The Most Popular Granite Colors For Kitchen Countertops

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Granite CountertopKitchen decorating trends change annually and sometimes in the middle of the year, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed in centuries, and that’s the timeless beauty of granite. It’s always in style.

It’s an easy choice, but what confounds many people shopping for Colorado Springs kitchen countertops is what color to choose. That’s because they instinctively understand that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to colors in the kitchen. Here’s a look at the most popular colors and their benefits.

Best Colors For Granite Kitchen Countertops

  • White. A lot of people shy away from white because they feel it’s too plain and sanitized, like a hospital operating room. But granite is never plain, there are always veins and flecks of darker colors within, and there are several shades of whiteness. White also makes your kitchen space look larger.
  • Brown. A great choice for those wishing to create a warm, homey and rustic type of feel. It also works well with many different cabinet tones, especially lighter shades.
  • Beige. This is probably the most versatile color because it works with well many different decor options. Like brown, it’s a great for conveying a rustic atmosphere, and it matches up well with wood cabinets and decorations.
  • Black. If you definitely want granite countertops but also would like a solid color, black is the way to go. No need to have a dark decor with this color, instead let it stand out as the centerpiece of your kitchen.
  • Jewel-tone. For something bit different and exotic, try this interesting type of granite. It’s striking and eye-catching in its appearance, but it requires a bit more nuance when decorating.

Remember, the color of your granite countertops can change the atmosphere, the emotional impact and even the practical utility of your kitchen.

Have questions about choosing the right granite countertops in Colorado Springs? Contact us at 719-522-0748 or drop us a line online for answers anytime.

Benefits of a Granite Dining Table

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Planet Granite KitchenYour dining room table should be the perfect gathering spot for family and friends to enjoy meals together and the room’s focal point. If you want to make a bold statement with timeless appeal, granite dining tables are always showstoppers. While it’s a big investment, it will last a lifetime, and is more cost effective than wood in many cases. Your table will always be in fashion, because it’s made of building materials dating back to ancient civilizations who mined it long ago. Granite tabletops in Colorado Springs make attractive alternatives to uninspired wood tabletops and offer natural beauty encased in a sturdier environment.

Long-Lasting Quality

You need a well-crafted, strong dining room table that will stand the test of time. After years of wear and tear from dinner parties, a granite tabletop will still be a stunning feature. That’s because granite is scratch and burn resistant. You can place hot pans directly on the surface without scorching and cut on it without a single scratch.

Artistic Flair

Besides being heavy duty, every meal will be memorable when eaten on granite, which comes in almost any color imaginable. Choose from a rainbow of shades to match any decor or design aesthetic. Then, opt for custom edge-work and lay out the design of the table for a truly artistic piece.

Versatility Counts

Granite tabletops can be designed in any shape or size, which makes it easier for designing one to fit irregular spaces or when you want something unique. If you’re looking for an oversized table, custom sizes are easily obtainable and many are larger than standard dining room tables. No matter which shape, size or color you choose, you’ll also benefit from ease of cleaning and maintenance.

Granite countertops in Colorado Springs are also perfect for adding stunning features to your kitchen and bathrooms, guests will remember. Make every room more memorable by calling 719-522-0748 to schedule an appointment to upgrade your countertops today.

How to Choose the Perfect Countertop Edge

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Planet GraniteAfter selecting the ideal slab for your granite countertops in Colorado Springs, you’ll need to focus on choosing the best edge profile. The edge profile is that part of the countertop that you and your family and guests will notice first thing as they walk into the room and admire your countertops, so it pays to give the edge profile careful consideration. Here are the various options your granite countertops supplier in Colorado Springs can offer you.

Straight Edges

Straight edges are suitable for kitchens with classic lines and a non-nonsense vibe. When you see a granite countertop with a straight edge, you know the cook is serious about cooking, cleaning and getting the job done with a minimum of frills. It’s not that a straight edge has no style; the style is the straight edge. It’s classic, practical and the easiest to clean of all the edge profile options.

