We chose a BIG stainless sink from Franke for our kitchen and after the sink and my beautiful Franke faucet was installed in July, I was dismayed at how close everything was to the casings and window sill (below)
‘Don’t worry’ Jan (My kitchen designer) said, ‘There will be some quartz left over from your countertops, so just get a slab cut for the sill (it only needs to be finished on one side) remove the casings and take the subway tile all the way to the edge. Then you don’t have to worry about water damage to the sill and casings.’
When I arrived at Spectrum Stone to pick up the slab, Vincent (below) gave me a tour of the plant.
Vincent giving me the A-OK the day he arrived to measure for my countertops!
See the granite casings? When your business is finishing stone, you can have it everywhere. Even Vincent’s desk was entirely made of granite.
Here’s the diamond blade that cuts all the stone.
And here is where the edges are finished and glued together.
I was fascinated when Vincent shared that for the last six months of 2011, black countertops was what everyone wanted, this year, they were mostly selling white. Notice all the white slabs waiting to be finished.
Black (above) would definitely be my second choice for a countertop in a white kitchen because it’s still simple, clean and I like the drama. I went with white because a white-on-white kitchen has always been my idea of a dream kitchen.
When I asked him which was the most popular colour before that he said he didn’t notice. He started noticing when it all started to look the same.
Vincent said that it depends on the granite but in general the lighter granite colours are weaker than the darker ones. When they transport and handle granite slabs in general, they treat it like glass. Quartz is way stronger.
And it’s the reason why granite needs to be sealed for stains while my nephews can finger paint on my unsealed white quartz countertops.
Here’s my new quartz window sill installed with the subway tile which replaced the casings. You can see one of my brackets for the uppers that are installed on both sides of my kitchen window.
I still need to commit to the fabric for the roman shades I will get made for the windows in my kitchen which is why you haven’t seen this side of the room yet.
Here’s a close up of my faucet and sprayer right beside the ledge. What do you think of my photography here? The in-focus gooseneck with the background fuzzy. That was a total accident, I seriously need to spend more time with my fancy new camera, haha.
Isn’t my faucet pretty? I admire it every time I stand at the sink. I chose chrome because I like how sparkly it is with white. Remember when I showed you my entry light and mentioned that chrome as the hottest finish right now. No shocker since it looks so great with white.
Images by Maria Killam
Speaking of white countertops, the latest in high-end, luxurious real-estate in downtown Vancouver (above) is offering two kitchens, brown:
and orange stained wood:
Both with white countertops.
This is no surprise based on today’s post, however I was surprised to note that a white kitchen was not an option.
However, since colour trends start in Europe, then move to the East coast and then to the West, the kitchen in the following New York Luxury Condominiums (above) are of course white (below).
As I’ve said many times, I started blogging about grey arriving in Vancouver almost three years ago sooooo this tells me that commercial residences are behind in this town. Probably because there are too many men involved in the colour decisions while in the residential side, it’s usually the wife that decides which colour the cabinets will be.
And of course the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House that I toured when I was in New York at Blogfest in May this year also had a white kitchen.
Which countertop colour would you choose?
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