Behind the Scenes at Prestige: A look at Current Inventory

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Here at Prestige Marble & Granite, we’re proud to offer the best and most beautiful natural stones available for any of your design projects. We search the world for the best quality stone, with the most attractive coloration and patterning. From classic colors to the exotic and rare, we’re able to offer our customers vast selections to suit any decorating style, personal taste, and budget. Here’s a look at some of our latest acquisitions.

Keep in mind that its nearly impossible for a picture to capture the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We always invite you to visit our showroom to view these unique stones up close and in person!

Alaskan White Granite

Alaskan White is a blend of silvery grays and icy whites. It’s a truly beautiful piece of stone with small sparkling flecks. Look closely at the second picture to see the shimmer detail more clearly.

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Calacatta Borghini Quartz

Calacatta is a stunning white quartz with gray veining throughout.  One of the benefits of quartz is that its non-porous surface is resistant to staining, guaranteeing your white stays white.

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Ganashe Granite

Ganashe is an amazing gray granite full of creams, taupe, and black throughout. The exquisite blend of cool tones gives the stone depth while deposits of mineral mica create small areas of shimmer.

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White Vegas Granite

White Vegas is a beautiful mix of warm tones of both brown and gray. This versatile stone is the perfect match for so many different color schemes and will complement virtually any design style.

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White Vienna

Quarried in Brazil, White Vienna is a gorgeous white and gray stone with beige and charcoal accents.  This is a bold granite, guaranteed to make a statement wherever you choose to use it.

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Taupe White Granite

It’s all in the name. This rock is a gorgeous combination of white and gray with undertones of brown and slight tinges of greens and purples. It somehow manages to be both classic and modern, elegant and easy.

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This is just a small sampling of what we currently have in house. We’d love to show you the full range of options  Prestige Marble & Granite  has to offer. Whatever your personal taste we are here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

How to Choose the Right Granite Countertop Color

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Calacatta Gold Countertops from Prestige Marble & Granite

The availability of numerous granite colors in the current American market can make choosing a granite countertop color  difficult, even overwhelming. Because any natural stone, including granite, is an investment and ultimately a long-lasting decision, it’s important to get it right the first time. While selecting a granite color for a countertop is is a personal thing, you’ll want to coordinate your granite with the cabinets, floor color, and other aspects of your kitchen to achieve your desired result. Here are some guidance and great tips to help you select the right granite for your countertops.

Cabinet Color

We always encourage our customers to bring a cabinet sample when they visit our show room to select their granite. Even if that means temporarily removing a door, it’s well worth it. The ideal cabinet and granite coordination is a granite that contrasts with the cabinets, but with the natural speckles or veins having hues of the cabinet color. If you have two-tone cabinetry, selecting a suitable granite that goes well with the two different colors can pose a challenge. The basic principle is to select a granite that has hues of the both colors.

Other Kitchen Colors 

Making a good selection for countertops requires an eye for detail.  In addition to cabinet samples, you will want to bring samples of wall paint, flooring and kitchen appliances to the showroom. (If samples aren’t available, take pictures in good, natural lighting.) Place your  samples on or around the granite to get a good idea of what different  color combinations look like.

Kitchen Lighting

Don’t forget the kitchen’s lighting when choosing granite colors! If your kitchen has little or no natural light, select granite that has a significant amount of white or gold, or lots of light-reflecting crystals. Dark colors like deep blue and black look best in areas that receive substantial light. Think about using layers of lighting and including Track and pendant lighting, as well as under-cabinet lighting to enhance the beauty of the stone. To learn more about kitchen lighting to best show off your countertops, click here. 

Kitchen Size

Be sure to consider the size of your kitchen when choosing granite colors. In general, smaller kitchens will look larger with lighter colored countertops. But dark-colored granite with lots of lighter colored veins can offer a stunningly beautiful result in small kitchens, too. This where you have to really pay attention to your lighting.

Can’t Decide?

At the end of the day, if you’re torn between two granite colors, consider using both!  Selecting a lighter color for an island and a darker tone for the surrounding cabinets creates a beautiful contrast. Your kitchen will pop even more with contrasting granite colors that perfectly compliment cabinetry that’s also in two different colors.

 

 

 

What Affects Granite Countertop Prices?

 

Fusion Granite from Brazil
Gorgeous Fusion granite from Brazil is exotic and rare.

