Archive for July, 2012

Three Alternatives to Granite Countertops

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some interesting alternatives to conventional kitchen countertops! Homeowners are now looking at materials such as concrete, aluminum and wood to set their homes apart from the norm!

Concrete

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Concrete is a trendy and new alternative to granite. It has become popular in kitchens due to its wide versatility.  You can apply many different stains and textures to concrete. Here is an example of a concrete countertop that has been stained and “stamped” with a wooden texture!

 

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Pretty amazing, huh? Concrete is also extremely durable! Homeowners rarely have to worry about chips or breakage.

Recycled  aluminum

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If you desire a contemporary kitchen with a commercial appearance then you may want to consider recycled aluminum for your countertops!

Recycled aluminum is an eco friendly alternative to stainless steel and is more economical.
These Eleekinc counters contain 90% recycled material and are very durable.

 

Wood

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Wooden Ikea countertops via younghouselove.com

Wooden countertops are in my opinion, the most beautiful. They come in a wide variety of species and stains, and can be cut to show an array of different wood grains. You even have the option of using reclaimed wood if you are looking to take the sustainable route.

There’s no denying that wood has a beautiful appearance, however, homeowners need to remember that wooden countertops require more care and maintenance than countertops made of granite or linoleum.Wooden countertops require special food-safe finishes and water-resistant sealants.

Newest Wallcovering, This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Wallpaper

Geometric print is the newest trend from furniture to accent pillows, so why not incorporate it in your wallpaper as well? From bedroom design to living room design, an accent wall with a geometric print will make any room more interesting!

Geometric Print Jeff Lewis

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The idea for this amazing accent wall came from the wallpaper in Jeff Lewis’s office on Flipping Out, his Bravo show. Here are some similar geometric wallpaper finds!

Brewster Wallcoverings offers a variety of geometric printed wallpaper, including the one below!

Brewster Geometric wallpaper sample

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The Wallpaper Company also provides some cool geometric print wallcovering options as well other modern wallpaper choices. Check out the vertical striped wallcovering below. How perfect would this be in any nautical themed room?!

The Wallcovering Company vertical stripe wallpaper

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Another trend is textured wallcovering. What a great way to add depth to any room! Total Wallcovering has an awesome selection of grasscloth wallcovering in a variety of colors! Check out this Norwall sample in Natural Grasscloth:

Natural grasscloth wallcovering

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Whatever you choose to do on your wall don’t dismiss the interesting prints and textures you can achieve with wallpaper! The newest wallcovering options transform what you previously thought of wallpaper!