Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?? Or at least a white kitchen?? You’re not alone!

blog2_compressedBenjamin Moore named “Simply White” it’s Color of the Year for 2016.

A great way to add white to your home, is with your countertops. Granite, Marble, Quartzite, and Quartz are all available in light color options.

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The color white is the most versatile and brightest of neutrals. It appeals to  modernists and traditionalists for its ability to make rooms appear lighter and livelier. No matter the decorating style, we notice the popularity of white countertops is growing. If you love the look of white countertops, there are plenty of options to choose from, but don’t choose on just looks alone. It’s important to also consider how you use the space, when looking at the many different natural and manufactured options.

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“I think a kitchen should be nice and airy, and white countertops really accentuate that look.”

Megan Zaun, designer at Indoor City

Granite

Granite is a natural stone that’s formed by the crystallization of molten rock. Each piece is unique and can vary slightly from slab-to-slab in color and pattern. Granite is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, some speckled and some veiny. However, a pure white color does not exist in granite. Thanks to nature, Granite is highly resistant to scratching, fading, and staining. Daily activities pose no problem to granite countertops. Indoor City professionally applies sealer to your tops upon installation. This sealer creates a barrier which eliminates moisture penetration, prevents staining and blocks bacteria growth. The frequency of re-sealing depends, but applying the sealer is as simple as wiping it on and wiping it off.

 

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Marble

Another natural stone to consider is marble. Marble offers classic, timeless beauty and a bright white color not available in granite. Nature creates beautiful, unique veining that can be subtle or make a statement. Marble countertops are great for working with pastry, since it is naturally cool and doesn’t conduct heat very well. One of the major challenges to white natural stone, specifically marble, is avoiding stains from certain fruits, red wine, and acidic foods. Marble is high-maintenance even if sealed regularly, and is more susceptible to staining, scratching and etching.

 

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“A great way to add drama to a space is with contrast. A white counter on dark cabinetry can add instant appeal to any contemporary or traditional space.”

Amanda Voloshin, designer at Indoor City

Quartz

Quickly becoming one of the most popular countertop choices, quartz is appealing for many reasons. Quartz is an engineered material that’s undergone a manufacturing process where they mix approximately 95% crushed natural quartz with 5% polymer resin. Homeowners like it for its durable, low-maintenance, and stone-like visuals, but these engineered countertops also offer a wide variety of colors that aren’t found naturally- like bright whites. There are a wide range of patterns from solid, marbled, and speckled, some even have bits of recycled glass and reflective pieces. Quartz countertops do not ever need sealed, and they have antimicrobial properties built-in, so they are a great choice for any hardworking kitchen or bathroom.