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Basics on Common Countertop Materials

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If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, one of the top questions you’ll have to ask yourself is what kind of material you’ll use for your new custom countertop. The right material for you will depend on your preferences and personal taste.

At Accent Custom Countertops, we have a wide selection of countertop material options. Let’s look at three of our most popular selections, and compare the kinds of benefits each can bring if you choose it.

Marble

Marble is a natural stone, with each slab of marble extracted forming a completely original design. Marble is one of the most traditional countertop selections out there, with organic veining running through the slab – this veining depends on the specific type of marble.

Marble is known to stand up very well to heat, so it’s a great choice for someone who will be doing lots of cooking and preparation in the kitchen. Marble surfaces can stain, so this is an area you’ll need to watch out for, and you should do your best to avoid exposing it to acidic foods, which can etch the surface. Luckily, it’s easy to have these stains removed.

Granite

Granite is also a natural stone that forms one-of-a-kind pieces, and it also comes in a wide variety. Granite is a material that needs to be sealed once it’s installed – this protects against staining, as granite is a porous material. Granite countertops are naturally resistant to scratching, which is great if you have small children or pets that will come in contact with them. They’re also made to hold up well to heat.

Quartz

Quartz is the most popular man-made stone out there for countertops and additional kitchen uses. Designers have mastered the natural quartz countertop look, which can be very appealing to many homeowners. Quartz generally isn’t as heat resistant as natural stone, but it’s extremely durable and will resist staining quite well.

For more on choosing the right product for your kitchen remodel, or for any of our other services, speak to the pros at Accent Custom Countertops today.

5 Kitchen Design Trends to Embrace in 2018

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The holidays are over, and there’s a nice, long stretch before the busy warm months arrive. There’s no better time than now to transform your kitchen with some of the smartest design trends for 2018.

Quartz countertops are rising to the top as the material to have. Warm woods are still popular, and storage is becoming smarter. There’s so much to choose from now, the hardest part might be narrowing everything down to a single plan. Here are five of the top design trends you’ll want to think about for your kitchen renovation.

#1: Integrated Appliances

Appliances have always stood out, whether they were stainless, classic white, the trendy black of the 90s or the now-amusing harvest gold. Now, they can blend with the cabinetry. Integrated appliances are a growing trend for 2018. Cleverly designed front panels for refrigerators, dishwashers, microwave ovens and more have faces identical to the kitchen cabinets. It gives the room a seamless look, which is perfect in an open-plan home.

There’s almost no limit to countertop possibilities.

#2: Interesting Countertop Materials

When granite countertops overturned laminates as a preferred material, homeowners around the country started thinking more creatively. In the coming year, expect to see smart, durable quartz countertops take the lead and many other materials make an appearance.

  • Quartz: synthetic stone material made with stone chips and resins. It’s more resilient than granite, resists damage and stains, and requires less maintenance. Better Homes and Gardens says this is a trend to watch.
  • Natural wood: just as durable as laminate, and it’s repairable if there’s damage.
  • Glass: shiny, easy to clean, durable and versatile. Glass comes in virtually any color and it’s non-porous, so it won’t stain. HGTV calls it “one of the most hygienic” materials available.
  • Recycled Glass: one of the most beautiful, durable and eco-friendly countertop materials. It looks very much like a vintage terrazzo floor. Recycled glass contains bits of colored glass in a base of concrete or resin that’s ground and polished smooth. The color combination possibilities are almost endless.
  • Soapstone: stain- and bacteria-resistant. Natural soapstone may be solid deep gray or have a marbled appearance. Care is so easy, it only takes occasional mineral oil, according to HGTV.

Contrasting cabinet finishes give the room a homey, established look.

#3: Two-Toned Cabinet Finishes

Two-toned cabinets in 2018 are warm, substantial and give the space personality. You might spot a sleek black kitchen with one upper cabinet in vivid red, or something more traditional with natural wood finish cabinets and a black or white center island. Two-toned cabinets make the room feel more established like it’s been there and slowly evolved over generations. Designer Jon de la Cruz tells House Beautiful that “you see that kind of make-do cobbling together” in an older kitchen.

#4: Shades of Purple and Plum

The Pantone Color of the is Ultra Violet 18-3838. Expect to see it and other shades of purple and plum everywhere, including kitchens. Because Ultra Violet is vivid, you might not spot it on kitchen cabinets. But this trend is likely to pop up in small kitchen appliances, accessories and art. Deeper plums, says InteriorZine, are perfect for cabinets.

