Countertop Fabrication Done Right

Custom-cut countertops made from natural stone add value and beauty to your kitchen or bathroom. The multi-step fabrication process ensures that your new counters will be personally made and perfectly fitted for your home. Throughout the process, you’ll make many decisions that will influence the course of the project. Knowing what to expect and which choices benefit you most is important.

Choose the Right Stone Fabricator

There may be many stone fabricators in your area. Choosing the right one is very important. Look for a business that sells quality materials, provides excellent customer service, sets fair prices and enjoys a good reputation.

  • Visit the showroom to view their selection in person. Pay attention to the customer service you receive during your visit. Are they attentive? Do they communicate well and answer your questions accurately? Are they willing to go the extra mile to help you make your decision?
  • Get references from previous customers. This is the best way to gauge a fabricator’s service, products and quality.
  • Read the warranty. Choose a fabricator that shows confidence in their products with a solid warranty.

Select Your Stone Type

Marble, soapstone, and granite are the most common natural stones used as kitchen counters. Each has its own patterning, color, and durability. Each stone is differently maintained. Some are more durable than others. The countertop material you choose will affect the type of maintenance you perform and the day-to-day behaviors that you adopt to protect your countertops.

Marble is a sophisticated but soft stone, most commonly available in white and gray. It’s highly absorbent and must be sealed periodically to prevent stains. It also scratches easily, so it must be protected from knives and heavy, hot pots with cutting boards and trivets.

Soapstone is a very dense, hard stone that does not need to be sealed. It ranges in color from soft, creamy white to deep charcoal gray. Soapstone develops a natural patina that darkens with time. Oiling soapstone periodically helps this patina develop evenly.

Granite. Granite is the most popular natural stone countertop material. It is prized for its durability and beauty, and comes in a range of colors and patterns including brown, brown, gray, black and white. Though granite is much harder and more scratch-resistant than marble, it too can absorb liquids and may be subject to staining. Periodic sealing helps granite repel water and protects granite from stains.

Inspect the Slab

Every slab of natural stone is unique. Some have beautiful features that you’ll want to stare at, run your fingers across, admire. Most slabs will have spots you might call “imperfections.” A good stone supplier will allow you to inspect each slab before selecting your countertops. Show your fabricator the areas you like best, and the areas you like least. Your fabricator will help you choose a layout to showcase what you love.

Sign a Contract

Countertop installation is no small investment. Your fabricator should present a contract to ensure everyone is on the same page. Read the contract thoroughly and ask questions about any parts that you find confusing or difficult to understand. The contract should contain information like payment terms, stone type, dimensions, the name of the installer, scope of work, and the contact information for the installer.

 

Learn more about the process of fabricating countertops by reading our article titled “Countertop Fabrication from Start to Finish: How to Install Custom Countertops at Home“.

 

Countertop Fabrication from Start to Finish: How to Install Custom Countertops at Home

Natural stone countertops are a joy to behold. They gleam and shine. They provide the backdrop for your meals and meal preparation. They are also a major investment. Well-chosen stone can last centuries if properly installed and well maintained. Installation of natural stone is a process. Before you get started, here is what you need to know.

What Is Countertop Fabrication?

Countertop fabrication is the selection, cutting and installation of natural stone countertops. Fabrication from a turn-key supplier is a full-service experience, starting with the selection process and ending with professional installation.

Fabrication, Step-By-Step

1. Measure the countertops.

Draw a layout of your kitchen, and measure your counters including their width and depth. Note any built-in appliances and features like the sink, including their measurements and placement on your counters. These measurements do not have to be totally precise, as your fabricator will eventually come to your home to take more precise measurements for installation. The measurements you take now will serve as a useful reference when you are discussing costs, material types and individual slabs with consultants from the fabricator.

Interested in a matching stone backsplash? Measure the walls, including width and height, and note their placement on the counters. Talk to the fabricator about the backsplash when you visit the showroom.

2. Make your selection.

Bring your drawings to the fabricator to discuss your upcoming installation. Consultants will show you various types of stone, discuss your budget and help you explore materials to find the right stone. As you are discussing the various types of stone available, have a conversation with the consultant about maintenance and durability. Each stone type is different. Pick the type of stone based on all its characteristics, not just appearance. Once you have selected a stone type, the fabricator will submit a bid for purchase and installation.

3. Your fabricator will prepare the space.

Installers will come to your home to take more precise measurements. When they are done, they will use those measurements to create a wooden template. This template will help fabricators cut your new countertops without error. If you wish, you will be able to use this wooden template to plan the layout. Your fabricator will lay the wood over the slabs, and you can help position the template over the slab so that your favorite colors and details are included.