All granite is gorgeous, but not all granite costs the same. This is because, while all granite slabs are inherently beautiful in their own way, they are not all the same. There are several factors that will affect the price. Here’s a look at them.

Granite Slab Size

The size of the slab will always affect the cost. Larger pieces are more desirable for a couple of reasons. It’s best to avoid seams in your countertop when possible because they tend to more visible with granite. From an aesthetic point of view, one large piece without a seam will always look better than two or more smaller pieces. Also, one piece cut from a slab will be more uniform in color and veining than pieces cut from several slabs. Single large countertop pieces have to be cut from large slabs, which are naturally more expensive. Large pieces of granite are also more difficult to install, adding to the installation cost.

Granite Grade

Grade refers to the structural quality of the stone. Slabs with fewer imperfections and defects, like pits and fissures, will be assigned a higher grade. There are no internationally accepted standards that exist, however. The levels and grades for granite are determined by each individual wholesaler, therefore, it’s important to purchase your granite from a well-established, knowledgeable and respected dealer.

Color & Rarity

The  factor that affects the price of granite the most is color and supply and demand. The relative rarity of some granite colors and hues may make them more expensive. But even more importantly, demand will really affect how much the granite will cost. Some rather exotic or rare colors are more expensive in areas where demand for that particular color is high. So in many respects, the price of granite is greatly affected by how popular a color is in a given area at a given time.

Other Factors

Other factors that affect the price of your granite countertops are the number of cutouts that have to be done and any upgraded edges you choose (click here to learn about some of the edges available).

Just because a slab of granite isn’t considered rare or exotic, or isn’t in low supply due to high demand, doesn’t mean it can’t make an attractive countertop in your kitchen. But keep in mind that you are likely to live with your granite countertops for many years to come, and  you’ll be most satisfied with your purchase in the years ahead if you spend a bit more to get the type, color and look you really want.

While we offer a large array of beautiful natural stones to fit all budgets, we specialize in unique, hard-to-find countertop material. We source the most extraordinary, rare, and exotic marble and granite slabs that will enhance your space with a distinctive, one-of-a-kind look. Here in our indoor showroom, you’ll find one of the most extensive selections of the highest quality, designer-grade natural stones available in Middle Tennessee.

What is a Vein-Cut Stone Slab?

 

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There’s nothing like vein-cut stone to give a soothing, zen-like ambience to an interior. Flowing, linear striations give a sense of effortless, ongoing flow, like the currents in a river or the undulations of the ocean waves. The look is very popular and used with many design styles, but what exactly is a “vein cut” slab?

Vein-Cutting Explained

Stones that will eventually become your countertops are originally cut from the quarry in the form of a massive block. Veins of minerals run through the block of stone. These mineral veins (each of a unique color and texture) run through the block of stone and will give the future countertops their pattern and character. The character is inherent in the stone itself, but the pattern is determined by what direction the stone block is sliced.

In the vein-cut process, the block of stone is cut along the grain, which will show the layers of sediments and horizontal veining. In contrast to vein-cutting, isthe cross-cut process, in which the slabs are cut across the grain. This is also referred to as a “fleuri” cut because it reveals a flowery, more circular vein pattern, instead of the striped pattern of the vein-cut stone.

Whether you’re going for a traditional, classical look or a sleek, contemporary design, there’s just no substitute for the beautiful banded look of vein-cut natural stone!

When it comes to your countertops, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

Prestige Marble & Granite Looks at Kitchen Design Details: Countertop Edges

The renowned architect and designer Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” This couldn’t be more true than when designing a kitchen. It’s the details that make a kitchen unique. Each little choice you make integrates to create the finished design. If you have endured a major remodel, you know the small choices can be agonizing – selecting an edge profile for your countertops can be one of these difficult choices.

While the machinery and tools available in modern fabrication shops allow for many unique edge designs, here’s a quick look at some of the options available in each of three major categories, straight edges, curved edges, and fancy edges.

Straight Edge Profiles

Straight edges are great in any style kitchen and are especially appropriate for clean-lined and simple designs. All straight edges are actually slightly eased or rounded in order to reduce the sharpness of your countertop and to help protect the stone from damage. The amount of rounding you choose can significantly change the look. The top edge can be very rounded and the bottom squared as in the Radius edge. Or it can just barely have the edge softened.

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Note the extra thick straight edge countertop on the island below. It is likely a standard 2cm or 3cm with a mitered frame around the sides, making the slab look much thicker.

