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Expert Designers Recommend Countertop Splurges!

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July 1, 2020

In a recent TODAY article, contractor John DeSilvia, host of DIY Network's Under Construction and 10 Grand in Your Hand, noted, "when remodeling a kitchen, the number one splurge you should make is countertops. They're the first thing people see." We agree nothing shows off your kitchen more than beautiful countertops. By setting the tone and feel of your new space, countertops are the foundation of your entire kitchen décor. 

In a recent TODAY article, contractor John DeSilvia, host of DIY Network's Under Construction and 10 Grand in Your Hand, noted, "when remodeling a kitchen, the number one splurge you should make is countertops. They're the first thing people see." We agree nothing shows off your kitchen more than beautiful countertops. By setting the tone and feel of your new space, countertops are the foundation of your entire kitchen décor. 

Karen Williams, designer and kitchen specialist at the boutique design studio, St. Charles of New York, agrees with John. "Exotic surfaces make a big first impression and can set the tone of the space," she said. A kitchen island, in particular, deserves the splurge. As the gathering and entertaining hub in most kitchens, it's highly visible and utilized. So, top it with something special — exotic granite, calacatta marble, quartz, or gorgeous lava stone, for example — and cut back on out-of-the-way prep areas if your budget is limited.

Karen also recommends a splurge on your backsplash. While tile is an option, we believe a full-height solid slab backsplash has a beautiful, clean, and timeless appeal. Since the eye gravitates to vertical surfaces, using a stone with veining on the wall is naturally more eye-catching.

Matching your countertop with full height backsplash makes for a cohesive design while using two different stone colors adds dimension to your design without feeling overbearing. It balances a modern form with a timeless traditional material for the best of both worlds in your kitchen. However, one of the most significant benefits of having a solid slab backsplash is how easy it is to clean. Since it's a solid surface like a countertop, you can just wipe it down. There's no grout to clean, which is especially helpful in areas where stains typically build-up, like behind the cooktop.

At StoneMark, when our team works with you in your new kitchen, we share 18-years of knowledge on the best way to select your countertops.  Plus, we share the many factors that can drive your final decision, such as variations in color and pattern, room environment, sheen, seam location, and appearance. We encourage you to stop by our site on Logan Street to see the beautiful slabs in our stone yard. Please call our office at 502-315-5110 to reach one of our team members and make an appointment.