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White Granite Countertops vs Black Granite Countertops: How to Pick a Style

Kitchen with granite countertops.

White Granite Countertops vs Black Granite Countertops: How to Pick a Style

When it’s time for a kitchen remodel, selecting a kitchen countertop style is a big decision. The right kitchen counter shade can add tremendous visual appeal to your entire kitchen: highlighting major appliances, enhancing cabinet color, and tying appliances into the aesthetic.

 

Most customers often wonder: should I get white granite countertops or black granite countertops?

 

No matter your vision, your kitchen, and your budget, the professionals at Lifestyle Floors are here to help you make the decision that works best for your needs. 

 

Here are our pro tips on how to choose one over the other.

 

Four Benefits of White Granite Countertops

 

1. Opens up the kitchen and makes objects seem larger.

Visually white spaces appear more expansive: the optics of whites give a fuller frame of reference to objects placed on or around them. 

 

If you are seeking to make a space seem larger, installation of white granite countertops can visually maximize sightlines, specifically in the periphery and above the space. Most people want to make their home appear more spacious, so white granite countertops are usually the most installed and are found in virtually all kitchen and home styles. 

 

2. Helps brighten a space.

In addition to making spaces feel larger, white granite countertops can help brighten a space. If you sense there’s not enough natural light, installing white granite will refract more light in the space, making it feel more bright or open than a space with black granite countertops. 

 

3. Works best with brass and nickel fixture handles.

When it comes to choosing between white or black granite countertops, most people forget to think about fixtures and handles. 

 

White granite countertops have accentuated countless varieties of fixtures and handles in kitchens. Owners who love the polished brass or gold plated finish look find that white granite brings added visual presentation to the fixtures and helps frame key appliances or kitchen features.

 

4. Shows your spills to help you clean more effectively.

White granite countertops have long been preferred by those owners who want to keep their kitchen and meal prepping spaces spotlessly clean. 

 

Dirt and dust stick out like a sore thumb on white granite countertops. As a homeowner, this helps you identify any areas you missed and catch it before company comes over. Also, cleaning and polishing white granite countertops reveals a luster and shine that surpasses other types of countertops.

 

Four Benefits of Black Granite Countertops

 

1. Best for a classic, transitional, or modern kitchen.

Black granite countertops have long been associated with modern luxury. The combination of dark granite with polished fixtures and handles adds an element of class to the home kitchen. 

 

Black countertops are often paired with white cabinetry or meshed with a modern industrial styling that can add significant long term value to the home.  

 

2. Compliments a bulk of new appliances.

Appliances have changed greatly in their styling over the last 20 years. As plastic refrigerators have given way to stainless steel and chrome finishes, other appliances have changed their makeup as well. 

 

New home appliances come routinely in steel finishes, dark plastic, and matte slate finishes. These trends toward darker colors mesh well with dark granite countertops and provide a seamless look to your kitchen profile. 

 

3. Shows less dirt and grime.

Constant use of the counterspace will result in dust, dirt, and food debris buildup. What could present as a continued nuisance on a white granite countertop is now minimized on a dark surface. 

 

While cleaning routines are still regular, the appearance of cleanliness on a dark granite countertop will last far longer and keep you from feeling the constant need to clean the visual blemishes more pronounced on white granite countertops. When friends come to call, you can breathe easy instead of worrying about every possible spill or scratch.

 

4. Often more affordable than white granite.

In general, you will typically find that black or dark granite slabs are less expensive than white granite slabs. Pricing normally depends on the granite slab thickness, its composition, and color choices. On average, the black and gray styles run cheaper because of their ubiquity.

 

Coming mostly from mines in Asia and the Nordic regions, black granite can be mined and cut to custom whereas the white granites are becoming more scarce after decades of use.

 

Should You Choose White Granite Countertops or Black Granite Countertops?

If you are set on a particular stone, the team at Lifestyle Flooring will work with your vision to help achieve your dream kitchen. 

 

Or, if you aren’t sure which option would be best for your kitchen, come by the showroom and let the professionals at Lifestyle Floors walk you though some of the options. We can evaluate your existing kitchen setup along with your budget then recommend whether white or black granite countertops would be best for your space. 

