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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, these are the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest!

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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Ubatuba Granite

Ubatuba granite is a frequently used material for residential and commercial design due to its beauty and durability. This granite features black, gold, gray and green speckles. These glistening minerals that make up the Ubatuba design come together to create the perfect timeless piece for your space. This granite color has been a popular choice for decades now, making it a go-to option for kitchen remodels.

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Santa Cecilia Light Granite

Santa Cecilia Light cannot be described in one defining way. This stone has been around for many, many years, with its reliability and beauty, Santa Cecilia Light granite has created a name for itself in the stone industry. The beauty of Santa Cecilia Light granite can be found in its soft cream color and subtle speckles in shades of burgundy, gold, and deep grey. The mixture generated through the different layers of color is brought to life by the dark black or burgundy contrasts against the soothing cream base. Designing with this stone in your home will bring a beautiful elegance to any bathroom or kitchen. A very neutral option, it can be paired with a variety of styles and colors.

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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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Giallo Ornamental Granite

Known for its golden creamy tones, Giallo Ornamental granite is a gorgeous stone. What gives Giallo Ornamental its stunning color is the abundance of golden minerals that are present. Up close, you can see that dotted around the stone are a mix of brown minerals. These minerals can vary though and can range from a lovely light cream color or a dark to light honey color. Achieve a natural and flowing design when you combine Giallo Ornamental with finished wood cabinets that have a light or medium stain. The golden earthy tones of this stone become one with the cabinets!

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 these beautiful countertops along with many others on our website or visit a Cutting Edge Countertops showroom near! 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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New Troy Showroom Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

Celebrate good times, come on! The Cutting Edge Countertops family was excited to be joined by the Troy Chamber of Commerce for the official ribbon cutting of our Troy, Michigan location. The ribbon cutting on the 12th kicked off our celebrations, followed by our Grand Opening event this past Saturday, June 15th. The Mean Weenie served up delicious hotdogs and we enjoyed music and giveaways from WNIC 100.3 as we assisted customers searching for new kitchen and bath countertops.

Our showroom is designed to make your shopping experience easy with a spacious, climate-controlled slab viewing gallery, an expansive sample selection, and several countertop vignettes. There are also plenty of beautiful stone countertops to browse, including quartz, granite, marble, and more! Our knowledgeable team is here to serve Troy and surrounding area homeowners for all your kitchen and bathroom countertop needs. Along with the grand opening, we kicked off the Cutting Edge Countertops Summer Sale! With this promotion, you can save up to $450 on your countertop project! So, if you live in Troy, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights, Royal Oak, Bloomfield, or anywhere nearby, and have been thinking about tackling a renovation, now is the time!

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What can you find at our Countertop Showroom in Troy?

Quartz Countertops in Troy

If you are looking for quartz in Troy, stop by our new showroom! Quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and not only provide beauty but durability as well. Quartz rivals the look of natural stone without the maintenance, so you truly get the best of both worlds. It is a non-porous surface, so it can withstand daily product spills and food crumbs that come with everyday life, making it perfect for high-traffic areas like the kitchen. So, if you’re looking for a gorgeous kitchen or bathroom countertop that will withstand the test of time, a quartz countertop from CEC might be the perfect fit for you!

Granite Countertops in Troy

Stop by the showroom to browse high quality and extremely popular granite countertops. Granite countertops have been a leading choice in both residential and commercial projects for many years and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Our Troy showroom is home to a variety of standard and unique granite colors, so you are sure to find the perfect stone to bring your vision to life. With its stain and heat resistant qualities, the investment in granite countertops is worth every penny. In order to keep these countertops looking as pristine as install day, we highly recommend your granite countertops be sealed periodically and protected. This will minimize the absorption of any water or bacteria that would cause staining and discoloration. If you are ready to start a new granite project, contact us today!

Marble Countertops in Troy

Searching for marble in Troy may seem overwhelming, but our friendly team will help guide you every step of the way from selection to installation, alleviating you of any worries. Our team can educate you on sealing and cleaning your marble countertops, so they stay in tip-top shape for the years to come. The unique veining in marble and its stunning natural beauty have long been used in ancient architecture and modern-day kitchens. Marble adds elegance and drama to any room you use this natural stone in, making it a very popular choice amongst homeowners. You’ll find mesmerizing patterns when browsing the collections of marble offered at our Troy location. To find the kitchen or bath marble countertop you have been searching for, call us today to schedule a tour!

Whether you are looking for granite, marble or quartz in Troy we have these beautiful materials and more on display at our design center. We know visiting a showroom can be intimidating, with rows and rows filled with gorgeous stones, but our team will help you narrow down the selections so that you can be confident in your choice of kitchen or bathroom countertops.

