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Granite edges for countertops are available in many shapes. The detail of the shape of granite countertop edges will affect cost, function, and cleaning ability.
Stone edges are a design element that you get to choose prior to fabrication. The edge or profile that you choose can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your granite countertops and your kitchen. It can also have an impact on the cost of your countertops.
Granite countertop edges can be simple or complex, with curves or sharp angles. Your contractor may use a different name for an edge than what is shown here. Be sure you understand what his or her definition is of the edge you are interested in.
This edge treatment is very common and offers a clean and simple look for your granite counter tops. This edge is used on most granite backsplashes.On granite counter tops, eased edge offers a square flat face with the sharp edge on top rounded slightly. Sometimes, the eased edge is rounded enough to be called a quarter round granite edge. Of all stone counter top edges granite is the hardest to work with.
Half Bullnose or Roundover Edge
The half bullnose edge can also be called the round-over because instead of being squared off, it is rounded over. It offers a smooth and round surface. It can show a larger cross section of your stone. This edge is usually the least expensive treatment that gives you some rounding.
Demi Bullnose Edge
Unlike its name implies, this is not 1/2 of a bullnose. This edge is very smooth and flowing and shows a large cross section of the countertop making it appear thicker.
Full Bullnose Edge
The full bullnose offers perhaps the most contemporary look of the granite countertop edges. A side view of full bullnose shows the shape of a half circle. The full bullnose is gentle on the body and has no edges to chip. It also tends to make granite counter tops look thinner.
Bevels are 45 degree cuts into the edge of the stone. The deeper the cut, the wider the bevel face is. If the stone has a tendency to chip, a bevel edge may chip more than a rounded edge will.
From the side, an ogee edge forms the shape of an “S”. This is often the most elaborate edge treatment offered by granite fabricators. It’s usually the most expensive as well. Ogee is used for a more traditional look.
Sometimes called “Bird’s Beak”, the Dupont edge looks like a demi bullnose with a notch at the top. On certain stones it may have more of a tendency to chip.
Triple Waterfall Edge and Laminated Edge
Very elaborate edge profiles can be made with special router bits like this Triple Waterfall. Real craftsman can create an unlimited array of edges by gluing together different profiles. These edges can make a granite counter top appear very thick throughout. Of all the granite countertops edges, this is by far the most expensive.
Perhaps the most natural or rustic edge is chiseled. Some fabricators chisel this edge by hand. Others use pneumatic chiseling machines. The chiseled edge is rough and looks like a naturally broken piece of granite. It is often lightly smoothed and sprayed with a clear coat finish to make it shine.
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What is Modular Granite
Modular Granite comes in pre-cut mini-slabs, martel, martel outcorners, prescott, prescott out corners, backsplash, bullnose tiles
- Because it is designed for kitchen counters, it comes in kitchen-ready shapes and dimensions.
- The widths are only twelve inches on average. Think of it - seams every foot again.
- Easier to transport and handle than slab granite.
- Less than the price of slab granite.
- DIY installation possible - as opposed to slab granite, which is impossible to install by yourself.
- Edge pieces have bullnose built in.
- Back pieces (near the wall) have built-in backsplash.
- Corner configurations available for sinks.
- Pre-sealed in most cases - no granite sealer necessary.
If you are praying for authentic slab granite, modular is not the answer to your prayers. It is more like a "souped up" version of tile granite. It will look nicer and install faster, because of the larger dimensions and added details. If you decide to install the modular granite yourself, your installation costs will be eliminated. However, since modular granite is not available for pick-up at stores, your installation cost savings will be offset by significant shipping costs.
Modular granite is a strange and innovative hybrid that is not really tile, not really slab. Tile stone has traditionally been the go-to product for homeowners who want stone and want to do it themselves. Any homeowner can pick up cartons of 12" by 12" tile granite and begin installing granite counters in their kitchen.
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Black Granite Countertops
Black Granite Countertops Types and Looks - A Beautiful Touch of Sophistication to the Kitchen - Popular Black Granite Countertops
When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, choosing the material for your countertop is one of the most important decisions. However, there is one granite color that can really make a space unique, black granite. Traditionally, homeowners tend to avoid using black in their home décor but black granite can be a powerful, stunning presence in the right kitchen or bathroom.