4. Stone cutting and installation.

The rest of this process is in the hands of your fabricator. They will cut the stone, then install it. Countertop installation takes about a day. Installers will attach the sink, install the faucet and plumbing, remove the old countertops, and manage the disposal. On the day of the installation, you will be able to speed the process along by removing your countertop appliances and other items on the countertops. When the work is done, your counters will be permanently transformed.

Sealing Granite Countertops

Granite is a favorite countertop material found in homes across the United States. It’s beloved for its natural resistance to scratches and beautiful variations in patterns and colors. To look and perform its best, granite needs to be sealed periodically. If you own granite countertops, here’s what you need to know about sealing granite.

How to Seal Granite Countertops

Below, we’ve described the process for using most sealer types. However, if the sealer manufacturer provides instructions that contradict the steps below, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. Clear the area.
  2. Spray the sealer generously over the area being sealed.
  3. Spread the sealer over the stone with a clean rag. Don’t wipe the sealer off the stone, just spread it around.
  4. Wait 15 minutes.
  5. Buff the area you sealed with a clean rag.
  6. Allow the sealer to cure on the countertop for 48 hours.

Some tips:

Seal your counters one segment at a time. Remember, you’ll have to wait 48 hours after sealing before cleaning your counters. Unless you’re going away for a weekend and can leave your counters to seal while you’re away, seal only one a segment at a time. This leaves available counter space for food prep.

Choose a quality sealer that’s appropriate for your counters. Not sure which sealer to pick? Get a recommendation from your installer. Also, read the notes on the bottle to be sure you’ve selected a sealer that’s appropriate for your stone type. 

Is This Necessary? What Is the Purpose?

The process of sealing your counters is important because it improves your counter’s stain resistance and prevents your counter from absorbing spills. Sealing protects your counters in the kitchen, where cooking oils, red wine and tomato-based sauces can leave glaring stains on your counter’s surface.

How Often Should I Seal?

Seal your countertops when the old sealer wears off. Sounds simple enough, right? Sealer is clear, so you may have a hard time telling when your counters are ready.

Lighter counters are more at risk for showing stains, so they should be resealed every six months to one year. Darker countertops are less likely to show stains, so an annual resealing may be enough to protect darker stones.

The sealer of your choice may provide a recommended timeline for re-sealing your counters. However, there’s an easy test you can use to determine when that protective layer of sealant has worn off.

Pour a tablespoon of water on your counters. Examine the bead of water, especially at the edges. If your counters are properly sealed, the water will maintain a round, bubbly appearance. The edges of the water will not spread flat, but will instead curl under, almost like a partially-filled water balloon laying flat on its side.

If you wait 15 minutes to wipe away the bead of water, you may see a wet stain on the stone where the water used to be. This stain (which will fade away in a few hours) means your counters are absorbing liquids. It’s time to reseal!

What Materials Are Needed?

Here’s what you’ll need to reseal your counters:

  • Quality sealer
  • A few clean rags or paper towels
  • Time

Read the instructions on your sealer bottle before getting started, to be sure that your particular brand of sealer doesn’t need any extra materials.

Polished vs Honed vs Leathered Stone Finishes

After long deliberation, you’ve finally picked the type of stone for your countertops at home. You’re done making decisions, right?

Not quite! Before your stone supplier can install new countertops, you’ll have to choose a finish. Some finishes are high gloss and shiny, others have a matte appearance and texture. The finish impacts the appearance of your counters, how much maintenance they require, and their durability.

To make your decision, take into account factors like how gently you treat your counters, how often you cook, and how much time you can dedicate toward ongoing maintenance.

What Does Each Finish Look Like?

Finishes can be divided into three categories: polished, honed and leathered.

Polished stone is very glossy and shiny. Its mirrored surface is reflective and bright – almost cheerful in the way it reflects light around the room.

Honed stone has a matte finish that is equal parts subdued, conservative and tasteful. Some might describe its texture as satiny or buttery. A honed finish reduces the contrast between light and dark areas. Dark veins on light stone often appear lighter and less obvious compared to dark veins on a polished stone.

Leathered finish is similar to honed finish except for one thing: it has the dimpled and almost wavy texture of leather. Leathered finish is created with a diamond-tipped brush run over the honed surface. Think of a leather couch, or leather car interior. Leathered stone has a similar texture.

How Do They Wear?

