Where do you even start?! There's so many ways to create a gallery wall. You can do it like a grid and very structured (see photos above) or you can do it completely random (see photo to the left)! Starting with a random composition, we always love to start with an "anchor" piece and place it on the wall and then go from there! Then, make sure your next biggest piece is separate from the that piece. You want the wall to have balance so make sure the bigger pieces are spread out. Mix horizontals and verticals! This will make the gallery wall look a lot more interesting. Not everything has to be art! You can do a canvas painting, then a framed piece, then a mirror, and the list goes on and on. Adding something personal to the wall is also a good idea. This is your home so adding a personal touch really makes it feel like your own. When doing a more structured gallery wall (top left photo), doing it in a grid formation is always safe! This will help the wall look crisp, clean, and uniformed. Another good tip is laying everything out on the floor before hanging. This way you'll be able to see what it will look like before making all those holes in the wall! Try and keep about 3 inches between each piece on the wall so things to start to look too crowded. And last but not least, have fun with it!!! A gallery wall seems like such a scary process, but the end result is always so worth it!
QUARTZ vs. GRANITE
Which is better?! While both are great materials and function equally well, there are a few differences that might be able to help you answer this question. For example, granite is stone and 100% natural, whereas quartz is not 100% natural (95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins). HGTV came up with five categories (appearance, price, environmentally-friendly, maintenance, and durability) to help you better compare the two.
Quartz - One of the reasons quartz has become so popular is because of the appearance. It has the look of stone and is a much easier selection process compared to granite.
Granite - Due to the way granite is formed, it comes in many different colors and patterns. There are endless amounts of granites to choose from so whether you're looking for something soft and subtle, or more of a pop and standout, there will definitely be many options for you!
Quartz - According to homeadviser.com the average cost of material plus install is about $1,500-$5,500. Price can vary depending on quality of quartz and style of edging.
Granite - According to homeadviser.com the average cost of material plus install is about $2,000-$4,000.
Quartz - Since quartz is engineered, it can be a lot more environmentally-friendly as long as you use regionally manufactured stone and local fabricators!
Granite - Since it is quarried and usually transported, granite uses a lot of energy!
Quartz - It is recommended to clean any spills with soap and water or mild household cleaner but that's about it when it comes to maintenance.
Granite - Some oils/acids can stain and it is recommended that granite should be cleaned daily with soap and water or mild household cleaner.
Quartz - Quartz is even harder than granite which makes it even more durable and almost indestructible!
Granite - Granite is very durable and is resistant to heat and other kitchen elements.
BASICS OF A BANQUETTE
Sometimes the best solution for an awkward table space, or even just for a different look, is a banquette! This type of seating is extremely family friendly and allows for many kids to pile on in. They're cozy and fun and most importantly they can look so pretty. Many people wonder where to even begin when creating this beautiful little nook and we're here to help! Since a standard table height is 30 inches, the perfect bench seat would sit at 18 inches. This allows a good foot clearance from the top of the bench to the bottom for the table. Additionally, the table should overlap the bench about 3-4 inches. The seating depth should be right around 18 inches and you should also allow about 21 inches of seating width per person. Also - if you're looking for more storage in your kitchen, providing drawers or doors underneath the banquette is a perfect use of otherwise wasted space!
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