The Worst Kitchen Designs That Will Make You Cringe

The Worst Kitchen Designs That Will Make You Cringe

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Everyone is always sharing the top designs and photos to inspire the kitchen of your dreams. In this post, we thought we would share the worst kitchen designs to inspire you what not to include in your future home.

Behold! The all-time strangest kitchens.

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They say your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye but a kitchen backsplash displaying your wedding photos will certainly help you remember it every day.

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This kitchen is plagued with multiple visual problems. The red wall is not only fake brick and not even proper fake brick (i.e., architectural veneer stone). It’s a paint job or wallpaper. And don’t even get us started on the green- tiled floor.

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A built-in toilet in the kitchen? There can’t be a good explanation for this one.

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We understand wall decals and we get that a child’s room can enjoy some stickered-up surfaces; but this is neither of those. Not to mention the aqua and blue color selection.

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Can’t help but wonder if the owner of this unique oven range ever fears that the piano will come crashing down.

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Stylist Maude Smith has decorated her kitchen cupboards with corks, shells and broken china. While we appreciate the artistic creativity behind this look, there is just too much for the eye to take in.

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Another interesting use of reclaimed furniture in the kitchen. Would you rather have this or no island at all?

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Really loving the apple pie wall paper, plywood door cabinets and the stick-on faux tin backsplash. Needless to say, the new owner of this kitchen decided it was a complete gut job.

Remove the cold feel of your granite countertop. FeelsWarm.com

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We have to applaud the homeowner’s creativity with this Alice and Wonderland inspired kitchen. It’s not the worst kitchen we’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly not the greatest.

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While wallpaper for your countertop may be creative, it is hard to agree that this was the most aesthetically-pleasing choice.

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Pink cabinets, red chairs and a small splash of greenery makes for the perfect aesthetic! 

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Lots going on in this funky kitchen but we especially enjoy the shelving that blocks the oven and cupboard access. Luckily, this kitchen was recently renovated to a much more spacious feel!

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There is a chance this kitchen was designed by a child but it certainly screams happiness!

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Last but not least, a kitchen that opens up to your bathtub. Nothing like a drink by the pool…or a meal in the jacuzzi? Well, if you like to relax while you eat, I guess this is the perfect way to do it.

Which of these would you say is the worst kitchen? Do you have an even worse example? Share your photos with us on Facebook!

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13 Photos of Luxurious Curved Kitchen Islands

13 Photos of Luxurious Curved Kitchen Islands

Designing the perfect kitchen takes time, patience and creativity. Part of that creativity can be put towards creating a unique kitchen island. 

Here are 14 curved countertop ideas to inspire the kitchen of your dreams:

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If you have a unique floor plan or a corner kitchen, this lima-bean island may work for you.

 

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This impressive island with a rock facade and contemporary lighting, stools and tile combine for a warm and textured kitchen. 

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The curved quartzite island brings depth to this timeless and elegant kitchen, welcoming its guests to pull up a seat and enjoy its beauty.

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The cozy bar stools pair perfectly with this chic island and the kitchen’s charming details.

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This curved granite countertop is heated with a FeelsWarm heating mat stuck underneath the overhang. Talk about luxury!

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What do you think of this white curved kitchen island topped with a white quartz countertop fitted with a goose-faucet sink?

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Guests would never want to leave the kitchen with this sleek and modern kitchen island.

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Red wood features heavily in this kitchen, contrasting with light beige tile flooring and countertops. 

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Made of solid birch and birch plywood, this fully functional island seats four and stores everything needed for baking.

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This very modern kitchen island with glass counters is gorgeous. Just be ready to wipe down a lot of finger prints!

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A horseshoe-shaped island with a sweeping counter atop a stone base provides bar seating and a bird’s-eye view of the prep area.

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L-shaped kitchen meets island design, this one comes with a built-in wine rack and charging station!

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We love this walnut face grain island countertop with Waterlox Satin finish.

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Check out this rounded two-tier countertop on cozy pergo flooring with black pendant lighting. Very unique!

Which of these curved countertop ideas is your favorite? Share your inspiration with us on Twitter & Instagram!

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Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

Pros & Cons of Granite Countertops

For years, granite has been a top selection for homeowners looking to improve the look and feel of their overall kitchen. How do you know if granite is the right surface selection for yours? Below is a list of the pros and cons of this timeless material. 

THE POSITIVES

They are visually appealing.

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Every granite slab is unique, featuring its own individual lines, colors and patterns. This uniqueness enable you to have an individual countertop that won’t exist anywhere else. You can find a one-of-a-kind slab that works well with the look of your kitchen cabinets and walls while giving the room an added beauty.

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They add value.

Granite Countertops Pros & Cons

Granite countertops not only add an instant upscale appeal to your kitchen or bathroom, they are a timeless investment that give your home lasting value. Click here to see how to clean and disinfect granite so that your countertops last a lifetime.