Each type of countertop wears in its own way.

Polished

Polished stone is resistant to stain, but shows scratches easily. Sometimes scratches can be sanded down and the surface re-sealed, but in some cases, the only way to eliminate scratches once they’ve been made is to refinish the countertop. This requires help from a contractor.

Honed

Honed stone doesn’t show scratches as easily as polished stone, so if you’re rough on your counters, a honed finish may be the right finish for you. Honed stone needs to be sealed more frequently than polished stone, as it is highly absorbent and can stain easily.

Leathered

Leathered stone, which is often (though not always) a dark stone may be the lowest maintenance finish there is. Darker stones show fewer stains, and the uneven leathered surface masks most scratches.

Refinishing leathered stone is not easy. If you do manage to damage your counters and require a refinishing, it will be almost impossible for your stone repair contractor to refinish only a portion of the countertops. Instead, they’ll likely have to refinish the entire surface.

Which Finish Requires the Most Maintenance? Which Requires the Least?

All counters should be cleaned multiple times per day to ensure proper food sanitation. However, each type of finish responds to cleaning in its own way.

Polished stone is very easy to clean, because it is very non-absorbent. Leathered stone is also very easy to clean, because it shows less dirt and grit than either of the other two types of finishes. Honed finish counters need regular attention to clean spills and avoid stains.

 

5 Reasons to Be Grateful for Your Quartz Countertops This Thanksgiving

Here we are, November once again. It’s the season for cooking. The season for turkey. The season for gratitude and appreciation of that which enriches our lives.

At this time of year, our kitchens take an elevated position in our household. They become more than just kitchens: they become the focus of our attention, the center of our household, and a place where we spend hours preparing for one of the most important meals of the year.

You may not often think about how important your countertops are, but at Thanksgiving, their importance becomes abundantly clear. If your countertops are made of quartz, this is a good time to reflect on how their performance contributes to your ability to make an outstanding Thanksgiving meal.

1. Durability

No kitchen material is harder, more scratch-resistant, and more stain-resistant than quartz. Made from crushed stone and resin, quartz needs no sealing in order to maintain its perfect, pristine surface.

Did your spouse spill the red wine, and the spill went unnoticed? Or maybe your teenager dragged a hot pot across your countertop?

More likely than not, your counters will be fine. Although you should wipe up stains as soon as possible, and you should avoid dragging hard or sharp materials across your counters, quartz can stand up to a range of accidents and long hours of use. After a Thanksgiving of cooking and celebrating, your quartz counters should be just as beautiful as they were before the meal.

2. Beauty

Enduring beauty is one of the reasons that homeowners choose quartz over other materials. Because it’s made from crushed stone, quartz can be shaped to take on the appearance of any natural countertop material, from marble to granite. It’s the perfect backdrop to bowls of stuffing, baking dishes filled with turkey, and casserole dishes brimming with macaroni and cheese.

3. Longevity

You’ll be enjoying your quartz countertops for many Thanksgivings into the future. Over time, your counters will become a part of your Thanksgiving tradition and Thanksgiving memories. Looking back on pictures of this year and years to come, quartz will be one of the unchanging features in your holiday photos.

4. Functionality

One of the great joys about quartz is how easy it is to clean. It’s non-porous and responds to a variety of non-abrasive cleaning products.

No more worries about applying poultices to unsightly stains after the meal is over – because quartz is highly stain resistant! Your countertops should be the lowest maintenance part of your Thanksgiving Day.

5. Value

Maybe you had to spend a little more money for quartz than you would have spent on another countertop stone, but you’ll be so happy you did. Quartz is the countertop material that gives back with every Thanksgiving that goes by.

 

Undecided About Marble Countertops? 3 Signs Marble Is Right for You

In some of the most magnificent buildings in world, marble graces stairways and altars, mantels, and sculptures. Marble is beloved because it conveys a sense of luxury and permanence. It is elegant and sophisticated. For thousands of years, marble has been a favored building material in churches, museums, and homes. Today, it can be found in kitchens around the world.

This relatively soft stone is not for everyone. As a countertop material, marble needs more protection and care than some other stones. If you have an appreciation for beauty and do not mind performing a little maintenance, marble maybe the perfect countertop for you. In this article, we will talk about the three clear signs that you would be happy with marble countertops.

#1. You love marble’s timeless, natural beauty.

No stone is more lovely than marble. It comes in many colors and varieties, including soft blue, moody gray, regal gold and darkest black. In all its forms, marble transcends other natural and man-made materials. If you adore marble’s beauty and magnificence – if you believe marble will turn your kitchen from ordinary into extraordinary – then marble may be the perfect countertop material for you.

