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The Top Six Trending Countertop Colors

Has HGTV got you itching to renovate your home? Are you ready for a change, but aren’t quite sure where to start? We’ve rounded up our top six selling countertop colors to help guide your decisions. Our top sellers range from granite to quartz to dolomite, so we’re sure this list will help guide you to the perfect material that meets your lifestyle and design preferences. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide range of materials from top brands, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. 

Valle Nevado

With Valle Nevado granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors and outdoors! 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 gray 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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Mascavo

Natural stone has forever been a classic staple in any home, as no two slabs will ever be the same and therefore each piece is unique in its own way. Mascavo’s cool, neutral colors pull together light and dark aspects in a kitchen, seamlessly uniting the space. This dolomite 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.

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 predominantly white stone features a mixture of blue and gray 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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Calacatta Laza

A sought-after quartz material, Calacatta Laza, is well known for its luxurious pattern with silvery veining. This countertop pairs beautifully with any design style creating a chic sanctuary in any room of the home. The versatile complexion that Calacatta Laza offers allows homeowners to decorate however they please; whether they opt for silver accents, brushed nickel, black, chrome or gold!

Montauk

Montauk by HanStone Quartz appeals to a wide audience for its delicate features and soft hues. This countertop provides a subtle, yet luxurious look with its soft pearl undertone and immediately elevates any space with its ivory marble pattern.

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Tranquility

Tranquility by HanStone Quartz is a distinctly modern classic beauty. A purest crisp white marble with a feathery contrasting charcoal vein, Tranquility voices a timeless classic Tuscan appeal.

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We always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. We find that these six colors spark joy for a good majority of our customers! Shop our trending countertop colors along with many others in our Live Inventory on our website or schedule an appointment at one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Perrysburg, Delaware, 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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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

Dallas White

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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8 Steps to the Perfect Countertop Installation

Fall is the best time of year to start that home renovation you’ve been putting off! Upgrade your countertops before the holiday season to truly marvel your guests and family. To help you prepare for your countertop installation, we have prepared this resourceful step-by-step guide to ensure you know what to do and expect in a countertop remodel.

1. Plan

Planning is important when taking on any project and this goes for countertop installations too. You want to be prepared for extra help or if there might be delays with family schedules. It is good to plan ahead to know that your project will come out just the way you want it!

2. Budget

After exploring your options and deciding what your priorities are, the next thing you will want to do is establish your budget. Having your budget planned out beforehand will help you avoid unnecessary costs down the line, and guide you through the process. By having an allotted amount, you will have a realistic expectation of what you will be able to accomplish in any project.

3. Know Your Space

If you are changing the layout of your kitchen or bathroom it’s a good idea to have an idea of what you want and don’t want for your new look. Cutting Edge Countertops’ knowledgeable team will be able to provide further assistance as to what can be done, the opportunities that lie ahead and so much more. Some things to take into account for a complete renovation are plumbing, electrical connections and traffic patterns in the home.

4. In-Home Measurement

Before you schedule an appointment in one of our showrooms, it’s very important to take some measurements and dimensions of your current space. These don’t have to be exact but they will provide an idea of how much material is needed for your project to provide a quote.

5. Select Your Slab

This is the fun part: selecting your favorite countertop material. At Cutting Edge Countertops, our extensive selection of countertop materials includes stunning natural stones like granite, marble, quartzite and soapstone, as well as durable quartz and compact surface options. We offer materials from the top manufacturers in the country with an extensive color selection and numerous edge profiles to choose from to add stunning detail. Click here to view our wide portfolio of countertop brands, materials, colors and finishes to find the perfect match for your home.

6. Measure Appointment

This is when things get real! Our team will schedule both your measure and install appointments two weeks apart on most projects. During your measure, we’ll take laser measurements to electronically map your space to ensure an accurate fit of your new countertops upon installation. During our measure appointment, it’s important to have your countertops cleared off before our Measure Technician arrives. This appointment is extremely important as we finalize the design intent so it is critical the decision maker is present for the duration of the appointment.

7. Prepare Your Home

On the day of your installation, it’s important to clear pathways and entryways for our team to carefully enter your home with your new, gorgeous material.

8. Leave the Rest to the Pros!

It’s time to sit back and relax while we do the work, and we promise, this is going to happen quickly! 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.

Looking to understand the process in more detail? We developed our customer experience cycle to guide you so you know what to anticipate each step of the way.

We can’t wait for you to start your home renovation shortly! Be sure to contact us when you are ready to start your project and our team will be happy to assist you every step of the way.

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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!

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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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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:

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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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