Popular Kitchen Trends For 2016

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For many households, the kitchen is the hub of the home. Kitchen designs are always changing and we’ve identified some key trends to keep an eye out for in 2016.

Super-sized islands and integrated living spaces

Entertaining guests is no longer focused on the living room. More than ever, people are hosting from their kitchens, meaning it has become the new social hub of the house. As a result of this, kitchen islands are becoming much bigger in order to accommodate the larger number of guests gathering around them, and kitchens are being merged with living spaces to offer a more accommodating cooking space.

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Why Use Book Matched Marble?

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Marble is a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens thanks to its timeless and elegant look. To achieve an even more impressive visual impact, book matched marble offers a truly stunning effect.

Book matching means the two adjoining surfaces mirror each other. The effect means it looks like an opened book, or butterfly wings – this is where the term ‘book matching’ or ‘butterflied’ comes from.

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Your Complete Guide to Kitchen Worktops

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You could say that we’re extremely passionate about kitchen worktops here at Granite House, and you wouldn’t be far from the truth. We’ve made it our mission to bring these incredibly useful features to as many homes as possible so that more people can benefit from having them installed in their homes.

But why is it that we think worktops are so great? What do they actually bring to a home? Well, we’re going to tackle all the questions that you may possibly have right here on our blog in out complete guide to kitchen worktops!

So, if you’ve been debating whether or not you should install a worktop in your kitchen, read on!

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Creating a Timeless Trend with Your Kitchen Worktop

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The very idea of an interior trend is to create an aesthetic that people will incorporate into their home for a short period of time. What was considered to be the height of interior fashion in the 1990s is very different to what we consider to be en vogue two decades later. Continue reading

Benefit From Our Experience and Expertise

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At Granite House, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality products to create truly stunning interior designs in and around your home. We also strive to bring you excellent customer service from the moment we give you your quote until after it’s all done and dusted by making sure you’re enjoying your space as much as possible with the correct maintenance and aftercare.

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Quartz vs. Granite: Which One Should You Choose?

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When it comes to deciding which countertop material to use in the kitchen, homeowners are left with a difficult choice. If you’ve been browsing interior design websites for ideas or devouring Pinterest for inspiration, you’ve probably realised that your choice really comes down to choosing between two materials; quartz and granite.

Granite is a natural stone. It’s probably one of the most popular countertop materials available. On the other hand, quartz is a manufactured composite that has similar features to stone. It has recently become a lot more popular.

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Granite Worktops, are they out of fashion?

So has granite had its day as a worktop? that is a question that many designers are asking. Though the practically of quartz worktops and the new more natural colours are making quartz much more popular than before, granite is still being specified throughout kitchens though not in the same volume as before, so what does this mean for the good old granite worktop?  Well in all the time we have been working with stone we have seen the trends change constantly, from just black granite to light colours, to quartz colours, and then exotic granites. However the current at the current time Granite worktops are specified mainly in exotic colours, however we see the trend moving towards textures and finishes. You can take a simple granite like steel grey and play with textures and then you have the Steel Grey Alligato finish that looks amazing. Cosmic Black Leather is a very popular granite for us, and looks amazing in a bespoke kitchen, the last installation was with a hand painted in-frame bespoke kitchen looked amazing. Then there is the rise of quartzite worktops like the Taj Mahal quartzite and the Superwhite that are more expensive than standard granites. This is where we see the market in granite Worktops moving towards more unique materials, and textures. The trusty old Angolan black Granite Worktop will be still be used but the markets appetite is now ripe for newer colours, but it is harder for designers to sell due to the relatively unpredictable nature of stone and patterns these types of colours need to be viewed either as a high resolution image or inperson prior to purchase. So for ease many designers will specify quartz. But for me Natural beats man made, time after time. We can see the Bespoke Side has started move away from the quartz and move into more unique materials that will be more expensive whether natural or natural looking. Some of these are more difficult to work, like the porcelain worktops and Lapitec. Already this year the interest and number of enquiries in Sintered surfaces like Dekton, Lapitec, Neolith, and Laminam is already up and this is a trend we see continuing. So has the granite worktop had its day? In my humble opinion the trusty rock worktop has been around for millions of years its not going to disappear now.

Quartz worktop trends for 2016

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For 2016 expect to see quartz worktops that mimic the beauty of nature.

We are seeing market leaders like Caesarstones new range gaining popularity in Top End Kitchens. Colours like the Bianco Drift, Calacatta Nouvo, and Piatra Grey that mimic the veining of natural marble are very fashionable and many designers are incorporating this look into their kitchens for 2016. Continue reading

Tips to Care for Quartz Worktops

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Opting for quartz worktops is a choice made by many homeowners, since the finished product is durable and easy to maintain. Moreover, quartz offers more possibilities in terms of design, as it’s capable of providing colours and textures not found in natural products like granite. Another great reason to choose this material instead of marble or granite is that quartz is waterproof, so it doesn’t require special treatment with a sealant for long-term maintenance. Continue reading

Is The Lighting In My Kitchen Important?

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Let’s face it, lighting isn’t something that many people actively think of when they first decide to re-design their kitchen. Surely one light is enough if it’s strong enough to light the whole room, right?

In fact, lighting is one of the main aspects of a kitchen design that should be looked at first. It’s more important than you think, not only with regards to how your kitchen will look, but your safety while in the kitchen, too!

Working with many different clients during their kitchen overhaul by providing our beautiful granite worktops in Cheshire, we’ve learnt a thing or two about how the lighting of a kitchen can dramatically change the design. Here are 2 main reasons why you should think more about lighting when redesigning your kitchen space.

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