#2. You don’t mind occasional maintenance.

Marble can absorb spilled liquids, which leads to stains. This can be prevented through occasional maintenance. Marble must be sealed periodically to prevent it from absorbing spilled liquids like cooking oil and red wine.

You can easily seal your counters yourself, or hire a pro. Either way, your marble counters will require occasional re-sealing. The frequency depends on the sealer. You will be able to tell when your stone needs a new coat by performing a simple test.

Pour a tablespoon of water on a frequently used area of your countertops and wait 15 minutes. If your counters are properly sealed, the water will bead up and will not be absorbed. If the stone is not properly sealed, the water will seep into the stone. Wipe the water away. Is there a wet mark where the water was spilled? If so, a resealing is required. …oh, and do not worry about that water stain. It will disappear as the stone dries.

If you’re not interested in performing this kind of maintenance, consider a more durable stone like quartz.

#3. You treat your counters with love.

Marble is a soft stone – that’s why the great artists of the Renaissance used it for their sculptures. Marble can be scratched or gouged if it is not treated with care. It’s easy to protect your countertops by maintaining good food prep practices. Use cutting boards and trivets. Don’t place hot pans directly on your counters. Never use your marble counters as a cutting board. Avoid sliding heavy objects from one side of your counters to the other: pick them up.

If these practices sound like your normal habits, then you should have no trouble maintaining marble counters in your home. If you’re rough on your counters, but still want marble in your house, consider installing marble in a low-contact area of your kitchen, like the backsplash.

4 Easy Ways to Keep Your Countertops Looking Their Best for Years to Come

Stone and engineered stone countertops are well known for being durable and easy to maintain. They perform best when cleaned regularly and some types of countertops require regular sealing as well. After installing natural or engineered stone, it is important to know your role in keeping these materials looking their best for years to come.

1. Choose the Right Counters for Your Lifestyle

Not all countertops perform exactly the same. When trying to make the decision between synthetic material or stone, it’s important to know each type’s strengths and weaknesses, so you can purchase countertops that make sense for your lifestyle.

Natural Stone

Natural stone countertops are the product of choice for homeowners who prefer natural materials and who have time to maintain them. Stone is porous and needs some preventative care to avoid stains.

Engineered Stone

Engineered stone is stain-resistant, crack-resistant, and durable. For homeowners with small children, busy careers, hectic lifestyles and for homeowners who just do a lot of cooking and are hard on their counters, this type of countertop material is top choice.

2. Clean Regularly

All types of countertops need to be cleaned regularly because of the potential for germs and food-borne illnesses. To clean your countertops, use a damp, soapy rag. Wipe away all food particles and dust. Do this between meals and at the end of every day. If you spill anything on your counters, especially anything acidic like red or white wine, or tomato sauce, clean it up as soon as possible to avoid staining.

Do not clean your counters with abrasive material or acidic cleaners like vinegar. Acidic cleaners can etch the surface of your counters, leaving the surface vulnerable to staining.

3. Seal if Needed

Some natural stone countertops, marble and granite included, need to be sealed periodically. Most engineered stone and soapstone do not need to be sealed, but read the manufacturer’s instructions and warranty for more information.

Sealer prevents the material from absorbing liquids like wine and cooking oil. Failure to seal natural stone countertops can result in stains. How often your counters need to be sealed depends on how you use your counters, what kind of material your counters are made from, and the quality of the sealer used.

Your stone dealer can help you choose a quality sealer that will protect your counters for the longest time possible. You will be able to tell when the sealer wears off because your counters will start to absorb liquids. Spill a tablespoon of water on your counters and leave the water there for a few minutes. When you wipe the water away, all moisture should be wicked away by the rag. If a water stain is left on the counters, the counters need to be re-sealed. (By the way, the water stain will evaporate – just give it a little time.)

4. Read the Warranty

Read any warranty that comes with your countertops. In the warranty, you’ll see helpful information about what to do and what not to do with your counters. Follow instructions in the warranty to avoid damaging your counters.

Questions? Call Us

With proper care, your countertops could outlast all other fixtures and features in your home. They’re that strong. For more information about how you can take care of your stone countertops, feel free to reach out to us.

Inspirational Fall Decor Ideas for Your Kitchen Countertops

There is a chill in the air. Leaves are turning. Inside and outside, autumn is coming. In your home, root vegetable dishes are baking in the oven, scent of pumpkin wafts from the kitchen.