Curved Edges

Curved edges are available in several different profiles, from the simple to the ornate. They lend a smoothness to the countertop and can help to balance out a kitchen or bathroom with a modern design, so they work well in a classic room as well as in a room with a distinct contemporary design. Depending on the ornateness, a curved edge can be simple to keep clean or require a little more detailed cleaning attention.

Fancy Edges

Fancy edges might consist of ones such as a double-curved edge, a chiseled edge, a Versailles step edge, or a Roman Ovollo. Don’t be intimidated by the names. They just help to describe the look so you and your Colorado Springs granite countertops installer can discuss options. Fancy edge profiles will cost more than, say a straight edge profile, but when you consider that you will have your countertop for a lifetime or more, the extra upfront cost is usually something that homeowners consider to be worth it.

Your granite countertop installer can show you drawings and samples of countertop edge profiles for you to carefully examine before making your final decision. For more information about the hundreds of choices available to you for your granite countertops, contact us today.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops

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Installing quartz countertops is a smart choice for homeowners. Not only does natural stonework look beautiful, but it also has relatively low maintenance. When shopping for quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, rest assured that you are purchasing a stain-resistant product with long-lasting attributes.

Keep in mind as you clean the quartz countertops that the material is non-porous. This prevents mold, mildew and dirt from becoming lodged in the countertops and causing problems in the future.

Easy Step-by-Step Granite Countertop Cleaning

The first step is to mop up spills right away on the countertops. When liquids dry, it can be tougher to remove and require scrubbing. Since you don’t want to use abrasive products, try to clean the quartz before any spills dry. Although quartz countertops are non-porous, they can be scratched.

Wipe the countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel. Water is often good enough to address most countertop stains. However, you may use a small amount of non-abrasive cleaner. Never use products that contain bleach or solvents.

Clean up dried stains with a sponge and natural scrubbing power. For resistant stains from gum and food, you may need a putty knife to pry off the debris. To deeply clean after removing the stains, spray the non-abrasive cleaner and allow the product to settle for approximately 5 to 10 minutes before wiping off with the soft sponge. Rinse surfaces thoroughly with warm water and a cloth.

Certain products should not come into contact with your quartz countertops. Keep nail polish removers and permanent markers out of range of your counters. If permanent markers do get on the stonework, you may use a product like Goo Gone to erase any stains.

Quartz countertops are durable and won’t take up a lot of your time to clean. As long as you protect the countertops from sharp objects and extreme heat, the stone will last for years to come. Contact us now to learn more about our line of quartz countertops in Colorado Springs.

5 Unique Cabinet And Countertop Combinations That Work!

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When choosing a redesign for your kitchen, you may be overwhelmed by what color combinations to choose. Many homeowners select neutral shades for their cabinets and countertops to avoid an interior design faux pas. However, you don’t always have to play it safe. These are five unique combinations that work when installing new cabinets and quartz countertops in Colorado Springs.

Black Cabinets and White Quartz Countertops

A black and white theme sounds like a risky design choice for your kitchen, but the end result is a modern and elegant space. The dramatic contrast can really highlight the brand new look of your kitchen.

Brown Cabinets and Green Granite Countertops

Chocolate-stained cabinets paired with a light green granite countertop has a modern appeal. This combination will work extremely well with stainless steel appliances.

Lime Green Cabinets and Brown Quartz Countertops

Lime green cabinets sound like something out of the 1970s, but they can actually be used with browns to create a country kitchen look. The brown quartz countertops and stainless steel accents keep the space from appearing dated.

Oak Cabinets and Gold Quartz Countertops

Although oak and gold sounds too close to create enough of a contrast, the combination can be used to highlight the patterns found within a gorgeous slab of gold toned granite.

White Cabinets and White Granite Countertops

The combination sounds strange, but this mix can actually make your kitchen appear light and airy. This design is especially helpful if you want to give the appearance of more space. Add splashes of color with the backsplash and flooring as well as installing brightly colored cabinet hardware.

