(ARA) – Veering away from its utilitarian roots, the function of today’s
kitchen has broadened to become a social gathering space for friends and a
homework space for kids. Summer is a good time to spice up your kitchen’s
comfort level and transform it into the nucleus of your home.
“Most people are nesting at home, surrounding themselves with things that
bring convenience and comfort to their living space,” says Billy Beson of
William Beson Interior Design, Ltd. in Minneapolis, “including the kitchen,
where the sky is the limit with today’s design options.”
According to the National Association of Remodeling Industry, kitchens rank
third as a home remodeling project. In fact, the return for homeowners at
resale, on minor home-improvements projects, is 88 percent of their renovation
dollar, according to “Remodeling.”
“Repeatedly, homeowners comment that our natural quartz countertops are the
crown jewel of their kitchen, and that they love the look and color,” says Lisa
Bien-Sinz director of marketing of CAMBRIA, the only quartz countertops producer
in the United States. “We’re seeing customers remodel their kitchens and
incorporate one of today’s hottest trends -- quartz.”
In order to spice up your kitchen and create a comfortable yet attractive
space, consider these trends:
* Color: Bold to natural hues – Adding color changes the look and feel of a
room. Selecting a colorful countertop is a practical and decorative option for
sprucing up a kitchen. When deciding on a color palette for your kitchen, Beson
suggests choosing five adjectives that describe how you want the space to feel.
“These five adjectives can be your barometer in finalizing your color choice,”
said Beson. “For example if you want your kitchen to be cool, light, airy and
open, then stay natural and avoid dark woods, black countertops and lots of
* Countertops: Natural and no maintenance – Quartz is leading the trend in
natural countertops. This natural stone is available in a dazzling array of
color. As you expand functional space in the kitchen, a quartz countertop is a
smart choice, especially for an island, because it is non-porous, it is
especially suitable for food preparation, durable enough to withstand active
kids, yet so attractive it makes for a gorgeous centerpiece.
* Backsplash: Colorful tiles add a unique statement – Spark your creativity
and accent your kitchen walls with a customized backsplash. Mix-and-match
colorful tiles into a one-of-a-kind design. This accent will add character to
the wall behind your sink, and life to your kitchen.
* Food Safety in the Kitchen: A safe surface for the entire family – While
sweet aromas can lure anyone into the kitchen, bacteria, mold and mildew
invisibly lurk in the food preparation space no matter what’s cooking. Gourmet
chefs and food-safety conscious parents often have to scrub the countertops
before and after serving a delicious fare, but no more.
Today, ideal surfaces for kitchens are non-porous countertops, such as
CAMBRIA. Unlike granite, CAMBRIA is non-porous resulting in extremely low
moisture absorption, reducing the potential for bacterial growth. In fact, The
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF, International) has certified CAMBRIA
Quality Quartz Surfaces for both Splash Zone and Food Zone preparation.
CAMBRIA has more advice to offer homeowners seeking answers to questions
about color selections and mixing and matching with existing cabinetry to
enhance their kitchen living space. For additional information about CAMBRIA,
call 1-866-CAMBRIA or visit their Web site at www.CAMBRIAUSA.com.
Courtesy of ARA Content