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Contemporary vs. Modern Design

choosing the right countertop for your home.

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When deciding what to do with your countertops it is always best consider the style of your home and how you want that particular style to be reflected in your kitchen. Many will expect to hear that the popular stone of choice is granite. Granite countertops are durable, heat-resistant, and sleek, making it an excellent material for kitchen counters and other features of the space. Although even with all of the perks of choosing granite another contender is currently on trend, quartz. The material is also durable, while being nonporous making for an excellent surface on which to prepare food. Whether going tried and true with granite or trying something different with quartz, the next big step is choosing a color and cut that will look at home in your kitchen.

The Contemporary Home:

Contemporary style is all about open, casual spaces with neutral color palettes and warm accents. Another important feature of contemporary style is incorporating aspects of nature in the color scheme and the décor of a space. Quartz and granite each lend themselves to this aesthetic in unique ways.

  • Contemporary quartz

    When using quartz in a contemporary space there is a range of neutral shades to choose from. White, beige, and taupe are among the main choices you will find among quartz contertops. For a pulled together look, find a quartz with a textured pattern and paint the walls to match a shade in the stonework. If you have a white countertop with taupe accents, consider finding a taupe paint to complement it.

  • Contemporary granite

    Granite lends itself nicely to a range of color palettes and design themes. The naturally versatile stone pairs beautifully with rich wood cabinets and warm colors on the walls. If the idea of pairing the paint with the tones of the countertop is appealing, granite will offer endless options to choose from.

The Modern Home:

Modern design is characterized by minimalism. Modern kitchens will feature clean, sharp lines and be composed of environmentally friendly materials. Color schemes tend to also be neutral but can easily pair with bright accent colors on the furniture and décor of the room.

  • Modern quartz

    Quartz offers some fun unique options for a modern kitchen. Perhaps the most unique choice is a smooth, slate grey quartz countertop that holds a subtle visual appeal. Usually in the context of modern kitchen design the best choices are countertops with one solid color versus the textured patterns of a contemporary kitchen.

  • Modern granite

    Finding a granite countertop for a modern kitchen is the perfect way to add contrast to the theme of the kitchen and create a visual impact. Choosing a granite countertop that contrasts from the other colors in the room, like a black counter in a white kitchen will complete the look of the room.