 

Get in touch by giving us a call or stopping by our showroom in Colorado Springs.

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Find a Flooring Company Near Me

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Find a Flooring Company Near Me

You know your floor is in desperate need of an upgrade. You recently repainted your wall and switched out the kitchen cabinets, and suddenly your floor sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s finally time to give your floor some much needed TLC. 

 

When done right, quality flooring adds to the value and visual appeal of your home. Unfortunately, shoddy installations could make even the nicest of floor patterns look unseemly.

 

Choosing the right flooring company for your project can seem daunting at times, but it’s well worth it in the end. But simply searching “flooring company near me” on the internet yields hundreds of results. How do you know which to choose?

 

If you’ve been trying to find a Colorado Springs flooring company near you, one company stands apart from all the rest: Lifestyle Floors.

 

Here are four reasons why Lifestyle Floors is your best choice for flooring installation. 

 

1. Commitment to Quality

Lifestyle Floors’s services are well known throughout the region because of their commitment to delivering quality products and services. Their trusted installation professionals have a documented record of quality installation and bring that reputation to each of their projects. 

 

Our customers have much to say about our quality and service.

 

“The install team were respectful and accommodating of puppies and babies and luckily, a small project, they were in and out quickly, kept everything clean and the final result is exactly what I was hoping for.”- Katie G 

 

At Lifestyle Floors, we house multiple brands of flooring options so you can find the flooring that perfectly matches your needs. Whether you’re looking for flooring that’s durable hardwood or eco-friendly, there’s something for everyone. 

 

We provide hardwood flooring, laminate, tile, luxury vinyl, carpet, and area rugs in Colorado Springs. If you’re in the area and have been searching for a flooring company near you, look no further.

 

2. Fast and Reliable Service

The staff at Lifestyle Flooring is insured, licensed, and experienced. When it comes to in-home projects, the quicker and more professional your crew, the sooner you can get back to living your life without interruption. 

 

Hear from one of our clients about her experience with our fast and reliable service:

 

“The whole process of picking, getting measurements, and installation was beyond smooth!  It even took a day less to install than originally planned!  The installers were prompt, professional, pleasant, and clean and my floors are absolutely beautiful!” -Cristy W

 

Whether you are getting an installation or refinishing your floors, Lifestyle Floors team will take the time to make sure your needs are heard and understood. Once you experience our customer-centered service, you won’t need to look for any other flooring company near you.

 

3. 2 Year Installation Guarantee

Going above and beyond has long been a key characteristic of the service provided by Lifestyle Flooring. That’s why we provide our customers with a 2 year installation guarantee. 

 

The trusted team at Lifestyle Floors is confident that their installation will be a seamless process. But just in case there are unexpected hiccups, the team will make it right at our expense per our material specific checklist within the first 2 years of install.

 

“When they were installing the wood steps, they made some cuts on an area rug I had in a different room. This left a bunch of cuts in that area rug. If that was the end of the story, I would have given them 1 star. But I emailed them and was immediately refunded the full price of the rug.”- Patrick G

 

Following up with customers and exceeding expectations is what Lifestyle Floors is our mission. We strive to be the best flooring company near you.

 

4. The Confidence Guarantee

Picking the right flooring can sometimes be a process of trial and error. For couples, agreeing on a floor plan may be a difficult task.

 

The team at Lifestyle Floors is here throughout your whole renovation experience. To show they are committed, Lifestyle Floors offers a 30 day confidence guarantee on their installations. 

Lifestyle Floors “Confidence Warranty” guarantees if after the installation and within 30 days you are unhappy with your choice, we will replace your product at no cost to you. We ask that you live on the floor for 30 days and if you are still unhappy, we will replace that product. We ask that you pay to have it removed and reinstalled, but we will take care of the product itself.

 

“Their communication, dedication, and knowledge was extremely impressive and they made sure we were taken care of from the beginning. We have never had anyone be as considerate and respectful in our home as everyone was. We cannot wait to do our next project with Lifestyle and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to upgrade their existing floors. Thank you for (sic) making our house feel even more like our home!”-Jennifer A

 

This kind of commitment to customer satisfaction has built a number of loyal customers all over Colorado. If you’re a local and have been searching for a flooring company near you, we want you to have the best and smoothest experience working with us.

