Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Kitchen Remodeling Trends, Part 4: Countertops and Backsplash


Countertops can cost several thousands of dollars for a kitchen remodel.  I recommend deciding on the look of the kitchen you want first, and then figuring out how to get that within your budget.  Marble is most costly and butcher block or laminate is least costly--depending on installation.

A current cottage kitchen complete with blue beadboard, Trend Watch: Trendy and Unique Kitchen...

Beasley & Henley Interior Design has marble countertops as one of their Top 5 2014 Kitchen Trends:, "Marble Countertops", The Beauty of a Marble Countertop

"White Kitchen Cabinetry Does Not Mean Bland"

Look at this Formica imitation of calacutta marble!, "The Great Kitchen Remodel"

Houzz's "Kitchen Trends Study" for 2014 says that 50% of homeowners want stone countertops:

White granite kicthen countertops are a long-lasting, visually stunning design option., White Granite Countertops

. . . and 36% of homeowners want quartz:

Westbrook Interiors - kitchens - white, kitchen island, gray, quartz, countertop, iron, chandelier, sink in kitchen island, rustic, wood, dining table, industrial, stools, green, glass, bottles, white, roman shades, floor to ceiling cabinets, floor to ceiling kitchen cabinets,, Westbrook Interiors

kitchens – white shaker kitchen cabinets quartz countertop marble subway tiles backsplash Gorgeous kitchen with crisp white shaker kitchen cabinets,, Kitchen with Quartz Countertop Marble Subway Tile Backsplash

Jonathan Scott of HGTV "Property Brothers" has noticed a shift away from countertops in granite and stainless steel, and movement toward different countertops (sometimes quartz):, "Kitchen Trends Here to Stay"

Foley & Cox - kitchens - Sienna Flush Mount with Flat Panel, brass, hanging, glass shelves, farmhouse, sink, oak, kitchen cabinets, gray, corian, countertops,, Foley & Cox , grey corian countertops

Bright Design Lab COncrete Counter, Remodelista
NuCrete concrete countertop in Irvington Industrial Modern Kitchen project Guide to Kitchen Trends 2014 predicts popularity in black countertops (granite, composite, or solid surface):

theletteredcottage Conuntertop Series , Part 1

Studio William Hefner - kitchens - green subway tiles, green subway tile backsplash, green subway backsplash, green subway tile kitchen, green subway kitchen backsplash, white cabinets, white shaker cabinets, shaker kitchen cabinets, black countertops, french cafe bar stools,, Studio William Hefner

Notice (below) this kitchen has the black countertop (this could be soapstone) with  two tone cabinets and square white tiles layed in the brick/subway tile pattern:

two color cabinets bhg
2 color cabinets BHG

My previous house originally had shiny black granite tile kitchen countertops, and I was ALWAYS wiping them down!  Black glossy counters hide NOTHING!  I know black counters are beautiful right now, but I don't recommend them.


The cost of backsplashes can vary widely.  A slab of marble will be the most costly and a DIY beadboard would be the least costly.

DIY Herringbone Beadboard Backsplash from Farmhouse38, DIY Herringbone Beadboard Backsplash

Beasley & Henley Interior Design has Top 5 Kitchen Trends for 2014.  They don't see the subway tile trend going away anytime soon.

Kitchen Tile Flooring Designs Ideas : Inspiring Kitchen Tile Flooring Subway Tiles Design With Marble Countertop Kitchen Cabinet Ideas Guide to Kitchen Trends 2014 also predicts tall slab backsplashes as popular (to go with open shelving):

Hickman Design Associates

Meyer Davis Studio

Martin Moore & Company - kitchens - cream cabinets, cream kitchen cabinets, marble slab, marble backsplash, marble slab backsplash, instant hot water faucet, white countertops, two tone kitchen, stained kitchen island, piston stools, white piston stools, glass front cabinets,
Martin Moore & Company

At Home in Fairfield County - kitchens - contemporary two-tone kitchen, salvage wood kitchen island, salvaged wood island, antique brass kitchen faucet, kitchen island sink, marble countertops, marble slab backsplash, marble slab kitchen backsplash, wood kitchen hood, glossy wood kitchen hood, wood refrigerator, glossy wood refrigerator, wood freezer, wood panel freezer, wood paneled freezer, transom windows, white shaker kitchen cabinets, modern brass lighting, modern brass chandelier, iron counter stools, modern iron counter stools,
At Home in Fairfield County

Can you believe this is Formica backsplash, let alone Formica counter???

laminate backsplash, laminate countertops, Formica travertine silver pattern counter and backsplash Guide to Kitchen Trends 2014 thinks that last year's back-painted glass (revival of 1950s trend) backsplashes will still be big:

1950 Picture Kitchen, "Fifties Kitchen" by Lee Wallender, "Classic L-Shaped 1950s Ktichen"

Kitchen with beach like palette, kitchen of Diana and Vincent Carvelli, architect David Bers, "A few more kitchen backsplash ideas and suggestions"

Kitchen, Inspiring Tile Flooring for Kitchen Excellent : Tile White Subway Tile Flooring For Kitchen  ~, "Tile White Subway Tile Flooring Kitchen Image"

I have noticed, while gathering these pictures, that colorful backsplashes help to break up white cabinets and countertops:

tile, "14 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas"

Backsplash - full wall of tile with open shelving
via Patty Rumaker  - Home & Lifestyle Design pinterest board

Glass Front White Kitchen Idea Cabinets Calcutta Marble Countertops listed in:, Calcutta Marble Countertops

Simple farmhouse style seems to be another trend I'm noticing, and Trina's famous kitchen in her blog has another way to break up white kitchens with butcher block counters:

A Country Farmhouse for sale in Oregon (45), "Trina & Mikes Country Farmhouse for Sale"

And get a load of this chalkboard backsplash!

Chalkboard backsplashes are great for writing grocery lists and recipes!, Trend Watch: Trendy and Unique Kitchen...

Next in the series is kitchen lighting.  Coming soon :)

UPDATE: Things That Inspire has a great post from Jan 2011 with a description of marble types on the market and what they look like:

Bianco Carrara  - white and gray marble – very gray now
Statuary – a ‘sister’ marble to carrara – tends to have a brighter white background, with veining in gray
Calacatta – gray and subtle gold veining, with white background
Calacatta Oro (or Calacatta Gold) – large flakes, subtle goldish brown veins
Calacatta Gold Extra – whites, grays, light gold ribbon veining


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