Picking the Best Backsplash for Your Granite Countertops

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Kitchen BacksplashBacksplashes serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose. They not only cover up the space between the countertop and cabinets but also protect the wall from water and other liquids that may splash while cooking. Backsplashes can prevent staining and even mold development.

These tile accouterments also allow you to add some color, patterns or texture to your kitchen. Backsplashes add an extra dimension to a room that is visually appealing as well as practical. However, pairing your backsplash with a granite countertop can sometimes present challenges.

If you are searching for the perfect backsplash to go with your Colorado Springs granite countertops, you may want to test out some of the latest backsplash trends!

Vertical Tile

Most backsplashes include horizontal tiling. However, vertical tile is starting to make a splash in backsplash trends.

Adding Glass

Granite pairs well with glass, and it adds a modern touch that many homeowners appreciate. Adding it to a tile pattern often makes a statement. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other materials.

Integration

Some homeowners are choosing to let their granite or quartz countertops steal the show, and allow the backsplash to blend in more with the cabinets.

Classic Subway Tile

Subway tile is a classic look that seems to be in no matter when you redecorate. The plain white variation is perhaps the most traditional, but be careful that it does not “whitewash” the room.

Adding a Pattern

If you really want your backsplash to pop from your granite countertops, you might consider adding stickers or tiling that has bright, fun patterns. Decals provide a unique look that you can design yourself.

Backsplashes made from durable tile seem to last the longest, but they can become dated and dingy over time. Of course, if you change out your granite, you may need to adjust your backsplash to match the rest of the kitchen. If you need to find the perfect granite slab to match your vision for your backsplash, Planet Granite can help. Give us a call today!

Benefits of a Granite Dining Table

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Planet Granite KitchenYour dining room table should be the perfect gathering spot for family and friends to enjoy meals together and the room’s focal point. If you want to make a bold statement with timeless appeal, granite dining tables are always showstoppers. While it’s a big investment, it will last a lifetime, and is more cost effective than wood in many cases. Your table will always be in fashion, because it’s made of building materials dating back to ancient civilizations who mined it long ago. Granite tabletops in Colorado Springs make attractive alternatives to uninspired wood tabletops and offer natural beauty encased in a sturdier environment.

Long-Lasting Quality

You need a well-crafted, strong dining room table that will stand the test of time. After years of wear and tear from dinner parties, a granite tabletop will still be a stunning feature. That’s because granite is scratch and burn resistant. You can place hot pans directly on the surface without scorching and cut on it without a single scratch.

Artistic Flair

Besides being heavy duty, every meal will be memorable when eaten on granite, which comes in almost any color imaginable. Choose from a rainbow of shades to match any decor or design aesthetic. Then, opt for custom edge-work and lay out the design of the table for a truly artistic piece.

Versatility Counts

Granite tabletops can be designed in any shape or size, which makes it easier for designing one to fit irregular spaces or when you want something unique. If you’re looking for an oversized table, custom sizes are easily obtainable and many are larger than standard dining room tables. No matter which shape, size or color you choose, you’ll also benefit from ease of cleaning and maintenance.

Granite countertops in Colorado Springs are also perfect for adding stunning features to your kitchen and bathrooms, guests will remember. Make every room more memorable by calling 719-522-0748 to schedule an appointment to upgrade your countertops today.

Choose A Color Palette Before Your Countertops

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Renovating the kitchen is a smart move whether you own a house, condo or townhome. It can create a dramatic first impression, and inspire people to better their eating habits by making homemade meals in the kitchen. But before you get the cooking space of your dreams, you’ll need to pick a color scheme for the counters, walls, cabinets and floors. It all needs to flow for the best possible effect. Learn more about the major factors to keep in mind before you start looking at samples.

Forever Beautiful

What’s trendy right now could lose you thousands of dollars in the long run. For example, in the 1970s wood paneling was all the rage, but that fad died out pretty quickly. You’re looking for something that will last years, and often that means choosing some of the pricier options like granite or quartz. Both of these materials have withstood the test of time, so let them enhance the overall value of your home. This is the time to remember that you’re making an investment, and a neutral color scheme will make it easy for both you and the next buyer to spruce it up and personalize it with their own accessories.