 

The Best Flooring Company Near You

To take advantage of all the great products and services that Lifestyle Floors has to offer, get connected with us today.

 

The dedicated staff will walk you through the process, listening to your needs and wants and customizing a plan for your home. We want you to enjoy your new flooring for decades, and that’s part of what makes us the best flooring company near you.

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Incredible detail. Stunning style. High performance. You’ll get the wow without the worry when you choose any ADURA® vinyl plank floor. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options, any ADURA® vinyl plank will deliver award-winning fashion to your home. 

Why Choose Mannington ADURA® Vinyl Plank?
• ADURA® floors are waterproof, scratch-and indentation-resistant and easy to maintain
• ADURA® is perfect for any room where style and performance matters in a new home. Special attention has been paid to style details like realistic wood grains and surface textures, long and wide planks, variable width planks, and ceramic tile looks
• Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options
• All Mannington floors are FloorScore® certified which means they are independently tested and meet stringent indoor air quality standards. This certification also qualifies all of our floors for low VOCs

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ADURA®Max dampens sound by 30%, for more peace and quiet in homes with multiple stories, plus those with media rooms, music rooms and kids play spaces.

      

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ADURA®Rigid is strong and durable with superior indentation resistance, ideal for home gyms, kids rooms and kitchens.

      

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ADURA®Flex is a stable and reliable glue-down floor that can be installed in long runs without transition strips, ideal for homes with open floor plans.

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Kitchen Projects and Inspiration

You spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in your house. Don’t settle for ordinary. Explore stylish and innovative kitchen solutions from LifeStyle Floors.

New Year!…New Kitchen?

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It’s a new year and you are ready for a kitchen that fits your lifestyle!

From new flooring such as Tile, Hardwood, Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tile to Cabinets, Countertops and Backsplash LifeStyle Floors has you covered. Our experts can help you design your dream kitchen and give you the best options available to fit your budget as well as your vision. When you visit our showroom you will soon discover that you are in good hands and your options are endless.

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Make it real. Upload a photo of your space and select an Anderson Tuftex floor to see in that space. Choose from hardwood or carpet and rotate the flooring to see how the direction of planks or patterns changes the look. See how new flooring can transform your space.

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DIY: Peppermint Twist Christmas Wreath

Deck your halls with these ingenious embellishments made from everyday supplies

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Set a sprightly tone indoors with this high-impact wreath crafted from a sweet seasonal favorite: peppermint candies.

Materials

• White or red duct tape
• 14″ Styrofoam wreath form
• 24″ piece of high-gauge floral wire
• Pencil
• 5–6 bags peppermint candies (like Star Brites Peppermints, $2.99 per bag; Brachs.com)
• Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
• 3 yards ribbon (optional)
• Tape (optional)

Directions

1. Wrap duct tape around wreath form to cover it entirely (to hide the wreath form and protect it from melting when you apply hot glue).

2. Fold floral wire in half, wrap around wreath and tie in a knot, leaving a loop to hang the wreath.

3. Lightly pencil a line onto the middle of the front of the wreath form to create a guide for your first row of candies.

4. Unwrap a piece of candy. Apply a dime-size amount of glue to the wreath form, on one side of the pencil line. Press the edge of the candy into the glue at a 45-degree angle; hold in place until fully dry (about 1 minute).

5. Working in batches, unwrap 10–15 candies (do not stack unwrapped candies as they will stick to each other), then apply a 6″ line of glue to the wreath form, following the pencil line. Press candies into glue one at a time, one in front of the other, until the row goes all the way around.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5, with every other row starting in the opposite direction, until the wreath is covered (we made 6 rows of candies). Let dry.

7. For decorative ribbon: Before hanging, loop ribbon through top of wreath. Hang as you would normally, with the ribbon between the floral wire and the nail. Pull ribbon ends to top of door frame; secure with tape. Let ends hang down, trimming if necessary.

Note: This wreath is quite heavy, so be sure to hang from a sturdy nail. For indoor use only.

