Tranquility Hanstone

Trending Color Round-Up

 

Tranquility HanstoneHave you seen our top colors? We’re introducing our semi-annual color round-up of our most popular countertop colors purchased by our customers. Scroll through to see what they’re loving.

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Cosentino

Product News: Sensa by Cosentino Introduces New Colors

Sensa by Cosentino, the highly-durable natural stone surface for both interior and exterior application, adds five new colors to its existing offering of 35 hues: White Napoli, Silver Blue, Luna Blanca, Smoky White, and White Alamo. Developed exclusively by Cosentino, a global leader in natural stone for more than 80 years, Sensa is a maintenance-free premium natural stone with a revolutionary stain protection that rivals the performance of manmade surfacing. The new colors add texture and tones to the existing offering—marrying a natural, luxurious look with a maintenance-free, high-quality natural stone.

While other natural stone on the market is porous and susceptible to stains from everyday use, Sensa by Cosentino comes equipped with Senguard®, a deep treatment applied during the manufacturing process that protects the stone helping eliminate required sealing for years to come–saving homeowners both time and money and reducing the risk of darkening that comes with repeated applications of standard sealers. True to Cosentino’s commitment to quality and durability, Sensa comes with a 15-year transferrable warranty.

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Luna Blanca evokes maroon and gray tones that fall across a moon white background to accomplish an innovative design. Luna Blanca is a polished Indian color, and an elegant option for countertops, walls and flooring.

Silver Blue subtly blends white and blue ripples on a natural silver background to create a bold tone, with a metallic finish and a high end design. Silver Blue is a polished, new to market color, from Spain.

Smoky White, found in India, swirls black, white and silver waves to create an exotic design of natural stone.

White Alamo blends cool grays and whites with hints of blacks to discover a stunning work of natural art. White Alamo is a polished, new to market color from Brazil.

White Napoli is a polished Brazilian stone with highlights of gray and black on a creamy white background.

Sensa retails from $36 to $89 per square foot, depending on color, thickness, and finish and is available in 35 hues.

For more information, visit the Sensa tab on our website or talk with a consultant at our showroom.

Summer Renovation

4 Reasons Why Summer is the Best Time to Remodel

Summer Renovation

Design: The Fox Group

The spring and fall are usually heavy seasons for contractors and designers with projects, but that may not be the best time to remodel. It’s finally summer and we’re giving you four reasons to renovate your kitchen this season!

1. Enjoy the Outdoors

Remodeling a kitchen can be hard on your family mealtime routine. Being without a sink and appliances can be challenging, and eating out costs money. The good news is, summertime is grilling season! Spend some time outdoors and try some simple grilled meals.

2. Open Schedules & Vacation

Kids are out of school and are free from most extra-curricular activities, which can greatly open up your schedule. Now you can meet with contractors and designers without having to juggle around PTO meetings, baseball practice and the many other activities your children are involved in. Vacation and summer camps can also create ease during a remodeling period. How nice would it be to return home from vacation with a beautiful new kitchen? Pretty nice, right?

3. Lighting

Picking out your countertops, cabinetry, and paint in natural light is key during any renovation. Summer is full of bright days to ensure you are making the right choice. Open the blinds and draw in curtains to fill your kitchen with natural light. Also, days are longer in the summer, allowing more daylight for work to take place.

4. Ventilation

While a renovation is taking place, ventilation of dust and odors are important. During the summer, you can be worry-free and open windows and doors for ventilation without the cold and moisture of the other seasons playing effect.

 

All in all, summer is a great season for many things. Add a kitchen renovation to your summer plans and shop for countertops with Cutting Edge Countertops.

 

Coverings 2018

Coverings 2018: Editor’s Picks

This year’s Coverings showed both new and established trends. Here, part one of our round-up from this year’s show.

 

LaFence’s fresh take on wood look tile mixes effortlessly with classic and graphic patterns.

Patchwork tiles from Keros show last years trend is still holding strong. This look is great on entryway floors or on a backsplash.

A bathroom and outdoor kitchen clad in Keraben surfaces show the everyday consumer how to effectively use these their tiles for the most impact.

Ken Mason’s eponymous tile groupings highlight his penchant for the fresh and unexpected.

High lacquer small and large format surfaces use natural wood as the basis of inspiration.

A wall of new colors mimicking natural stone takes over the walls of Gruppo Romani.

