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Kitchen Countertop Cleaning Tips

Eager to make a fresh start, but not sure how to get your kitchen in shape? It’s easy to overlook your kitchen countertops when it comes to cleaning, but these spaces can be a breeding ground for germs. Make sure you are making the most of your cleaning efforts by following these simple tips for getting your cleaning done quickly and efficiently. Once you’re finished, you’ll enjoy a sparkling kitchen and have more time to relax in front of an open window with a refreshing beverage.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a man-made, durable material for kitchen countertops. Strong, stain resistant and heat resistant, your kitchen countertop will last you for years. However, quartz does still require some care to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips on how to keep your countertop clean:

  • Use only cleaning products that are designed specifically for quartz surfaces
  • For daily cleaning, use an ammonia-free glass cleaner or any non-abrasive household cleaner that does not contain lemon, ammonia or bleach as they can damage the surface of the quartz
  • Use mild liquid soap, warm water and a soft cloth to remove most residues from your quartz countertop
  • Wipe up spills immediately from your quartz surface

View More Tips On Cleaning Quartz Countertops.

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Does Quartz Stain?

Quartz countertops are unlikely to stain because it is a hard material and is non-porous, meaning liquids won’t be absorbed into the surface of your countertop the way they might if you spilled on unsealed natural stone countertops such as marble. Although quartz countertops have a high stain resistance, they are not completely stained proof as some food substances can leave a moderate to very faint stain behind. To prevent staining, any spills, dirt, grease or oils should be wiped up quickly to reduce the chance of a stain forming.

Countertop Protection Tips

  • Do not place hot items out of the oven or stove directly on the stone surface. Additionally, heat-generating appliances, such as slow cookers, can cause some stones to become discolored or crack. Always protect your top by placing a trivet or hot pad to allow for airflow under the hot item.
  • Avoid chopping or slicing directly on the stone countertop to prevent scratches and dulling your knives. Always use a cutting board.
  • Use placemats and coasters to protect your surface from discoloration and staining.
  • Do not stand or sit on stone countertops. Some stones may crack when excessive weight is applied.

Can I use bleach on my countertop?

We don’t recommend using bleach or any other chemical cleaners to clean your countertops. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage the surface of your countertop, breaking down the resin and causing discoloration. They can also wear down your countertop’s surface, leaving it vulnerable to spills.

Are there specific cleaning products I should use?

Most residue can be removed using a simple routine of wiping down your countertops with a soft cloth and warm water. If your countertops are particularly grimy, you may add mild liquid dish soap to the water; however, soap is not always necessary.
Products such as MORE™ Surface Care offers a great selection of stone-safe options such as the Stone & Quartz Cleaner + Protector. This cleaner can be purchased in any of the Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms.

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Shop Cutting Edge Countertops today for an extensive material and color selection for your upcoming project – and, work with the premier countertop fabricator in the Midwest.

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The Top Five Trending Granite Colors

Are you ready to upgrade your countertops to a unique yet durable material, but not sure where to start? Our 2022 trending granite countertops roundup will guide you to the perfect stone to meet your lifestyle and design preferences.

The beauty of natural stone is truly unmatched, and granite has a one-of-a-kind look that few other countertop materials can compare to. Granite countertops can take any kitchen to the next level visually and often become the talk of the room after a new install. Granite has been a top choice for countertops since the beginning, and to this day continues to be, due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide range of granite In a variety of color shades, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. To learn about some of the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest, keep reading!

Valle Nevado

With Valle Nevado granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors and out! This natural stone has a gray backdrop with subtle dark minerals that run throughout and works well with many different designs. The gray can pull in some lighter aesthetics if paired with dark wood cabinetry, or on the contrary, the darker elements can provide a great visual contrast to white or grey cabinetry. Valle Nevado can vary from slab to slab, so with this material, you are sure to get a unique look in your home.

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Dallas White Countertops

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The white backdrop of Dallas White granite is accented by lavender and light gray tones. You will also see a mix of cream and brown throughout this stone. This element will catch the eye of all your friends and family when they enter the space where this granite will be installed. Dallas White is the perfect option if you are wanting to steer away from the dark side, but aren’t completely sold on solid, bright white countertops. It is the perfect mix of neutrals and will fit right in with your current home decor!

