Countertop Trends

Above: Clairidge by Cambria (from Woodstone Collection) Quartz continues to be popular as the countertop material of choice, according to industry experts, although home decorators and designers still are known to select their personal favorites, whether that’s marble, granite, soapstone, or some other natural stone. According to Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design, “More and more customers have heard of quartz and are open to using it. When it was first being introduced, some clients may have thought it was interior to other countertop finishes, but now most people appreciate it.” She adds, “Marble is timeless and basically will never …

Countertops Speak to Kitchens

The countertop is an essential component of the kitchen and bathroom. All the action takes place on countertops requiring countertops to walk the fine line between beauty and functionality. Countertops are the foundation of décor choices in these spaces, setting the tone and feel of the space while reflecting the style of the homeowner. The range of countertop materials is quite large, ranging from concrete and butcher block to natural stone and quartz. Regardless of material choice, there is a combination of things to look for when choosing a countertop. Carla Taylor of Hermitage Lighting Gallery says, “There are many …

natural stone/quartz design trends

While granite and marble remain popular among homeowners, it’s hard to deny that quartz materials have been making inroads in the countertop market. “Quartz is being chosen over natural stone because the look of stone can achieved, but with greater durability,” says Shaun Doughtery of SDI. “A great example is the look of marble in the kitchen. Marble was a popular choice for the kitchen but people have been hesitant to choose it due to staining, chipping, and the softness of stone. It wasn’t holding up. Quartz companies are replicating the look of marble for less money. Their countertops are …

Bathroom Design Trends

Gray holds as much influence in the bath as it does in the kitchen, although experts say there is also a lot of interest in all-white, white and black, and even some khaki-hued spaces. That said, homeowners tend to favor patterned tiles on the floor, white, dark, or light gray cabinetry, and lots of light, mirrors, and glass“We are using a lot of marble, says Ann Calvert of Sara Ray Interior Design. “We specify Carrara and Calacatta, often paired with white or gray cabinets. Generally, we keep the industrial trend to a minimum, but we take cues from that aesthetic. …

Natural Stone & Countertop Trends

Natural Stone & Countertop Trends Natural stone continues to be a highly favored choice for countertops, as well as other home surfaces. Amanda Sweeney of Just Design This notes that natural stone countertops and flooring remain popular due to the material’s aesthetically pleasing, durability, and easy maintenance, in relation to other options. As Joi Albright of PDI notes, “Natural stone is a classic trend and there are a variety of ways it is being used in homes today—some traditional and some novel.” The variety of natural stone options, according to Aaron Cook of Prestige Marble & Granite, include marble, granite, …

Countertop Trends

“While granite is still a leading choice for homeowners and homebuyers and white granite slabs are definitely “hot,” quartz countertops continue to grow in popularity, according to the experts Regarding popular countertop trends, Meghan Downs of Smokey Mountain Tops reports, “We are seeing the majority of our clients looking for that marble design without the high maintenance of caring for the soft marble stone. It certainly is beautiful but many day-to-day kitchen activities can harm the stone, causing etching, staining, and even visible scratches.” Downs says, “Cambria quartz offers some great low maintenance alternatives in their marble collection. The durability …

Natural Stone Countertops 2012

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Natural Stone Countertops Today’s homeowners are more inclined to refurbish their homes for their own enjoyment than for resale. And, where once natural stone countertops were quite expensive, today they are priced much more affordably and the demand for natural stone has continued unabated. Competition has driven the price of granite down considerably and its popularity as well as competition has led to the availability of a larger selection of colors, finishes, and edges. Natural stone is the most durable building material ever known, according to Kevin Sanchez, a spokesman for Antolini, “and has been used in décor and construction …