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Kitchen Countertop Materials And Design Style Pairings

clock August 20, 2010 18:18 by author mtemple

With so many different types of kitchen countertops available, choosing one that meets your tastes and design style can seem a bit overwhelming. However, if you know the style of kitchen you wish to achieve, you can drastically narrow your list of countertop possibilities. If you are redesigning or planning a new kitchen, here are a few popular style and countertop pairings.


Old World Or Tuscany Style


The Mediterranean style is known for its unique blend of fun colors and sophisticated style. This juxtaposition creates a warm and welcoming kitchen with a touch of historic class. To find a material that matches this style, look for a marble or quartz kitchen countertop with warm colors such as terra cotta. Order it with an angled edge for a bit of added style and more horizontal lines. Tiling is another excellent idea for this style, but remember that this material will require a bit more attention in terms of cleaning because of the grout lines.


Country-Style Kitchens


Country style has a down-home, comfortable feeling that can follow two distinct types of 'country.' French inspired country homes have a romantic and more formal appearance that plays on a combination of darks and lights. Since you'll likely have porcelain or ceramic tile on the floor, look for a coordinating solid surface or Corian kitchen countertop. This should be in a nice black, or near black color if you have light colored cabinets. If you have dark cabinets, which is closer to the traditional French-country style, look for materials that are a white or near white in color.


A rustic country style needs materials that can mimic that rough, unrefined look this design style is known for. Solid wood is excellent for topping off natural wood cabinets. However, you can enjoy the durability with quartz, granite, solid-surface kitchen countertop or even dark marble. For a bit of added luxury, have a drain tray for dishes routed right into the top as well as inlayed cutting boards.


Modern Or Contemporary Style


If you love bold, solid colors and sharp, definite lines, you'll want a kitchen countertop that compliments a modern design. Granite countertops are the top choice for modern kitchens because of their sleek look and enormous range of colors, but are also one of the most expensive. Laminate countertops are an economical way to achieve a similar look, but without the steep price tag. Look for solid, bold colors that match your color scheme. If using marble, granite, or faux marble countertops, consider finishes that appear solid in color from a distance. Bottom line, you'll want a sharp square edge to compliment the horizontal and vertical lines indicative of this design.


Selecting a kitchen countertop is not a choice to be taken lightly. Not only should you enjoy the ambiance of your kitchen, this is the one room that can make a big impact on the resale value of your home. For the most seamless design results, begin with a style in mind and then search for countertop materials that are recommended for that particular style.

Bahia Gold Kitchen Countertop Install

clock August 11, 2010 00:08 by author mtemple

That is certainly a long run of countertop. The countertop color selected was Bahia Gold Granite. This customer will certainly be happy with there selection.

Improving Your Home's Resale Value With Cost Effective Home Improvement Choices

clock August 6, 2010 00:48 by author mtemple

In today's economy, home improvement has become the best way to increase the value and marketability of your home without putting yourself into financial trouble. By making smart investments in home improvement, you can double or even triple every dollar you put into your home improvement projects at sale time.


Getting the Most Home Improvement Bang For Your Buck


There are probably plenty of improvements you can think to make in your home to increase its value. But if you're selling your home, your goal is likely to invest in home improvements that will raise the value of the home beyond the amount that you invested. Time and again, replacing kitchen countertops has proven to be one of the most cost effective ways to help increase the resale value of your home and make it more appealing to buyers. And unlike other home improvement projects that can take weeks or months to complete, replacing kitchen countertops can be done in a very short time period.


A homebuyer's decision to choose one home over another often comes down to the kitchen. A desirable kitchen not only brings a higher resale value to a home, but can also help you sell your home faster. Countertops get gouged, scratched, burned, and stained, leaving the entire room looking drab and less attractive. Because people prepare the food that will feed their families on these materials, a worn out, dirty-looking kitchen countertop can be a real turn off. Replacing kitchen countertops brings a fresh and clean new look a dramatic boost to your home's resale value in a single afternoon.


Materials Make The Difference


Quality kitchen countertop materials offer a more appealing and desirable look, they also last far longer than other materials -- something that is very attractive to homebuyers who are already investing a great deal in a home purchase.


Kitchen countertops can be made of natural stones, such as granite, limestone, marble or soapstone, or they can be made of wood, glass, stainless steel or synthetic materials such as Formica, engineered quartz, and solid surface materials such as Corian and LG Hi Macs.


Using well-known brands such as DuPont Corian and Zodiaq, LG Hi Macs and Viatera, IceStone and Caesarstone offer a selling point to potential buyers as they tour your home. These companies have stood the test of time and have proven themselves to be long lasting and resistant to damage.


Shopping Online For Replacement Countertops


The internet has made shopping for replacement countertops as simple as looking up a phone number. Beware of underpriced 'box movers' -- these are websites owned by those that know a lot about building websites, but little or nothing about countertops. Reputable companies will provide you with an interactive quoting system to assist you in designing your new countertop, a wide selection of materials to choose from, access to live customer service, and enough of a selection to allow you to truly express yourself through color and surface options.


The business of countertops is a service business. Because your kitchen countertop will need to be custom cut and because you'll no doubt have questions, settle for nothing less than the best in customer service. The internet provides the convenience of reducing shopping and research time, but that doesn't mean that you need to sacrifice customer service. A quality company will display a prominent 800 number that gives you access to professionals just as if you were standing in the showroom speaking with a salesperson.


Replacing worn, scratched and discolored kitchen countertops can completely change the look of a home for surprisingly little money. Instead of disrupting your entire home for days or weeks on end and spending two and three times the contracted price for home renovations, kitchen countertop replacement is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to increase the resale value of your home.