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NOV 2018

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BLACK AND WHITE Both ends of the color spectrum are important in current countertop trends. Starting with black or white and adding rich veining in a variety of tones allows designers to create the desired feel for the space. When it comes to the white marble looks, manufacturers say warmer tones are on the rise rather than the real cool tones of the past. "We've added warm tones to our whites and are doing that both with depth and in tonality," Kath notes. Mays believes that the white marble look is a long-standing trend that is still going strong. "However, we have seen that white is gradually warm- ing up. Whites are a little creamier and marbles have brown or taupe veining instead of just the traditional grey veining," she says. There is also a reverse trend emerging, Mays says. "Bold, black coun- tertops and spaces are making a big impact on residential spaces. Though some consumers may think that this is too drastic or intimidating of a decision to make, it pays off with a dramatic, classic and eye-catching kitchen," she notes. Kath agrees. She says that black countertops were "all the rage" about 15 years ago before the trend faded away, but it's coming back around again. "It's still not topping the charts, it's going to take a while," she says, but notes that Cambria is prepared for black countertops to rise again. speak to quality, durability and luxury. They often have great optical depth and unique structures," says Mays. "Luckily, the natural materials are no longer the only way to achieve these looks." Chmiel adds, "The look of quartz, marbles and reclaimed wood continues to be in demand. By creating the look of these materials in high-pressure laminate by scanning stunning physical samples of these materials, we provide an affordable, easy-to-care-for option that is a sus- tainable choice versus a true exotic material." "Countertops made out of materials that imitate the look of natural stone are increasing in popularity," agrees Garcia. "Light, nature-inspired stones and marble looks provide the perfect balance in today's kitchen and bath trends," says Talbot. "While veined, statuary marbles have been a staple in design for centuries, their main- tenance woes and availability have placed them out of reach for most. The advent of quartz countertops echoing nature's beauty has allowed for these looks to become accessible to all." Congress adds, "Although the marble aesthetic is still very popular, the trend is moving back toward the look of natural stone like granite. The terrazzo aesthetic is also becoming popular again, in white and black as well as different colors. This is a fun way to add some personality to your countertop. And, we have seen a rise in the Portoro aesthetic, inspired by natural stone." Lapitec's full-body sintered stone slabs are primarily used for work- tops, but the workable material, available in large slabs with calibrat- ed thicknesses, is also suitable for doors and shelves. Designers can create unique cuts and other tech- niques that once were only possible with natural stone. The company now offers an integrated sink. Circle No. 176 on Product Card Vicostone has added a range of products to its Exotic Collection of quartz surfaces. Originally com- prised of six classic white marble looks, the line now also includes Azur de Mar, Luce di luna, Argento, Thunder Grey (shown), Diamante, Cemento, Nero Marquina, White Fusion, Avalanche, Eramosa, Aca- cia, Bella Blanco and Majestic Black. Circle No. 175 on Product Card West Quartz has added three groundbreaking looks to its color offering – Candy, Deep North and Licorice Stripe. Candy, shown, reflects the look of an impressionist painting, with vibrant splashes of color. Deep North features a pattern like the rolling mountains, while Licorice Stripe resembles veined black and white marble. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Caesarstone has introduced a trio of white quartz surfaces that offer a tactile finish for added depth. Cloudburst Concrete, shown, offers a white-on-white tonal cloud-like patina with a low-reflective surface. It features a concrete-like feel. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Made from 100 percent precon- sumer recycled glass, cement and non-toxic pigments, IceStone transforms waste glass into surfac- es. Manufactured in Brooklyn, NY, it is both Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver and NSF 51 certified and is scratch- and UV-resistant. It is offered in 16 colors, including five with Mother of Pearl. Circle No. 180 on Product Card Geoluxe has added two colors to its offering of Pyrolithic Stone – Erebus and Aphrodite. Both display natural veining; are heat-, frost-, scratch- and spill-resistant, and are suitable for indoor and outdoor surfaces. Erebus, shown, is inspired by the rich white-veined black marbles of Belgium. Both are available in the Polished finish and the Honed finish. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Palladio Doge Marble Agglomerate is one of the newest surfacing selec- tions from Santa Margherita. A play on standard white, the engineered stone is comprised of 93-95% natu- ral stone and 5-7% polyester resin. Circle No. 182 on Product Card Rather than using a traditional wiping stain that can compromise food prep safety, the new Smoked Oak finish from CafeCountertops is created using the latest in Euro- pean wood coloring technology to permeate the black color through- out the wood. This process makes scratches less noticeable, according to the firm. Circle No. 181 on Product Card November 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 51

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