#5: Custom Cabinets Storage

Choices are everything in 2018, which is why custom design is so important. Look for cabinets built to fit your needs, not one-size-fits-all kitchens that never quite suit the room or your pots and pans. Here are some of the options with custom designs.

  • Extra deep drawers for pots and pans at easy-access counter height
  • A wide range of drawer sizes from very small to oversized
  • Narrow cabinets for storing cookie sheets and muffin pans
  • Base cabinets with gliding storage that pulls out for easier access
  • Lazy Susans with better design
  • Movable drawer dividers

Custom kitchen cabinets are a smart way to use your renovation budget. Instead of cabinets that merely get the job done, they’re designed with your needs and the way that you live in mind.

If you have a kitchen renovation on the horizon, choose cabinets that solve your storage and lifestyle problems. That’s what custom work does best. Call Accent Custom Countertops at 775.984.5500 for a design consultation today.

Basics to Know Ahead of a Kitchen Remodel

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The kitchen is one of the parts of the home you’ll use most on a daily basis, and you want to make sure it’s perfect. A kitchen remodel can be a very exciting project, whether you’re simply looking at some kitchen countertops or you’re overhauling the entire space.

At Accent Custom Countertops, we’re here to help with every stage of your kitchen remodel project. Before you even meet with our designers, though, there are a few important things to think about when it comes to a project like this. Here are some basics.

Needs

First and foremost, you have to consider both the primary and secondary needs you and your family have in the kitchen. How much space is needed, for countertops and for other prominent areas? What styles and colors is the family into, and will these match the rest of the home’s ambiance?

If you have children, your considerations might change somewhat. You may have to consider additional space for them, or child-proof areas. If it helps, consult the entire family and make a list of needs and wants – this can help you organize things more concretely.

Budget

Once you’ve got a list of your needs and areas of improvement, it’s time to lay out a rough budget. Some of this will be done in coordination with our experts when it comes to pricing, and some of it can be done using your own estimates. If you’re just replacing a few fixtures, for instance, chances are you don’t need a huge budget. If you’re overhauling the entire kitchen, on the other hand, the budget might be a big concern.

Long Term Considerations

If you plan on living in your house for a long time, consider adding features that will help you out with age – things that may help the home’s value. There are several elements that might meet this qualification within the kitchen, which is one of the areas of the home with some of the most appreciation potential. Ask our experts about the kinds of long-term additions that might help with your home’s value down the line.

For more on preparing for a kitchen remodel project, speak to our experts at Accent Custom Countertops today.

Signs a Bathroom Remodel is Needed

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At Accent Custom Countertops, we’re here to provide an unmatched list of services for any and all bathroom or kitchen remodeling projects. Our custom countertops, cabinets and other high-quality items are perfect for a variety of home styles and a wide range of budgets.

These services are perfect for everything from a basic stylistic upgrade to a full-on renovation being made out of necessity. What are some signs that your bathroom might be in dire need of a remodeling project from our experts? Here are a few common signals.

Fixture Age

Fixtures around the home experience wear and tear over time, and those in the bathroom are some of the best examples due to the frequency of water involved. Toilets and showerheads are particularly vulnerable – after 10 years of life, they can begin to have functional issues in some cases.

Leaks in the bathroom from any fixture can lead to mold and other health issues, and can cause cracks in porcelain that require major maintenance. Remodeling, however, is a great way to skip past some of these wear and tear problems and bring a more modern look while updating the facilities.

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Any mold or outdated fixtures in the bathroom can drive down the price of a home significantly, so if you’re planning to place yours on the market soon, you should consider an affordable bathroom remodel. In many cases, the amount spent here will not even approach the amount of home value that will be added by revitalizing the bathroom and drawing more eyes during the sale process.

Mold Presence

Mold and water are interconnected – the former tends to show up more often when the latter is present. Some minor mold concerns can be covered with bleach or simple insulation upgrades, but in other cases it will spread to far and require a more detailed fix. A remodeling is one way to deal with mold in a way that will benefit you both functionally and aesthetically, and as we discussed in our last section, can save you money in the long term.

Want to learn more about bathroom remodeling, or interested in how our other services can benefit you? Speak to the pros at Accent Custom Countertops today.

How to Choose Bathroom Color Schemes

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Whether you’re installing new custom countertops or going for a full-bore bathroom remodel, one of the first big choices you’ll be faced with is the color scheme. At Accent Custom Countertops, our specialists will work directly with you to determine the perfect color patterns for your remodel.

Some people are able to zoom through the color selection process, while others take more time to consider the numerous factors involved. Color scheme sets the baseline for the aura of the room, and for many people, this is important in a frequently-visited area like the bathroom. Let’s go over a few tips we generally offer when it comes to picking the right bathroom color scheme.

