Everything You Need to Know About Marble Countertops

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Marble countertops add a distinct beauty and warmth to your Colorado Springs kitchen countertops. Whether contemporary or rustic, ultra-modern or country cottage, the creamy white stone with flowing veins is an economic alternative to quartz or granite countertops.

How is Marble Different?

Marble is a form of limestone (a metamorphic rock), while granite is an igneous rock that forms from molten magma. Marble has a greater porosity and a softer appearance than both quartz or granite. But rest assured, marble is just as heat resistant and scorch-proof as other stone surfaces. Quartz countertops in Colorado Springs are manufactured stone—a created pattern achieved by mixing natural quartz and granite.

Marble Finishes

Marble is available in either a polished or honed finish. For a traditional marble appearance, the polished finish has an impressive shine that gives it a luxurious look and feel. To maintain the classy, high-end look of polished marble, the surface should be periodically re-polished. Expect a cool touch to this finish. Honed marble features a smooth matte finish and is less likely to scratch. For a less formal and contemporary decor, honed marble is the best choice. Keep in mind, that a honed finish can be discolored when in contact with acidic liquids.

Protecting Your Marble Countertop

Polished, and especially honed marble will have open pores that should be professionally sealed upon installation. Afterwards, the homeowner can maintain the marble surface with a penetrating sealant to minimize staining. If your marble countertops stays darkened for a long period of time after being wet, it is time to be resealed.

If are making the choice between quartz, marble, or granite countertops in Colorado Springs, call or visit our Planet Granite showroom to discuss your kitchen countertop needs. We stock a wide variety of natural stones to suit any kitchen or bathroom remodel. We also stock a full line of natural stone cleaners and sealers to keep your new countertop in pristine condition.

Utilizing Gray Tones in Your Kitchen and Countertops

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When selecting a color scheme for your home kitchen or bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs, you may wonder if the gray tones of granite might seem dreary. But actually, the opposite is true when it comes to the appearance of granite or even quartz as a countertop material. Lighter gray tones add a warmth and serenity to contemporary kitchens, while the darker gray tones will impart a sense of sophistication to a modern decor.

Using Gray Tones in Granite Countertops

Gray is a neutral color that can serve as a backdrop for a vibrant color scheme, or provide a blending effect for kitchens and bathrooms that boast muted tones. When gray hues are used appropriately, they can add a heightened sense of calm to an environment.

A wide range of gray tones exist in natural stones: charcoal gray, pewter gray, beige gray, and blue-gray are just a few. Here are a few ways to utilize gray tones in your kitchen and countertops:

  • Cherry or Mahogany Cabinetry – Avoid the dark-gray-toned stone and instead opt for a gray granite pattern that is light-colored with a good amount of marbling. Look for a granite pattern with flecks of burgundy to the red undertones will complement your cabinetry.
  • White Cabinets – For a dramatic kitchen or bath, matte black and gray countertops are perfect for a contemporary styling. The contrast will accentuate white cabinetry and make a bold statement. For less contrasts, opt for brown and beige granite patterns.
  • Warm Wood Cabinets – Woods such as pine, maple and oak will benefit from the peaceful tones of neutral gray patterns that are light gray in color. Honey-toned cabinets mated with light countertops will fill the area with warmth and serenity.

To find the perfect combination of gray tones and color for your next kitchen or bath renovation in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite to speak with one of our experienced design consultants today!

How to Pick a Sink to Match Your Countertops

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Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to update the look of your home, as well as increase the home’s value. During the process, you will need to choose countertops, cabinets, flooring, paint and fixtures. Once you have decided on the countertops to form the base of your kitchen, you will also need to select a sink that will best compliment them. When choosing a sink, it is essential to give consideration to the following:

Installation Type

An essential step in choosing your sink will be identifying the sink installation that will best complement your new countertops. While top-mounted sinks were considered the norm for older, traditional, laminate countertops, under-mount sinks are one of the best choices to complete the stone finish and thickness that you will have when installing with countertops such as granite.