Successfully incorporating black granite into your remodel can give the space a unique look and feel. Black granite countertops are making a big comeback into kitchens. Polished or matte, with more or less veining and splashes of different shades, black granite countertop backsplash and trim edges is always making a captivating appearance. This black granite is also providing a powerful performance. Strong and durable as any other granite, dark granite countertops will always make a powerful statement.
The top choices of popular black granite colors are Black Pearl, Impala Black, Absolute Black, Black Galaxy and Cambrian Black. Black Galaxy, speckled with flecks of gold or white, creates a starry-eyed look in any space. This granite is ideal for countertops, floors, and walls/backsplashes in a range of commercial and residential applications, transforming any space into a universe of your own. Absolute Black granite, hailing from the far corners of India, is reminiscent of a pitch-black night sky. Like the walls of a great, Indian palace, this design exudes a simple, understated elegance with a consistent color and texture. A great fit for both indoor and outdoor usage
Keeping the countertop clean will preserve its natural shine and provide a sanitary surface for food preparation. You can effectively clean black granite countertops simply with water and mild soap. You must avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers that can scratch the surface of the countertop.
Mosaic is an art which ages back to the Greek and Roman periods when it was used to beautify temples and palaces. Currently we use this practice to ornament our homes, to make them more beautiful and more original. There are lots of different uses for mosaic tiles. They can be used indoors but also outdoors and in basically any room of the house.
In the bathroom, for example, mosaic tiles can be used to craft eye-catching wall décor like in this case. The mosaic seems to envelop the oval mirror. Mosaic tiles are perfect use as a bathroom. Looking for mosaic tile ideas for the bathroom? Find that unique mosaic tile today! Mosaic Tile Ideas For Kitchen and Bathroom. Add a splash of contemporary styling to your decor with Mosaic Tile.
Half wall design.
More complex images and designs can also be created. Instead of having simple tiles on the bathroom walls, you can have a mosaic which wraps around the room.
Full wall mosaic
Of course, if you wish to create a cohesive interior design, you can cover the entire wall with mosaic tiles. Usually there’s not a particular pattern which has to be chosen but rather something abstract.
Countertop and backsplash design
Just like in the kitchen, for the bathroom you have to choose a backsplash and a countertop if you prefer the walls to be painted and not covered with tiles. Try something bold like in this example.
Mosaic tiled sink
This bathroom features a colorful mosaic which covers the structure on which the washbasin is placed. It gives the room an exotic look, especially in combination with the red wall and that interesting mirror.
Because there’s not a lot of room for decorative elements in the bathroom, the floor is often transformed into an eye-catching feature. Mosaic floors beautifully complement simple bathrooms and modern designs.
Mosaic in the shower
The shower is usually a very simple feature which lacks color and pattern. The curtains are usually the bold accent but you can also mosaic tiles for the same purpose.
In the kitchen, the backsplash is often the focal point of the whole décor. It’s why mosaic tiles are a great option. You can use them to create something complex like this framed image.
Of course, most commonly, mosaic tiles are used to cover the entire area between the countertop and the wall-mounted cabinets. You can also cover the entire upper wall like in this case.
Another option, somewhere in between the two examples, is to use mosaic tiles as purely decorative elements and to create interesting designs for the backsplash. This mosaic wraps around the windows and is used in key places.
Mosaic on the kitchen island
If your kitchen is spacious enough to accommodate an island, then you have the opportunity to also include mosaic tiles in its design. You can match the mosaic to that used for the backsplash.
To make your patio more interesting and visually-appealing, you can surround yourself with bright colors and patterns. Apply mosaic to the patio floor. You can use pebbles or tiles.
This custom pebble mosaic gives the patio a very comfortable and cozy look. It almost looks like a rug, mainly because of the pattern and because of how smooth it is.
For a beach-style landscape you can try a different kind of mosaic. Use big stones or pavers and allow grass to grow through them. Arrange them in a spiral shape around the firepit to mimic a gastropod shell.
The mosaic path beautifully complements this contemporary house. What’s also interesting is the juxtaposition of materials and the way the wood and stone interact.
