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!

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Quartz

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The look of stone without the maintenance of granite; that’s what you get with a quartz countertop. Quartz countertops are engineered, not mined. The addition of materials such as metallic flecks, recycled glass or color pigments allow for a variety of colors and effects to complement any style. The resin that is used to bind the ground quartz and other materials together result in a non-porous finished product that’s resistant to scratches and stains.

Is Quartz Right for You?

There are many advantages to having a quartz countertop in Colorado Springs. It’s low-maintenance, antimicrobial and easy to design with. Another advantage to quartz is that it doesn’t require sealant. Its cost is on par with the price of granite, but extreme heat can make it crack and it’s not ideal for outdoor settings. If your budget allows, quartz adds a unique, natural look to a room. With proper care, it can last a lifetime!

Do Not DIY

A quartz countertop is a big investment, and installation is not the place to try and cut corners. Quartz is heavy, and the added resins make it more flexible than natural stone. That flexibility is a big plus when it comes to fitting unusual spaces, but it also makes the material more vulnerable to cracking. If you’re thinking of installing quartz countertop in Colorado Springs, work with only professional certified installers.

Cleaning a Quartz Countertop

Yes, quartz is low-maintenance, but that doesn’t mean there’s no maintenance. Clean spills immediately to prevent stains. The resin coating does help prevent liquids from absorbing into the counter, but discolorations can still happen without proper cleaning. If the material does get stained, try cleaning with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Use only non-abrasive cleaning materials to keep your quartz countertop sparkling.

Quartz is a beautiful material for kitchen or bathroom countertops. It’s durable, easy-to-care for and adds something extra that makes a home special. For questions about purchasing or installing a quartz countertop, call Planet Granite today and schedule a free in-home consultation for quartz countertops in Colorado Springs!

Tips to Keep Your Onyx Countertop Beautiful

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The warm translucence of onyx is one of the reasons people choose it for their countertops, but without proper maintenance, onyx can lose the luster that makes it so popular. Onyx is a calcite stone and is much softer than granite. It is vulnerable to common food acids and chemicals found in some commercial cleaners. With the proper care, an onyx countertop will stay looking beautiful for a lifetime!

Sealing

Sealing helps protect a stone countertop from stains and minor scratches. Typically, any company that installs an onyx countertop in Colorado Springs will also seal it. Having a professional take care of the job is well worth the money. However, if a homeowner is determined to seal their own countertop they should be sure to purchase a premium sealant made for onyx, and follow all of the directions exactly. Re-sealing is required when water no longer beads up on the surface.

Everyday Care

It’s important to remember that sealing doesn’t actually prevent stains. Essentially, it provides a layer of protection that slows the absorption time of liquids.  Spills should be blotted immediately with a soft cloth or paper towels. Avoid placing hot pots and pans on the counter top. Do not cut directly on the onyx. Always use a cutting board and don’t allow the juice of acidic foods—like tomatoes—to drip onto the counter while chopping.

Cleaning

The rules are strict when it comes to cleaning onyx: no vinegar, no window cleaners and absolutely no abrasive products. A Colorado Springs quartz countertop installation expert should also be able to recommend a cleaning product and may even sell one. When cleaning, it’s important to apply the cleanser to a soft cloth—never directly to the counter. Because the stone is soft, it can absorb the cleanser and cause a discoloration on the onyx.

An onyx countertop adds natural warmth and the durability of stone to a kitchen, but it does require care. The experts at Planet Granite can answer your questions if you’re considering an onyx countertop, or already have one and are unsure how to maintain it. Contact us today!

Granite or Marble: Which is Better?

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Remodeling or building your home can be fun. It can also feel time-consuming because there are so many decisions to make, that you may find yourself overloaded with questions such as:

What kind of material should I use? Should I choose granite? Should I pick marble? Which one is better?

Let’s explore some highlights of both granite and marble.

Granite

Granite is a very hard, granular rock composed primarily of quartz, feldspar and mica. This stone is a popular choice due to its strength and durability as a building material. Although both granite and marble structures have been known to endure for a hundred or more years, granite requires less maintenance and need for sealant when compared to marble. Granite is also more resistant to heat, although neither material is particularly vulnerable to any heated object that they may contact.

If you have children, dark granite may be your new best friend. It’s more compact than light granite and will offer you the greatest stain resistance available. Generally, granite is more affordable than marble, with the exception of a few select varieties.

Marble

Marble is known for its aesthetic appeal. Marble is more porous, causing it to have a more pliable surface than granite. This pliability leaves marble more susceptible to nicks and chipping, as well as stains. Marble can mimic a sponge and absorb spilled liquids if it’s not sealed adequately. Both marble and granite may blemish over time, but marble is simply more vulnerable to it.

Colorado Springs Marble or Granite Countertops

When you’re looking to invest in marble or granite countertops in Colorado Springs, you can’t go wrong with either choice. Both marble and granite have wonderful qualities. It’s all about deciding what best fits your needs.