It is time to start decorating for fall. Your kitchen countertops are good surfaces for seasonal decorations. Here is what we suggest.

Wooden Tools

It is a rustic time of year. Thinking of harvest, many people look back to times when families harvested their own food by hand from the fields, then used wooden tools to make their meals. Wooden cooking tools in a glass jar or ceramic pitcher serve as a reminder of our heritage. Add a tin container labeled with its ingredients, like flour, salt, or sugar. Tie a ribbon or bow around the pitcher.

Seasonal Flowers

Place a pitcher of fresh seasonal flowers on your counters. Replace water regularly to keep the flowers fresh and to prevent the water from becoming stagnant. Mix the water in the pitcher with two tablespoons apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons water to help keep the flowers fresh and kill bacteria in the water. When blossoms start to dry up, clean up the fallen petals, but consider leaving dried flowers out longer than you normally would. This is a time of year when natural things die. Drying flowers have an artful quality and symbolic meaning.

Squash, Mini Pumpkins

Nothing is more decorative and reminiscent of autumn than squash and mini pumpkins. Buy fresh, live specimens. Mini pumpkins should last two to three months without rotting, but if you’re placing them directly on your countertops, consider placing a small layer of plastic wrap beneath to protect your counters. If your counters are made of natural stone, keep them sealed to ensure they’re protected.

Mason Jars with Harvest Wheat or Acorns

Fill a mason jar with a bouquet of harvest wheat or acorns. Tie a bow around the jar and place it somewhere prominent but out of the way on your countertops. This also makes an excellent centerpiece on your dining room table. Scatter your table or counter with a few dry but attractive oak leaves for something extra special.

Candles

Candles are rustic and old fashioned, a bit like wooden tools. They remind us of a time now gone, when autumn nights were a little spooky, and a little romantic. Place slender taper candles in a holder or place a pillar candle in a mason jar or on a small wooden plate scattered with acorns. If you plan to burn the candles, protect your countertops from dripping wax. Reseal the surface if needed, and place something protective between your counters and candles. Remember that melting wax dyed a dark color can stain surfaces like natural stone, so take care to avoid drips.

Common Questions to Ask When Choosing Countertops

Installing new countertops can transform your kitchen and change the way you prepare food. Modern countertops made of stone and engineered stone are ultra durable, long-lasting and high value. They come in an assortment of colors and are made from a variety of materials. There are so many types of countertop materials, it can be hard to choose which type is best for your home. Before you can purchase the countertop material that will make you the happiest, it’s important to know the answers to these five questions.

1. Are quartz countertops natural stone?

In the world of geology and science, quartz is a mineral. In the world of countertops, the word quartz refers to a man-made material made from real crushed quartz combined with resins and pigments. So while quartz countertops are not pure stone, they are made up of about 90% natural materials. Some quartz countertops look and feel so much like real stone that few people can tell the difference.

2. Which is better: natural stone or engineered stone (quartz)?

Years ago, natural stone was the most coveted countertop material in high-end kitchens. Today, many homeowners prefer quartz. Why? It’s ultra durable and requires less maintenance. Some homeowners still prefer natural stone because they like natural materials. Natural stone can also be less expensive, which makes it more attractive to homeowners on a budget.

The decision to install natural stone or quartz depends entirely on your personal preferences, budget, cooking practices and so on. You’ll have to weigh these factors to make your choice. Work with a good countertop installer to discuss the pros and cons of countertop materials you like.

3. How much maintenance does natural stone require? How is that different from quartz?

Both natural stone and quartz countertops need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Natural stone should also be sealed once a year (or more often, depending on how you use your countertops and the type of stone). Sealing can be done by a professional, or it can be done as a DIY project. To seal your counters, purchase the appropriate sealer for the stone type and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. What does sealing do for countertops?

Some countertop materials are made from porous stone and will absorb spilled liquids. Cooking oil, tomato sauce, red wine and even some lighter liquids like white wine can stain unsealed countertops. The sealing process fills the pores and prevents the stone from absorbing liquids. Ultimately, this protects your counters from becoming stained.

Sealing is not necessary for all types of countertop material. Granite and marble need to be sealed, while most soapstone and quartz counters do not. Whether a countertop material needs to be sealed depends on its porousness. Your countertop installer can answer your questions about sealing at the time of purchase.

