Be­ware of bor­ing colour

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Marc Atiy­o­lil

DEAR Marc,

I am liv­ing in a small and or­di­nary condo, pur­chased at the very high­est time. In or­der to sell it quickly for the high­est pos­si­ble price, I’ve be­gun to up­grade the unit. In the kitchen, I have so far done the fol­low­ing: medium-toned hard­wood floors and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances. Be­cause there is min­i­mal light in the kitchen, I am looking at the light­est pos­si­ble colours for the coun­ter­top. I love mar­ble but it doesn’t seem prac­ti­cal and gran­ite doesn’t have real light colours. Any sug­ges­tions?

Bea Dear Bea, Up­grad­ing your condo is a great in­vest­ment! Kitchens are at the heart of the home and they are usu­ally the room that sells the house when po­ten­tial buy­ers are brows­ing though your home.

There are many dif­fer­ent fac­tors that come into play when choos­ing kitchen coun­ter­tops as they will tie your en­tire kitchen de­sign to­gether with the use of your set colour scheme. I per­son­ally love a clean look for a kitchen. Al­though gran­ite is a great op­tion, you will have a chal­lenge find­ing a neu­tral/ light-coloured gran­ite. Gran­ite is all about char­ac­ter and a oneof-a-kind look.

There are al­ter­na­tive prod­ucts on the mar­ket that might bet­ter suit your look and bud­get. When you are looking for some­thing spe­cific in light colours, you may opt to look for prod­ucts such as quartz coun­ter­tops. Quartz is a great al­ter­na­tive to gran­ite and comes in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent styles. It is also very durable and comes in ev­ery colour imag­in­able in­clud­ing white. The prod­uct is easy to main­tain and usu­ally comes as a scratch, stain and heat re­sis­tant coun­ter­top.

Judg­ing by the de­sign el­e­ments you have cho­sen, you will want coun­ter­tops that cre­ate a state­ment, yet blend into your over­all de­sign. To en­sure this, be sure to choose a con­trast­ing colour for your walls. There is noth­ing worse than hav­ing white walls with white coun­ter­tops. It’s just too bor­ing for the state­ment we want to make.

I would also sug­gest up­grad­ing your lighting. Lighting im­pacts your over­all de­sign and you can’t hide bad lighting, no mat­ter how much money you spend on the rest of your de­sign. In­vest in qual­ity fix­tures that ex­ude more light than your cur­rent fix­tures. Light af­fects your colours and the over­all mood of the room. Proper lighting will make your space more ap­peal­ing to po­ten­tial buy­ers. If you have a win­dow in your kitchen, be sure to choose win­dow cov­er­ings that al­low lots of nat­u­ral light which will again help with your lighting prob­lem.

Once you have up­graded your coun­ter­tops and light fix­tures, sim­ply add a few colour­ful ac­ces­sories which will bring vi­brancy and en­ergy to your space.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

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