Carrara

Carrara vs Calacatta‬ 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 also has two popular variations, Carrara and Calacatta. Both are beautiful, and unique in their own ways. Want to know the difference? We’re breaking it down so you can find the perfect marble for your countertops.

 

History of Marble:

Marble is generally formed from limestone undergoing metamorphism. When exposed to extremes of pressure or heat, limestone turns into calcite or dolomite crystals, which are the primary materials in marble. Marble has a famous history. The ancient Greeks built their architecture, cities, and sculptures often from Pentelic and Parian Marbles, quarried in Greece. The Romans later used marble in their buildings as well, quarrying in the Greek spots and finding Roman marble quarries of their own. Marble is, in a lot of ways, what the classical and Hellenistic age was built from. This is one of the reasons people are drawn to marble for countertops and flooring.

 

Carrara Marble:

Carrara Marble

The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the veining. White Carrera marble tends to have “softer” veining. Another factor that differs between the two stones is the base color. Carrara marble tends to look less “true white” compared to Calacatta. In fact, White Carrara can be greyish when compared to Calacatta.

 

Calacatta Marble:

Calacatta MarbleWhere Carrara has soft veining, Calacatta marble contains very sharp and thick veins. Calacatta marble also tends to be whiter than Carrara marble. This is an important factor to note, because the whiter the marble the more valuable it is, which also means the more it may cost. Nevertheless, a great choice for countertops, flooring, and backsplash.

 

In conclusion, depending on your budget and style preferences both variations of marble will make an excellent statement to your home.

White kitchens

IDEA FILE: Tips For the Perfect All White Kitchen

There is a reason why white kitchens have been a classic look for many years. The timeless look of a simple white kitchen connotes cleanliness and brightens rooms that can be naturally dark. It can also make smaller spaces appear larger.

However, some all white kitchens have a tendency to appear a bit stark, or quite frankly…a little boring. The kitchen is the heart and soul of your home, and it should make a statement, not just blend in with its surroundings.

Here are a few tips to warm up and personalize your white kitchen and create a look that will never go out of style!

Add metal accents. Metals such as copper, bronze, brass or polished nickel can definitely warm up an all white kitchen. Look beyond your cabinet hardware for metal options and consider adding a combination of metals with your lighting, fixtures and possibly open shelving?

Source: Chilton Development

Add real wood elements. Real wood adds a warm organic feel to a white kitchen. Islands/countertops, floating shelves and flooring are great areas with the potential to add a real wood look.

Source: MALI AZIMA

Accessorize to bring in your personality and flavor to your all white kitchen. Consider displaying your cookbook collection in your open shelving units. If you have a garden, rotate in fresh flowers for a pop of color.  The options are endless to add depth and interest to what could otherwise be a bland space.

Source: My Amazing Things

Add a statement hood and/or backsplash. A large striking range hood and dramatic backsplash could be the only major design statement you need in an otherwise all white kitchen!

Source: Lauren Albanese

With an all white kitchen, it’s all about adding contrasting elements and shades of color that will blend seamlessly with the white space and create a more inviting space for your family and guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granite Countertop Installation

Why Professional Granite Countertop Installation

Countertop installation isn’t something that should be DIY’ed. Especially when it comes to installing granite and natural stone. There are safety concerns and technical details to take into consideration. It is best to leave this job to the pros.

 

Choosing Granite Countertops

Granite comes from mother nature, making each slab unique with different shade variations, fissures, cracks, chips, pits, and pores. Don’t let this scare you away! This is what makes natural stone so beautiful! Not only does granite make a great countertop surface because of its beauty, it is also a great choice because of its qualities. Granite countertops are resistant to scratches, bacteria, stains, and heat, and can also be used for both outdoor and indoor spaces. Now that you have selected one of the most popular and durable countertops for your space it is important to get them professionally installed.

Granite Countertop Installation

Professional Granite Installation Benefits

Damage:

Even though granite is a strong and durable surface, it can easily be damaged in the transportation process if the right precautions aren’t met.

Insured:

Installing your natural stone countertops with a professional installer will eliminate a great risk of damage, not to mention the installer and the stone are insured if things go wrong. This is not always the case with a handyman who would leave you with the bill and the damaged product.

Time:

There is a lot of work that takes place in the fabrication and installation of your granite countertops. Measuring, cutting, sanding, polishing, and sealing are just some of the steps that take place before your countertops are installed in your home. Countertop installation can be a lot of work for a DIY handyman to handle. Our team of installers are trained professionals that have the proper knowledge and tools to get your countertops installed perfectly and in a timely manner.

 

So sit back and relax and let the professionals create an enjoyable experience for you and your family. If you are needing new countertops installed in your home consider Cutting Edge Countertops for your project. If you can visualize it, we can create it – from eye-­catching kitchens to picture-­perfect powder rooms and luxurious laundries. Whether your style is timelessly traditional or stunningly sleek, we can help you create the perfect environment to truly transform your home or commercial space. It all starts with our wide-­ranging selection of surfaces. Contact us today to get started on your installation.

 

 

countertop

On Trend: Pairing Natural Stone and Quartz

When planning a new kitchen, or major kitchen remodel, pairing countertop and backsplash materials presents an age-old dilemma. Many designers swear by hard fast rules regarding how to make the perfect pairing, while others will say all the rules are meant to be broken!

It makes the most sense to start with your countertops. The countertop is the main hub of your kitchen and will most likely take up the bulk of your budget (other than cabinets!). Your desired style, budget and the way you plan to use it will go a long way in determining the best material for your countertop. Generally speaking, there are more limited color/texture options with countertops whereas backsplash options are virtually unlimited. Nail you countertops first, then you can get creative and make a statement with your backsplash.

Many homeowners desire the look of a natural stone material like marble, but either don’t have the budget or are turned off by its high maintenance nature. This is one of the main reasons many opt for engineered quartz for their countertops. Quartz is a non-porous material which makes it virtually maintenance free. No worries about staining from spilled red wine or highly acidic liquids. Based on advancements in the engineering process, quartz closely mimics the beauty of natural stone and is available in a large variety of colors. It is also more consistent in pattern than the natural stone making it versatile for both traditional and modern styles. As mentioned, this would allow you to get creative with your backsplash and have it define the ultimate style of the space.

Why can’t you have the beauty of natural stone and the ease of maintenance and versatility of quartz? You can, by pairing a natural stone backsplash with your quartz countertops.  It’s all about combining different colors, textures, and patterns to project the style statement you desire. For instance, pair beautiful vein cut limestone tiles with a limited pattern quartz countertop. Or add more texture by going with a stacked stone accented backsplash with quartz. To help inspire you to create your own unique combinations, let’s take a look at some examples:

Black quartz countertops with white and gray marble chevron tiles for a stunning look; feasbyandbleeks.com

LG Viatera Snow Strom Quartz countertops paired with gray polished marble subway time for a timeless look; lgviaterausa.com

Vein cut limestone tile kitchen backsplash with quartz countertops; Designer, Carla Aston; Photographer, Tori Aston

A freckled charcoal gray quartz countertop paired with an opulent gray marble mosaic tile; MSI Stone

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.

Found something you like? Visit our showroom to shop our customer’s favorites and more!

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.

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