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cougmar Mar 12, 2012 07:36 AM

remodeling our 22 year old kitchen. Decided on quartz for countertops. Stainless steel appliances. Keeping our medium-light stained solid oak cabinets & light (buckskin hue) tile floor. Wondering whether lighter or darker countertops are the trend? Also the decorator recommended a different, darker quartz for the center island. Any thoughts. Enjoy this forum, went with GE cafe dual range replacing the 22 year old Jenn air electric downdraft after reading all about ranges here. Really looked at the Viking professional & designer series, too. The jenn air still works great and only needed a repairman once!

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    Mother of four RE: cougmar Mar 12, 2012 08:10 AM

    Can't help with the counter top question, but I sure would give second thoughts about getting rid of your older Jenn Air. Just had a discussion yesterday about he longevity of the new appliances verses the older ones, and decided when we decide to buy new we should try to find ones that have been around before buying the new China made ones that seem to have a lifespan of five years, if we are lucky, with numerous repairs in between! Never have I had a refrigerator repair until I bought that new French door Maytag five years ago....everything except the shelves have been replaced!

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      cougmar RE: Mother of four Mar 12, 2012 09:15 AM

      I do agree. It is a sad comment on today's quality. I was told, when appliance shopping recently for a washer/dryer & fridge, not to expect the longevity of my old appliances to carry over to new ones. I do hate to part with my old jenn air, but is is 22 years old. I also wanted to switch to gas from electric, so I bit the bullet and made the choice to change.

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        SallijaneG RE: cougmar Aug 24, 2012 09:31 PM

        My Unitarian Universalist society has a commercial stove that probably dates back to the building’s being built in 1954–56; they will have to take it out over my dead body. Old stoves rock, plain and simple.

    2. CindyJ RE: cougmar Mar 12, 2012 08:33 AM

      About 3 years ago I replaced a ~20-year old Jenn-Air downdraft cooktop with a new gas cooktop. The Jenn-Air worked well, never having needed any kind of repair, and even the downdraft worked fairly well, considering what it was. I sold that old unit in a day on Craig's List for $250 -- not much less than I paid for it back in the day.

      1. splatgirl RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 07:47 AM

        Lighter vs. darker--choose what you like! A kitchen and those expensive finishes are the last place you should utter the word trendy. That's what rugs, chachke, throw pillows and paint are for. Nevereverever choose "trendy" for the expensive, permanent stuff, and that goes for any room in the house, unless you intend to toss everything and remodel every 5 or 10 years.
        As far as trendy, if anything I'd say colored countertops meaning actual non-earthtone color wheel colors are the new trend--like the colored appliance trend. This could certainly be fun and cool if well executed relative to the rest of the room, but gosh you'd really have to love that color. I am a big big color person and I'm not even sure if I'd go there for countertops.

        As long as your countertop choice is complimentary to the rest of the finishes in the room, it'll be great. Choose something that suits the bigger picture.

        I think the odd colored island thing is very 10-15 years ago trendy, but again,choose what you love.

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          cougmar RE: splatgirl Mar 13, 2012 12:49 PM

          thanks for your thoughts, everyone. I did not mean "trendy", but more of what has been done recently. I am upgrading the kitchen more for resale, but not for 5 years or so. That way, I can enjoy it, too. I will probably go with medium for the countertops and use the same top for all of the counters. My kitchen has lots of morning light as it is an eastern exposure, so dark would work for contrast, but I think I will not go TOO dark. I will post pictures when this project is done.

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            splatgirl RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 02:27 PM

            In that respect, I'd say that the general direction of interiors is toward more modern-ish and streamlined vs. detailed, trimmed and ornamented to the hilt. Natural elements are big and, fwiw, classic. And I think people are finally starting to understand and demand good design.
            What I always tell clients is even when a room is not to ones' taste, if the design is functional, well planned and thoughtful and the decor is cohesive, it's going to be appealing.

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              sueatmo RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 07:12 PM

              http://www.houzz.com/photos/kitchen

              Here is an awesome site for ideas. You can browse by locale, I believe. I've noticed that white cabinets are very stylish right now.

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                SallijaneG RE: cougmar Aug 24, 2012 09:34 PM

                Ah, understood. Good idea to plan for resale early, so that you can enjoy the redo. And a great way to test what you like for wherever you move. If you renovate early, you will not be so disappointed not to get the full amount back in the sale—which one usually does not—because the renovation was for you, too.

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                flourgirl RE: splatgirl Mar 13, 2012 05:43 PM

                I don't know that I agree with you about the odd-colored island thing being 10-15 yrs out of date. I'm seeing it everywhere, in all kinds of new kitchen images on-line, in upscale architectural magazines, etc. I think it all depends on the execution.

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                  SallijaneG RE: splatgirl Aug 24, 2012 09:33 PM

                  Great comment; I agree, classic for the big stuff, trendy for accessories.