Material

They are a variety of sink types and finishes you can choose from to match your countertops and create the finishing touch for your kitchen. Some of the most common materials you will be able to choose from are:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Composite Granite
  • Enameled Cast Iron
  • Bronze or Copper

When deciding on the sink material, you will want to consider the durability you will need as well as the finish that will best aesthetically compliment your new countertops.

Size and Bowl Configuration

You will want to determine whether you will best benefit from a single bowl or double bowl sink. If choosing a double sink, you will need to decide if you want two full sinks or a large sink and a disposal unit. You will also need to choose the correct size leaving enough depth for the faucet and dimensions of the space.

If you would like more information on choosing the correct sink for your kitchen or are looking to upgrade your kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite today to schedule your consultation.

2018 Trends in Kitchen Counter Design

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Today, most homes have an open plan layout whereby the contemporary kitchens merge with the dining and living rooms. So the kitchen has a significant influence on the style as well as the kitchen atmosphere.

One part that impacts the entire cooking space is the countertop. It makes the kitchen look polished and welcoming. We discuss the latest trends in kitchen countertops in 2018.

Veining and Patterns Take Shape

As a way of granting the countertops a character, countertops have broken from the standard plain styles to featuring a wide array of patterns. Interior designers have come up with innovative ways to swirl veins and patterns on materials such as granite to imitate the look of natural stones like marble.

Sinks Incorporated into Countertops

As the countertops get modern, the sinks have not been left behind in this revolution. These contemporary countertops extend and down into a sink.  Since both are from the same material, the sink and the countertop blend seamlessly into one unit, offering a smooth and error-free flow from the counter working space and into the sink. Cleaning will be simple as there are no spaces where foods and liquids can stick.

Neutral Tones Still Most Popular Choice

In the new countertop trends, the soft neutral hues are gaining tract while the bright colors become less favorable. Today, most homes have countertops designed in soft grey, white and beige tones. For instance, you’ll find a countertop with a combination of greige and beige. Off-whites and ash gray are other colors that homeowners select for their countertops.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel in Colorado Springs, look no further than Planet Granite. Since 1988, most of the residents in CO have trusted us with their needs for granite, quartz, and marble countertops as well as sinks. Visit or call us at (719) 522-0749 for more information.

A Quick Guide to Carrara Marble Countertops

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Choosing Carrara marble for your home will undoubtedly give it a look of quality and luxury, but there are a few things to know about marble before designing your perfect kitchen. Use this guide to help you decide whether or not Carrara material is the right choice for your countertops.

Decor Considerations

When you picture marble, you probably picture a white or off-white stone. However, marble can come in a variety of shades to match your decor. People normally choose the lighter shades because if the countertop is damaged, it won’t show as prominently as darker marble will. When you choose the slabs of marble, pay attention to the veining of each block. It’s almost like putting together a puzzle where you’re matching up the markings to ensure continuity. You can also choose to finish the stone in a number of different styles and textures. Most people prefer a polished finish, even though a polished marble can make it easier to see stains.

Long-Term Care

The composition of Carrara marble makes it a natural enemy of acids. The carbonate in the marble can be eaten away by anything from lemon juice to vinegar, and the chemical reaction will leave its mark on the countertop. This means that taking care of spills quickly is imperative to lasting marble, which can be difficult if you have young children or a hectic lifestyle. Because of its porous nature, marble should be sealed anywhere from two to four times a year. Sealed marble will cause water droplets to bead up on the surface while unsealed countertops will absorb the water. Regular sealing will fight against stains and should extend the life of your countertops.

If you’re looking for Carrara marble countertops in Colorado Springs, call Planet Granite for a free in-home consultation. We can help you pick out marble that both complements your kitchen and meets your expectations for long-term care!

