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

Crema-marphil marble Kitchen, Farmhouse sink
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

Ceasarstone Quartz Countertops Orlando
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 you 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 into 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 ; TopTenReviews

 


 

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Custom Thick Countertop Edge Profiles

Looking for that custom thick countertop edge profile to set your new kitchen countertops apart from the rest?

Mitered-Edge-Thick-Countertop-Edge-ProfileWhen it comes to thick countertop edge profiles, you have a few option that will give you a few completely different looks. We took a trip out to our countertop production facility the other day to ask our operating managers a few questions about custom thick countertop edge profiles. The following notes come from the conversation about these types of countertops.

Q. Many customers looking to put new countertops in their homes are looking for the really thick countertop materials seen in many model homes and home remodeling shows. What options are available for customers looking to get the thickest stone available?

A. Great question, well first of all, the thickest slabs we typically carry are only a 3cm’s thick, which means that you will not be able to get the “thick countertop look” from the stone itself. A stone of anything larger than 2-3cm is almost impossible to work with, plus it adds extra costs to transportation, and weighs several hundred to a few thousand pounds which could crush your cabinets. Luckily though, we do offer a selection of custom countertop edge profiles that give the illusion of that thick stone without all of the hassle.

Q. Oh okay, that completely makes sense. So if a customer wanted to replicate that look for their home, what options are available to them for the fabrication process?

A. There are two major options for edge profiles that give your countertops the desired look. The first is the laminated edge profile, which is the process of stacking two identical stones on top of each other to give the illusion of one piece that has been cut into tiers. We typically use an Ogee edge profile for the top stone, and then an eased edge profile for the second bottom layer.

Ogee / Eased Edge laminated edge profile
Top view of laminated edge profile
Underside of Laminated Countertop Edge Profile
Underside of laminated edge countertop
Laminated Edge Profile in Progress
Countertop laminated edge profile in progress.

 

 

 

 

The second option for the thick countertop edge profiles is to make a mitered edge. It is one of the most tricky edge profiles, but due to our top of the line facility, and skilled craftsmen, we are able to provide great quality mitered edge profiles to our Orlando customers. The mitered edge is really trendy this year, and gives the ultimate illusion of one thick solid slab of stone. We make a mitered edge profile by “gluing” two pieces of countertop material together that have been cut to a 90 degree angle.

Mitered Edge Profile Corner View
Mitered Edge Profile from corner view
Mitered Edge Profile from side view
Mitered Edge Profile from side view
Mitered Edge Profile from Front view
Mitered Edge Profile from Front view

 

 

 

 

Q. Which materials can be used to achieve the look of the mitered or laminated edge profile look? Do certain ones work better than others?

A. We typically recommend using man-made materials for the mitered edge because they do not tend to chip or crack on the corners during the fabrication process like the natural stones do. These materials could include quartz countertops and solid surface countertops.  The natural stone countertops like marble and granite countertops are not as closely bound together and have a tendency to need to be sealed with a special cement to fill in any chips.

Examples of Mitered and Laminated Countertop Edge Profiles

Commercial Onyx Bar Countertop TranslucentMitered-Edge-Countertop-Profile-Side View Mitered-Edge-Thick-Countertop-Edge-Profile

 

 

 


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ADP offers a wide variety of standard level countertop edge profiles that are included at no additional cost, as well as some custom ones that will set your house apart from the rest on the block.

 

Selecting Kitchen Countertops

Selecting Kitchen Countertops: Orlando kitchen worktops need to be Functional, Tough and Beautiful enough to compliment the home.

Selecting Kitchen Countertops
Selecting Kitchen Countertops

In a working home, we expect a lot of our kitchens; our kitchens store the food that we eat, provide a working space for preparing meals and bring guests together for entertainment. We count on our kitchen countertops to hold up to wear and tear, withstand hot and cold items, and look amazing. When sitting down and selecting kitchen countertops, the goal is to find the best balance for your kitchen based off of your individual needs.

Kitchen Countertops that are Functional

  1. Quartz Countertop Material – Quartz provides the most functional countertop material as it is the most resistant to scratching and chipping. Quartz countertops are the most resistant to spills and stains due to its non-porous structure, and it does not need to be resealed every few years.
  2. Granite Countertop Material – Granite countertops have a very hardwearing durable surface that provides for a functional countertop surface. Granite countertops maintain their functionality  with proper care and maintenance. (Visit our post “How to Care for Granite Countertops“)
  3. Solid Surface Countertop Material – Solid surface material is highly durable but can be scratched.  Since solid surface materials are non-porous, they hold up very well to spills and stains compared to other materials. Solid surface material should not be cut on directly.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – Marble is a very dense, but soft material. The temperature of marble stays slightly cooler than the other materials listed, which makes it a great surface for food preparation with proper maintenance and care. (Visit our post on “How to Care for Marble Countertops“)

Kitchen Countertops that are Tough

  1. Granite Countertop Material- Granite countertops can withstand temperatures of up to 200°C (392°F), making them the best stone countertop material for placing hot pots and pans directly on.  Granite countertops can be cut directly on without scratching the surface.
  2. Solid Surface Countertop Material- Solid Surface countertops (specifically Corian brand)  can withstand 180°C (352°F) making them safe to place some hot pots and pans directly on. Solid surface material should not be cut on directly as the material will likely scratch.
  3. Quartz Countertop Material- Quartz materials can withstand temperatures of 160°C (320°F) making it okay to place some warm pots and pans directly on the surface without cracking. Quartz countertops are tough enough so that can be cut directly on without scratching the surface.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – We were not able to find an exact temperature at which marble will crack, but due to the soft composition of the material it is likely that hot materials.

Kitchen Countertops that are Beautiful

  1. Quartz Countertop Material – Quartz countertops come in a wide variety of colors, textures, and functionality. Since they are man-made, they can be replicated to match granite and marble stones, and even Concrete Countertops.
  2. Granite Countertop Material – Granite is a natural stone that comes in a wide variety of random colors and textures. Granite is supplied from around the world, granite materials from different regions can create different patterns, refraction and colors.
  3. Solid Surface Countertop Material – Solid surfaces material is a synthetic material made of acrylic that can be used to replicate quartz, granite, marble and more; however it usually does not have the same feel or finish as a natural or quartz countertop.
  4. Marble Countertop Material – Marble countertop material comes in very little selection of color, however the material is visually stunning and has a wide variety of natural patterns.

 

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For Other Articles on Kitchen Countertops:

Please visit our Category for Kitchen Countertop Ideas: http://www.adpsurfaces.com/kitchen-countertop-ideas/

 

Christmas Countertop Decoration Ideas

Our favorite Christmas Countertop Decoration Ideas for Your Home!

To celebrate Christmas this year, we have put together a few Pinterest boards of Christmas countertop decoration ideas for your home. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for a combination of original photo boards, and things we have decided to pin to share with you! Since we operate around countertops, we hope these boards will give you plenty of ideas for decoration your kitchen or bathroom countertops!

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Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Looking for ideas for your kitchen countertop project?

Please browse our photos of kitchen countertop ideas for your dream home. Our kitchen countertops come in all shapes and sizes; we stock granite, quartz, marble, solid surface and more!

For more information on the products we carry, please visit the products page to learn about our materials!