5 Design Tips when Working with Granite or Marble Countertops

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Have your neighbors complained about the final result when they added granite or marble countertops to their kitchen? They may have made a few common mistakes when selecting the slab and finishes. At The Countertop Shop, we always strive to ensure that every customer is in love with their counters. Use these quick tips to help you make a smart choice for a timeless design that is stunning now and years down the road.

1. Bold Veins can Break Up the Beauty of a Long Countertop

You love that gorgeous slab of granite with the dramatic veins and inclusions. If you are building an epic island, a bold vein can be hidden by the sink or ends up being cut off by an inconvenient corner. Work with your sales associate to specify exactly where the vein will appear after cutting and installation.

2. A Neutral and Calm Slab of Granite Complements Your Vibrant Flooring and Backsplash Choices

If you have chosen a mosaic tile floor and backsplash, it is wise to run with a countertop with even and neutral coloring. It will support those artistic choices without fighting with shapes, colors, and textures.

3. Use Contrasting Counters to Define Work and Social Spaces in Your Kitchen

Many contemporary kitchen renovations include an open concept design with back counters for food prep and an island for serving. Select a contrasting slab of stone for the island. It gives your kitchen a visible dividing line that guests will intuitively respect.

4. A Honed or Matte Finish Helps to Hide Spills and Smudges on Your Countertop

While a granite countertop polished to a high shine looks simply stunning in pictures, it also puts a spotlight on every crumb and spaghetti sauce spot. You live in the real world. Opt for a honed or matte finish and the stone will help to hide small messes. You can wait until dinner is eaten to give the counters a good wipe down.

5. Cut Down Your Remnants to Create Matching Cutting and Charcuterie Boards

Where can you find a beautiful granite or marble cutting board to complement your new kitchen? For a small fee, we can cut down the remnants of your slab and create a custom piece. Use the bits as attractive drink coasters or for serving up bread, fruit, and cheese. A matching cutting board protects your gorgeous counter while it blends it with the background.

Choosing a slab to serve as your new kitchen countertop can be a time-consuming process. But when you do find that one that just speaks to your soul, you will spend the next ten years smiling every time that you prepare a meal. Give us a ring at The Countertop Shop in Monclova to schedule your personalized shopping experience today.