Mosaic fence designs
Although it’s rather unusual, you can also use mosaic on your fence in order to make it more interesting-looking. This works for concrete fences with a smooth surface.
This modern patio features a very relaxed and casual design and it’s also very chic. The seating is definitely unusual, featuring white mosaic with gold accents. It’s a great idea for a beach house.
You can also add some color and texture to your garden by covering the planters with mosaic tiles. You can create all sorts of eye-catching designs, including geometric patterns like this one.
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A bullnose tile is a special type of tile primarily used in bathrooms. Its distinctive feature is a rounded edge. Bullnose tile is an essential element of tiling projects because of the great benefits it provides.
First of all, a bullnose tile adds a nice finishing touch to the tiling projects. Many manufacturers actually include matching bullnose tiles in their packages so you can use them to border the edges.
Second of all, a bullnose edge tile is a good safety solution. Conventional and rectified tiles have sharp edges and so you should avoid tiling outward facing areas and corners with them. On the contrary, a bullnose tile is a much safer option thanks to its rounded edges
Bullnose tile is identifiable because of its characteristic round edges. It's viewed as an edge trim piece, and is often used to cover corners or frame the perimeter of a tile design. This eliminates sharper angles and unfinished tile sides from being visible on your floor or wall. Many tile designs are also available with matching bullnose tiles. Here's what you need to know in order to add this type of tile to your design. If you’re on a budget, use a standard bullnose tile piece that is typically used to finish off the field tile. A simple border of mosaic along the backsplash adds visual interest and ties the countertop material to the floor color (and makes it really easy to pick to a wall color).
Applications of Bullnose Tile
Bullnose tiles have a wide variety of applications. Here are a few examples:
- WALLS: If you're tiling a backsplash or accent wall, unfinished edges that don't match up with the wall will be visible. Placing a row of bullnose tiles around the perimeter of your design yields a more finished look. To determine the types of bullnose tiles that are available, check out the trim pieces that match the tile you choose.
- DECORATIVE TRIM: Bullnose tiles can also be used as decorative trim or on the top of a half-tiled accent wall.
- FLOORS: A row of bullnose tiles can take the place of a wooden baseboard and give any bathroom floor a finished look. This added moisture protection will also help to preserve the bottom portion of your walls.
- CORNERS: Bullnose tiles can also be used to smooth out sharp edges on tub surrounds or countertops. The outermost edges of shampoo niches can also be finished with bullnose rather than standard tile. And for bathrooms that feature a tiled privacy wall, bullnose tile can be used to soften sharper edges. This will not only streamline the overall design, but will also help to protect anyone who brushes up against the wall.
- Surface bullnose. This refers to a tile trim piece which has a convex radius on one side. It is used to finish the top or side of a tile area.
Bullnose tile: installation tips
- For the outside corners, use double bullnose tiles. They have two rounded edges and will provide a smoother and less sharp corner.
- When you are doing the baseboard work, measure required height first, then cut the necessary amount to tile the perimeter.
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Many people are drawn to the cool colours, clean lines and minimalist shapes that characterise a modern decor style. And some of these people want their kitchen to feel like a cozy and inviting gathering space too. So what do you do when you desire the cool vibes of modern style but also crave warmth? You plan a warm contemporary kitchen.
The first thing you think of in contemporary kitchens is clean lines and not a lot of adornment or overly decorative features. Colour schemes can vary, but classic choices include white, cream, tan, beige, grey and black, and sometimes a mix of these colours.
Concrete, or materials that look like concrete, as shown in this photo, are excellent for a contemporary kitchen, but there are many floor types that can work. The key is not looking rustic (like knotty or rough wood grains) or heavily patterned or vintage (like Spanish or Moroccan tiles). Pattern in contemporary floors tends to be subtle or nonexistent. Oversize tile in concrete or porcelain can work, as can hardwoods.
Countertops and backsplash tile
In contemporary kitchens, the countertops and backsplash are frequently made of the same material, which is often a manmade option such as engineered quartz or solid surface. Watch out for too much pattern in a natural material, as it could pull the kitchen into a different design direction.
The backsplash doesn’t always have to be the same as the countertop, though. Glass tiles with clean lines can make for a contemporary look, as can more contemporary ceramic tiles or even a stone if it is “more uniform-looking".