Granite CountertopsIf you’re in the process of remodeling your kitchen or working with a home builder on constructing your new dream home you know that selecting the perfect cabinetry, flooring, backsplash and countertops for your new kitchen is an important, and potentially daunting task.

The good news is that Discover Marble and Granite is here to help guide you through the process of selecting the right natural stone, pattern and finish for your new countertops, which the goal being to perfectly compliment your new kitchen cabinets, backsplash and flooring!

Here at Discover Marble and Granite we often get a lot of questions like the ones that follow in part one of our Countertop Square Off.

Q—Do you recommend light over a dark natural stone?

A—That depends, and obviously it’s a personal choice for our customers, but we recommend keeping the following consideration in mind:

If the kitchen is large and basks in a lot of natural light, dark natural stone countertops may work better than if the kitchen is tiny and doesn’t get a lot of light. Keep in mind, too, that if you opt for darker cabinets, you may want to counter (pun intended!) the effects of the shadows with lighter natural stone countertops.

Q—Do you think we should match the natural stone countertops to our new cabinets or backsplash?

A—Again, it depends on your personal taste, but being too “matchy-matchy” can mean your new kitchen may lose some visual interest that comes from elegant contrasts. As a best practice, we recommend taking a look on Houzz and Pinterest, as well as design books and magazines that showcase kitchens that jive with your style.

Pay attention to the size, shape and amount of light the kitchens that “speak” to you. Then compare and contract those kitchens against yours. If you find that the inspiration kitchens mimic yours in terms of shape, light and size, and you’re thrilled with how their “matching” countertops look with the cabinetry and backsplash, consider going for a more matchy route yourself. If you come across a kitchen where there are stark contrast among the backsplash, cabinetry, flooring and countertops, and you really dig what you’re seeing, take that mental inventory of how your kitchen stacks up in terms of light, size and shape before making your final decision.

As a rule of thumb, too, ask yourself whether you can live with the materials you’re selecting for years to come! If you have reservations about the colors of the backsplash, cabinets, flooring or countertops because they may seem too trendy or otherwise could lead you to fall out of love with them quickly, take a step back before you make your decision.

Q—What’s the best natural stone choice for a kitchen—granite, marble, quartz or soapstone?

A—Each natural stone infuses its own unique exquisiteness into a space—that’s undeniable! Discover Marble and Granite’s blog covers a number of considerations unique to each type of natural stone product we carry and we urge you to peruse our posts for information on the plethora of natural stone options available to you.

Next week we’ll address even more of your questions in Countertop Square Off—part two—like how to get a “wow” kitchen that’s not too busy looking and when it’s OK to have two-toned countertops.

And, in the meantime, if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for there, please contact Discover Marble and Granite!

We have more than 10 years of experience as a leading importer, manufacturer and installer of natural stone and quartz surfaces in New England and Southwest Florida. We specialize in residential and commercial interior work for the wholesale industry, and we strive to provide exceptional customer service, fast turnaround and a large selection of high quality products, including many eco-friendly ones. Our product offerings include granite and marble, such as engineered Marblestone, soapstone, as well as natural and engineered quartz by Cambria, Viatera, CaesarstoneHanStone, Eco by Cosentino, PompeiiStone.

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