Florim’s “outdoor” kitchen uses their materials on every surface, from countertops to tables to flooring.

Fincibec creates rustic, cool bathroom environments that can easily be recreated at home.

Fap’s new line of tiles mimics a nubby, grasscloth wallpaper, adding warmth to any interior.

Add a little glitz to the bar area with Equipe’s 3D gold metallic triangles.

Emil Groupe’s parquet inspired tiles offer a modern take on this classic style.

Shapes by Dune, shows just how transformative color can be in altering the style of any like materials.

Coem Ceramiche’s plays with lines using their various color ways to create a dynamic “striped” surface for wall or flooring.

For those that long for pattern, Cevica answers with an unusual mix of styles and colors.

K2, Ceramiche Koepe, small format tile, shows a range of textures and colors in organically inspired motifs.

Ceramic Vogue’s confetti comes in a range of color combinations that work perfectly in a shower surround.

Oxidation, a trend we saw a couple of markets ago, still held true this year with Sant’Agostino’s small format tiles. While their New Deco line provided a fresh take on terrazzo inspired surfaces.

Casa Ceramiche’s colorful and artful designs long to be displayed on a huge panel or in an outdoor setting.

Feel as if you’re always at a resort with Bati Orient’s globally inspired mosaics and tiles. Paired with an eclectic mix of wash basins they truly inspire design creativity.

Ape Group plays with graphics in both subtle grays and whites, then moves into classic blues with a Moorish point of view.

Aparici’s delicate motifs offer a retro-inspired look, while their unexpected tattoo like dog adds an unexpected shot of whimsy.

 

The ever popular Hexagon shape gets a graphic, textural update with fabric motifs done in metallics.

ABK’s “stitched” overcalled pattern has the look of patchwork cowhide and leather.

41Zero42 uses a range of pale neutrals and whites to create texture in contemporary settings.

Laminate Surfaces

Laminate Surfaces

Shopping for countertops on a budget? We have two words: Laminate Surfaces!

Laminate countertops can add a fresh, new look to your kitchen or bath at an affordable price. Here is everything you need to know about one of the most affordable surfaces on the market, and why it is a great choice for your project.

Laminate Surfaces

Benefits:

Different from compact surfaces, laminate countertops are made of composite material and melamine resin, bonded to particle board to create a countertop surface. As a man-made product, laminate surfaces have benefits including being bacteria resistant as it is a non-porous surface.

 

Finishes:

Like other countertop options, laminate surfaces can be customizable with different finishes. These finishes can transform the look of your countertop. Finish options include high gloss, matte, leather, suede, concrete, and more.

 

Care:

Care is quite simple for laminate surfaces. Simply clean everyday spills with a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. To prevent stains, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. For stubborn stains, you can use a nonabrasive brush. Darker colors require more frequent cleaning as dust is more visible. Always remember to use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards and coasters for additional protection.

 

Applications:

Laminate surfaces commonly used for residential and commercial indoor spaces as countertops, flooring, walls cladding, backsplashes, and more. For large projects that require seaming, seams will be filled with a color-matching adhesive for a nearly seamless look. They will be visible and can be felt. For surfaces that have a more dynamic pattern, seams will be more apparent.

 

Laminate surfaces are an affordable choice for residential and commercial spaces and come in a vast array of design choices. Here’s our summary of all the things to know about laminate surfaces. For additional information on other surface options, visit our resource tab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salone del Mobile

el Bagno at Salone del Mobile: Editor’s Picks

el Bagno, the bathroom, comes to Salone del Mobile every two years. Here, the latest forward-thinking innovations from this years show.

 

AXOR showcases ShowerHeaven with this overhead shower, the water undergoes a powerful enactment: from revitalizing water jet to soothing shower rain. Right through to soft PowderRain.

Ceramica de Vietri “Blu Ponti” highlights the colors of the sky and the sea in the thirty-three white and blue decorations that Gio Ponti created between 1960 and 1962.

Antonio Lupi’s disappearing sink hides all the components inside the wall.

Dornbracht presents LEG SHOWERATT, an automated contrast shower for invigorating leg affusions. The regenerative effect meets the highest aspirations of wellness and good health.

Alape’s sinks are now available in an array of cool and warm matte neutrals.

Duravit introduces purple into their standard white array, drawing off last year’s Pantone color.