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Traditional kitchen with straight edge countertops

Curved Edge Profiles

Curved edges can be plain or they can get quite fancy.  They soften the feel of the room and work just as well in just about any design style. Curves are easy to clean and are also safer option options if you worry about little heads getting bumped!

Curved countertop edge profiles

 

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This rounded edge detail is a timeless classic, great for traditional kitchens.

Fancy Edge Profiles

 

Use a fancy edge if you really want to make a statement with your countertops. Because fancy edges are so attention grabbing, they are usually reserved for islands that are designed to be a focal point. Fancy edges are beautiful but remember less is sometimes  more – fancy edges can become overwhelming if overused.

Fancy edge profiles for stone countertops

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The double ogee on the curved island makes for a beautiful focal point!
These are just some of the many kinds of countertop edges out there! Come visit our indoor showroom and speak with our staff to learn about the different edge profiles available.They can also help you make the right choice for your design and for your lifestyle!

Wondrous Waterfalls

Waterfall countertops have been rising in popularity recently, and we have to admit we love them (when they are installed properly!). A waterfall countertop ‘falls’ off the edge of a set of cabinets, creating the appearance of a continuous surface that blends from the top surface down the side. While the look is mostly a style choice, there are actually some practical reasons for installing them.

Prevents Scratches and Dings
End panels on typical wood islands and cabinets are usually high located in traffic areas, making them susceptible to scuffs, scratches and dings. Natural stone sides will withstand the abuse, keeping your island and cabinets looking pretty and new.

Hidden Storage
The waterfall can be used to hide appliances or create hidden storage space for any number of items.

Protects Against Water Damage
Waterfall counters aren’t exclusive to the kitchen. They can be integrated on bathroom cabinetry to cover and protect against water damage and splashing.

What better way to create a gorgeous, yet practical focal point in your home than with a sleek waterfall countertop? And whatever your personal design preference –traditional, rustic, modern, European, or farmhouse – waterfalls offer a truly distinct accent to any space. Here’s a look at few of our favorites for inspiration.

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Kitchen + Bath Artisans
Los Angeles Hills Modern Kitchen
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Parsons Green House
Kitchens...the heart of the home
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Westchester, NY
Westchester Dream Home
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Park Lane Residence

Get even more waterfall countertop inspiration our Pinterest board!

We hope you have enjoyed this look at waterfall countertops fashioned from a variety of naturals stones in a myriad of styles. If you’re thinking of taking the waterfall plunge, you can be assured that the natural stone pros at Prestige Marble & Granite have the knowledge and experience to fabricate and install perfectly mitered waterfalls with a seamless appearance. Come browse our Columbia showroom and see for yourself! 

 

A Look at Some Beautiful Stones in Our Inventory

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Here at Prestige Marble & Granite, we’re proud to offer our customers the best and most beautiful natural stones for interior and exterior design projects. We literally search the world for the best quality stone with the most attractive coloration and patterning. From classic colors to exotic and rare, we’re able to offer our customers vast selections to suit any decorating style, personal taste, and budget. Here’s a look at some of our latest acquisitions. (Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our indoor showroom to view these unique stones in person!)

Crema Bordeaux Granite

Crema Bordeaux is famous for its amazing colors and is often said to resemble the planet Jupiter with its swirling pink and cream patterns. Grey to dark blue mineral deposits ground the red tones, making this stunning stone easy to integrate in most any design scheme.

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Blizzard Granite

One look at Blizzard and you can see how it got it’s name! This exotic stone is black granite with white veins and resembles marble, but is ideal for kitchen countertops.

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Bari White Granite

Black, beige & gray speckles with distinct veining give Bari White a very dramatic, modern look.

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Millennium Dream Granite

Millennium Dream has rich gold hues accentuated by grey and rose veining, perfect for creating a warm, yet sophisticated atmosphere.

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Blue River Granite

A beautiful blueish-grey stone with purple to black and beige veining throughout, Blue River Granite is a stunning stone for countertops, bathroom vanities, and fireplaces.

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Audax Granite

This extraordinary polished granite from Brazil mixes rich chocolate and glittery gold tones with warm charcoal gray hues, broken up with chunks of light-reflecting quartz. Rich and glamorous Audax will bring light and life to your designs.

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These beautiful selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by the Prestige Marble & Granite showroom and browse any time.