How to Choose the Right Stone to Surround Your Fireplace

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The hearth of the home was once the heart and soul of daily living. From cooking to entertainment, everyone gathered around the heat to keep warm and enjoy themselves. Times have certainly changed, but that doesn’t make your fireplace any less important when it comes to giving your family a central place to connect. Instead of traditional brick, upgrade your hearth with a marble, granite, or quartz surround for a better look. Learn more about how to choose the right look for your home.

Marble

Marble will make a statement in your home, and it’s one of the sharpest ways to offset a fireplace. Just a single glance or touch of the stone will immediately convey luxury and formality. If you already have marble in your home (e.g., kitchen, bathrooms), a marble fireplace surround will naturally fit in your living room.

Granite

Granite is beautiful and comes in a variety of patterns and colors for you to choose from. Choose this natural stone when you want versatility for the look of your home. Granite is also generally easier to take care of than marble due to a better resistance to staining. However, homeowners should know that granite is a porous stone that will need regular maintenance.

Quartz

Engineered quartz is designed to handle the heat without sacrificing on the aesthetics of the stone. Quartz can also come in a variety of shades, textures and patterns, but it can also be customized based on homeowner preferences. Maintenance is generally easier than either granite or marble because quartz is non-porous.

Choosing the right stone for your fireplace depends on not just the design of the fireplace, but also what each homeowner wants out of each room. Whether you’re looking for a warm and cozy living room or a cool and modern space, you can count on Planet Granite to help you find the right marble, granite, or quartz surrounds in Colorado Springs. Give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Marble Countertop Color Schemes That will Jazz Up Your Home

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Today’s marble countertops enjoy diverse color schemes that can accent any room in your home. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom upgrade, marble countertops they can also lay a foundation for a complete or partial remodel. These hard surface countertops can give the family chef a convenient heat-resistant surface. When used in bathrooms, they provide easy-to-clean surfaces for everyone. That’s why many Colorado Springs home remodeling projects are trending toward marble, quartz and granite countertops and these are some color scheme ideas that may prove helpful.

Tan Kitchen Countertops Invite Warmth

Kitchens are generally the room that enjoys the most traffic. People cook their meals in the kitchen and family and friends tend to congregate over breakfast, coffee and just good conversation. Earthy mocha, friendly peach and yellow-golds can increase a space’s natural warmth when coupled with tan marble, granite or quartz countertops. It’s all about creating and inviting feel.

Gray and Black Marble Countertops Exude Bathroom Luxury

Homeowners planning a bathroom remodel often want more than just a place to shower. Gray and black countertops are a good direction to take if you want to change the aesthetic to luxury. Softs grays and antique whites can change the vibe from a utilitarian to a place to pamper yourself a little. Strong contrasts with accents that might include red or deep burgundy also work wonders.

Green Marble Countertop Options

There’s some misconception about greens that they are bright and kitschy. In terms of marble countertops, that generally isn’t the case. Many of the options come with dark flecks embedded, and the black and green blends tend to appear more formal. While it’s true they are less neutral, the darker schemes and gray-green options make a space feel reserved. If you want to offset that formality, yellows and metallic accents are popular places to explore.

For more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free in-home consultation.

3 Ways to Achieve Counter Space Freedom

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Maximizing the openness of your counter space equals maximizing your enjoyment. After all, you invested into what you thought was enough lovely space to prep meals, create wonderful salads and throw together a sandwich on the run. Somehow, all that glorious space now seems overrun and a tad cramped. Here are three suggestions that may help you reinvigorate your countertops.

Microwave Relocation Plan

The single largest countertop occupier tends to be the microwave, so send it packing. That doesn’t mean you have to give it a one-way ticket out of town, but either find a spot where it no longer takes up high-traffic counter space or make a new plan. Elevating a microwave has provided dividends to many counter re-organizers. Also, moving it to a stationary table may be a good fix, depending on how often and what you use it for.

Shelf the Utensils

Many countertops have a utensil bin or crock of some type. It’s amazing how much space these items negate. This utensil holder can easily be put on a kitchen-handy shelf and brought down when needed. If you have enough drawer space, designating one solely for utensils can be very efficient.

