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Fancy Up Your Granite Countertops With Like Items

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It appears you just had some granite countertops installed in your home. You wonder what you can do to make them even more pleasing to the eye. One way to go is by accessorizing them. Enjoy the following suggestions to fancy up your granite countertops!

Your new granite countertops call for new kitchenware in general. When you head out to grab accessory items, be mindful of the color scheme of your granite countertops, the cabinets as well as the walls (with any luck you chose to match your new countertops with existing or remaining cabinetry and walls). It is within your best interest to do so, after all, you just had them installed. If you are in possession of light countertops but dark cabinetry, go with neutral colors, those lying somewhere in between the two shades. Don’t hesitate to be bold. Brighter hues can create a “pop” factor that allows them to stand out amongst the more extreme (as per ends of the spectrum) color shades of your stationary kitchen items. Granite countertops tend to run the gamut as per color scheme and/or palette. You can take this in any direction you please. Go wild, stay conservative, the choice is yours!

Objects utilized within the kitchen for similar usage should always be grouped together. If you have a mason jar filled with all of your sugar packets keep them right beside your beer stein containing the sugar substitute, keep the knife block right beside your cutting board. Identify something of a set-up that you would like to have in place for these items—where they will be placed, what items will be placed with what other items—that serves the dual purpose of being aesthetically pleasing and allows for easy access to them.

Don’t forget! Your walls are still there and they should not be neglected. Look for wall signs or pictures place around your kitchen. You could take this in so many directions, going with a theme or a hodge-podge cacophony of mismatched but similarly colorized items. Depending upon the edge type you had your slab cut into, you can go with “sharper” looking items and décor to match pointed edges or circular, motion based items should edges be rounded.

For more information on granite countertops in Eagan, call Minneapolis Granite at 952-746-4690 or contact us and Request a Free Quote.

You’re So Vain, as is Your New Bathroom Vanity

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In recent years, the bathroom has become an extension of the regal elegance displayed throughout any home. A room once deemed as functional only has gotten an overall upgrade—so much more than just the room where the sink, tub/shower, and toilet are located—many being spacious enough to facilitate a tranquil and relaxing place to seek solitude.

Many homeowners have opted to install natural products like granite bathroom vanities in their Burnsville homes. A vanity must illustrate the overall vibe of your intended bathroom look while still serving as a functional space. It should not drown out the other aspects of the bathroom. It should however look good enough to earn its rightful place among the rest of the decorous elements.

Be mindful of the following with regard to your granite bathroom vanity:

  • Whose bathroom will it be? A family or shared bathroom? If so, a basic vanity suffices. In a family or child’s bathroom, aim for a vanity that can take a beating, is easy to clean and allows for room. Aim for something like a dual sink for a family bathroom or master bath.
  • Does it fit the space? If you have fallen for a particular granite bathroom vanity piece it does not necessarily mean that you will acquire the entire slab for this purpose. If you are certain that is the piece for your bathroom vanity, talk to one of the professionals in our showroom and ask what they recommend to get it best set up for your bathroom of choice.
  • Bathroom vanities are extensions of the cabinets themselves. Bathroom vanities—often utilized as the prime location for the application and usage of makeup, hair and skin products, styling irons and damp cloths—take a beating. A material such as granite is a great choice for being able to sustain such treatment. Just wipe the stains away!
  • Natural materials such as granite or marble need to be resealed from time to time in order to look great. The variety of activities that occur in the bathroom will cause a bathroom vanity to lose its elegance and clean look. Make sure you stay on top of sealings as they are needed. This will maintain your granite bathroom vanity for decades to come.

Selecting bathroom vanities is one of the more enjoyable shopping trips you can make in honor of your home. There are many material choices, a veritable bevy of colors and a virtually limitless list of design choices.

Looking to have a granite bathroom vanity installed in your Burnsville area home? Give us a call today at 612-822-3135 or contact us online.

Granite: To Seal or Not to Seal

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You just purchased some granite countertops for the kitchen in your St Paul home. You have heard all sorts of rumors about granite countertops and their need to be resealed every so often. It’s in your head now so you begin to wonder. You have family, friends and neighbors who have granite countertops in their homes, you have asked so many of them whether they have theirs resealed or not. Mom says yes, best friends says no. What should you do?

Most manufacturers of granite countertop slabs seal the granite before it is fashioned into what it will ultimately be used for. One type of granite may be more porous than another type of granite. A general thought amongst proprietors in the industry is that sealing will not have to occur on a regular schedule.

Indicators emerge when resealing is called for, however. Keep an eye out for water beading—if it ceases or no longer happens—it is likely that a resealing is needed. Another widely spotted reason to have your granite counters resealed is if you place a glass upon it and a water ring is left behind. These are the two most blatant gauges of requisite resealing.

A little effort can go a long way though. Maintain and clean your granite counters frequently, taking care of spills or stains as they occur. If a spill occurs—even if it is just water—sop it up right away. Potential staining type spills or other such messes will help prevent some headache, money and difficulty down the road.