Be Comfortable

Colors do a lot for personal comfort in a given room, and much of this is determined by subconscious factors. People often just know when they’re comfortable in a particular color setting.

For you and your family, this feeling is very important, particularly in bathrooms that are used every day. Colors everyone can feel comfortable with will go a long way, and on the other side of that coin, a color or pattern that a regular bathroom visitor can’t stand might be more of a problem than you realize up front. Before you invest in a final purchase, make sure everyone is on board.

Bright Accents

Most bathrooms contain limited space, and this makes them perfect for bright colors to be used as contrasts to larger items. Things like bathroom appliances, woodwork and perhaps cabinets in the bathroom will have their own color tones, and you can help make these tones stand out with the right kinds of bright accents.

Stay Flexible, But Plan in Advance

On the one hand, the perfect color scheme takes some planning – in particular, don’t start buying paint or committing to one element of the room before you have the entire thing laid out. At the same time, though, be sure to leave some flex for changes that may take place during the process, as things might need to be adjusted on the fly.

Lighting and Placement

Lighting is vital, particularly for bathrooms that receive sunlight during some portion of the day and may look different at certain times based on this. Make sure to check your colors within all possible lighting schemes that might hit the room. In addition, while placing items in the bathroom, look to match your colors from big to small – start with the bigger items, like tiles, countertops or cabinets, and then accentuate additional colors from there.

Looking for more information on color schemes, or interested in our granite countertops or any of our other kitchen or bathroom services? Speak to the pros at Accent Custom Countertops today.

5 Different Ways to Use Dekton

Dekton: Material of the future, now!

Dekton is the newest concept in surfacing, described as ultracompact because of the way it is produced and its ability to withstand high temperatures, strong impact and other harsh elements.

So what is it exactly?

Cosentino, a world leader in quartz surfacing, developed Dekton at the request of designers, architects, and fabricators. It is a mixture of raw materials used to make glass, porcelain tile, and quartz surfacing. Using Particle Sintering Technology, the process fuses mineral particles so that they link up and change their internal structure. By heating the elements to over 3,000 degrees, they bond and become one without the use of resins or glues, rendering a surface that is virtually non-porous, able to withstand temperatures up to 1,400 degrees and is extremely impact and scratch resistant. What used to take nature thousands of years, now takes only hours using the PST process.

What does that mean for me and where can I use it?

This is a great question. The answer is: Everywhere!

It can be used indoors and out. For vertical and horizontal applications. For decorative or functional uses. Furniture or wall cladding. Countertops or Flooring. Below are several examples of what you can do with this great, new material.

1. Countertops – No need to ever worry about staining or having to chemically seal your countertops like granite or marble. It acts much like quartz surfaces in its durability, but even more so. And, you can place hot utensils, appliances, and cookware directly on the surface without fear of damage.   

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2. Indoor and Out – Dekton has a very high resistance to flame and heat and is completely noncombustible. The elements will not fade or degrade the material so you can enjoy the warmth of your fireplace for many, many years to come.

3. Flooring – Due to Dekton’s high resistance to scratching and abrasion, whether it’s for your home or in a commercial space, you can use Dekton for flooring without worry of the finish wearing down or the need to re-polish.

4. Outdoor Kitchen – There are very, very few products that can withstand the elements and there is nothing like Dekton. Architects and designers have embraced the material for use in outdoor kitchens, adding to the popularity of them. Snow, rain, summer or winter, this is the perfect material for crazy Nevada weather!

5. Exterior Cladding – Because the material is produced in both thick and thin sheets, it has become an ideal solution for both the inside and outside of the office or home. Installation is done by simply gluing the material to the wall. It never moves, doesn’t fade or wear out. Ever.

Now that you know a bit more about Dekton and what you can possibly do with it, don’t be afraid to come up with your own ideas! Here at Accent, we have a wide range of choices in our showroom for Dekton and our designers would love to go into more detail on what it can offer you and your next project!

Why Being Accredited Matters

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What is the Marble Institute of America “MIA”? The MIA is the authoritative source for information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice, and the suitable application of natural stone products. The MIA is also a leading source for guidance in ethical business practices within the stone industry as well as safety guidelines that all quality granite fabricators follow. The MIA traces its roots back to 1907.