Thunder White

Do you like the elegant look of marble but prefer the extreme durability granite offers? You can have both with Thunder White Granite! This stone mixes gray, white, and cream swirls with small red flecks. It’s mined in India and gives the appearance of marble with its details that emulate the veining of White Carrara. It looks especially good with dark wood cabinets, and using reds in your kitchen will bring out the flecks in the stone.

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Azul Platino

Azul Platino granite has gained popularity for homeowners looking to update their kitchens and bathrooms because of its cool, almost gray-blue tones. As part of our Studio Collection, this granite is available in consistent patterns and colors. You can further customize Azul Platino granite with a variety of countertop edges. 

White Ice

One of the most popular white granites on the market, White Ice can be recognized by its pristine beauty. This granite has been admired for many years and its popularity only continues to increase. This predominately white stone features mixtures of blue and grey tones running throughout. If you are looking to make a statement, pair this stone with a darker cabinet, or achieve a trending yet timeless design by combining it with white cabinetry.

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Ready to Start your Granite Countertops Project?

Countertop trends come and go, but the surface you choose will remain in your home for years to come. We always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. Shop Valle Nevado, Dallas White, Thunder White, Azul Platino and White Ice countertops along with many others in our Live Inventory on our website or visit one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Perrysburg, Troy, Wixom, Noblesville and S. Indianapolis! Our experienced team will lend their knowledge and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

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Creating An On-Trend Kitchen Without Sacrificing Your Personal Style

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on home design trends if you’re planning to remodel any part of your home. But what’s trendy right now may not be exactly what you would love to see in your kitchen. How do you give the heart of your home a fresh look without sacrificing your own unique style? It’s easier than you’d think.

Know the Current Design Trends

Just clicking through a few home design shows on TV will make one thing clear: designers love a kitchen with a wide-open layout and all-white elements. But although this style feels airy and fresh, not everyone loves a colorless kitchen. If what you really want is the cozy feel of colors in your home, don’t worry. You can have an updated kitchen that still reflects your personality.

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Bring Color Home

If you love the idea of adding a bold color to your kitchen, there’s no reason you can’t do it and still stay on-trend. With a little planning, an unexpected shade can elevate your home’s appearance. A countertop in a rich, saturated hue can even become the unifying feature of your home’s decor. To make certain the effect is brightening without being overwhelming, just make sure the rest of the kitchen is in harmony with the look.

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Balance is the Key

The important thing to remember is to balance any eye-catching design elements with soothing, neutral tones. If you add a colorful countertop, opt for light, neutral-colored cabinets. Think of the muted surroundings as the frame for the star of the show. Adding a splash of color to a white, open-plan kitchen is a great way to marry the popular design trends of the day and still have a home that fits your personality.

If you’re ready to bring an exciting blend of style and your unique personality to your kitchen, visit one of our five showrooms where our Design Consultants are ready to assist you today! Our experienced team can offer their product knowledge and inspire with ideas and on-trend information. Call us today at 888-515-TOPS (8677) and let us help you bring your vision to life.

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Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you ready to upgrade your countertops to a unique yet durable surface, but not sure where to start? Our trending top 5 granite color roundup will help guide you to the perfect stone that meets your lifestyle and design preferences. The beauty of natural stone is truly unmatched, and granite has a one of a kind look that few other countertop materials can compare to. Granite countertops can take any kitchen to the next level visually and often become the talk of the room after a new install. Granite has been a top choice for countertops since the beginning, and till this day continues to be, due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide shade range of granite, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. However, if you are interested in learning about some of the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest keep reading!

Alaska White Granite

With Alaska White granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors, and out! This stone has a lighter background with darker minerals running throughout creating a striking look that works well with many different designs. The white can pull in some lighter aesthetics if paired with dark wood cabinetry, or on the contrary, the darker elements can provide a great visual contrast to white or grey cabinetry. Alaska White granite can vary from slab to slab, so with this material, you are sure to get a unique look in your home.

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Black Pearl Leather Granite

Black Pearl Leather granite is a predominately black granite of a semi-solid color tone with speckles of blacks, golds, silvers, browns, greens and shades of gray. The leather finish is gaining more traction in the design world. It features a soft sheen that is less than polished granite but includes a textured appearance.

