Mixed Material Countertops

We love the mixed materials trend that is so hot in kitchen design right now. There are almost innumerable ways to incorporate this look into your home, one of our favorites is by combining multiple materials for your countertops. While we at Prestige will always be partial to natural stone, we get that sometimes people want to mix it up a bit. Here are some of the dual material kitchen countertops inspiring us right now.

The idea of using a piece of wood to connect two separate pieces of stone seems so simple, but it makes a big impact. This is a really understated way to experiment with a mixed materials countertop in a truly unique way.d1a8d28d768818fafdfdfc692987ad7cPhoto: Pinterest
We love the combination of wood and limestone on this kitchen island. There are so many different textures and finishes in this space, keeping the clutter to a minimum allows the eye to focus on the individual elements without becoming overwhelmed. 58471909Photo: Chicago Tribune
This combination of light stone and dark wood work beautifully in this modern kitchen with its neutral colors. Not only is the shape of this island unique, the stark contrast in the light stone and dark wood make this kitchen centerpiece a true showstopper. And how fabulous is that sink?modern-kitchenPhoto: Houzz
This kitchen island was created by topping a pair of architect’s drafting tables with glass. It adds a modern twist to this otherwise traditional kitchen. The glass beautifully complements the classic Carrara marble in a really unexpected way.glassPhoto: House Beautiful
We love the yin and yang vibe of this stark white stone next to the dark wood of the upper level bar. This two tone kitchen look has been gaining in popularity in the last couple years and we don’t predict the trend will be going away any time soon.ca7c5a8c64543ddc98c4c93f7908dd2cPhoto: Houzz
We love how the wood centerpiece of this large stone topped island not only breaks up the space visually, it also defines the different areas by function. We love how the pops of blue in the room really pull that color out of the predominately gray granite.1400989063342Photo: HGTV
This stainless steel island lends an industrial feeling to this contemporary white kitchen with it’s perimeter stone countertops. The hardwood floor really warms up the space, keeping it from feeling too stark.countertops-for-kitchen-elegant-in-white-with-a-modern-stainless-steel-island-great-countertop-photoPhoto: Globaltsp

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!

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Extreme Kitchens

We see a lot of kitchens here at Prestige, so it’s kind of hard to surprise us with a truly unique design. But it still happens, and we always try to learn something from it. Though we could never choose a favorite, here are a few of the unique kitchens we really love.

You know we’re partial to natural stone here at Prestige, but this lego island is definitely a colorful alternative. This island was the brainchild of Parisian design duo Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti and consists of 20,000 lego blocks.legokitchenPhoto: Wills Company
Interior designers Branimira Ivanova and Desislava Ivanova call this innovative design “Cubism in the Kitchen”. Their goal was to create a kitchen that was both functional and artistic. The result is a beautiful space with a uniquely modern twist.

 

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It doesn’t get much cooler than this kitchen island/giant aquarium combo. But how do you maintain your aquarium? Not only does this island have hidden storage, and plumbing for the built-in sink, there is a mechanism that raises the entire top at the push of a button. Aquarium-kitchen-island-brings-in-the-wow-factorPhoto: Gizmodo.com
It might be hard to believe that this Arabian-themed space is a kitchen, but it is. The ornate design might be too much for most people, but it absolutely makes a statement.11464Photo: Ideal Home
We love everything about this open concept kitchen with a staircases divider and island with a built-in fireplace. The clean lines, mixing of different materials, and muted design colors make this design feel both trendy and timeless at the same time.open-staircase-design-partition-saota-1.jpgPhoto: Trendir

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!

 

Countertop Trends for 2018

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Your countertops are a vital component of your kitchen, ultimately, they are where the action happens. And if you’re remodeling or looking to buy a home, countertops are probably on your mind. But you don’t want to start life in your new kitchen with dated decor. Here’s what is hot right now in the world of countertops.

Neutrals, Neutrals, Neutrals

Neutral tones like beige, gray, and tans are seeing a huge resurgence in popularity in home decor in general, but especially in the kitchen. And don’t think neutral has to mean boring! Modern kitchen design is focusing on highlighting the individual components of the room against a softer colored counter.

The yellow and green decor accents really pop against this santa cecilia granite, which complements the light, airy feeling of this kitchen perfectly. The neutral palette will also easily accommodate a variety of color or design schemes.neutralPhoto: Memorable Decor
The neutral gray island counter keeps the focus on the midcentury modern design elements dominating this space. This kitchen completely reinforces the idea that neutral colors can be fun.102335341.jpg.rendition.largestPhoto: Better Homes & Gardens

Integrated Sinks

The integrated sink is a huge trend for 2018. Integrated sinks are made of the same material as the countertop, creating a seamless, modern look. It’s important to be aware that not all materials are suited for the purpose of a sink. Stainless steel, quartz, concrete, and marble will all endure being a sink.