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They are very durable.

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Although granite is not unbreakable, it will certainly last for decades as it is a very hard substance that is not susceptible to scratches. Did you know that the only thing hard enough to legitimately scratch granite is a diamond of another piece of granite? Talk about durable!

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They resist heat.

Granite is a heat-resistant material so it becomes very practical when cooking near a range or cooktop. Placing hot pots or pans directly on your countertop is acceptable since granite can take the heat without being damaged or weakened.

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They resist stains.

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Not only is granite heat-resistant, but it is stain resistant as well. Granite countertops won’t absorb liquids when they are properly sealed. Work with a professional to ensure that your surface is sealed correctly so that it maintains its attractive good looks indefinitely.

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THE NEGATIVES

They can be porous.

Granite Countertops Pros & Cons

If you don’t seal your granite countertops, or the stone was poorly sealed from the start, there is a chance that liquids could be absorbed, creating long-lasting stains. A poorly-sealed countertop can also house bacteria in its pores. To avoid these issues, it important to get your countertop resealed on a yearly basis.  

They are prone to cracking.

Granite Countertops Pros & Cons

Granite countertops may be very durable, but there is still a risk of chipping the stone. If a heavy object is dropped on a corner overhang, for example, a granite repair specialist may need to step in to fix any cracks or damage.

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They are cold to lean on.Granite Countertops: Heated Overhang

One common complaint about granite and other stone countertop materials is the coldness. The reason for this is because the mass of granite instantly pulls heat away from skin, causing the brain to perceive that the surface is cold. An easy solution to this problem is a thin stick-on warming mat for under your counter.

They are costly.

Granite Countertops Pros & Cons

In addition to the price of a professional installation, granite countertops can cost anywhere from $100 to $250 per square foot. Comparing this to the cost of laminate, Corian or Marbelite, granite is on the higher end for spending. Keep in mind that the thicker the slab, the more you can expect to spend.

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They most likely come with seams.

Granite Countertops Pros & Cons

Due to the size of the typical slab, your granite countertops will most likely be installed with more than one slab. This is in contrast to the solid surface countertops that do not need seams because the material is manmade and is poured to form the countertops.

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A Unique Trick to Making Your Showroom Stand Out

A Unique Trick to Making Your Showroom Stand Out

Buyers entering a showroom, especially those who are renovating or building, are looking for a shopping experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. With that in mind, it is no surprise that the most profitable showrooms aim for three main factors: be innovative, be interactive and be customer-centered.

One way to hit these three key targets is to display a differentiating product: heated countertops. Fabricators everywhere are choosing to include warmth as a luxury add-on, especially for buyers who love the look of granite but dislike how cold it feels to lean on.

Adding a small, heated demo in your showroom is a simple way to engage customers. Many companies choose to heat a small slab of unused stone or some even choose to warm a reception desk, table or countertop. No matter how the concept is displayed, people love being able to feel the difference between a heated countertop compared to one that is “cold” (room temperature).

The below video shows just how easy it is to get a heated countertop demo in your showroom. Once you have something warm on display, you can begin to offer this unique amenity alongside each countertop project, taking advantage of the dealer discount and a leg up on the competition.

Interested in learning more? Click here to see how a heater is added to a new countertop installation. 

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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Quartz Countertops

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Quartz Countertops

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In recent years, quartz has become a widely popular countertop selection for homeowners and business owners. Its elegance, beauty and durability are among the many reasons why it is so highly praised.

Below are 10 of the most commonly asked questions about quartz countertops, with answers from top professionals in the industry. 

Are quartz countertops seamless in design? quartz

“Whether or not your quartz countertops will be seamless completely depends on the size of your kitchen and the layout of your lower cabinets. Like granite, quartz is sold in slabs; however, all slabs max out at a certain length.

The most common maximum slab length for both granite and quartz is 125” L x 65” W. This means if your lower cabinets are longer than 125” in length that your countertops will have to be seamed. Otherwise, you can achieve seamless quartz countertops.”

-Savvy Studio Kitchen & Bath

How do I care for my quartz countertop? quartz

“Quartz countertops are easy to care for, and because the surface is non-porous, they are hard to stain. Use mild dish soap and water for everyday cleaning and stay away from harsh, abrasive cleansers, and cleansers that contain bleach. You can gently scrape hardened material off with a plastic putty knife.”

-PF Custom Countertops

How is quartz different from marble and granite? quartz

“Quartz countertops which are sold under brand names such as Zodiaq™, Hanstone™, Silestone™ and Cambria™ are man-made stone surfaces. Quartz products offer consistency in patterns and colors that natural stone can not. Quartz surfaces do not offer the uniqueness and varied random patterns of natural granite and marble.”