Transform Your Wall Into a Countertop

If you want to free up your countertops, it’s important to embrace a philosophy that they are not a storage area. Many of the items that are making you feel confined and out of space can be fixed to a wall with some strategic planning. If you have a knife block, attach a magnetic knife holder to the wall. Shelves with hooks can help elevate teabag containers, pasta holders, cookie jars and allow you to hang homey ladles, colorful coffee mugs and other items. Walls are a countertop’s best friend.

If you would like more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free consultation.

How to Pick the Right Color Granite

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If you’re eager to upgrade the counters in your Colorado Springs home, you’re wise to choose a natural stone, such as granite. The strength of stone countertops makes them resistant to scratches and heat marks. With proper sealing, granite is also stain resistant and non-porous.

The beautiful veining of granite countertops in Colorado Springs makes this material a gorgeous choice for both kitchen and bathroom countertops. But did you know that no two slabs are exactly alike? Indeed, granite comes in many color varieties. With this in mind, you have two primary categories to choose from: light granite counters and dark granite counters.

Decide Between Light and Dark

In addition to having different aesthetics, light and dark granite vary in density. Light granite is less dense and therefore slightly more vulnerable to staining. If you prefer this shade, be sure to follow the recommended sealing schedule. You may want to opt for dark granite if the counter is subjected to excessive wear and tear.

Match the Current Color Scheme

Unless you’re completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, consider the existing colors. For instance, if you have cream-colored cabinets and maple wood flooring, yellow-hued granite countertops may look stunning. Dark cherry cabinets and light brown flooring could contrast well with a brown-toned countertop. Gray or black cabinets look best with a gray-colored granite slab.

Let the Granite Countertop Set the Tone

Perhaps you’re gutting the kitchen entirely or putting in a new bathroom. If so, you might want to find a granite slab you love and use it as inspiration for the color scheme. This is your chance to put your own personal flair on the design.

For more help picking the right color granite, turn to the experts at Planet Granite. We’ll answer your questions, show you product samples, and provide our expert design advice. For a free in-home consultation, please contact us today.

What’s the Difference Between Granite, Quartz and Marble?

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Granite, quartz and marble are three of the most popular kitchen and bathroom countertop materials available in Colorado Springs.

Granite, Quartz and Marble, Oh My!

While natural and engineered stone seems impervious, proper care is required to ensure the beauty shines on indefinitely. So what are the differences in these incredible stones?

Granite’s Elegant Simplicity

Granite is a natural stone that is quarried in slabs, so your bathroom and kitchen countertops will truly be one of a kind. Quartz, feldspar, mica, hornblende, and biotite create stunning patterns and colors. Clean granite with a mild cleanser and soft cloth as soon as you notice any spills or stains. Heat and dirt are no match for the resilience of granite. Make sure you have your granite countertops resealed at least every 15 years to prevent damage.

Quartz and Its Bold Options

Quartz is an engineered stone that rivals granite and marble in terms of beauty and durability. A special resin binds the quartz crystals together, creating a low-maintenance product. Because of the resin, quartz is non-porous, antimicrobial and scratch resistant. It can be manufactured to look like granite or marble if desired. Color pigments and sparkles can be added to create unique kitchen and bathroom countertops. Unlike granite and marble, most quartz does not require a sealant.

Sophisticated Marble in Colorado Springs

Perhaps the most delicate of the three, marble is the most porous and is susceptible to staining. The added porosity also makes marble easier to chip and ding. A quality sealant is vital to a long-lasting marble countertop. Be sure to wipe up any spills immediately to protect the marble countertops from damage.

Avoid harsh cleaners to protect the sealant on your stone countertops. Use a cutting board to keep bacteria at bay, and wipe up spills quickly to prevent staining. Revitalize your kitchen and bath with dedicated support from the team at Planet Granite. Contact us to get started on your Colorado Springs remodel today!

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