If you’d like support in your home remodeling process, contact us at Planet Granite today. We’d love to help you get the most out of your project!

3 Reasons Your Granite Countertop Will Last a Long Time

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kitchen graniteGranite has been used throughout history in various architectural and home improvement projects. This is a gorgeous type of rock that is made of crystals and naturally comes in a variety of beautiful colors. Granite kitchen and bathroom countertops are not only attractive but provide several benefits. There are many reasons granite is a great choice and will last for the long haul.

Granite is Heat Resistant

Granite can take heat up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit without suffering any damage. While it’s unlikely your countertop will have to endure that much heat, setting hot plates and pans on the counter won’t damage your granite. Other types of surfaces simply can’t take as much heat and still look great.

Granite Resists Stains

Sealed granite countertops are stain-resistant and extremely easy to clean. While sealed granite does resist stains, it is necessary to clean spills as soon as they occur. It’s also important to have them resealed on a yearly basis. Some types of granite are more stain-resistant than others. A granite countertop professional can advise you on the different types of granite and their levels of stain resistance.

Granite is Extremely Hard

Granite countertops are virtually scratch-resistant. While your knife may suffer damage when cutting on the countertop, your granite won’t. In fact, the hardness of granite is only matched by the hardness of a diamond. Granite kitchen countertops are ideal for those who spend a lot of time preparing and cooking food.

Planet Granite features gorgeous granite bathroom and kitchen countertops that will provide your home with years of incredible beauty and easy maintenance. The company started as a father and son business in 1998, and has grown into a nationally known company recognized in several publications and television programs. When looking for Colorado Springs granite countertops, make sure to contact Planet Granite to schedule an appointment to upgrade your kitchen counters.

 

5 Tips for Fixing Minor Scratches on Your Granite Countertop

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granite counterSooner or later, something sharp or heavy leaves a scratch or pit on your Colorado Springs granite countertops. Should you fix the damage yourself or call in a pro? Here’s what to do:

Wash the Granite Countertop

But, you say, I do that all the time! This time, really give it a good cleaning with mild non-abrasive cleaner and water to remove grime and grease buildup. Be careful to not scrub too hard and enlarge the scratch!

Inspect the Clean Countertop

Once clean, you’ll be able to see just how deep and long the damage is. This should tell you by sight and touch whether this is a do-it-yourself job or if a pro’s help is needed. (Be honest!).

Try a Granite Repair Kit for Disguising Small Scratches

An acrylic repair kit is designed to fill in small pits or scratches with a clear acrylic patch. The scratches need to be deep enough for the acrylic to take hold – more shallow damage may respond better to a light buffing (see the next step below). A ‘scratch stick’ is also a good place to start as it won’t damage a polished surface but will make the scratch harder to see.

Light Sanding 

This may be an option if the scratch is too deep for surface disguise. Use the lightest grade sandpaper or steel wool to gently abrade the scratch, using linear motions. When the scratch has been sufficiently minimized, treat with rubbing compound and stone sealer.

Call in the Pros

The best idea is to not risk causing further damage to your granite countertops—get the job done right.

Planet Granite has been helping customers in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area with granite installation and maintenance since 1998. Preserve your granite’s beauty while saving time and money by contacting our experts now and keep your countertops looking their best!

How to Mix and Match Your Granite Countertops

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Planet Granite KitchenGranite has been a hot trend in home and business decor for years and for good reasons: it’s a stylish, durable and versatile material. Granite countertops are heat- and scratch-resistant and the fine, non-porous grain makes them stain-resistant as well. They are ideal throughout the house, from the kitchen to bathroom and beyond. If you keep a home or business in the Colorado Springs area, Planet Granite can connect you with the finest granite countertops.

How to Mix and Match Granite to Get the Look You Want

For a modern, contemporary style, consider colors like black or deep grey. Add brighter contrast with pale, creamy tones. This can look great when paired with dark wood accents throughout the space. For a warmer, relaxed appearance, choose neutral browns and mid-tone grey shades with subtle patterns. To make your counter the focal point of the room, look for spectacular green and gold granites.

Colorado Springs’ Granite Countertops Experts

At Planet Granite, our experts will help you find the exact right piece to fit the unique aesthetic of your business or home. We import from both local quarries and sources around the world to offer a wide variety of stunning colors, shades, textures and countertop sizes.

Our design process is easy, from start to finish. Contact us to set up a free consultation at your convenience. One of our talented and experienced designers will come to your home or business to measure the space and discuss your goals and budget. You’ll be given a free estimate and the designer will answer any questions you may have. Once you give the go-ahead, the countertops will be installed quickly.

Planet Granite is the Colorado Springs’ premier granite countertop expert. No matter the size of the project, we can help bring your design vision to life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your granite countertop upgrade.

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