Effegibi sets a new standard, offering an “anywhere” steam shower, complete with glass walls, base and ceiling, the standard shower is now a spa like steam room.

Falper’s floating stone sinks eliminate the unsightly drain hole, creating a seamless and modern integration into any bathroom.

Fantini’s lucite knobs in a range of hues appear clear and then colorful depending on the position.

Kreoo weaves together a beautiful basketweave and showcases stone inlay.

Florim showcases Millennial pink tiles in a contemporary setting.

Glamorous cut glass from GD Glass Designs adds an elegant element to any powder room.

Giulini G’s colorful faucets add a playful element to any space.

Graff presents Dressage, a collection of furniture with a strong handicraft and manufacturing element made using solid wood and DuPont™ Corian®.

Bisazza’s pinstripes mosaics offer a throwback feel to modern day bathrooms.

Cut stone and brass integrate flawlessly into THG’s new line of fixtures.

Scavolini reinterprets the at-home gym with a fully integrated vanity and work out area for the ultimate exercise space.

Ritmonio’s mix and match booth allows for easily switching out a standard lever for their stone inspired versions.

Moab 80’s organic bathtub design is a fresh alternative to the freestanding tub.

Lithea’s 3D stone wall tiles are an ornate and artistic addition to any room. They work in a variety of these materials, including marble, Carrara, lava stone and gray Tunisi.

Artful vanities surrounds at Laufen’s booth add a bit of whimsy to the bathroom.

Petracer’s “Boiserie” is a ceramic that mimics classic wall paneling. Its fresh interpretation of this style is a contemporary twist on the expected.

Countertops

Countertops 101: A Breakdown of What’s What in Surfacing

What is the right countertop material for your kitchen?

When designing your dream kitchen, or remodeling your current one, there is no shortage of tough decisions to make and with one decision impacting another, it can all seem quite overwhelming. Many find it easiest to first focus on countertops. Unfortunately, that raises even more questions! Specifically, what material and design do you want? What’s the right countertop material for your lifestyle?  Do you need an easy to maintain, stain resistant surface?  Or is style most important to you? For most people, the primary question comes down to which material is going to strike the best balance between beauty, style, and maintenance. 

Luckily, there’s a vast range of options available that address durability and maintenance, and all importantly, the style factor.  However, with so many materials ranging from natural stone, quartz composites, stained concrete and even natural wood available, in practically any color, pattern or texture you could want, making the right choice can be tricky. And you might want to incorporate two materials into that space. Here’s the basic 101 on deciphering what’s what in surfaces. 

Here’s a quick look at some of the top countertop materials available today to help you choose the right options for your kitchen.

 

GRANITE

While it now has more competition than in the past, granite is still a top choice among homeowners.  Granite countertops offer both a high-end look and durability.  With granite being a natural material, it has variation in color and pattern which adds to its appeal. Granite is comparable in cost to manufactured quartz but does require more care and a regular sealing routine.

 

 

 

 

QUARTZ

With quartz being a manmade product it is practically maintenance free and far tougher than natural marble or soapstone.  It has a pre-sealed, non-porous surface, making it stain, scratch, heat, and impact resistant.  It’s also available in a wide range of colors and patterns, giving perennial top choice granite a run for its money in recent years.

 

 

CONCRETE

A thick concrete countertop can be the focal point of a modern kitchen design.  Concrete is highly customizable with many stain and texture options available.  It can also stand high heat very well and is scratch and stain resistant if sealed properly.  Concrete on its own can feel overly cold or architectural, so it’s often mixed with other materials and accents like glass, tile, and marble to create a soft, one of a kind look.

 

 

WOOD

A butcher block style countertop can create a warm, cottage style look and when properly sealed is highly heat resistant and ideal for food prep. While you may have one vision of this style countertop, there are many species of wood, including teak, acacia, cherry and American walnut, that can be used for this purpose.  It is also common for wood countertops to be mixed with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to bring in the cozy element of natural wood while still providing a variety of prep surfaces.

 

 

MARBLE

Marble has a timeless appeal, providing an elegant and sophisticated feel.  Available in a polished or honed finish, it is many people’s choice for a high-end look. Marble is highly porous so staining can be a problem without regular sealing and care. If you go for marble, expect it to weather with time. It will also stain, but it lasts forever. Think of the great marble facades in Europe. If you love those, then you’ll love this as a countertop.

