Ahh, the Pros and Cons list.  An evaluation technique credited to Benjamin Franklin way back in 1772.  While it may have limitations for making decisions of the heart, it certainly comes in handy when comparing your options for countertops.     There are many attractive possibilities.   So, how do you choose the best countertop for your home?  Simple, just review our countertop Pros and Cons list and make your decision with confidence.    A word of caution, we are biased in the direction of beautiful!

Countertop Pros and Cons

 

Quartz Countertops

We begin with Quartz because it is easily the most popular countertop today.   It is often referred to as Engineered Quartz or Engineered Stone, and  frequently confused with Quartzite (more on that later).  The quartz mineral is fused with a combination of polymers, pigments and powdered or ground materials to form this extremely hard surface.

Pros

High Durability

Scratch & Stain Resistant

Bacteria Resistant

Easy to maintain

Non-Pourous ( will not absorb moisture)

Cons

Not as heat tolerant as Granite or Quartzite

 

Quartzite Countertops

This is the real deal.  Quartzite is a naturally-occurring metamorphic stone and each slab will have the unique quality which is inherent to all natural stone surfaces.  Quartz crystals formed from sandstone were fused together by nature  millions of years ago.   The super strong statement material is one that we have come to love and appreciate,  especially for kitchen islands.

Pros

High Durability (harder than Granite and Quartz)

Scratch & Stain Resistant

Easy to maintain

Cons

This natural stone must be sealed

 

Granite Countertops

Granite is extremely durable and rarely scratches or chips.  Every slab will have a visual quality characteristic to the region of origin. It is a porous surface that can come pre-sealed or should be sealed yearly.

Pros

High Durability

Heat Resistant

Scratch & Stain Resistant

Easy to maintain

Cons

This natural stone must be sealed and may require resealing

Could be susceptible to staining from oils, citrus and alcohol

Extreme hardness may cause breakage if something is dropped on it

 

Marble Countertops

The ultimate choice for classic luxury.   It is a softer stone known for the rich patina developed over time.  Marble stands up to heat but is susceptible to staining.  The consistently smooth and cool nature performs perfectly as a pastry surface.

Pros

Will withstand some heat

Resistant to chips and dents

Smoothest surface – Ideal for pastry preparation

Develops a lovely patina

Cons

The porous surface may be susceptible to scratches or staining from acidic liquids

Sealing will need to be maintained

 

Solid Surface

Here we have your Corian, and other brands that started the solid surface countertop revolution.  A wonderful variety of color and pattern is constantly evolving and improving.   The molded construction allows it to take on many shapes and accommodate an undermount or integral sink.

Pros

Durable

Resistant to mildew, bacteria and stains

Seamlessly accommodates integral sinks

Easy to maintain

Repairs are possible

Non-Pourous (will not absorb moisture)

Cons

Heat sensitive

Possibility of scratching

 

Glass Countertops

Glass countertops are a unique combination of function and art for a modern statement in the kitchen or bar area.  Custom designs will elevate your style with an open suspended quality.  The material can be translucent, colorful or texturized to create special effects like you will see from our friends at  Studio L Glassworks

Pros

Moderate Durability

Heat Resistant

Stain Resistent

Resists Bacteria – Extremely safe for foods

Cons

Susceptible to scratching or chiping

 

Stainless Steel Countertops

Add a Top Chef quality to any kitchen with the visual punch of stainless steel countertops.  Super hygienic and durable, these countertops can be integrated with stainless steel sinks and backsplashes for a seamless professional look.

Pros

High durability

Heat Resistant

Germ Resistant

Easy to Maintenance

Will not stain

Cons

Susceptible to scratches-but they can be polished out

 

Soapstone Countertops

Your science class lab table is reborn!  The sophistication of this natural stone is an up-and-coming look for modern and classic styles at home.  The color ranges from light to dark gray.  Like marble, the developing patina accounts for much of it’s appeal to the organically inclined.

Pros

Heat Resistant

Food Safe

Stain resistant

Develops a stunning patina

Cons

Occasionally require treatment to seal and maintain appearance

Slabs are smaller and may require seaming

Wood Countertops

The allure of natural products is growing in popularity, especially when it comes to wood countertops. We specialize in natural wood countertops from Grothouse Lumber because they excel in beautiful construction with a wide variety of wood species.

Pros

Moderate durability

Natural Luxurious Appearance

Warm Appearance and Tactile Quality

Develops a warm patina

May be re-surfaced to restore appearance

Cons

Low heat resistance

Maintenance is needed

Should be sealed with a food safe sealer

 

Mixing and matching is an option that we whole-heartily support!  What better way to pair your favorite looks with the perfect functional application.   This will help you create a style all your own!

Do we have a clear favorite?  Actually, no.

Because it all depends on how the countertop will be used and where it will be installed.  It is one of the details that we love to address when designing the cabinetry for your home.

It is also the reason we have so many different countertops featured in vignettes around our showroom.  Here you can touch and feel the different options in materials to see how they look with various cabinet styles.  You will experience first hand the beautiful colors and patterns offered by each of the brands we feature.

The countertops you choose will add the final style statement to your overall design!

