Category: Stone Selection


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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Black Galaxy Granite Makes the Perfect Halloween Kitchen

Black Galaxy Granite - KitchenBlack cats, black hats, and plenty of black decorations make for the perfect Halloween spirit. But, homeowners with Black Galaxy granite countertops definitely have the perfect Halloween Kitchen! This stunning natural stone makes an ideal backdrop for Halloween decorations, parties and holiday get-togethers. It’s highly stain resistant, making it a great countertop for people who enjoy entertaining. However, this black countertop will do more than impress party goers at Halloween. It’s a durable, low-maintenance, year-round, classic color make for the most sophisticated and luxurious Connecticut homes and kitchens.

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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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Comparing Caesarstone vs Granite for Kitchen Countertops

Caesarstone or natural granite countertopsCaesarstone vs Granite—which is the best countertop? The answer is, “It depends on what you’re looking for.” Both stones are very popular, and both have a range of colors, and features, pros and cons. The debate about which is “better” comes down to two qualities: Looks and durability. The cost of Caesarstone is about the same as the cost of a mid-line range of natural granite.

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Tips on Planning a Kitchen Renovation

Deciding to go forward with a kitchen renovation is a big step. Maybe it’s something you’ve been thinking about for a while but are waiting for the right time or weighing your various options. When you finally make the decision to move forward, the excitement sets in!

Along with the excitement might come some feelings of uncertainty. Where do you begin? How do you prepare? These feelings are normal, but with a bit of planning, you can keep them at bay.

If you’re planning to start a kitchen remodel, grab a cup of coffee, read through this post, and begin to make a list of your own!

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