DESIGN CHAT:: COUNTERTOP CONFESSIONS

To all the renovators , the cooks, the wine drinkers, the families with little humans ...this one's for you....

It's me, Nicole! Here to help with some countertop pros and cons of all these beautiful materials mother nature provides us, and some amazing engineered ones which have many people turning their heads in disbelief!

With busy lives and being constantly on the go, everyone is looking for those two special words... MAINTENANCE FREE.  So by popular demand I give you .....

Quartz

  Design via Joanna Gaines: https://magnolia.com/our-show/episode-01-lunar-lander/    Pro Tip: Want the look of marble without the maintenance?? Look no further!

Design via Joanna Gaines: https://magnolia.com/our-show/episode-01-lunar-lander/

Pro Tip: Want the look of marble without the maintenance?? Look no further!

  Design via Studio McGee: https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/2017/2/27/emerson    Pro Tip: resistant to scratches, stains, and can withstand heat

Design via Studio McGee: https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/2017/2/27/emerson

Pro Tip: resistant to scratches, stains, and can withstand heat

  Design via Jaclyn Peters Design: http://jaclynpetersdesign.com/#/highway-206/    Pro Tip: What you see is what you get! No unexpected variations in color or movement    Con: ummmm.... still searching for one! Check back with me when you find someone who doesn't like an indestructible and impervious product :)  

Design via Jaclyn Peters Design: http://jaclynpetersdesign.com/#/highway-206/

Pro Tip: What you see is what you get! No unexpected variations in color or movement

Con: ummmm.... still searching for one! Check back with me when you find someone who doesn't like an indestructible and impervious product :)  

Next up is our old friend....

Granite

Granite comes from the process of crystallization of magma below Earth's surface. In short your countertop was flowing molten lava at some point! This helps to explain the density of the product and  why there are so many variations of movement and color within granite to pick from!

  Design via Akin Design Studio:                                                http://www.akindesignstudio.com/the-rad-reno/aihi5pryzo7awahg2mk0ta6tielvvt    Pro Tip: sealing is recommended to aid in the resistance against etching, dirt and spills

Design via Akin Design Studio:                                                http://www.akindesignstudio.com/the-rad-reno/aihi5pryzo7awahg2mk0ta6tielvvt

Pro Tip: sealing is recommended to aid in the resistance against etching, dirt and spills

  Design via Britt Lakin Photography: www.brittlakinphotography.com    Pro Tip: Most cost effective option when considering a natural stone. Normally the more clean looking the higher the price will be.     Con: Can tend to lean a bit busy, therefore consider picking a more subtle backsplash tile when working with a granite.  

Design via Britt Lakin Photography: www.brittlakinphotography.com

Pro Tip: Most cost effective option when considering a natural stone. Normally the more clean looking the higher the price will be. 

Con: Can tend to lean a bit busy, therefore consider picking a more subtle backsplash tile when working with a granite.  

Wood

The beauty and warmth  this natural element provides is a favorite of mine.  Wood is sure to compliment any solid surface paired with it. With its rich hues and ability to manipulate the intensity of the finish, this application is an art piece all on its own!

  Design via designer and  stylist Liz Kamarul personal home:     https://www.instagram.com/p/BjuVQEaH9sY/?taken-by=liz_kamarul    Pro Tip: Excellent work space for the chef in you! Wood is very forgiving on cutlery, but dents and scratches can occur in the wood during constant use. I personally love the character and story it creates. 

Design via designer and  stylist Liz Kamarul personal home:   https://www.instagram.com/p/BjuVQEaH9sY/?taken-by=liz_kamarul

Pro Tip: Excellent work space for the chef in you! Wood is very forgiving on cutlery, but dents and scratches can occur in the wood during constant use. I personally love the character and story it creates. 

  Design via Amie Corley Interiors: https://www.instagram.com/amiecorleyinteriors/     Con: Refinishing of the wood will need to take place, but is dependent on how often it is used. Typically time span is 10-15 years

Design via Amie Corley Interiors: https://www.instagram.com/amiecorleyinteriors/ 

Con: Refinishing of the wood will need to take place, but is dependent on how often it is used. Typically time span is 10-15 years

... and of course, saving the best for last

MARBLE

...I'll just be over here swooning all day, everyday over this beautiful stone. The movement, and colors the earth produces will never cease to amaze me. For centuries some of the most beautiful sculptures and structures have been made with marble. Indoor, Outdoor, on floors, ceilings, and walls! So when people ask "can I use this on my counter?" My answer always is ,"of course you can!!!" I know what you're thinking- "yeah, but i will also become a slave to it," and my answer  is of course you will haha! BUT, here are some tips to help you along the way!

  Design via deVOL Kitchens: https://www.devolkitchens.co.uk/kitchens/classic-bespoke/brochure    Pro Tip: Sealing is your best friend .... for life!     Pro Tip: Do not let anything acidic sit on the countertop- lemons, vinegar, tomato sauce will etch the stone

Design via deVOL Kitchens: https://www.devolkitchens.co.uk/kitchens/classic-bespoke/brochure

Pro Tip: Sealing is your best friend .... for life! 

Pro Tip: Do not let anything acidic sit on the countertop- lemons, vinegar, tomato sauce will etch the stone

  Design via Dreamy Whites Blog personal home:  http://dreamywhites.blogspot.com/2016/04/french-inspired-kitchen-makeover-french.html    Pro Tip: To help remove stubborn stains use a  poultice paste, and thank me later!

Design via Dreamy Whites Blog personal home:  http://dreamywhites.blogspot.com/2016/04/french-inspired-kitchen-makeover-french.html

Pro Tip: To help remove stubborn stains use a  poultice paste, and thank me later!

I hope after reading this you are a bit more confident the next time you are out selecting countertops! I'm sure I'll hop back on here soon and we can talk about some materials which are not as commonly used!

Until Next Time!

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