure to find one that’s perfectly suited to your needs and tastes. Both engineered and natural options are durable, low-maintenance, heat resistant, and just downright beautiful. A quality stone is an investment that will last for many years, holding up to the wear and tear of everyday use and still looking good enough to impress your guests. In addition, selecting the right stone can help unite your kitchen design—for example, a light stone with gray swirls can be the perfect finish for a neutral kitchen with gray cabinets and white walls, or vice versa. Whether you’re envisioning a sparkling light stone or a luxuriously veined or grained pattern, a countertop upgrade is a surefire way to revitalize your kitchen.