Category: Quartz


Kitchen Design Trends to Look Out for in 2019

Kitchen design trends to look out for - Academy MarbleThe kitchen design trends to look out for in 2019 represent a significant shift in kitchen interior design. These looks signal a new wave of ideas which will dominate trends going forward. We may not be ready to start thinking about the 2020s, but the new decade is just a year away. To embrace the future, your kitchen may need a whole new look. Academy Marble & Granite is ready to help you get started on a new kitchen design.

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Upgrade Your Kitchen this Holiday Season with Natural Stone Countertops

Learn more about our natural stone countertopsAn entire kitchen remodel before the holidays can be stressful. Planning the logistics of what is getting done, plus coordinating family gatherings and travel is a lot to take on during this busy time. While you may want an entire kitchen overhaul, simple changes can make a big impact for the aesthetics of your home. Upgrading kitchen countertops is a great solution for minimal downtime during the holidays while giving your kitchen a new, fresh look. In one week or less, Academy Marble can upgrade your kitchen with beautiful natural stone countertops, making it a quick and easy way to update your home before guests and family visit for the holidays.

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Kitchen Design Budget: We Breakdown The Cost of Natural Stone Countertops

Cost of Natural Stone CountertopsRenovating or remodeling any room is costly, but kitchens and bathrooms rank among the most expensive revamp because of the cost of natural stone countertops. It’s important to spend time shopping around to get the best price possible for your budget.

Cost of Natural Stone Countertops

“How much will the stone countertops cost?”  Is the first question many homeowners ask when putting together a kitchen design budget. Even before considering the cost of natural stone countertops, you should sit down and figure out your kitchen budget. Next, decide which tasks you’re willing to delay. Things like waiting to paint or adding a new appliance can help get the countertop renovation done first. … MORE


Why Professionals Choose Cosentino

Why Professionals Choose CosentinoIn the world of stone, the name Cosentino is synonymous with luxury, durability, and uniqueness. A family-owned, global corporation headquartered in Almeria, Spain, The Cosentino Group© manufacturers leading brands of luxury surfaces,  such as Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa by Cosentino® – all technologically advanced surfaces for creating spaces and unique designs for residential and commercial use.

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7 Quartz Countertop Myths Debunked

Interior of a kitchen with quartz countertopsQuartz countertops are one of the most durable types of countertops and although they have been around for a long while, it’s not until recently that we’ve seen more and more people selecting quartz for either their kitchens and bathrooms.  But amazingly, as quartz countertops increase in popularity, so do the misconceptions around quartz. … MORE


8 Natural Stones Now Trending in Connecticut’s Luxury Homes

Interior of modern kitchenWhile natural stone surfaces rarely go out of style, there are certain colors of stone that are more trendy and popular in Connecticut’s luxury homes than others. Natural stone has always been a popular choice among architects and builders for landscape design, kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor kitchens, and flooring. Its durability, aesthetics and classic appeal are a given, but more and more homeowners are bringing their own sense of color and style to the design process, and this is what they’re choosing.

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Quartz vs Granite

What’s different between the two?

A kitchen counter sees a lot of action in its lifetime. Plates, knives, cups, spills, food, spices, water and much more. Its no wonder homeowners take the time to research what stone will stand the test of time. Quartz and Granite are both major players when it comes to the durability game. When quality and low-maintenance is needed by many homeowners, both have lots to offer. Let’s dig a little deeper into each stone with find which works best for your lifestyle.

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Marble, Granite or Quartz Countertop? Which One to Choose

Finding the stone countertop that speaks to your lifestyle

Every stone used in home surfaces has different features & benefits that allow it to shine in its own unique way. Finding what you value most in stone is half of the battle. Consider the three ideas below before making your design decision.

Marble Countertops: The Fashion Forward Stone

Marble is having a major “moment” in the design world. Some would call it trending, but it has truly been on “trend” for centuries. The stark natural feel, specifically of Calacatta and Carrara are highly desired. These marble patterns have even left their mark on social media. The bright white backdrop has gained popularity on the platform Instagram, in which “lay flat” photos are showcased on top of the stone.

The stone provides focus and adds a ton of reflective light. Beautiful veining across the stone is unpredictable and more of a work of art, rather than a kitchen countertop. Color combinations such as: gray and white as well as golds and pinks allow us to deem marble the high-fashion stone. Although caring for your stone can seem daunting, sealing the stone helps in preventing stains on the natural stone.

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