-Hatton Granite Countertops

Is quartz less expensive than granite or marble? quartz

“No, not necessarily. Depending on the level of granite or marble and the particular company or pattern of quartz; granite can be a significantly more cost effective material. However, if you are considering a level 3-4 granite/marble, or an exotic stone; quartz is most likely going to be a more affordable way to go.

Some factors that change the cost of granite are the extraction of the stone, and the shipping of the material which consumes a lot of time, money and energy. Factors that change the price of quartz are company, pattern or color of material, demand, labor rates, thickness and edge treatment, among others.”

-Indoor City

Can I heat my quartz countertop to avoid leaning on such a cold surface every morning? 

“Yes, the easiest, safest and least expensive way to remove the cold feel of this material is to apply a stick-on countertop heating mat underneath your quartz overhang. If you are installing new countertops without an overhang, your contractor can easily lay out the heating mat under the stone.”

-FeelsWarm Technology

Can quartz chip? 

“Under normal use it is very unlikely that your quartz countertop will ever chip. Edges are usually more susceptible to chipping than the middle of the surface, and if hit with enough force, chipping can occur. These occurrences are generally not covered by any manufacturing warranty, but would usually be repairable, depending on the size and scope of the chip or damage.”

-Selective Countertops

Will quartz products vary in color? 

“Quartz countertops are composed of 93% natural quartz. Variation in the natural stone (quartz) color, pattern, size, shape, and shade are inherent and unique characteristics to be expected with quartz products.”

-FLOFORM Countertops

What special precautions should be taken when cooking near quartz? 

“Quartz can be affected by extreme heat, so manufacturers recommend using cutting boards, trivets and hot pads while preparing meals. Quartz is very durable, but remember that any material can be damaged if not cared for properly.”

-Natura Quartz

Will quartz countertops stain? 

“The hard surface of Quartz is non-porous and very resistant to staining, even better than marble.  Quartz counters can resist oil, coffee, wine, juice and most other common kitchen spills. It is not 100% stain resistant though and is susceptible to stains from solvents, sodium hydroxide, and permanent markers.”

-Graniterra

What are the advantages of Granite Countertops? 

“Maintenance free, non-porous, requires no sealing, food safe, large color selection, stain resistant, scratch and chip resistant.”

-Contour Countertops

The Top 7 Modern Countertop Ideas You've Never Thought Of

The Top 7 Modern Countertop Ideas You've Never Thought Of

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Just when you think you’re caught up with the current trends in home design, something new pops up. Design trends are always changing, especially with the ongoing advancements in home technology. 

Below are 7 of the most extraordinary and modern countertop ideas for your ever-changing kitchen. 

Wireless Charging

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Did you know that you can add wireless charging to your countertop? Dupont Building Innovations and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have collaborated to embed wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into DuPont Corian solid surfaces used in furnishings for home and public spaces. Simply connect a receiver to your smart device and put your device on the charging spot to power up.

No more having to use an outlet with your chargers on display. Keep your countertop clutter-free with this amazing advancement!

Heated Countertops

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Over the past 6 years, homeowners have been adding heat to the area of their countertops where they sit most. FeelsWarm® ultra-thin heating mats are stuck directly under the overhang, providing enough heat to make sitting at your granite island more enjoyable. Plugging into a standard outlet in your cabinet, the mats can be customized to fit the exact shape and size of your stone countertop.

Enjoy the luxury of granite without the cold!

Glass Countertops

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Glass is a very unique and modern selection for your kitchen counters. The material is non-porous, heat resistant, highly customizable and low maintenance. Not to mention, the ability to illuminate the glass from below is something you can have a lot of fun with. The only major downsides of this countertop selection is the cost as well as its ability to be easily scratched. 

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Take your modern countertop to the next level with a custom-shaped kitchen sink cut out. Artistic sinks give kitchens a lot more personality, whether they’re decorated in modern, traditional or rustic styles. Elkay has created a number of creative sinks for virtually any style or occasion, offered in a fun variety of shapes, styles and sizes for both residential and commercial use.

Countertop Overhang Lighting

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Light doesn’t just have to come from the ceiling. Adding under-the-counter LED lighting will brighten your kitchen at night and will make the room feel taller. This small detail can make all the difference to enhancing your modern kitchen.

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We already have this technology; it just isn’t being integrated yet. Designers are thinking countertops that turn into stovetops with the push of a button. The stove can also be activated by voice as well. The backsplash will allow you to search the web and pull up recipes and nutritional advice. Talk about modern!

Yet to Come: Self-Cleaning Countertops

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The latest modern countertop development is anti-microbial hard surfaces. Cupron and EOS Surfaces have teamed together to create a countertop that kills infection-causing viruses and bacteria on its own, forever.  The companies are waiting for final approval from the EPA to market their health-promoting claims. Read more.

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