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Tips on Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop

beach-house-kitche-design-1024x768The selection of kitchen countertops is important for two reasons. First, your choice influences the overall appearance of the room. Secondly, it determines how quickly your countertops will need replacement. Some countertop materials are easier to clean, more resistant to damage, and easier to blend with surroundings than other types. Your selection of a countertop should be based upon what you intend to use it for and not just for its appearance. Here is a look at some of the most popular choices in kitchen countertops along with some of the benefits attached to choosing them.

Polished Granite | Perhaps the most popular choice in kitchen countertops, polished granite have the following qualities:
.   Durable
.   Attractive
.   Natural
.   High-end appearance

Honed Granite | Although not as popular as engineered granite, honed granite has these qualities:
.   Matte finish
.   Heat resistant
.   Scratch resistant
.   Chip and crack resistant

Engineered Quartz | Offering a non-porous surface, engineered quartz countertops are:
.   Heat resistant
.   Stain resistant
.   Impact resistant
.   Acid resistant
.   Scratch resistant
.   Easily maintained

Marble | Offering enduring popularity, marble countertops have lots of merit, including the fact that they are:
.   Capable of hiding minor damage and stains
.   Aesthetically pleasing
.   Smooth

Wood | Offering a natural look, wood countertops provide:
.   Hard surfaces
.   Heat resistance
.   Earth tones

Laminate | An affordable option, laminate is experiencing fresh popularity because it offers:
.   Patterned designs
.   Bright colors
. Trendy Styling

Stainless Steel | Featured in industrial kitchens, stainless steel countertops have a lot to offer, including:
.   Easy maintenance
.   Durability
.   Hygienic surface
.   Coordinates well with other materials

Glass | A pricier, out-of-the-box option, glass countertops offer:
.   Modern styling
.   Streamlined appearance
.   Stain resistance
.   Easy maintenance
.   Durability

The above options are just some of the most commonly chosen materials for kitchen countertops, and you might also want to look at recycled, concrete, travertine, or soapstone materials. If you intend to use your countertops for food preparation and entertaining, you might want to select a style that delivers durability and resistance to damage. If you don’t intend to spend much time cooking in your kitchen, then your options are more varied. Talk to your interior designer for suggestions to help you make the best choice.

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The Open Floor Plan – Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend Well

The Open Floor Plan - Transitioning a Kitchen and Dining Room to Blend WellWith so many homes featuring an open floor plan today, figuring out how to transition your living space becomes an essential part of creating attractive, functional rooms. In particular, blending a kitchen that freely opens into the dining room without any wall barriers can be a tricky process.

delia kitchenChoosing the Breakfast Bar | The style of breakfast bar you choose often determines how it will be used. Ideally, the bar should offer usability for each room. Plus, it will serve as a divider between the two living spaces.

Blending with the Dining Room | Tying the presence of the breakfast bar with the dining room is as simple as asking your interior designer to assist you in selecting tall chairs that go with the furnishings in that room. You’ll want to stick with the same style, such as traditional or modern, and select colors that are complimentary with the décor in the dining room itself.

Coordinating with the Kitchen | Many built-in breakfast bars are designed to offer two individual heights – one for the kitchen side of it and the other height for the dining room side. Typically, the kitchen side is lower and used for work space. As a result, you don’t need to place any chairs here. Your interior designer might have some ideas regarding the color and style of tile for this work surface. The goal is to match it to the kitchen’s décor.

Blending the Kitchen and Dining Room in an Open Floor Plan | Ideally, your cabinetry, bar stools/chairs, and the base of the breakfast bar will match in coloring and type of materials used. This strategy creates a visual transition that ties the two rooms together while also being easy on the eyes. Another strategy that you can use is to choose accessories, countertop appliances, and wall décor that have similar patterns or colors so that you create a flow from one area of the room to another as well as into the adjoining area. Be sure to ask your interior designer for tips on additional ways to tie the two rooms together.

Written by Virginia Liberato | (908) 665-7997 ext.20 | Send Virgina an Email

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