We love the double-level element of this integrated sink. One of the most functional aspects of this sink style is how easy it makes clean up; this design takes that to the next level.sarah-blee-claudio-silverstrin-sinkPhoto: Remodelista

Patterns & Veining

Homeowners today are gravitating toward more unique countertops. Veining is in, and materials like quartz are being offered with more realistic swirls and patterns that look more natural than ever.

The beautiful gray veining of this kitchen island makes it an absolute show stopper.Which-Wood-Is-Best-For-Kitchen-Cabinets-Aqua-Glass-Tile-Backsplash-Using-Granite-Tiles-For-Countertops-Portable-Kitchen-Island-Breakfast-Bar-Gerber-FaucetsPhoto: Erbria

Textured Surfaces

Stone countertops have long been polished and shiny, and while that look will never go out of style, today’s homeowners are gravitating toward counters with a bit more character. You can check out our post, Finish Options for your Granite Counters, to learn more about the different textures available for your counters.

A leathered finish creates an almost water-washed look for your counters. This design takes it a step further with a rough edge as well.040Photo: Anchors Rest

Quartz

Quartz isn’t new this year, but its popularity has never been greater. And it doesn’t seem like this trend is going anywhere anytime soon. Quartz is non-porous, making it extremely resistant to staining, and very hygienic. It’s also super durable and available in a huge number of colors and patterns. Read Quartz vs Quartzite: What’s the Difference, to learn if quartz might be right for your kitchen.

Quartz works with any design aesthetic and makes a beautiful surface in any kitchen.
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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!

 

 

Making Your Home Pet Friendly

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The very fact you’re reading this means you’re a pet person. In fact, your pet is probably one of the best parts about coming home. And definitely part of the family. With that in mind, there are a number of ways to consider their needs in the place you all live.

Flooring

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Hard surfaces are the obvious choice for pet owners. Hardwood and natural stone are each good choices, though each has drawbacks. Wood has a high potential for water damage/staining and even the hardest varieties are prone to scratching under big dog paws. Some softer, more porous stones, have the same issues as hardwood floors, though proper sealing and maintenance certainly extends their lifetimes. Granite, being the hardest of the natural stones, is a great choice for dog owners. Likewise, ceramic tile is one of the easiest floors for a pet owner to maintain.

Washable Walls

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While not usually a first thought when it comes to making a space more pet friendly, animals are very similar to children in their ability to make a mess of your walls. For this reason alone, we have to recommend paint for pet owners. Satin or semi-gloss finishes are great options for high traffic areas, especially ones that see a lot of moisture. An eggshell finish cleans easily but is better in an area with a more moderate traffic rate. If you just have to have a more matte look, make sure to get a washable flat paint.

Built-In Food Bowls

Having a designated feeding station helps create the routine your pet craves. And having it built in means you’ll never trip over, or step in, an ugly dog bowl again.

This gorgeous island beautifully uses scrap granite to match the feeding station with the counters.aaaaPhoto: Pinterest
This drawer-style keeps bowls hidden when not in use. This is a great choice for anyone who also has young children, as they always seem to go for the pet food. The slide-in food storage containers placed next to the bowls is a smart touch.
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Bathing & Grooming Station

If you have the space, a dog bathing station can make your life a lot easier. And, if placed in a garage or other entry space, can help stop dirt from even entering your home.

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Built-In Kennels

Animals like having their own spaces as much as we do. A fun addition to any space, a built-in kennel gives your dog somewhere to relax without having to worry about getting stepped on or tripped over. And there are so many ways to do this, the possibilities are endless!

This double kennel, with special in-crate lighting, gives dogs a safe place to lay in the kitchen and is a great use for the space under a large island. The crate doesn’t extend to any of the island’s edges, leaving room to push in barstools.dogs-in-kitchenPhoto: Kitchen Cabinet Kings
The laundry room/mud room is also a great place for a built in dog crate.indoor-dog-house-with-laundry-roomPhoto: Home My Design

Prestige Marble & Granite is happy to answer any questions you may have about creating a pet friendly space in your home. 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!

Finish Options for your Granite Counters

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Granite has been the number one natural stone choice among homeowners and builders for years. It’s beauty and durability are just some of the reasons for its popularity. When you think about granite counters, you likely envision a shiny, smooth stone. The polished look has been the most popular countertop finish choice for years, and is still the most utilized today. As homeowners have started looking for more unique options, changing up the appearance of granite with different finishing techniques has become more fashionable.

Polished

Polished granite countertops are probably what you think of when you think of granite. To achieve this look the stone is buffed to the highest possible level. The glossy, highly-reflective surface draws attention to the stone and perfectly displays the flecks, veining, and other desirable characteristics that make each slab one of a kind. A polished finish can also work as a stain repellant, making it a great option for a kitchen prep/work space.

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Honed

If you love the look of granite but aren’t a fan of the super shiny style, a honed finish might be exactly what you’re looking for. A honed finish is still extremely smooth, but has a decidedly more matte appearance. Natural imperfections may be more noticeable with this finish, and it is definitely more susceptible to watermarks and fingerprints than the traditional polished look.

