How to Select Countertops That Match Cabinets and Floors

When our customers come into our office looking for new custom countertops, many times they are about to begin a full kitchen remodel or have even begun the remodel. These customers want to make sure that their new countertops will match their floors and cabinetry. So often they bring in samples or pictures of the floor and cabinet materials that they have picked out, and we help them find a material that will match. After doing some research on blogs and home designer websites across the web, we have put together a 5 part guide for selecting countertops that match cabinets and floors.

Step 1: Decide on what style of kitchen you plan to build

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Traditional Style Kitchen with Marble Countertops

When selecting a style for your kitchen, it is important to take into consideration the needs you will have, what your personal design tastes are, and how the kitchen will tie into the rest of your home. If you are unsure of the many different kinds of kitchen styles, HGTV has put together a quick picture guide of 9 different kitchen styles for you to choose. From here you will begin to select the materials, colors, patterns, and appliances that will match your desired style.

 

Step 2: Select a color scheme for your kitchen remodel

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Notice how the tan-colored tiles tie in nicely with the creme colored countertops and are accented by the white cabinets for contrast.

Jann Seal, of Demand Media, writes that you should select 2-3 dominant colors for your kitchen and then an accent color that will provide a “pop” between the two. If you visit this gallery of 25 Colorful Kitchens provided by HGTV, you can see that the majority of the kitchens predominately follow the three-color rule. Such as this: gray cabinets and white/gray countertops with a red accent wall. If your floors contain many different colors, try to find one similar color in the countertop materials or cabinets that you select. The warm brown coloring found in wood flooring pairs well with quartz and granite materials containing shades of beige or brown such as our  Brown Fantasy material or Tan Brown Material.

 

Step 3: Select countertop and tile patterns textures and finishes that go well together

Orlando Granite Kitchen Countertop with Stepped Edge ProfileMatching the patterns, texture, and finish of your materials is just as important as the colors you select for your new kitchen countertops. Busy travertine tile floors might pair well with a calmer gray/white granite or quartz countertops such as our Colonial White Material. If you select a smooth, glossy tile, we would recommend a color/texture matching quartz or solid surface countertop material.

Step 4: Select your kitchen cabinets

Granite Kitchen Countertop, Kitchen Countertop Orlando,After taking into consideration the different textures and colors that have you have used between the countertops and floors, it will be time to start choosing the right style of cabinets to tie to look together. Mary Cockrill of Demand Media also suggests taking into consideration the lifestyle you have when selecting the cabinets in How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops. She also suggests in her article to choose the material for the cabinets based on the stone you select because natural stones such as granite will require resealing over the years, while engineered stones like quartz will not.

 

Step 5: Don’t be afraid to get visual

countertop installation processBeing visual is not a bad thing when making a sizable investment like a kitchen remodel. Grab sample materials wherever you go and bring them with you to select the right materials for your kitchen. If you are tech / design-savvy, there are software programs you can invest in to see how the kitchen will look after each configuration. TopTenReviews has put together a guide called Best Tools for Interior Design that will help with selecting which software will best suit your needs. When all else fails, bring your ideas to a contractor, and they will be able to help guide you in the right direction.

Source Material:

Kitchen Style Guide; HGTV

How to Coordinate Floor Tile Color & Countertops ; Jann Seal, Demand Media

25 Colorful Kitchens ; HGTV – Kayla Kitts and H. Camille Smith

How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops; Mary Cockrill, Demand Media

Best Tools for Interior Design ; HouseBeautiful.com

Article Last Updated 9/30/2019


 

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Featured Project: HanStone Quartz – An Orlando Kitchen

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Photo Credit: Bees ‘N Burlap

HanStone Quartz Featured Project

At ADP Surfaces, we build countertops for projects of all kinds; from new high-end custom built homes to DIY renovations.  This week we’re featuring a project submitted from Holli Rodrigues, an Orlando homeowner, an avid home decorator. Earlier this month Holli completed an extensive kitchen makeover that included new flooring, new countertops, tile accent wall, and new décor.

The material that she selected from us was light colored “Montauk” HanStone Quartz to replace her existing black granite countertops. Holli originally visited our warehouse with another color in mind, but after being able to see both in full slab form, she fell in love with the “Montauk” color.  The quartz material is a white stone with a light grey marble pattern that really served to brighten up her kitchen while providing a low maintenance worktop surface. The material was used to replace her granite countertops as well as create a beautiful quartz waterfall kitchen island.

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Interview with the Homeowner

After seeing the results from Holli’s outstanding renovation, we reached out to her for a few interview questions about the project, decorating and Orlando life.

You describe your kitchen renovation as “Industrial to Vintage, Mid Century Modern to Scandinavian”, where do you pull your wide range of inspiration from?

I have always had a love of decor and I’m inspired by the pieces of the past and the clean lines of modern design. I don’t feel that a person has to have one style; I think incorporating pieces you love creates YOUR style. I like spaces to have character and texture and you can only achieve that by incorporating various pieces in age, style, and color!

Why did you choose to change from Granite Countertops to Quartz countertops?