Earthy Colors

Beige and gray are both excellent colors for countertops, but you can also consider a red or a blue as well. No matter what you do, it just needs to fit into your overall vision for the kitchen. It’s important to think in the long term, you’ll want to think about how you’ll feel about it after several years. An understated, a beautiful granite countertop might just be the perfect place to enjoy your daily morning cup of coffee.

When you need a little guidance about the best color scheme for your decorating tastes, contact your local Colorado Springs granite countertop designers. They can give you insight, materials and more.

How to Prep Your Kitchen For New Countertops

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If home is where the heart is, it could well be said that the kitchen is where many of those heartwarming memories are made. From home-cooked meals to memorable dinner conversations, the kitchen is a time-honored centerpiece of many American homes. Simply put, the kitchen is not just any old room in the home.

Freshening up the kitchen with all new quartz or granite countertops in Colorado Springs will leave the kitchen looking more refined and inviting than ever. However, careful planning is an important consideration to make, even though the refinishing process is not as burdensome as you may have been led to believe.

Prepare for the Messy Refinishing Process

Whether you choose to refinish your kitchen counters with quartz, granite or any other material, know that there will be a mess if you do not plan accordingly. Lay down old cloths or carpet that you are willing to let get dirty. That way, debris from refinishing will fall on the pre-designated cloths instead of the floors. This makes cleanup easier on both you and the home remodeling professionals.

Similarly, prepare for refinishing by removing valuable or breakable items from the area where the professionals will be working. This is an easy way to prevent unnecessary damage to valuable items in your kitchen and home.

Make the Job Easier for the Professionals

Making life easier on the professionals who refinish your kitchen countertops will make the refinishing process a better experience for everyone. Provide a parking space as close to the kitchen as possible to prevent unnecessary downtime between trips to the truck. Also, have some old rags to give to the refinishing team. Refinishing the counters will go faster when the team has all the cleanup items they will need during refinishing.

Contact us to learn how our Colorado Springs home remodeling professionals can help you with refinishing your countertops.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Granite Color for Your Kitchen

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New granite countertops can bring elegance, style and appeal to any kitchen. Granite kitchen countertops are available in about any color palette you can imagine. There are smooth or mottled textures, and finishes that range from glossy to matte. You can simulate the look of marble, stone or just about any design effect.

Avoiding Kitchen Clash With Colorado Springs Granite Countertops

However, choosing the wrong granite countertop style can have a detrimental effect. You’ll want to ensure that your kitchen countertop choice has a complimentary effect with your kitchen cabinets, flooring, window treatments, wall paint color and décor. If your kitchen is in need of an upgrade, consider the following tips and ideas for choosing the ideal granite countertops:

Cabinet considerations. To ensure your new granite counters will be in harmony with your cabinets, take the time to unscrew a small cabinet door and bring it along to the store. You’ll then be able to compare the wood tone and cabinet hardware with a range of options.

Swatches and samples. Snip a small swatch of fabric from an internal kitchen curtain hem and/or borrow one of your blind slats to bring along. A paint and flooring sample can be helpful as well. Consider also bringing a small décor element to the store such as a placemat, chair cushion and wall print to ensure a match.

Photos. If samples aren’t possible for all kitchen elements, take photos of your kitchen to view on your tablet or smartphone at the store. Just be sure that your monitor shows a color-corrected, accurate rendition of your kitchen colors.

Try compelling contrast. Pairing darker granite with lighter existing kitchen elements can be very compelling – and vice versa. Subtle flecks of an artfully chosen contrasting color can really play up this visual impact. However, you can also look for countertops with a bit of the prevalent color(s) in your kitchen.

Bring granite samples home. Once you’ve narrowed down some strong kitchen countertop choices, bring a few granite countertop samples home so that you can see it in its potential new home environment.

While the right kitchen countertop selection can take your kitchen to new heights of style and appeal, a mismatched choice means wasted money and time. Use these tips to make the very best Colorado Springs granite countertop selection, and shop Planet Granite for the top styles and features.

