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Chic Countertops

Trends

A look at the newest surface materials
for kitchens and baths

CAESARSTONE's new granite-

inspired collection achieves
the look of natural stone with
the ease of Caesarstone
quartz. Himalayan Moon,
shown here, brings together
a mixture of white shades
contrasted by dramatic and
elegant black veining.

ARBORITE is bringing its Pan-

orama series of stone-look
laminates to the kitchen as
part of the new Maison collection. This residentially focused
line celebrates the genuine
scale and veining of luxurious
granite and marble but with
the sustainable and affordable
benefits of laminate.

A

COUNTERTOP IS THE
ULTIMATE MULTITASK-

ER. One minute it's the
prop for the cutting
board and the destination of a plate, and the
next it's the homework
spot. In the bathroom,
it can be the showpiece of the space or that durable surface for a makeup-strewn vanity. With
everything a countertop serves as and with all the
technology available today, choosing the right material for your clients all depends on their lifestyle.
"Livability is having a greater influence on what
homeowners select when they're designing a space
- for countertops and beyond,"said Lorenzo Marquez, vice president of marketing for Cosentino
North America. "Whether it's a durable surface
that captures the look of natural stone without the
risk of staining or an appliance with smart technology that helps streamline the meal preparation
process, it's all about making everyday life easier."
Function is important when it comes to a countertop material, but aesthetics also play a huge role
in making the right choice.
"The kitchen is not only a space where people
cook; it is a place where people entertain family,
friends and guests," said Mar Esteve, marketing
manager for Neolith by TheSize. "Kitchens are

Elegant Brown granite
from Brazil and the NATURAL
STONE INSTITUTE projects a
subtle blend of browns and
grays with an ethereal aesthetic perfect for unique interior
and exterior design features.
Countertops, backsplashes
and outdoor landscaping applications are all ideal for this
durable granite.

ABOVE

LEFT A low-maintenance,

high-design alternative to
natural elements, Pierre Bleue
from NEOLITH is virtually
indistinguishable from
natural stone and minerals.
Using proprietary full-body
technology, Pierre Bleue
integrates fossils and rock
elements through the entire
gray-blue body.

BY ERINN WALDO

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more open and occupy larger areas than other
rooms in the house, so the aesthetic factor becomes equally as important as the functional one.
Materials need to be durable, low maintenance
and appealing to the eye."
A WIDE SELECTION

There are countless choices when it comes to
countertops, but the main selections include:
quartz, granite, soapstone, glass, stainless steel,
tile, marble, wood, concrete, laminate or recycled
materials. Designers can narrow them down based
on a client's preferences for durability, style or even
environmental impact. But as it is with nearly
every market, customization based on use is key.
"Our research indicates that homeowners are
most drawn to surfaces that allow them to showcase their individuality and unique tastes," said
Renee Hytry Derrington, group vice president
for Fletcher Building's International Businesses
Division, which includes the Formica Corp.
"The lines between design aesthetics are blurring, there is high interest in interior design styles,
and homeowners want it all - a way to express
themselves and products that are durable and
long-lasting."
According to a study published in August 2015
by The Freedonia Group, the U.S. demand for
countertops is forecasted to increase 4.2 percent
per year to 810 million square feet in 2019. Laminates maintain a large share of the market, along
with natural stone and engineered countertops.
Research shows that owners of high-end homes

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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Happenings
Trends
Better Business
Solutions
KBIS Countdown
Before & After
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Product Innovator Awards
Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Intro
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Editor’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Show Director’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Before & After
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Sustainable Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - What’s Hot
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - What’s Cool
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Product Innovator Awards
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