Actually, a quartz countertop is not going to be 100 percent quartz. The material is man-made, combining quartz with other materials. It is actually 90% ground with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. The quartz minerals are mixed with the resin and then treated with pressure and heat to form the countertop material, which very hard and granite-like. How finely the quartz is ground will determine the appearance. Coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance and finely ground quartz gives a smoother look. Countertop thickness ranges from ½ inch to 1-¼ inches, depending on style, brand, and size. Because the resin binds all the quartz crystals together, the end product is nonporous, making it exceptionally sanitary. There are no cracks or crevices for bacteria and germs to settle in and it serves as a perfect work surface. You can even purchase quartz countertops that are certified as food safe. It‘s also waterproof so it can be used with an under-mounted sink. Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz counters do not need to be sealed. Nonporous surfaces like quartz also help resist stains. They are easy to clean using mild soap, water, and a soft cloth. When buying natural stone, you have to choose the specific slab you want to use thanks to the variations in color and pattern that Mother Nature provides in a single slab of stone. This is not the case with quartz countertops. Because they are manufactured, you won’t have wide variations in color and pattern and can have a more consistent look.
Maybe you should set the tone using a part of the room that isn't focused on as much. A painted wooden floor – in black – will pop and make a statement unlike any other flooring option. Keep your black cabinets grounded and then your open shelves up top. You`ll create a gorgeous foundation and a way to style it to your liking – in a personalized and eclectic way. But do it in a way that fits your personality or the family`s style. Make it a bit less dull by contrasting a lot of different textures as well. To up the modern notches to your design, go with a minimalistic feel. This will set off the lines and neutral tones in a way that makes everything look a bit cleaner and more sophisticated. There's something really futuristic, fun and forward-thinking about this kitchen. We're loving the black and iron combinations and the industrial accents as well.
Use as much open storage as possible in your design. Even if your cabinets have window glass, you`ll get to peek at all the pieces you‘ve chosen inside – which hopefully – coincide with the style genre. Stripes are another help in creating interest and personality inside your retro kitchen. Pay attention to the linens when adding your stripes, as it‘s a great way to mix and match. When you think retro, do you think about 1950‘s fun diners? Because we certainly do and we wouldn't blame you at all for turning your kitchen into a bout of diner festivity! The most popular color choice when transforming your kitchen into a retro solace is turquoise. It`s clean, it‘s fun, it‘s joyful and it goes so well with the vintage essence of every piece.
The island is probably the most common accent piece for a kitchen but it‘s usually something that only large kitchens can accommodate. Islands go well with open floor plans so if you have the room then should definitely take advantage of it. However, the island is not the only option. A kitchen peninsula is an interesting and practical alternative for smaller spaces or for certain types of layouts. A kitchen peninsula can sometimes prove to be a better option than an island. It provides circulation on three sides while one side is usually attached to a wall and this can offer some nice advantages. A peninsula can be an extension for your kitchen cabinetry or even for a kitchen island. It can be lower than the counter and it can be used as a comfortable dining table or a breakfast nook.
Always on the look-out for good kitchen storage ideas, we found this drawer design from Crown Point Cabinetry. Not only does it feature angled spice storage with ample-sized containers, it has a divided section and both parts are illuminated with LED lights that come on when you open it. No more digging in dark drawers or straining to read spice jar labels. One of the most used essentials in the kitchen is the refrigerator, and new innovations allow for better food preservation as well as convenience and storage capacity. French doors, such as these on Miele's refrigerator, are very popular because they allow cooks to store larger platters and pans of food. Opening both doors also allows for a full view of what's inside. Thermador`s newest innovation is special tilting bins for delicate items. Adjustable installed in the door, these bins remove for easy cleaning.
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