Along with the countertops and kitchen cabinets, keep in mind other aspects of the space. The lighting and flooring will also affect your color choices. Flooring should have some of the same color elements of the cabinets. As far as lighting, light colored cabinets will appear better in kitchens with no direct light source while darker cabinets are ideal for brightly lit rooms.

Call today for us to help with all of your Colorado Springs quartz countertop needs.

Choose A Color Palette Before Your Countertops

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Renovating the kitchen is a smart move whether you own a house, condo or townhome. It can create a dramatic first impression, and inspire people to better their eating habits by making homemade meals in the kitchen. But before you get the cooking space of your dreams, you’ll need to pick a color scheme for the counters, walls, cabinets and floors. It all needs to flow for the best possible effect. Learn more about the major factors to keep in mind before you start looking at samples.

Forever Beautiful

What’s trendy right now could lose you thousands of dollars in the long run. For example, in the 1970s wood paneling was all the rage, but that fad died out pretty quickly. You’re looking for something that will last years, and often that means choosing some of the pricier options like granite or quartz. Both of these materials have withstood the test of time, so let them enhance the overall value of your home. This is the time to remember that you’re making an investment, and a neutral color scheme will make it easy for both you and the next buyer to spruce it up and personalize it with their own accessories.

Earthy Colors

Beige and gray are both excellent colors for countertops, but you can also consider a red or a blue as well. No matter what you do, it just needs to fit into your overall vision for the kitchen. It’s important to think in the long term, you’ll want to think about how you’ll feel about it after several years. An understated, a beautiful granite countertop might just be the perfect place to enjoy your daily morning cup of coffee.

When you need a little guidance about the best color scheme for your decorating tastes, contact your local Colorado Springs granite countertop designers. They can give you insight, materials and more.

5 Facts You May Not Know About Quartz Countertops

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If you’re tired of your outdated countertops, you may be debating the wide variety of replacement materials available — from granite to laminate to quartz or even polished concrete. However, when it comes to long-lasting quality and a show-stopping appearance, there isn’t much that can rival engineered quartz. Read on to learn more about this durable material. 

5 Facts on Quartz Countertops

#1: It can be made anywhere.

While you may assume that quartz is mined around the world, engineered quartz (the source of the majority of building-grade quartz in the U.S.) can be manufactured using waste rock just about anywhere. This can mean finding locally-sourced quartz countertops even in urban Colorado Springs.

#2: Engineered quartz is one of the eco-friendliest countertop materials available. 

Because this type of quartz is generated through the recycling of waste products for other stone-based materials and is mixed with a polymer, it’s extremely eco-friendly. In addition to the use of recycled materials, the method of production uses very little energy.

#3: Quartz is more widely used than you think.

If you’ve ever been in an ornate public building like an airport, train station or courthouse, it’s likely you were walking on quartz slabs and stairs rather than marble. Because engineered quartz is made from waste rock, it’s one of the most inexpensive large-scale building options, perfect for the builder that wants to create an attractive and durable public surface on a tight budget.

#4: It has natural antimicrobial properties.

Quartz is an unusual mineral in that it requires no additional treatment to kill many surface microbes. 

#5: It’s easily customizable.

Unlike granite, which is difficult to join at corners, engineered quartz can be manufactured in custom shapes and sizes to fit any kitchen.

Now that you’ve learned more about the benefits of this unique material, if you’re in the market for some new kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs and are beginning to consider quartz, call our office today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

How Long Do Granite Countertops Last?

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More and more people are realizing that granite countertops aren’t just sleek and stylish, but they are durable. It is the combination of these two elements that are making more people consider installing granite countertops in Colorado Springs.

Granite Countertops Are Built to Last

Granite countertops are made using an all-natural stone known as granite. Granite is extremely strong and durable. It can not only withstand extreme temperatures, but it is so durable that it cannot be scratched or dented.

