Popular Countertop and Backsplash Combinations

What’s “hot” in most kitchens these days is not only the stove, but also a fabulous granite countertop and backsplash combinations. With just the contemporary luxury of a granite countertop, the home’s value and beauty will increase greatly. But for a unique style and décor that sets you further apart, design a backsplash to go with that countertop. Here are a few tips when creating your granite countertop and backsplash combination.

Granite’s the Star

It’s important to remember, whenever you’re choosing additional materials for your kitchen that they should all complement the granite. The additional design materials should always have their own flavor, but they should never disrupt the natural aesthetic created by the granite. One simple way to help this is by matching the backsplash color as closely to the granite as possible. That will add a more consistent and streamlined appearance to the kitchen.

Mix it Up

To add a little complexity in the design, the backsplash tiles could also be arranged in specific patterns.  These patterns could be made up of colors and shades that all complement the granite. This is a simple way to provide just the right amount of personal flair, and still maintain a consistent color scheme. There are a wide variety of options all depending on personal preference, and the originality of your vision.

Family Stone

Using another natural stone is also a popular option. Using a stone other than granite for your backsplash tiles will set them apart, but not necessarily make them incompatible. Granite can match well with many other stone materials, like marble, limestone, slate, soapstone, and others. The key is to make sure the colors complement each other, and do not foster any conflicting themes. The diversity of the two stones will only add to the beauty of each other.

Some homeowners are looking for a design that guests will never forget. This is when they will need to get creative. The backsplash tile must always match the granite, but the ways in which the backsplash is designed are almost limitless. And using a multitude of natural stone materials in the backsplash will definitely create a unique look. The mosaic of natural stones can create a beauty that’s rarely duplicated. Also, incorporating more of the kitchen in the backsplash design only re-enforces the desired themes.


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Choosing the Right Color & Patterns for Marble Countertops

Re-designing your home’s kitchen countertops is an excellent way to invest in its overall value. The options are varied and each one has its own unique advantages. Of them all, marble is probably the most versatile aesthetically. The clean and luxurious characteristics they add to any kitchen are immediately obvious to all. Marble has a more traditional elegance, but its diversity in colors and patterns make it possible to suit any preferences.

Like with any kitchen design, the totality of the room should be taken into account. The decisions on what type and color of cabinets and accessories will determine the color of your natural stone. It would only make sense to start with the countertop, and then design the rest of the room(s) around that decision. Some basic design principles to keep in mind are balance and theme. The style and mood of your kitchen can become different than intended if they’re not addressed.

White is The New Black

Not really, but you get the point. White is one of the most popular kitchen countertop colors. In the same way that black goes with anything, white countertops can provide a nice complement to most any decorative choices in the kitchen. If you want a light and clean atmosphere throughout, then you can start by choosing the white marble. This opens you up to the many options for your other accessories. For people with simpler tastes, choosing a black on white color scheme may be best.

Others may want to accentuate the clean white look by choosing a white on white color scheme. This transforms any kitchen into a heavenly-themed environment. Many people use all white as a common theme for parties or social gatherings. Designing a kitchen completely in the same distinguished-looking white will give it a refinement that will impress every time. White on white will also make everything else in the room “pop”, meaning they practically jump off of their white background.

Stop on Red Marble

To truly separate your kitchen and make it unique, you should choose a color that is as bold as your accessories. Red marble is different enough to make your countertops stand out from most others. The red doesn’t have to be a deep and rich red. It can be much more subtle. The color scheme should never be too aggressive in a kitchen. But rather, it should be a red marble swirl or shade that will complement other white or light-colored accessories like cabinets and fixtures.

For some people, red is their favorite color and being able to use a red marble for their countertops is perfect. This person may choose a deeper red than others. This is a fine choice, but it’s probably not for anyone who doesn’t want the red to define the room’s character. Red might even be a consistent theme throughout the home, and choosing it for the countertops would fit perfectly. When using the red marble, it’s a good idea to use dark wood tones to complement them.

Go Green

For homeowners with an affinity for more natural settings, a green marble surface may be best. Just like with the red, the green can still be subtle. One of the more popular ways in which a green countertop can be installed is as a honed surface. This is a process of the manufacturers sanding the stone without polishing it, which creates a rustic earthy look. A person that likes to use earthy tones throughout, plus accessorize with plants, can find a lot of use in honed green marble.

The variety of colors that you can used for your marble countertops is practically limitless. It’s always best to choose one that will work best with your vision for the rest of the kitchen and home. Always remember to balance and complement a consistent theme or mood.


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How to Design Luxury Bathroom Countertops

Unlike the kitchen where countertops are used as cutting boards and cooking prep space, bathroom countertops can be more about aesthetics and luxurious design. However, there is a way to enhance the luxurious feel of your bathroom and ensure its longevity.

When deciding what material to use arguably one of the finest is granite for its natural long lasting, stain-resistant beauty. Marble and glass can also look great, but are not nearly as durable. Though durability might not be at the top of the concerns list with bathroom countertops consider the effect of accidentally leaving a curling iron on. Both marble and glass can discolor under excessive heat exposure.

Choosing the design of your countertops will depend upon the kind of sink, whether it is an inset or raised design, the countertops will need to be cut with that in mind. Countertops that extend to either side of the sink for added space is a lovely feature for laying out hygiene products when dressing for work or evenings. Who says you don’t need workspace in the bathroom? Whether it’s a gentleman’s shaving utensils or a lady’s makeup the ability to attend to these things without having items constantly falling into the sink due to too little workspace is a much appreciated bonus.

When it comes to the look, nothing has a richer appearance than natural stone, especially with its subtle variations and tones. There is a color texture that can match and enhance the look of any bathroom theme, whether you are looking for a traditional color scheme or something more exotic. Few materials offer the richness and durability of granite, adding another layer of luxury to any bathroom.

Contact Affordable Surface Products regarding your luxury granite bathroom countertop needs. We service Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, and the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina and provide free quotes.


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Remodel Your Kitchen with Natural Stone

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report, a homeowner in our area will recoup about 74% of the cost of a minor kitchen renovation.  This makes it one of the best remodeling choices for homeowners looking to build equity in their home. Adding granite or marble countertops or island is a good way to update your kitchen and add value to your home.

Kitchen Countertops: One of the best ways to instantly update your kitchen is to replace them with granite or marble. While stone countertops may cost more, they add more value to your home than any other material. The durability of stone is unmatched.  Granite or marble countertops will remain in beautiful condition for many years. With so many colors and styles available, they enhance the design of any kitchen and will improve the appeal of your room.

Kitchen Island: Granite or marble countertops may be out of your price range. In this case, consider adding a stone surface to the island in your kitchen. Mixing stone with other materials, including wood and synthetic surfaces, gives your kitchen a high-end feel at an affordable price. Stone makes an ideal surface for preparing food because of its non-scratch and easy to clean surface.

Affordable Surface Products of Greensboro, NC provides high quality and affordable stone products, including granite and marble, for countertops and islands. We assist homeowners in Winston Salem, Kernersville, High Point, and Burlington with stone for all of their kitchen remodel needs. Visit our showroom at 100 Bonita Drive in Greensboro.

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