While I love the low maintenance that came with my black granite countertops, I was ready for a change. With the renovation we had to do, it made sense to make a real change…color, material, and style. I fell in love with the look and easy care of the Quartz.

What is your favorite thing about the Montauk Hanstone Quartz you selected? 

I particularly fell in love with the Montauk because of its resemblance to marble. Who doesn’t love marble? I just don’t care for the high maintenance involved, especially with a family and busy kitchen! I’m so impressed with the quality, color and low maintenance of my new Hanstone Quartz countertops.

What is a bit of advice for anyone looking to get started or do more with their home decoration? 

I always tell my clients to look for inspiration…in magazines, on TV, Pinterest…wherever. Make notes of what you like and what is catching your eye. Try to keep the foundation timeless and neutral. It’s easier to change the accessories than it is the floor or countertops. Be true to yourself too, don’t copy what others do because it’s your home and it should reflect your style.

What is your favorite thing about living in Orlando / Central Florida?

I always say living in Orlando is great because it’s where most people come to vacation…we get to live here. We have the beaches, historical sights, blue skies, and sunshine…if we could add a few cooler days it would be perfect!

About Holli Rodrigues & Bees N Burlap

If you would like to see more pictures of Holli’s renovation or learn more about her business Bees ‘N Burlap, you can visit her website at www.beesnburlap.com  or follow her on one of her social media outlets below:

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About HanStone Quartz & Hanex Solid Surfaces

Featuring state-of-the-art North American manufacturing facilities, HanStone and Hanex provide premium countertop materials that can handle the challenges of everyday life and “make each day just a little brighter”.

Learn more about HanStone Quartz Countertop Materials

Looking to complete your beautiful new kitchen renovation? Visit us to view our large selection of in-stock materials and see for yourself! All at “factory-direct pricing!” Want your project featured on our site? Visit our contact us page and request to be featured on our blog! Contact Us Today!

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ADP Surfaces Inc. Receives 2018 Craftsman Award

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We are excited to announce that ADP Surfaces Inc. received a 2018 Craftsman Award at the HBCA of Brevard County “Parade of Homes” annual event in Melbourne, Florida. We would like to thank our client Viera Builders for nominating us for this honor. We would also like to thank our entire team including those featured in the picture above as well as  Jill in scheduling, Brian in Templating, and Eric in Installations who were not able to make the photo. Finally, we would like to extend a special thanks to Bobby Pinto in Sales, and Jessica Muller in purchasing for all that they do!

We were nominated based on our dedication, excellent craftsmanship and customer service for our clients. We appreciate our partnership with Viera Builders and their nomination of ADP, making this award possible.

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Exciting News! ADP Surfaces Inc.’s craftsmanship has been featured on the hit television series Tiny House, Big Living on the DIY Network with the episode titled “Chic Florida Tiny“!

The tiny home project was completed by Integrity Remodeling & Custom Homes, Inc. of Oviedo, Florida. The custom quartz countertop surfaces used in the home were manufactured and installed by ADP Surfaces.

Photography by Anna Yanev Photography 

For a full schedule of upcoming episodes, please visit the DIY Network’s page for a full list of air times. The episode is available for sale on Google Play for $1.99.

Questions about the build or materials used for the project? Contact us for more information!

 

How to Care for Granite Countertops

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How to care for granite countertops and other countertop maintenance tips!

Granite countertops are known for its strength, durability, and beauty, and its unique natural features can give areas a majestic feel. Compared to others countertops such as wood, laminates, and others, it most certainly is more enduring. Although granite has proven its reliability, it is not without fault.

A good way to give a longer life duration to your countertops is to practice proper maintaining and cleaning procedures. Don’t place unnecessary extra weight, standing or sitting on your counter tops. Cleaning up all spills immediately after they happen, especially with substances such as wine, oils, coffee, vinegar, etc… Avoid cutting directly on the countertop, remember to use a cutting board as well as utilizing hot pads and perhaps also trivets and coasters as necessary.

The first thing to know regarding cleaning your granite top is not to use acidic or abrasive products such as sandpaper, Comet, Soft Scrub, as well as similar products. Another surprising abrasive substance that people might not be aware of is sand carried on grocery bags that will scratch the surface unknowingly to owners. Windex works well, but it tends to leave visible streak marks. A dry rag following the actual application usually takes care of them. Cornstarch works well on unrelenting oil spills by applying it to the spill area, leaving it to settle for a day and then vacuum. Ammonia and bleach will not harm granite, however, given time it will gradually remove the sealer from the stone. “Trade secrets”— For smudges, you may utilize a fine grade (000 or finer) steel wool. Its effectiveness is quite surprising! Also, at times a sharp razor similar to glass cleaning in combination with hot water works well for removing dried on surface substances.

One highly recommended task is periodically applying granite sealer, especially around the areas of cooktops and sinks. Sealing the stone prevents grease and water from soaking into the tiny pores of the stone. Sealing the stone usually depends on the type of stone whether they are darker or lighter as well as its location and usage. Some may have to be sealer regularly from anywhere from once a month, to a year in places like restaurants. Others may never need to be sealed like those located in book shelves. A good way to tell when the granite needs sealant is when moisture begins to darken the stone significantly.


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