A few more Wreath Ideas:

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Cookie Cutter Wreath
Once the final batch of Christmas cookies comes out of the oven, clean off the cookie cutters for a charming decoration. Or better yet, pick up a cheap set, so you can keep baking cookies all season long.
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Vintage Bulbs Wreath
The vintage Christmas lights stashed away in your attic may no longer work, but this wreath is proof that they are still full of Christmas cheer.
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Bow Wreath
Because your kids don’t really appreciate your gift wrapping skills anyway. Turn your bow stash into a colorful wreath that you can use year after year.
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Sheet Music Wreath
Pick your favorite Christmas classic — “Let It Snow,” perhaps — and wrap the sheet music (music lyrics work too!) around a plain base.
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Quirky Tie Wreath
If his collection of patterned ties is getting out of control, have fun with it in the form of a wreath. Added bonus if you can grab a few holiday-themed ties.
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Festive Tinsel Wreath
Instead of splurging on a fresh evergreen wreath year after year, just wrap shimmery tinsel around a foam wreath and call it a day.
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Ice Skates Wreath
Go for an unexpected look this year with ice skates lined in fur. Spruce up the design with pom-poms and silver ornaments.
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The Importance of Good Flooring

Jacqueline Gray • Dec 2, 2011 – https://www.privateproperty.co.za/

The floors of a house take the brunt of our everyday activities and are usually the first surfaces to reflect wear and tear. As such it’s important to invest in floors which will keep pace with your daily life and add value while simultaneously infusing your home with a touch of class.

There are hundreds of flooring options to choose from though which can be overwhelming. Moreover, it’s important to choose the right flooring from the outset as the wrong floors can actually detract from a house and cost you money to replace should the need arise. Floors Direct Marketing Manager Helen Marshall says there are a few factors which need to be considered when choosing floors for a home.

Functionality: “The function of a room influences the flooring required,” says Marshall. “For example, wooden flooring works beautifully in the living room, but is certainly not an option for the bathroom as it will warp due to the high moisture content.

“Consider whether the room will have a high or low traffic flow and how much wear and tear the new flooring will be exposed to. For a high traffic area, make sure you choose a durable option which is easy to maintain. Rooms that experience high footfall, such as the entrance area, passage and kitchen require flooring that is resistant to water, stains, scratches and scuff-marks”, she says.

Installation: Marshall explains that you need to decide whether you are going to install the floor yourself or whether a supplier will install it, as this will have an impact on the cost. She also advocates requesting a few samples to take home and view in the area where the flooring will be installed. “This allows you to view the sample in the correct lighting and to determine whether or not it matches the rest of the décor.”

Style: Select colours that complement the mood that you would like to create and match your décor style. “For a calming ambience, select lighter more neutral colours. If you would like to create a warm and cosy look, try a dark wood option. Solid wood flooring creates a premium, authentic look that will provide your home with a warm ambiance and years of good service. No matter what type of wooden flooring you choose, you’re guaranteed a beautiful and elegant floor. ”

For those who would like wooden floors but who are on a budget, Marshall says there are a variety of affordable laminate flooring options available in a wide range of colours which replicate the look of real wooden floors.

Going green: “Those seeking to go the green route should consider bamboo floors,” says Marshall. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options you can choose for your home. It’s also exceptionally durable and visually appealing.”

Maintenance: Everyone wants to keep their floors looking like new, therefore analysing the cost of care and maintenance is essential. “In a house where residents lead an active lifestyle or where family and friends are often entertained, avoid flooring that requires a lot of care and maintenance”, says Marshall.

Laminate floors are extremely easy to maintain and dirt can simply be mopped away with a microfiber mop or damp cloth. When opting for solid wood floors, make sure that they require no sanding or sealing once installed, but that they are ready to be installed and walked upon immediately.

Future needs: “If you would like to change your decor scheme in the near future or if you know your needs are going to change, opt for laminate flooring, which is easier to replace,” advises Marshall. The reasoning behind this is because laminate flooring is a ‘floating’ floor system and is therefore not nailed to the subfloor. Solid wood flooring is a long-term investment and is a permanent fixture.

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