 

 

 

SOAPSTONE
Soapstone is a non-porous natural stone that doesn’t require regular sealing, making it highly stain and bacteria resistant.  Soapstone is more specific in its color variations, available in a range of gray tones from light to dark with subtle veining. It is a soft, natural material and is more prone to a variation of light and dark spots, as well as scratching. That said, it’s often a farmhouse favorite.

 

 

 

STAINLESS STEEL

Stainless steel countertops are a popular choice for homeowners looking for that commercial kitchen look.  Stainless steel provides a modern, industrial feel that coordinates with any color.  It is also one of the easiest countertop materials to clean as well as the most hygienic being impervious to heat and bacteria.

 

 

 

 

ULTRA-COMPACT 

Ultra-compact surfaces are composed of raw materials that include marble, quartz, porcelain, and glass. This countertop option is extremely durable and can be used both indoors and outdoors without the risk of fading. Ultra-compact products are available in many colors and looks, including that of other materials such as marble, wood, and concrete.

 

EuroCucina

EuroCucina at Salone del Mobil: Editor’s Picks

Every two years, EuroCucina comes to Salone with the worlds most innovative and forward-looking designs and collaborations for the kitchen market. Here’s Cutting Edge Countertops’ roundup of some of the most impressive offerings from this market.

 

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Smeg partners with Dolce and Gabbana to expand their artist-inspired culinary offerings.

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Abimis takes its notes from commercial kitchens, created a rounded edge frame in a super high polished stainless steel. The result: an extraordinary kitchen cooking area that can live indoors or out.

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Arclinea mixes a range of materials that showcase the effects of cold and warm materials and integrates LED lighting throughout.

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Bertazzoni introduces a new line of finishes, like antiqued copper, that add an old world charm to these modern appliances.

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Boffi’s floating glass cabinets bring an airiness to kitchen design.

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At Cesar’s booth, kitchens are naturally integrated into the work/living areas at home with seamless shelving and a continuous workstation.

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Cesar cabinetry goes bold with a supersaturated coral palette.

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Growing a garden of herbs and vegetables inside the kitchen at Comprex.

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Cosentino’s ultracompact surface Dekton showcases the new additions that expanded its versatile range of colors in 2018.

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ELLE Decor Italia teams up with over a one sponsors to showcase how millennials live. Here, a kitchen concept that focuses on easy access to supplies and a countertop that extends out for company and closes to hide the cooking area.

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Electrolux debuts Visual Garden. A refrigerator that lights up to show you the produce inside. Their goal is to eliminate food waste and help consumers lead healthier lives.

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The new Fendi Cucine was born from the partnership between the haute couture brand Fendi and the top brand Scic kitchens. It focuses on the new Cucine Home Professional collection, a  super-luxury furnishing line designed by architect Marco Costanzi.

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Franke’s Smart Deco range hood strikes a playful, colorful chord at this year’s EuroCucina. The new model boasts stunning shape and color that add a playful element of design to any kitchen. Cooking and living areas are thus combined to form a single living space.

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Gaggenau newest refrigerators are stainless steel throughout, providing excellent cooling and preservation.

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Ilve’s outdoor range is sleek and perfect for year-round entertaining.

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Ilve takes modern white and chrome and gives it a traditional twist in this European kitchen.

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Irinox continues to wow with their food preservation system that blast chills food and can warm foods for dinner.

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Compact living is all about efficiency. Integrating a stackable laundry unit into the kitchen saves on space and can easily be hidden by the wall of continuous cabinetry.

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Marchi Cucine inspires stunning kitchen design by playing with glass and solid pieces throughout.

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1, 2, 3…KitchenAid takes the sous vide trend into the built-in market. Here, the vacuum sealer sits in between the steam oven for cooking or the blast chiller for preserving.

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Neff brings the farmers market to Salone with a booth filled with global staples.

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Toncelli creates a magical bar cabinet with hiding spots and secret compartments throughout.

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Valcucine’s creates “garage doors” for the kitchen. Simply wave your hand and the kitchen disappears behind a wall of whatever art or surface you choose.

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Wolf continues to show how seamlessly their integrates appliances can stand up in any kitchen setting.