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Blue Pearl Granite

Blue Pearl Granite features gorgeous shades of blues, grays, and beige. This blue granite kitchen countertop has a stunning, almost metallic blue background. The shimmering specks of gray and black provide an amazing iridescent look to this stone and to the whole kitchen space. Design tip: Pair Blue Pearl granite countertops with bright white cabinetry to bring out the colors in this material and make them pop!

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White Ice Granite

One of the most popular white granites on the market, White Ice can be recognized by its pristine beauty. This granite has been admired for many years and its popularity only continues to increase. This predominately white stone features mixtures of blue and grey tones running throughout. If you are looking to make a statement, pair this stone with a darker cabinet, or achieve a trending yet timeless design by combing it with white cabinetry.

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White Sparkle Granite

White Sparkle granite is known for its cool white tones and grays highlighted by just a touch of sparkle. These elegant white granite slabs are durable enough to be used for exterior projects including outdoor kitchens, as well as a variety of interior projects in homes including granite countertops, accent walls, floors and backsplashes. Add a touch of sparkle in your home with this granite!

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Trends come and go, but the countertops you choose will remain in your home for years to come. With this being said, we always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. Shop Alaska White, White Ice, Black Pearl Leather, Blue Pearl and White Sparkle countertops along with many others in our live inventory on our website or visit one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, Noblesville and Indianapolis! Our experienced team is here to help educate and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

Make sure you follow along on our Cutting Edge Countertops blog to stay updated on the latest news, kitchen and bath designs, and more!

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5 Home Design Trends You Will See In 2020

A new year brings hope, excitement and mystery. What the next year, months and days will bring is anyone’s guess. One thing remains: The modern home and how society continues to live in it will always be changing. If you’re planning a renovation in 2020 check out these home design trends predicted to excite homeowners this year.

Backsplashes

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Slabs: If you find yourself lost in the endless choices of tile backsplash or the thought of having grout lines makes you hesitate, consider taking your countertop material one step further. A slab backsplash with a unique pattern or a lot of movement will make for an eye-catching design statement in your kitchen. If you are looking for something a little more abstract you can mix and match the backsplash slab with the countertop.

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Quartzite: Quartzite is rising in popularity amongst homeowners due to its beauty and durability. Quartzite is harder than granite and each slab is unique. This surface is also heat-resistant and more scratch resistant than engineered quartz.

Cabinetry

Three-tone Kitchens: We all have heard the term “two-tone kitchen cabinets” where the upper cabinets are one color and the lower cabinets another. This style dominated kitchens in the past couple of years. It is only natural that designers are building on the trend rather than moving away from it. With a three-tone kitchen, one more color is introduced to create an asymmetry in the color palette that helps define areas of the kitchen or functions.

Islands

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Multifunctional Island Centers: Kitchen islands have always been a part of the home but they have certainly been evolving over the years. Many homeowners have taken kitchen islands beyond just storage and a place to sit. Islands are getting bigger and taking on more of a function than ever before. Data shows many homeowners will add in or renovate other features of an island such as a microwave or cooktop. This shows how islands are becoming multifunctional features of the kitchen.

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Floating Double Vanities: Choosing to float a vanity frees up floor space which gives the appearance of more room. It also makes cleaning the floor easier than with a furniture style vanity that has legs which can trap dust. So it easy to see why many homeowners are opting for this style in their bathrooms!

These are just of a few of the many great home design trends of 2020 we expect to see. Now it’s your turn! Which of these trends are you excited about? What trends are you predicting in 2020?

Schedule a design session with our experts and learn how we can work with you to provide a truly differentiating solution tailored to meet your distinct needs and ideal vision.

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The Best Interior Design Trends of The 2010’s

The 2010s are coming to an end, and what a decade it was for interior design. Some trends came and went, but others are here to stay. Let’s reminisce on some of the biggest and most memorable interior design trends of the past decade!

Chevron

Who doesn’t remember this iconic zigzag pattern? It was practically everywhere throughout the 2010s! This pattern was incorporated into rugs, pillows, bedding and sometimes even paint. Chevron fabrics often featured bold colors to add even more pop to the eye-catching pattern.

Ombre

This gradual color changing design brought dimension and depth to walls, furniture and home accessories. Accent walls and DIY dip-dyed fabric projects were a few favorite ways people embraced the new look. Ombre also made it’s appearacne in the beauty space too and was insporated into nail are as well as hair treatments.