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                  escondido123 RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 09:48 AM

                  The only thing I have heard repeatedly about counter tops is don't pick shiny black. I'm told they show everything and never look clean. I would say all colors, dark and light, are now used. I think the tough part for you is to decide if you want to keep the whole kitchen neutral which would mean beige through brown or go for some interest with color. You had your first kitchen for 22 years, do you figure you'll have this one for a long time too? If so, I'd say pick the colors you love and don't worry so much about resale--they say buyers expect to make major changes in a kitchen if it's more than 10/15 years old.

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                    Claudette RE: escondido123 Mar 13, 2012 05:05 PM

                    You are so right, escondido123! I inherited shiny black granite when I moved into our apt last year, and it's horrible: shows everything, dulls in some areas, already had many white stains, and is only 7 yrs old! Just the opposite of my earth-tone/brown/yellow-speckled granite in the house I left, which never showed any crumbs, stains, or even dead insects (just kidding).

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                      flourgirl RE: Claudette Mar 13, 2012 05:45 PM

                      I have shiny black granite in my bathroom. The salespeople tried to talk me out of it. I'm glad
                      I got it, I love it but it is a lot of work to keep it looking clean and I would never want it in my kitchen.

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                    mikie RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 10:42 AM

                    I would suggest you look at the overall light / dark ratio of the kitchen and how much natural and artificial lighting you have. If you have a lot of light, then go with a darker color, I think they are more dramatic with the contrast. but if if you don't have much light in the room then I wold stick with a lighter color. Our remodeled kitchen has a lot of light and the walls are light, the floor is a light travertine color, with stainless appliances and medium cabinets. We went with a granite top with a fair amount of color variation light to dark, so it ends up medium in the spectrum. I agree with others, trendy gets dated so easily and then you tire of it.

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                      sueatmo RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 11:52 AM

                      I have actually had to think about this recently. If I have to update my kitchen, I'll choose a counter top that related to the backsplash. You can paint the walls anything--there are a myriad of colors to choose there. But I would take the permanent elements in the kitchen such as the backsplash and the wood, and work from there. (Unless you totally start from scratch.) I agree that you should choose color that makes you happy, especially if you will be in this kitchen for the next decade or two. If you go dark, I'd think that would want to repeat this color elsewhere, perhaps in the light fixture or seating. Dark might be very striking with your light wood.

                      I am interested in what you choose, Please keep us posted. Good luck in this endeavor!

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                        jljohn RE: cougmar Mar 13, 2012 01:03 PM

                        I can't speak to the current trend, but I have black granite in my kitchen with mostly stainless appliances (stainless and black), and it looks awesome IMHO. I'm not sure that this helps you at all, but there it is!

                        All the best,

                        Jeremy

                        1. tcamp RE: cougmar Mar 14, 2012 08:23 AM

                          I am just finishing a kitchen remodel at church, it is a home-sized kitchen, not industrial. We opted for Silestone Sierra Madre counters. They look beautiful with the maple cabinets and black appliances. I thought they were the right balance of darkish but not too dark. When I look them up online, the color appears darker than what is actually installed. There are actually some lighter flecks of rosy cream. Very pretty.

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                            sueatmo RE: cougmar Aug 5, 2012 09:52 PM

                            Much to my surprise, I may be planning a kitchen in a house to be built. I see I've already posted in this thread when I was in my old kitchen, and prior to selling. Here I am in an apartment, trying to imagine myself in a new kitchen with a gas stove or cooktop--gas is a must.

                            I wonder if cougmar and tcamp have finished their remodels, and if they would post pics and share some of their experiences. I am leaning toward either granite or granite tiles. The latter are more budget friendly, and I have to watch the budget.

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                              cougmar RE: sueatmo Aug 6, 2012 10:31 AM

                              yes, my remodel is complete. I ended up w/cherry cabinets, cambria quartz (burnberry) countertops, washed stone backsplash, GE Cafe dual gas range with advantium OTR microwave, kohler faucet, & Elkay aqua divide stainless steel sink. I am really happy with how it turned out and I LOVE my gas range. I had a 22 year old Jennair
                              electric downdraft before.

                               
                               
                               
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                                flourgirl RE: cougmar Aug 7, 2012 02:38 PM

                                Very nice! :) Congratulations!

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                                SallijaneG RE: sueatmo Aug 24, 2012 09:36 PM

                                I agree; electric would be a deal-breaker for me, too, if there was ANY option at all.

                              3. jeremyjoseph RE: cougmar Aug 23, 2012 12:49 AM

                                Nice choice. Cherry cabinets are truly amazing. Looks beautiful color too looks good. Counter tops for kitchen are extremely important as they are important part of kitchen and hence should be the best one.

                                1. jeremyjoseph RE: cougmar Aug 24, 2012 09:30 PM

                                  Vanity Counter tops now being available at affordable costs and in many different varieties, colors and sizes have become common and required for all. http://remodelproducts.com

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