Don’t waste another minute dreaming about a new kitchen or bath countertop, contact us to learn more about your options within our brand new showroom in Troy!

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Now Open: New Troy Countertop Design & Selection Center

As a growing leader in the sales and manufacturing of residential and commercial countertops for the Midwest region, we are pleased to announce the opening of our fifth Cutting Edge Countertops location in the tri-state area. Following the recent expansion of our manufacturing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio, we pursued the opportunity to better serve the design and construction market in the Troy, Michigan area.

Our newest showroom and design center is located at 192 East Maple Road in Troy. The facility is staffed by three experienced design consultants with years of experience to assist with any type of project.  With nearly 70 full-size natural stone slabs to view and even more quartz selections to choose from, customers are sure to find the perfect stone for their kitchen or bath. CEC carries a large variety of granite and marble, as well as top quartz products from HanStone, Silestone, Caesarstone, and other major material brands like Corian, Hi-Macs, Dekton, Neolith and GEOS.

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Our company operates under key safety, quality and service commitments, including maintaining first-class facilities, offering an extensive material selection, providing quick project turnaround and an unmatched dedication to customer experience.

“We have the honor of creating the centerpiece for our clients’ kitchen or bath projects,” said Keith Sadowski, CEC Regional Sales Manager. “We believe that there are no ordinary kitchens or baths, they are all extraordinary, just like our customers’ unique styles and needs.”

CEC is one of the largest fabricators of granite and quartz countertops in the Midwest, cranking out more than 50 kitchen and vanity tops a day. The company employs a state-of-the-art fabrication process that is designed to offer each client the highest quality countertops. From its 95,000 sq.ft. headquarters, CEC’s production warehousing, manufacturing, and logistics operations are centralized to service the states of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

“We encourage you to come visit our new showroom and let us make your new countertops the envy of the neighborhood,” Sadowski closed.

To celebrate the new space, CEC will host a grand opening event this summer.

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Design Guide: Fall Decor

Fall is here! Is your kitchen decorated? We have a few ideas for you that will keep your counter space open!

Glass Cake Dome Lid

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Three-Tiered Stands

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Mini Pumpkins

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Wood Slices

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Metal Tins

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Now you have 5 great ways to decorate your space for fall. Do your countertops need a makeover? Update them with Cutting Edge Countertops! Click here to browse our surfaces.

 

 

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8 Steps to the Perfect Countertop Installation

Did you know October is kitchen and bath month? Well, it is! Believe it or not, now is the best time to upgrade your countertops before the holiday season. To help you prepare for your countertop installation, we have developed this handy dandy guide to ensure you know what to do and expect in a countertop remodel.

1. Budget

One of the most important items to develop in any home project is to establish your budget. Knowing what you are able to spend, or even having an idea of what you would like to spend, will give you a realistic expectation of what you will be able to accomplish in any project.

2. Plan

Plan, plan, and plan some more. It is important to plan around your families schedule. Being without a kitchen or bathroom for any amount of time is stressful. Even though a countertop installation is a quick process, it is good to plan ahead and be prepared for extra time and space.

3. Know Your Space

If you are changing the layout of your kitchen, it is a good idea to know the ins and outs of your existing space to ensure you know what you want and don’t want in your new space. Some things to take into account are your home’s traffic patterns, plumbing, and electrical.

4. In-Home Measure

Before you head off to the showroom and slab house it is important you gather some measurements and dimensions of your current and future space. These don’t have to be exact, but they will help give us an idea of your home. Later on, a team member will make a home visit to template once you have selected your countertop.

5. Select Your Slab

At Cutting Edge Countertops, our extensive selection of countertop materials includes stunning natural stones like marble and granite, durable quartz, adaptable solid surface and more from top manufacturers. Our goal is to provide the latest trends in surfacing materials that meet your design, lifestyle, and budget needs. Click here to view our wide portfolio of countertop brands, materials, colors, and finishes to find the perfect match for your home.

6. Measure & Template

This is when things get real! It is time to plan and schedule a team member to visit your home to template your space and gather all of the necessary information about your installation. No one wants to be surprised with extra charges or unforeseen problems. That’s why we take extremely accurate measurements.

7. Prepare Your Home

On the day of your installation, it is important to clear pathways and entryways and remove items from existing counters to ensure a smooth removal and installation.

8. Leave The Rest To The Pros

It’s time to sit back and relax. Your new countertops will be installed and ready for you to enjoy in no time. Once the work is complete, our installers will review the job with you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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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.

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