How to Select a Countertop

kitchenSelecting the perfect countertop for your space is dependent on a slew of variables! From the cabinet colours, to edging styles & even the amount of stone maintenance required there are quite a few variables to consider prior to picking out a countertop that will work seamlessly with your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room! Now because countertops are such a bold fixture of any room, we thought that we would share some of our favourite tips and tricks when it comes to selecting the perfect countertop!

 Work with a Trusted Company 

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Working with a trusted company that keeps your best interests in mind is arguably the most important step when it comes to selecting a countertop! Countertops are an investment & you need to ensure that the company you work with has the skillset and expertise to “do it once, do it right”… as we like to say!  

So who do WE trust with the countertops in a Bloomsbury Kitchen? We love working with Select Granite Tops Inc! We have been working with Renato from Select Granite Tops Inc for years and are lucky enough to not only share a wonderful work relationship, but a true friendship as well!  

All of the photos featured within this Blog highlight countertops from Select Granite Tops Inc!  

Consider Cabinet Colours and Wall Patterns

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You want to make sure that the countertop you select compliments the colours and patterns of your kitchen cabinetry, wall or backsplash! To put it simply, if your space is more on the neutral side of things, clean and does not feature any bold prints feel free to go with a statement countertop that really makes a great impact!

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If, on the other hand, your space features lots of fun patterns, texture, and colour then try and keep your countertop simple so that all of the elements are not competing with one another!

Keep Maintenance in Mind 

It’s important to keep your lifestyle in mind and determine how much maintenance you realistically can handle when it comes to the preservation of stone countertop quality!  

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If you’re looking for a natural stone that is a bit more low-maintenance and stain resistant then you might want to consider a harder, more durable natural stone material like Quartzite countertops! This gorgeous stone countertop comes in such a beautiful array of colours and patterns that each slab is incredibly unique and a true work of art!

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Don’t mind a little bit of maintenance? Or you want your counters to develop character & patina overtime with use? Then marble countertops might be perfect for you! Because who can resist those gorgeous, characteristic swirls and veins of a marble countertop?! Swoon… they are truly beautiful! However special maintenance and care is required in order to prevent this softer stone from scratches and stains.

Moral of the story? Choose wisely and determine what will work for your lifestyle!

Edging Makes an Impact

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Edging details may seem like a minor detail, but the truth is that carefully chosen edge types can have the ability to truly enhance and alter the overall look of your countertop! Do you want something that feels more sleek and modern, or traditional and “dressed up”? Once you’ve determined what type of style you want your kitchen to convey, your Bloomsbury Designer & the experts over at Select Counter Tops Inc. can help guide you in the right direction!

See Full Slabs & Samples in Person

It’s imperative that you see full slabs of your chosen material(s) in person! During all stages throughout the kitchen design process, we always incorporate countertop samples in our meetings. You never truly know how a countertop is going to work with the colours in your space until you see them in the same space and under different lighting!  Samples can give you a good sense of the stone, but we always recommend you see the Full Slabs in person so you get the big picture of what your counters are going to look like. A sample might not show all the veining, or characteristics of the stone – samples are good for a baseline but seeing the Full Slab to understand how it will look in your space is imperative! It’s better to be on the safe side of things… so incorporate countertop samples & Full Slab Viewings throughout the entire design process!

Happy countertop shopping!