5. What can you afford?

Know your budget and the dimensions of your counters before shopping for countertop stone. You can expect to spend anywhere between $40 to $80 per square foot, depending on the material, quality and brand. Knowing how much you can afford and how much you need to buy can help narrow your choices and make your decision easier. Communicate your budget with your countertop installer to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Kitchen Color Schemes – Cabinets, Counters, Flooring, Backsplashes and More

During a full kitchen remodel, many distinct parts and systems are brought together to be united into one beautiful space. Countertops, floors, cabinets, and backsplashes are all made from different materials and thus come in different colors. How do you match them to create a lovely kitchen color scheme? What can you do to unite this important space in your home?

Learn the Lingo

Before you get started choosing a color scheme for your kitchen, familiarize yourself with some of the terms that professionals use when discussing colors and design. You will encounter these words as you are researching color palettes.

  • Complimentary colors are colors found opposite on the color wheel, like red and green. These colors stand out sharply against one another.
  • Neutrals are a color category that encompasses a wide range of non-colors, like brown, white, cream, gray, and black. Neutrals are extremely popular kitchen colors.
  • Monochromatic is a color scheme that involves shades of only one color. Usually people use this term loosely, either to refer to black, white, and gray color schemes, or to refer to a color scheme that involves mostly one color.
  • Accent colors are colors chosen to stand out against the overall color scheme. Often, accent colors are complimentary colors.
  • Warm colors are shades of red, yellow, and orange, while cool colors include shades of blue, purple, and green.

Know Your Resources

Become familiar with the resources available. Color palette apps help consumers choose the right color combinations for their homes, inside and out. Apps are especially helpful if you consider yourself to be less than savvy with color combinations, and you want to achieve a professional interior design without hiring a professional. Below are a few useful apps that are available to consumers, but there are many others you can try.

The Behr Paint Color Visualizer, available for desktop computers, enables you to browse colors and add your favorites to a project. The visualizer then suggests coordinating or complementary colors to complete your palette.

Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer is available for mobile phones. Upload a picture and change surfaces to test potential colors. You can change the color of up to 5 surfaces, including the walls, floors, and so on.

ProVia is an app available for tablets. It is similar to the color visualizers listed above, but it’s designed to enable homeowners choose different materials, including stone.

These apps and more are available to homeowners like you during your kitchen remodel. If you are feeling you are in over your head, reach out to a professional. There are many interior design professionals and even color specialists who help homeowners create a fully realized, beautiful kitchen remodel.

Start with Kitchen Countertops

Countertops come in a range of colors and can be made from many materials ranging from quartz to granite, marble, and other natural and man-made materials. Stone countertops are a natural centerpiece in most kitchens, so homeowners often choose counters first, and build the rest of their kitchen around the stone they select.

Work with your contractor to choose a countertop material that looks and performs the way you want. Appearance is important, but not every stone is the same. Granite is hard and durable, while marble is relatively soft and requires maintenance. Quartz is as hard as granite but also non-porous, which makes it more water repellant than any natural stone material. Select a material that matches your lifestyle, then choose the color and pattern you like. Most stone come in a range of colors. Even marble, which is most commonly available in white and gray, may come in a range of hues, including blue, red, green, black, brown, and more.

Pro tip: Take home samples of the stone that you like the best. You will feel differently about each slab as you view them in different qualities of light and in varying environments.

Coordinate or Contrast Kitchen Flooring with Countertops

Once you have selected a countertop, move on to the flooring. The flooring you choose should either support your countertops by coordinating colors or should contrast with the countertops to make a bold statement. Let us explore an example:

Imagine you installed a warm, light brown quartz countertop that resembled a speckled granite, with flecks of gray and cream. Coordinate your warm countertops with a dark brown, nearly black wood to set off your counters and make them pop. Worried about making your kitchen too dark? What about a medium-toned honey-colored oak flooring to support the light brown quartz countertops? Both flooring types result in a rich, elegant kitchen space, but the results are dramatically different.

Pro tip: Get flooring samples to hold up to your countertop samples, to ensure that the colors you choose truly match.

Unite the Space with Cabinets and Kitchen Backsplash

Cabinets and backsplashes become accent pieces after the flooring countertops have been selected. When choosing colors for both surfaces, look for shades that appears briefly in your counters to draw attention to the counters without being redundant.

Remember the light brown quartz countertops with flecks of gray and cream? Install kitchen cabinets that respond to these little flecks. Milk-colored cabinets with soft wooden handles add more warmth to your kitchen while also lightening the space. For the backsplash, a neutral stone, the color of sand, adds sophistication and elegance to your kitchen walls.