Matte Black

Matte black became popular toward the end of the decade as more retailers began to offer products in this soft finish. The matte black color was available for metal finishes on kitchen appliances, as well as paint used for walls, cabinetry and furniture.

Boho Decor

This bungalow style boomed with popularity in the 2010s. It’s wild, bold and colorful elements was a contrast to the minimalistic modern designs which were also popular throughout the decade. Tapestry wall hangings, tropical houseplants, and bold print wallpapers feature heavily in these lively spaces.

Modern Farmhouse

Shiplap, exposed beams, barns doors, and farmhouse sinks were some of the top interior design elements in the 2010s. This all stemmed from the popular modern farmhouse decor style. This style introduced cozy and warm spaces that created a welcoming environment with hints of mid-century elements.

Colorful Kitchens

In the 2010s we saw the decline of the all-white kitchen. The trend of incorporating pops of color into the kitchen began to take hold during the decade and is predicted to continue. It brings personality to a space that is thought of to be the heart of the home. Cabinetry and islands are are popular places to add splashes of color. So if you are planning a 2020 kitchen renovation and are looking for a way to create a unique space, try a colorful kitchen island or range!

Now that we have taken a walk down memory lane, what was one of your favorite design trends?

We are excited and look forward to what trends this next decade will bring to the world of interior design!

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The Midwest Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom with granite countertops for 2020? You have come to the right place! Cutting Edge Countertops provides granite countertops to homeowners in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg and Troy. To ensure our customers stay up to date on the latest trends we have rounded up five material options that are hot on the market and would make the perfect kitchen or bathroom granite countertop for your project! These popular granite colors include Dallas White, Blue Pearl, Black Pearl, Bianco Antico and New Venetian Gold. Keep reading to find out more about these colors and which one would best suit your style!

Dallas White Granite

The white background of Dallas White Granite is accented by lavender and light gray tones. You will also see a mix of cream and brown throughout this granite. This element will catch the eye of all your guest when they enter the space where this granite will be homed. Dallas White granite is the perfect option if you are wanting to steer away from the dark side, but aren’t completely sold on bright white countertops. It is the perfect mix of neutrals and will fit right in with your current home decor!

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Blue Pearl Granite

If you are looking for a dark granite that is unique, Blue Pearl granite will exceed your expectations. When you take a close look you will see that this granite contains the perfect harmony of blues, grays and black. The dark gray and navy blue tones differ from slab to slab so when you handpick your material to work with you will be getting a one of kind piece! So if you want to make a statement in your home Blue Pearl granite might just be the granite you have been searching for!

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Black Pearl Granite

Opting for dark countertops is a bold choice and looks great in any style kitchen. Black Pearl granite has a black background with hints of gray and speckles of green, brown, silver and gold. When these minerals are hit by the light, Black Pearl granite comes to life and creates an exotic feel to any kitchen or bathroom. Pair your black granite countertops with white or light wood cabinets and stainless-steel appliances for a stunning look!

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Bianco Antico Granite

Bianco Antico granite is a dreamy blend of gray, white and brown shades on top of a white and gray background. This granite gives off a luxurious appearance due to the quartz crystals scattered throughout the material. Bianco Antico pairs well with a variety of cabinetry colors including black, white, and gray. It is perfect for traditional and contemporary kitchen design styles with it’s light neutral palette it will bring the feeling of openness to any kitchen or bathroom it is installed in.

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New Venetian Gold Granite

Whether polished or leathered New Venetian Gold is a beautiful natural stone. This granite has a sweet honey-colored background that is decorated in amber, white and black flecks. With the proper maintenance and care New Venetian Gold granite can withstand many years of  usage in the kitchen or bathroom due to its super strong and durable characteristics. Combine New Venetian Gold granite countertops with white or black cabinetry to make this material pop!

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With all of our natural stone products, we require that you view the material of interest so that our team can ensure you awill be satisfied with your purchase. Natural stone, such as granite, varies from slab to slab, so when you come into our showrooms located in Indianapolis, Wixom, Noblesville, Perrysburg and Troy you will have the opportunity to pick your slab to work with! Contact us to set up an appointment or visit our website to learn more!

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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

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Trending Color Round-Up

Have you seen tour top countertop colors for the year? We’re introducing our semi-annual color round-up showcasing our most popular granite and quartz colors purchased by our customers. Scroll through to see what they’re loving.

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

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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.

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