Other things that may concern you regarding your granite counters needn’t. Granite is heat resistant, place any super-hot pan or pot just off of the stove and no damage is done.

It all boils down to the type of granite you purchase—some types will never once require a resealing. Some will. Nonetheless, all of the fabricated granite from Minneapolis Granite is sealed during that very process, at the very least.

Always remember the simple water test. If it beads, no worries. If beading no longer occurs, your granite counters need to be resealed—this being a sign that the water is being absorbed into the counters themselves.

If you are looking for granite for your St Paul home, call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

The Right Granite Kitchen Counter

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Your granite kitchen counter must be the right and proper one for your home. A major bonus of choosing a granite kitchen counter is the ability to customize. There is quite a bit of flexibility in the color palette—black, white and all in between. The chance to match your home décor or starting from scratch with a whole new scheme are options for you. Browse our granite color selection online to start assembling a plan. In this blog, we’re going to try to help get your creative juices flowing.

Black Granite Countertops

Black countertops are both classic and dramatic. Easy to design a style around, a black kitchen counter gives you the opportunity to be bold with the other color schemes unfolding already within your home. Vibrant color combinations can help lighten the space, and show off your inner interior designer skills.

White Granite Countertops

A white granite kitchen counter is the obvious stark contrast to a black one. It reflects light, allowing for a brighter space. You can go for a contrasting look with white countertops, adding dark cabinets and other darker enhancements. Worried about stains on white countertops? No need! With the right care and sealing, nothing will set in to your new granite kitchen countertop.

Everything In Between

There is an huge selection in color and pattern. We boast reds, oranges, purples, beiges, greens, grays and blends of these color patterns. If you are a stylish sort, we have the color to match. Conservative styled? There is an option for you as well. Come over to our showroom to browse all of our color options.

Looks

A granite kitchen counter is known for its looks. No two slabs of granite are exactly alike, so you are guaranteed to have a unique look in your kitchen when you have a granite kitchen counter installed. The granite may be the same color as your parent’s granite kitchen counter, but they will not look alike at all!

Suggestions on choosing the right color or pattern:

  • Should you possess cabinets in a neutral shade like medium brown, look at beige, gray or white granite.
  • Are your cabinets cherry wood? It is advisable to seek Uba Tuba, Verde Peacock and Typhoon Bordeaux.
  • If your cabinets will be more of a dark brown shade, definitely look at granite kitchen counters that are more of a green shade.
  • Oak in a medium to light brown shade? Go for a contrast in color for an eye-popping look. Try Tan Brown or Silver.

Looking to have a granite kitchen counter installed in your Roseville area home? Give us a call today at 612-822-3135 or contact us online.

Weather Considerations for your Outdoor Granite Countertops

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Are you looking to add some fancy to your outdoor grilling or entertainment area? Granite countertops step up the level of class in any kitchen, indoors or outdoors. They add a nature-inspired feel and a heightened level of elegance to the outdoor leisure areas.

There are some things to consider regarding your granite countertops placed within the great outdoors. While they do withstand heat and harsh weather well, it is not ideal to have them placed in areas exposed to sunlight. The surface temperatures of your granite countertops, in a sun-exposed scenario, will be very hot to the touch during the summer. Consider, if already existing, some sort of covering from above (awning, pergola or umbrella) to minimize their exposure to sunlight. If you are having new granite countertops installed, think of a set-up that will make for minimal sun exposure.

Distant covers will keep outdoor granite countertops in the shade, but it may be worth considering more direct covering (right on the surface) to prevent early onset weathering.  The effects of rain, hail, sun and other nuisances are accumulatory, over time the damage adds up to a gradual wear-down of the surface. The amount of time it takes your outdoor granite countertops to show signs of weathering is dependent upon the level of quality stone they are made of. The overall glean and polish of your granite countertops at purchase time will fade as they operate outdoors. Sealing does not protect the aesthetic (only defending the level of absorbency the countertop takes in). A resurfacing is all that would be needed to return your granite countertops to their original luster.

During the cold months of the year, minimize your granite countertops exposure to snow and other sorts of frozen precipitation. The annual cycle of freeze and thaw wreaks havoc on just about anything left outdoors. While granite countertops are not necessarily affected, if they are cut to fit items within them—grills or sinks—those items may go through a contraction and expansion process.

As a rule of thumb, operating under the expectation that any item of cost or value meant for use or permanent placement in an outdoor setting will go through wear-and-tear. It is worth considering the purchase of a thicker cut for your outdoor granite countertops. As the appearance begins to suffer, you will want to consider a resurfacing to bring out the look of your granite countertops at purchase and installation.

If you are considering outdoor granite countertops it may be within your interest to speak with one of our salesmen who can provide pointers on how to treat, set up and care for your new items. Are you interested in learning even more about granite countertops for your Brooklyn Park and/or Twin Cities area home? Call Minneapolis Granite at 612-822-3135 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.