Why should this matter to you? Only a fabricator that is accredited by the MIA can offer its clients peace of mind by knowing that they have gone through the lengthy and technical process of achieving this accreditation and meet the highest standards in these areas:

  • Physical facilities and equipment
  • Business and trade practices
  • Technical knowledge and expertise
  • Quality control
  • Safety
  • Finance
  • Ethics
  • Customer service and education
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Fair Employee Policies for training, safety, and management

MIA and BSI make sure that the companies they are looking to validate and certify are the most qualified in the industry Before they even begin the process. Accreditation is lengthy and has four different phases that the company must go through before it can be considered including: passing a comprehensive exam, multiple site visits (even by competitors), referrals from past clients, and an auditing of the company’s books.

After completion, the accredited fabricator will receive the seal below.

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This seal helps those looking for quality natural stone fabrication much easier.  In the US, there are 86 accredited natural stone fabricators. In Nevada, there are only three including Accent Custom Countertops. Accent Custom Countertops joined this elite group of professional fabricators in March of 2016.

At Accent, we promise you only the highest quality of workmanship and craftsmanship and attention to detail. We pride ourselves on the safety and well being of our employees by following only the best industry practices to bring you the countertop that you have always wanted.

2017 Color Trends

Trend: a general direction in which something is developing or changing.

There are trends for everything; fashion, entertainment, and even home design. Color trends and the use of color can’t be ignored when it comes to the place we spend majority of our time, our home. Colors can dramatically enhance the emotion of a room, can be a subtle influence on your lifestyle, and be the focus of conversation.

Each year experts from paint companies, professional interior designers, and home magazines predict what the hot colors will be based upon influences such as art, politics, nature, and influential people in design and architecture. In 2016, a popular color prediction was white and we saw it everywhere and for good reason. From the lack of color on your walls to your marble and marble look countertops, white never fails to look clean and become a color enhancer to let other more colorful statement pieces stand out.

So, what’s predicted for 2017? Let’s take a look.

Sherwin-Williams

While some think of Sherwin-Williams as just a paint company, it is one of the most influential players that designers rely on for creative touches and new ideas. This year the people at Sherwin-Williams have given us four color palettes to represent the new year of 2017.

Noir – A rich, bold color palette with colors like Cascade green that brings the night into your home.

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Holistic – This palette is the perfect combination of pastels and dark shades using colors like Deep Forest Brown and Mountain Air blue.

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Intrepid – Where bold meets bright, Kimono Violet and Citronella yellow are two colors that look odd apart, but put together create a beautiful color scheme.

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Unbounded – Take a trip around the world with these colors that represent some of the most beautiful things, with colors like Bee yellow and Freshwater blue.

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What have they chosen for the color of the year in 2017? Poised Taupe.
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To view the full color prediction visit:  http://bit.ly/2hLfMQK

Pantone

This firm is well-known for their Pantone Matching System and have their own predicted colors trends every year; this year they have forecasted Greenery as the color of the year.

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It’s a refreshing shade of green that they believe will symbolize new beginnings. Pantone says this “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”

To read more on what Pantone has to say about Greenery visit: http://bit.ly/2hpyOep

Behr

One of the largest paint companies that has been around since 1947 Behr, each year presents twenty new trend colors.  For 2017, they have put those colors into 3 different palettes.

This year, they are:

Comfortable Palette – Natural pastels that will bring femininity and calmness into your home, with colors like Balanced, a shade of green, and Close Knit, a warm grey.

Comfort palette

Composed Palette – This palette revolves around rich neutral colors with colors like, Wanderlust, a bolder shade of teal.

Composed palette

Confident Palette – Poppy bright colors, combined with the composed palette can make for a great color scheme with colors such as, Jade Dragon, a blue green.

Confident Palette

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Although Behr doesn’t narrow it down to one color of the year, their color palettes can speak for themselves and are a great prediction for 2017.

To see the rest of the colors that Behr predicts will be big, visit: http://bit.ly/2gOFlAc

Accent Custom Countertops has professionals to help you pick the right color trend for you. Our experienced staff have seen it all and are always happy to help you choose the right countertop to compliment your pain, wood, flooring, and décor. Contact us today to let us help you become the next color trend.

 

 

What You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Sinks

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You’ve seen the pictures. You’ve looked at the displays. Your friends, neighbors and relatives have all weighed in with their experiences and opinions. You’ve heard terms like: gauge, undermount, top mount, single bowl or double bowl. Now it is time to decide what is going to work best for you and your lifestyle and what will look great in your new countertop.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help make sense of it all!

Gauge

This is the thickness of the steel in the sink. The lower the number, the thicker the steel and the stronger the sink. Typical gauges are 16 and 18; 16 becoming more and more the standard.

Sound Deadening Pads & Undercoating

A good quality sink will always have sound deadening pads and undercoating. Quite simply, they make the sink feel more solid. Without them, running water and other daily tasks can make the sink sound “tinny” and cheap.