The use of this extremely durable natural stone means that those granite kitchen countertops you have installed in your home could last forever, but only with proper care and maintenance. In fact, your granite countertops will last so long the only time you will need to replace them is when you want to install new ones that have a different pattern or color.

Proper Maintenance Tips for Granite Countertops

With proper care and maintenance of your granite countertops, you will not scratch the surface while cutting fruits and vegetables or dent it by dropping a hard object on it.

The following are some basic granite countertop maintenance tips you can use to help keep your countertops lasting longer:

  • Use a soft sponge and mild soap to clean the surface of your countertop.
  • Avoid using cleaning agents that contain harmful chemicals.
  • Place cutting boards down before cutting vegetables and fruits.
  • Use countertops appropriately. Do not sit on them, stand on them or use them for any other purpose outside of the norm.
  • Replace the sealing on the countertops on a yearly basis.

Homeowners looking for a long-lasting, durable countertop will find granite to be the best option. When you are ready to purchase a granite countertop, let Planet Granite help you. We have one of the largest inventories of granite countertops in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stop by our showroom to browse our inventory of granite countertops.

How to Prep Your Kitchen For New Countertops

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If home is where the heart is, it could well be said that the kitchen is where many of those heartwarming memories are made. From home-cooked meals to memorable dinner conversations, the kitchen is a time-honored centerpiece of many American homes. Simply put, the kitchen is not just any old room in the home.

Freshening up the kitchen with all new quartz or granite countertops in Colorado Springs will leave the kitchen looking more refined and inviting than ever. However, careful planning is an important consideration to make, even though the refinishing process is not as burdensome as you may have been led to believe.

Prepare for the Messy Refinishing Process

Whether you choose to refinish your kitchen counters with quartz, granite or any other material, know that there will be a mess if you do not plan accordingly. Lay down old cloths or carpet that you are willing to let get dirty. That way, debris from refinishing will fall on the pre-designated cloths instead of the floors. This makes cleanup easier on both you and the home remodeling professionals.

Similarly, prepare for refinishing by removing valuable or breakable items from the area where the professionals will be working. This is an easy way to prevent unnecessary damage to valuable items in your kitchen and home.

Make the Job Easier for the Professionals

Making life easier on the professionals who refinish your kitchen countertops will make the refinishing process a better experience for everyone. Provide a parking space as close to the kitchen as possible to prevent unnecessary downtime between trips to the truck. Also, have some old rags to give to the refinishing team. Refinishing the counters will go faster when the team has all the cleanup items they will need during refinishing.

Contact us to learn how our Colorado Springs home remodeling professionals can help you with refinishing your countertops.

Signs Your Granite Countertop Needs to be Resealed

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Granite sounds fancy, there’s just no way of getting around that. In fact, apartments and home listings that use the word granite are more likely to be sold than ones that use the words ‘charming’ or ‘spacious.’ However as attractive as Colorado Springs granite countertop looks in a listing, some people may think it’s too much work to have to take care of them. Once you know the signs though and some simple tests, you can keep your granite countertops looking like new without a lot of hassle.

Upkeep and Maintenance

Luxury options like quartz countertops in Colorado springs have a reputation for being a lot of upkeep because it’s porous. Granite countertops are even more porous, meaning that you’ll need to keep an eye on them to know if they’re starting to absorb liquids that will make them quickly lose their luster. The good news is that it’s easy to tell and simple to fix.

Signs and Tests

You want a slow absorption so you have plenty of leeway between when a spill happens and when you have a chance to clean it up for no lasting permanent damage. If you take a quarter cup of water and pour it on your countertop, you can use a timer to see how your counters holds up. If it absorbs right away, your countertop will need to be sealed, so apply a couple layers every year and be sure to clean up any spills quickly.  If it takes between 4 and 5 minutes, then you can apply multiple layers every 3 to 5 years. If it’s 10 minutes, you only need one layer and that layer will likely last you years. Anything longer than than and it likely doesn’t need to be sealed at all.

If you need extra help, then Planet Granite is here for you, so give us a call today for more information!

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