Recycled Surfaces Vetrazzo Floating Blue

Recycled Surfaces

It’s April and it’s time to go GREEN! What better way to save the planet than by installing recycled surfaces in your home.

Imagine the possibilities of recycled glass or porcelain countertops in your kitchen or bathroom.
Customizable and eco-friendly, these unique countertops are easy to maintain and will last a lifetime (with proper care, of course).

Recycled Surfaces Vetrazzo Floating Blue

Benefits:

Recycled surfaces can be made from recycled glass, paper, and porcelain. By choosing recycled surfaces you are not only cutting down on our planet’s waste, you are also choosing a surface that will benefit your family and their health. Like quartz surfaces, recycled surfaces are non-porous, making them a top choice for keeping bacteria at bay. Recycled countertop surfaces are also very durable as they are heat and stain resistant.

 

Finishes:

Like other countertop options, recycled surfaces can come in different finishes. Finish options include high gloss, semi-gloss, honed, and matte.

 

Care:

Not only are recycled surfaces well-loved because of their durability but also because of their care-free maintenance! Simply clean everyday spills with a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. To prevent stains, spills should be cleaned as soon as possible. For stubborn stains, you can use a non-abrasive brush. Always remember to use hot pads, trivets, cutting boards and coasters for additional protection to ensure the life of your countertops.

 

Applications:

A great choice for residential and commercial spaces, recycled surfaces are commonly used indoors as countertops, vanity tops, bar tops, fireplace surrounds and tub decks, wall cladding, entryways, and shower surrounds.

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Recycled surface countertops offer many benefits and a vast array of beautiful and fun design choices. The added bonus is that they are earth-friendly and affordable. Let’s make your home green and install recycled surfaces with Cutting Edge Countertops.

For additional information on recycled surfaces and other countertop options, visit our resource tab.

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide: Kitchen Edition

Spring is officially here and it’s time to clean! To kick this season off with a good start we are giving you some of our top tips to maintain a clean kitchen.

1. Clear and Cleanse

First thing first, let’s clear everything off those countertops. Remove décor, small appliances, and cooking utensils from your surfaces. Then, give them and your backsplash a good wipe down. Get a good deep clean to clear all the dust, grime, and crumbs from months of cooking.

If you have natural stone countertops, simply clean surfaces with a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water, or a natural stone cleaner to remove most residues. For stubborn stains, use a soft non-abrasive bristled brush and scrub lightly. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Be sure to rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent spotting.

For quartz surfaces use a soft cloth with a mild liquid soap and warm water, or a quartz cleaner. For tougher stains, use a soft non-abrasive bristled brush and scrub lightly. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Wipe down with a clean damp cloth to rinse, and towel dry prevent spotting.

Solid surfaces can also be cleaned with a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water, or a solid surface cleaner. For more difficult stains, use a non-abrasive soft bristled brush and scrub lightly. If soap scum is an issue, use a non-acidic soap scum remover. Rinse and towel dry to finish up.

Spring Cleaning Guide

2. Declutter those Drawers

We tend to dump everything in drawers. Out of sight out of mind, right? It’s time to go through them and purge all the junk. This is also a good time to clean and reorganize those utensil drawer organizers. The amount of crumbs that can fall from your counters into your drawers is shocking.

3. Tackle the Tupperware

We all hate opening this cabinet because no matter how many times we reorganize and match the lids to containers there seems to always be an avalanche of plastic heading straight toward us. There are many ways to organize this cabinet from manufactured closet systems to DIY resources. Some DIY things to keep those lids in place are file organizing stands, baking cooling racks, dish drying racks, or large bins and baskets to help keep that plastic tamed.

4. Flawless Floors

Hopefully, you already clean your floors regularly, but now is a chance to really clean and disinfect. Wash your rugs and be sure to mop. Pay attention to cracks, corners, and the grout in your flooring. This might be the time to call in a professional to get your flooring steamed cleaned.

5. Scrub Down Those Appliances

Give your oven, stove, and fridge a good scrub. Take out the fridge drawers and give those burners new life. It’s time to get off all of that baked on gunk. You’ll feel like you have a brand new kitchen afterward!

6. Let in the Light

Last but certainly not least, let in some natural light to show off the beautiful sparkle and shine to your clean kitchen.

Spring Cleaning Guide

Don’t worry, you don’t have to clean it all in a day. Take it step by step. Now, get out there, clean and enjoy spring.

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