Finding the Right Kitchen Sink for Your Space

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Most people give little thought to household sinks until they’ve got one that isn’t quite right. Kitchen remodeling projects involve a significant amount of decisions, and it can be tempting to make hasty decisions. If you’re only doing a partial remodel, you’ll probably need to stick with the same size sink that is being replaced so it will fit into the same space as the previous one. However, if you’re going for a full renovation, you’ll be able to pick and choose the best size and shape of sink from a large variety of options.

Single or Double?

Whether you opt for a single or a double sink depends on how you will primarily use the fixture. If you’re going to be hand washing the majority of your dishes, for instance, you’ll probably want to choose a double kitchen sink. However, if you are going to be using a dishwashing machine, a large single sink might be a better choice. Also, if you or no one in your household cooks very often, you can easily get away with a smaller sink than if your kitchen were being used on an everyday basis. The kind of food being prepared should also be taken into account — large meals prepared using large pans require large sinks.

Space Considerations 

As mentioned above, kitchen size plays a major role in the size and even the shape of the fixtures. If you have shallow kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, for instance, you may be better off with a narrow sink that has enough length to provide plenty of room. If your overall space is small, consider getting a corner sink to make use of every available inch.

Please feel free to call us at your convenience for more ideas on how to choose the best possible sink for the intended space.

Caring for Your Granite Countertops (or Quartz Ones)

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Granite and quartz countertops are not only incredibly beautiful, they are also highly functional. However, many people haven’t learned how to properly care for these types of countertops yet. The good news is that Colorado Springs granite countertops and quartz countertops are both very easy to care for. In fact, they are far easier to keep clean than other countertop types like linoleum. Below, you’ll learn the top care tips for these types of countertops.

Protecting and Cleaning Your Countertops

Caring for your quartz or granite countertops should begin with protection in the form of a sealer. One leading choice is DuPont Revitalizer, as it is a sealer that includes a cleaner.  A sealer should always be applied only when the countertop is dry. After the sealer dries, it should be gently buffed with a cloth. This will lend extra shine to the surface while providing stain protection. If residue is already present on the stone, a residue remover like DuPont Klenzall is an excellent way to prepare for the sealer.

Once the granite or quartz has been sealed, it will typically require nothing more than a soapy water for basic cleaning. If you want to avoid mixing up your own soap and water cleanser, options like Stone Pro Finishing Touch or InvisaBLOCK Cleaner provide mild cleaning that also brings out the natural beauty of the stone.

What to Avoid With Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

Acidic products and materials can be very damaging to granite and quartz counters. Any type of common cleaning chemicals are poor choices for stone counters. The chemicals can quickly strip away the sealer, leaving the stone vulnerable to stains and other damage.

Avoid placing meat or oils on the stone countertops while cooking. The germs from the raw meat can easily absorb into the porous stone, as can the oily residue from foods or cooking oils. These things can be difficult to remove, so a cutting board can provide an extra layer of protection while cooking.

Be sure to wipe away liquids as soon as they are spilled, and try to avoid leaving any wet bottles on the counters. While the sealer can repel liquids, granite and quartz are absorbent stones, so it’s possible that the liquid will sink and and cause stains if it’s not removed immediately.

Learn More About the Beauty and Function of Granite Countertops

Granite and quartz countertops are tremendously beautiful and highly functional. However, it is very important that they are treated properly if you want to get the best use out of them. If you’re considering new counters or need some help with the ones you already have, Planet Granite is here to help. Contact us today!

 

 

Local Stone Color: Quarried in Colorado

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What’s new in the wonderful world of durable, colorful natural stone countertops? A recent choice for local stone color is already making waves in the decorating field. Called Quarried in Colorado, the slabs are cut to fit the requirements of each job.

Stone has an amazing display unique to each portion lifted from the ground. Veining, speckles, and color are unique to the types of minerals that compose the stone, as well as the dynamic natural activity that caused it to form in the first place. Natural slabs can be cut into a perfect countertop for any room in the house, such as the:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry room
  • Office

The saw yields the first view of how each piece will appear. Polishing wheels enhance the completed, natural appearance.

