If you’re considering natural stone for the countertop surfaces in your home, you might look at samples of quartzite and granite and hopelessly wonder which is which and how they differ. Natural stone varieties like granite and quartzite share common attributes, it’s true, but when you begin researching these different types of stone, you’ll find that there are some key differences that could sway your decision.
Kids will be kids, and when it comes to your kitchen countertops, unfortunately, they can put them to the test, be it with glitter and glue, accidental spills or cleaning with the wrong products when trying to help out. However, living in a household with small children does not mean you have to skimp out on your design aesthetic to provide functionality and durability.
There are plenty of reasons to love engineered quartz countertops. There’s the fact that they’re comprised of over 90% natural stone, which gives them the depth and dimension you expect with any natural stone product. The remaining materials include resins and polymers that create a hard, non-porous surface, making for exceptional resilience and durability, as well as pigments that can make quartz look like other types of stone (marble, granite, etc.), or a completely unique surface.
Over time, the design pendulum swings between the popularity of warm and cool color palettes.
As of late, gray has been the go-to neutral and is continuing to stay an on-trend color choice for all areas of the home. If you’re looking to experiment with a cool, white and gray palette, you might want to start with a smaller space, like a bathroom. There are plenty of cool options in natural stone to explore, from stark, white marbles to dappled, gray granites and more.
Quartz stone countertops have recently exploded in popularity and are quickly becoming a favorite surface for use in kitchen and bath applications. And it’s no wonder given the many benefits of selecting a quartz surface for your home, including low-maintenance, high durability and a large selection of stone colors and texture.
When it comes to transforming your kitchen, bathroom or other utility rooms in the home, a popular option is to create bright, open spaces with natural stone, like marble. Among the most popular marbles are those that feature a combination of white and gray for a modern neutral that goes great with both light and dark cabinetry and colorful accessories.
Unlike black cats, there’s nothing superstitious about black countertops. While many homeowners feel like choosing white countertops is a safe choice, selecting a slab of Absolute Black, Black Galaxy, or Jet Mist granite can deliver the same versatility and design aesthetic, while also making a bold statement.
There have been many great debates in the course of history…including the great debate among stone fabricators, designers and builders: is Fantasy Brown a marble stone or a quartzite stone? Although these two types of natural stones are similar in nature, they have their distinctive qualities. So, why is it so hard to easily categorize Fantasy Brown?
Here’s what you need to know about this interior design debate. May the best stone win!
Naturally, every homeowner is going to have personal preferences when it comes to décor, especially when it pertains to a potentially large investment such as kitchen and bathroom countertops. While you want to respect your personal style sensibilities, when it comes to countertops, you have to also consider the utility of surfaces in your home. … MORE
Fireplaces may be a traditional way to add warmth to your living spaces, but in your home, you have fireplace design options that are anything but traditional. While wooden mantles, intricate scrollwork, and stone or brick hearths and surrounds have played major roles in fireplace design for centuries, there are plenty of ways to update this timeless addition in your home.