In certain cultures, food, cooking, and culinary habits are at the center of the family and social life. And in some houses, the kitchen becomes the spot around which a lot happens: not only meals and dinner parties but cooking, baking and much, much more. This is why you should always feel comfortable in this room and make it yours as much as possible. And for that to happen, nothing better than choosing the right material for your kitchen and have a great installation: Sky Marble wants to make sure you will make the right decision!
Countertops come in endless shapes, colors, and styles: there is really a million possibilities and no chance to get bored. The options on the current market make it really difficult for us costumers to simply choose one and stick with it. Or is it just me?
For practical and beauty reasons granite is still the number one choice for kitchen countertops – and not only for them! You have probably seen beautiful and shiny granite countertops in a few kitchens/ambients at this point, but have you ever wondered why this material is so deeply rooted in kitchen design?
There are many reasons homeowners are buying Granite Countertops in Chantilly VA?
- Granite is a very tough material, much more than most of the other common materials for countertops, and resistant to scratches and knife cuts, which can come in handy in a kitchen surface,
- it is also heat resistant, therefore hot pots and frying pans won’t be adding to your concerns,
- if sealed, it will not absorb any stains or liquids, making it waterproof and well maintained for years ahead.
And this does not even scratch the surface – pun intended- of what a great material granite is: besides being a functional and practical idea for countertops, it is also stunning when implemented into your space. The variety of colors it comes in is huge, and some of them can contribute to your space in different ways, for example making it look way larger than it actually is, or lighter and breezy. Honestly, those are two great characteristics you are should definitely look for in your space!
– How to choose the perfect color for your kitchen?
You might ask, and you would be right doing so, what is the most appropriate color for your space. Also, you can read our previous article here >> READ
Granite comes in an endless list of equally beautiful colors, and in order to help you fight the overwhelming feeling of the immensity of choices: here I come to the rescue. I will now present you some types and colors of granite and which style of the kitchen to pair them with:
MOON WHITE GRANITE
This gorgeous stone can be used as a surface for a more contemporary kitchen. White cabinetry, undermount sink and matte black hardware’s will create an eye-catching color scheme when paired with the beautiful pattern of this material.
Photo Credit | Karen Biwersi and Designer Viewpoint
You will find this material paired with a lot of kitchen styles, from contemporary to modern. This stone can be matched with a variety of colors of cabinets, therefore you won’t need to worry about color matches at all! If you have a black cabinet or prefer wood tones, this surface will help you create a very interesting contrast in your space!
Photo Credit Kathleen Walsh Interiors, LLC
Alaska Whiteis the perfect match for white cabinetry and dark hardware. It can be used in more traditional kitchens as well as in modern ones, depending on your favorite and which one you are going for.
Interested? We love it!
Photo Credit | Sky Marble and Granite, INC
This beautiful dark stone can be found in farmhouse kitchens and minimalist ones. With stainless steel appliances and white cabinetry, you will obtain a wonderful result.
Photo Credit | Paul Moon Design
This earthy tone stone will match your traditional kitchen beautifully and looks even more gorgeous when paired with stainless steel appliances. Create an amazing color scheme with earthy tones cabinetry or white toned ones!
Photo Credit | Nicholson Builders
Have you chosen yours yet? You can find a variety of other stones here and if you want more information you can request an in-home estimate! What are you waiting for?
- What to consider/expect when choosing granite instead of other stones?
Pretty is amazing, but when remodeling a delicate area such as the kitchen, the first of the things to consider is the durability of the material. Find the perfect compromise between gorgeous and rock hard solid!
Long term thinking is a great friend when remodeling or building, considering that you won’t be doing it again soon enough, and it’s better to spend a bit more in the beginning than having the trouble to change or re-do that space year after year.
When purchasing Granite, you can expect a long-lasting material: something that you will want to stick with. Granite is extremely resistant, and if well taken care of and treated, it will last (almost) forever!
And of course, since our eyes also need to feast, the colorations and styles it comes in become extremely important. We promise there is enough for everyone and so many variations that your head will spin but allow yourself to fall in love with your favorite and get started with your new kitchen!
And in case you were wondering where do all these shades and variations come from it really depends on the combination of the minerals in the stone. Some contain more potassium than others, giving them a salmon coloration, while others have a whiter and clearer coloration.
But let’s talk numbers. Another thing that you should consider is the price: you do not want to overdo it and be forced to cut on your basic needs. Well, great news here: granite is reasonably affordable! Of course, the final price really depends on the quality of your stone, but the average price is around $75 per square foot. Not bad at all, right? Think about the final look you will achieve: flawless
You can check the variety of colors here
- Is it easy to clean?
Yes, yes, yes! Thousand times yes: granite is easy to clean and maintain.
As mentioned above, a well-sealed granite counter top won’t absorb any liquids or stains, but every once in a while, (depending on how often you use your kitchen and how messy you are) you will want to clean it to make it look shinier!
Things to absolutely avoid are acidic cleaners. Lemon, lime, vinegar…not such a good idea. We highly discourage the use of ammonia and bleach: not a good combo for granite.
In fact, all these products will heavily weaken your sealant if used too much, and we definitely don’t want that to happen.
If you are gently treating your granite, it will last longer: what we recommend you to use are warm water, dish soap, and a cloth. As easy as it comes!
Following those guidelines, you will have a brand-new spotless and shiny surface. How amazing?
Granite is a surface that has been used for years now, and the trend is definitely not on its descending curve. Many are still falling in love with its colorations and using it for countertops all over the world!
We must admit, more than a trend granite is a certainty: not only you will find it in many public places – in countertops, sculptures, sinks and so much more! – but it adapts to the most different people, social classes and styles.
It really doesn’t matter the type of kitchen you are planning, you will find one stone coloration that will match your space and perfectly marry your style, making your kitchen look elegant and flawless.
Remember, choosing the right countertop is important! Not only it takes up a big part of your space, but it can be used to modify what is around, making space look bigger, classier or accentuating other materials. Designers everywhere are coming up with creative solutions to make the homeowner satisfied, as matching two different types of granite… can you imagine the effect?
If you are worried about the constantly changing trends, simply don’t! Granite is always “in”, and it is a guilt-free choice: practical, tough and affordable for most.
Talk to your designer and make sure you love the final result: enjoy your granite!
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- The City of Chantilly
The City of Chantilly, located in the northern part of wonderful Virginia, is named after a mansion and farm of the early 1800s, which was named after a plantation of the early 1700s in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The name “Chantilly” originated in France with the Château de Chantilly – Chantilly Castle-, about 25 miles north of Paris.
The city with almost twenty-four thousand habitants hides great treasures for any taste.
If you like to go Outdoors for a walk/ hike the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is a great call, or if you are planning a Sunday out with your family, the Frying Pan Farm Park it’s a great place to see animals and go on a farmhouse tour! If you have a passion for aviation, check out the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an extremely interesting museum; if you are more of a historian, then we have the perfect solution: take a look at the Sully Historic Site, and find out about the War of Secession! We are waiting for you in Chantilly!