One Bowl, Two Bowls?

Single Bowl

Pros: Having one large basin

  1. You can soak things like a baking sheet or broiler pan or anything with a handle so that it can lay flat.
  2. Having a get together? Stack your dishes in the sink until later, not on the countertop, leaving space for more prep work.

Cons: It can be difficult to juggle different tasks that require using your sink such as soaking dishes while needing to rinse off fruits or vegetables.

Double Bowl

Pros: There are two variations to choose from; equal bowls or small bowl / large bowl configuration.

Cons: Having one side be significantly smaller means that dishes may not fit, leaving one bowl only to work in. Large items (mentioned above) cannot be left to soak.

Installation Options

Under mount: Having an under mounted sink is more traditional for stainless steel and are installed this way almost 100% of the time This is especially true for stone or solid surface countertops. The top edge of the sink is hidden under the countertop which is preferred by most people, as it makes it easier to clean off the counter by allowing crumbs and other items to be pushed directly into the sink.

Top mount: This type of mount is rare unless installed in a laminate countertop.

Farmhouse style: These sinks are very different and give a vintage feel. The front of the sink visible and these are typically one large basin.

Maintenance

These are not the sinks that you may have had while growing up or in your first home away from home. Stainless has come a long way over the past decade. While they may still scratch, it is much harder to do so than you may have remembered. A quality sink by Accent Custom Countertops can give you a lifetime of quality and durability. Simple maintenance will leave your sink looking new for a long time to come. Wiping out the sink after use will keep hard water deposits from “spotting”. Using a stainless-steel polish every now and again will bring back the shine and remove fine scratches that occur with normal use. Many sinks now come with a grid that sits in the bottom of the basin that prevents scratching as well.

If you’d like more information, call us at any time. We provide only the finest sinks available that we would all put in our own homes. Call us today!

 

Attributes of 7 Popular Wood Species for Cabinets

Cabinets are a big part of the process when designing new spaces for your home, including the kitchen, bathroom or laundry. It’s easy to think only about aesthetics when you are deciding on the cabinets you’d like, but unique qualities and characteristics of each species of wood such as: patterns, texture, hardness and price, should also be considered. There are many to choose from, so to help you decide, here is a list of 7 popular choices and a bit about them.

1. Alder is a softer wood and is less dent-resistant than other wood species. It can mimic cherry if you like the look but not the price. It accepts staining beautifully but just like cherry, the color will mellow over time. If you want a rustic feel, knotty alder is a good choice too. The obvious reason for the name, knotty alder, is because of the greater number of knots and knot holes.

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2.Birch is one of the more plentiful wood species, and is one of the most cost effective woods for cabinets. There is an uneven texture to birch, so if you want that glossy smooth finish, you might not want to go with this specific specie. It is a light colored wood and can be easily stained to look similar to maple.

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3. Cherry is rich with color and has a very smooth texture. It’s known for its warm tones and colors and can vary from light reddish brown to nearly black. The patterns and textures can consist of gum spots, pin knots, and sapwood. It accepts staining uniformly but when exposed to light it will darken in color overtime.

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4.Hickory is the heaviest and strongest American hardwood. The color can range dramatically from a slight white, dark brown, or even a reddish color; note that grey mineral streaks can often occur. You are able to see the unpredictable grain patterns, burls, and knots in the wood. Rustic Hickory has more variation in color and more dramatic knots in the patterns and texture.

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5. Maple has a subtle grain pattern, which gives it a consistent look and feel. The color is more consistent and uniform unless you choose knotty maple; some black mineral streaks may appear in any maple. It will last for years making it a great option if you have younger children.

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6. Oak (Red) is a very durable hardwood and is excellent for completing a traditional looking kitchen. The color of oak can vary but will mellow overtime if it’s exposed to light. Compared to maple, oak has an open-grained pattern with carrying texture and appearance. It accepts staining well just like cherry, which can enhance the color and pattern.

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7. Walnut is a beautiful wood species that is dense and durable. Although it lightens over time, the color is a natural that can range from light to dark brown but can also have a purple tint. The grain pattern usually run straight, but occasionally a wavy grain will appear. Walnut, although a bit more in price, can be used for other projects for your home, such as a     headboard, stairs, or tables to complete a design or look.

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Each wood species has its character however; some woods can easily mimic others without exceeding your budget, such as maple, alder, oak, and birch. At Accent Custom Countertops, we have a wide variety of woods to choose from and expert salespeople to help you decide which wood species is best for you and your home.