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An example of honed versus polished finishes on the same slab for comparison sake.
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Leathered

Similar to the honed finish, leathered stone isn’t glossy or reflective. But this is where the similarities stop. Unlike polished and honed countertops, the leathering process results in a surface riddled with fissures and has a pitted feel, like a fine piece of leather. For this reason, leathering may not be the best option for a busy cook’s kitchen, as it can be slightly more difficult to truly deep clean. Because every stone is unique, the leathering will appear more pronounced on some slabs than others.

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A close-up of a leathered granite countertop.ideas-leathered-finish-black-granite-dupont-square-edge-design-ideas-for-kitchen-countertop-plus-leathered-granite-exciting-leathered-granite-for-kitchen-countertops-matte-granite.jpgPhoto: Elerwanda

Flamed

A flamed finish is created by firing an intense heat at the granite, causing the stone to burst and change color. The process results in a rougher, textured finish with a faded, more natural seeming appearance. Flamed granite works best in damper areas, where slip-resistance is an important factor. Because of how well-suited this finish is in exterior, uncovered areas, flamed granite is extremely popular for outdoor kitchens.  Don’t feel confined by this if you really love this look,  it can be used functionally in almost any room in your home.

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A close-up of a flamed granite countertop.pin.jpgPhoto: Pinterest

Prestige Marble & Granite is happy to answer any questions you may have about different counter finishes, and what will work best for your personal style and needs. 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!

 

 

Prepping for Your New Countertops!

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You’ve picked out your new countertops and are already envisioning your dream kitchen come to life. You’ve met with the contractors and your installation is scheduled. What now? While certain aspects of install prep fall on the installation crew, there are some things you can do to ensure your counter install goes as smoothly as possible before they even arrive.

Is Everything Where You Want It?

Once your space has been measured and a template cut, changes can be extremely costly and will obviously take additional time to correct for. Make sure your appliances, outlets, and sink are all where you want them to be in the space when your contractor comes to initially take measurements. If you’re purchasing a sink from a separate source, make sure you have that available as well.

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Is the Rest of Your Home Ready?

This isn’t an issue in new builds, but if you are replacing existing counters you want to make sure they are completely free of stuff when installers come to take measurements. And for the day of the install, make sure there is a clear path from where your granite will come in to home and where it’s going. This doesn’t just mean furniture. Rugs, wall hangings, etc. should all be removed. In a renovation, it’s also important to make sure the openings from the kitchen are properly sealed off from the rest of the home to keep dust and debris in.

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Have You Scheduled Other Necessary Professionals?

The majority of installers don’t have licensed plumbers or electricians as part of their crew. So while they will install your sink, they will not be able to actually hook up the plumbing. As such, you will need to coordinate schedules with the professionals who can perform these jobs. It may require extra organization on your part, but in the end will be totally worth it when you’re not having to wait to use your beautiful new kitchen!

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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, and can answer any further questions you may have about the information shared here. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom, or give us a call, any time!

 

Tis the Season for Holiday Parties!

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If you enjoy entertaining friends and family in your home, this is definitely your season to shine. Whether you love throwing cookie baking parties, gift wrapping get-togethers, or hosting your family’s big holiday soiree, there are a number of ways to ensure your kitchen maximizes it’s party potential!

Open Concept Layout

While there may be only so much you can do about the layout and design of your space, if you are building or remodeling there are certain options that are better for entertaining than others. An open kitchen/living area design is often considered the pinnacle of designing to entertain. The open layout allows host and guests to intermingle easily and keeps everyone from getting separated from the group, or isolated in small rooms.

This L-shaped island with the 2 level countertop and bar create a beautiful space for guests to congregate away from the ample work space on the opposite wall. The built-in wine fridge further maximizes the efficiency of the space and is considered a must-have for the avid entertainer.
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Ample counter space and seating are key elements when designing to entertain. This kitchen has space for multiple food and drink service stations. The large island, located slightly off-center, will help avoid possible traffic jams in busy areas. Modern Gray Kitchen Features Dark Gray Flat Front CabinetsPhoto: Donco Designs

Surface Potential

You go to a lot of effort decorating and prepping for your holiday events. You don’t want that all to go to waste because all anyone can see are dirty or damaged counters. Check out our post on the pros and cons of different countertop materials to see what will work best for you.

Granite is a great countertop choice if you plan on doing a lot of entertaining. It’s beautiful, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also naturally heat and water resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about guests inadvertently damaging your counters.christmas-home-tour-2015-10-e1513701873820.pngPhoto: What Rose Knows
If space allows, having dual islands is ideal for the entertainers home. This kitchen has one island obviously designated as a work space with a sink and another large island perfect for a large food spread or beverage station.101860761.jpgPhoto: Traditional Home

Decking the Halls

One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is decorating the house! Whether you plan on hosting people in your home or not, holiday decorations always make you feel more festive.

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However you celebrate,  Prestige Marble & Granite wishes you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. And we are always 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!