Quarries in Colorado have been operational for centuries, mining and delivering stone locally and around the world. Colors and shades include beige, coffee, burgundy, blue, and burgundy. The beautiful red, pink, and rose shades of the Lyons Sandstones include bits of silicate, quartz, and iron oxides. That formation is thought to have started more than 250 million years ago.

Stone is exceptionally durable. No harm is done if you accidentally set a hot pan on the countertop without a protective mat underneath. It’s natural to have water spillage so near the sink. The top is seldom affected. Just a quick swipe of a dry towel absorbs the water without any damage. On occasion, acidic foods and drinks may leave rings or marks. Stonemasons have the experience and ability to remove or resurface stains and compensate for chipped or nicked areas.

Your home can dazzle family and guests with local stone color like Quarried in Colorado countertops regardless of where you live. Ask questions about where the stone comes from and how it holds up to everyday living. Expect to get expert advice regarding upgrades. The countertop will likely outlast the home. Simply remodel with a change in drapes, curtains, flooring, or paint for the remainder of the room. Meanwhile, enjoy the cost-effective beauty of natural stone.

Colorado Red Stone Countertops

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Granite countertops never go out of style. They have a rich elegance that is a perfect addition to any and all applications, whether that includes a kitchen countertop, a bathroom vanity top or an upscale counter for your business showroom. Though any granite has beautiful veining, the unique and incredible deep red color of the Colorado Red Stone Countertop is a prime example of natural elegance.
Because of its allure, the Colorado Red Stone countertop is on the incline in the countertop industry. The natural color is the perfect addition to any project, and each piece is absolutely one of a kind.

Not only does it look fantastic, but it is durable, scratch resistant and virtually indestructible as well. Thus making it optimal for any utilization. There is no need to worry about ruining your kitchen counter with hot dishes anymore. With Colorado Red Stone, the countertop is heat resistant and safe for those hot pots and pans. The granite countertop will actually absorb the heat where as on an ordinary countertop a hot dish would leave scars or burns.

Each piece of Colorado Red Stone countertop is a beautiful and unique example of natural artistry. That’s why installation into any home or business is a very smart investment. Not only does it look beautiful; it is sure to add to resale value with its timeless charm. Long after installation, Colorado Red Stone will not fade and will retain its natural appearance.

It is not hard to see why Colorado Red Stone is on such an incline in the countertop world. The graceful veining of the deep red rock, the absolute hardness and durability, and the maintained value long after installation make it the impeccable choice for any homeowner or business looking to make improvements on any kitchen, bathroom or showroom.

 

Trending: White Carerra Marbles

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white carreraThe Pantheon, in the city of Rome, stands as a gorgeous tribute to the remarkable architecture that scripted it. Its splendor brings to light the brilliance of White Carrera marbles in transforming the appeal of any monument. The use of White Carrera marbles has since translated over to many different countries and become a popular material for homes. For centuries together, Carrera marbles have been extensively used in homes and public spaces. The reasons why it has such unfailing patronage are predictable.

1. Unmatched beauty makes it a countertop of choice – There are few ways to achieve the look that is offered by White Carrera marbles. We all like marble studded flamboyance for our kitchens; its presence is light, uplifting, and classic. Amidst stainless steel appliances or personalized ornaments, White Carrera marble studded kitchen countertops come across as a breath of fresh air. The overall look is sleek and clean, and it allows for all types of design and decoration routes beyond the countertops.

2. Carrera marbles can be suitably maintained – Homeowners yearn to have Carrera marbled countertops in their household; yet, there has been debate on their longevity due to platina formation and general degradation (triggered by wear and tear ). Lack of timely maintenance could result in platina formation and a reduction in the life of the marble. Since the rise of these concerns, however, many companies have come up with sealants (or spray cleaners) to enhance its longevity. Wiping up spills and stains as soon as possible and not allowing them to seep into the surface has been suggested as a possible remedy to keep the marble neat and lustrous. The love affair that we have with marbles has also been boosted by polishing the marbles and reducing wear and tear considerably.

As do many natural stone materials, each comes with a certain level of maintenance and methods of protection. That is, after all, one of the factors that makes having stone and marble countertops so exclusive and next-level. Check out the White Carrera marble trend that’s sweeping homes by storm.

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