Stop in to see us!  We have great ideas for your home!

Geneva Cabinet Company, LLC

201 Geneva National Ave.S, Lake Geneva, WI

262-245-9600

 

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Survey says . . . .

these will be the most popular ideas for your home cabinetry design in 2018!

We evaluated the results of our most liked and saved pictures on Houzz, Facebook & Pinterest to come up with  predictions for the hottest 2018 trends for cabinetry in your kitchens, bath and laundry room.

Take a look and let us know if you agree!


Geneva Cabinet Company Kitchen Cabinetry Hood Centerpiece with mixed metals

All Eyes on the Range Hood

The range hood is a deserving centerpiece for the kitchen.  As kitchens become highly integrated for open concept living, the range takes center stage.  Make it a showstopper with a stunning hood like this one from Scathain.  Notice too, the mix of metals in this room designed with lovely cabinetry from Plato Woodwork , Inc.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company kitchen cabinet open concept no cabinets on top

Uppers Optional

All about that base . . . . cabinet . . .  especially when you want the kitchen to be open and airy.  While you enjoy the views from expansive windows instead of upper cabinets, easy-access deep drawers make it extra convenient!  Gone are the days of bending and searching through the dark back of your cabinets, with drawers like these from  Shiloh Cabinetry, your stuff slides out to you.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company wall for storage keep it open

Storage Walls

So when you eliminate the upper cabinets where do you store kitchen necessities?  How about an entire wall of floor to ceiling cabinets?  These too are from Shiloh Cabinetry.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company kitchen cabinet pull out cabinet storage kitchen not just for spices anymore

Pull-Outs Go Beyond the Spice Rack

While you’re designing that storage wall, or any other cabinet, be sure to include the new and improved pull-out  organizers.  They are deeper, wider and more versatile than ever. Sturdy engineering can handle cooking oil, bottled condiments and other essentials to suit your needs.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company laundry room cabinets multi purpose multi tasking

Multi-Tasking Laundry Rooms

Oh, it’s a thing!  The laundry has evolved into a dutiful multipurpose space.  Think indoor she-shed with space for crafting,  gardening and gift wrap as well as laundry chores.   In addition to a high-tech washer and dryer, this laundry designed with cabinetry from Plato Woodworking, Inc. includes extra outlets that can be used as charging stations for portable electronics.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company sink vanity base wrap around plumbing for extra cabinet storage in kitchen and bath

 

Drawers Work Around Plumbing

Remember when under sink storage was a wasteland of hard to reach cleaning supplies. No longer a problem!  This cabinet by Shiloh Cabinetry includes a drawers made to wrap around plumbing and create more easy-to-reach space for bathroom supplies.  Side Note: The popularity of this driftwood finish will be happening in 2018.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company Lake Geneva Wi Kitchen shelving open shelving floating shelves with lighting

Open Shelving

Are you noticing a theme here?  The trends for 2018 have everything to do with keeping your kitchen open and clutter free.  It’s a fresh clean aesthetic with more comforts than extreme minimalism.  Here upper cabinets are replaced by floating shelves featuring puck lighting to create bright, usable counter space that is not crowded by upper cabinets.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company Trends 2018 statement backsplash with artisan tile

Statement Backsplash

While subway tile is a classic, we are seeing a movement towards artistic tile treatments featuring large colorful patterns. The required hard surfaces that make a kitchen efficient can benefit from a touch of decor, and the backsplash is an ideal place to make a memorable impression.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company Trends 2018 grey is the new black

Grey is the New Black

Need we say more . . . .

Yes, because while grey is gaining momentum, white and black will remain high on the list of desired cabinet colors.  An interesting mix of multiple cabinet finishes will be highly desirable in 2018 and beyond.

 

Geneva Cabinet Company custom vanity fit when just enough the right size and space are needed

Customized for the Perfect Fit

Every bathroom deserves some style, but the reality is that many bathrooms do not allow space for creativity.  The solution is to modify a standard cabinet or customize a piece like this one to fully utilize the space with fashion forward design.

 

If your plans for the New Year include new cabinetry for your home,

relax 

we are here to help!

 

2018 calendar from Geneva Cabinet Company

Geneva Cabinet Company

262.245.9600

Or, Beyond the pull-out trash bin . . .

 

There’s a lid for every pot, but sometimes you just can’t find it. That’s where we come in with the most organized and clever ideas for cabinet storage.  We start with an essential analysis of your home’s physical conditions and then evaluate your lifestyle needs. A good kitchen plan will include cabinet storage to increase your efficiency, while saving you time and energy.

Enjoy a few “oohs and ahhs” in your kitchen with our favorite cabinet storage ideas.

Cabinet Storage Plato ceiling height cabinets

Take it to the top with wall cabinets that make the most of your vertical space.

 

Cabinet Storage from Medallion Banquet and shelving

It’s good to go-low when it maximizes space under a banquet for display and storage.

 

Cabinet Storage Shiloh Behind closed doors

 Behind closed doors you will find everything tidy and within reach when you have tall pantry cabinets.

 

Cabinet Storage Medallion tiered drawer storage

Secret compartments are always fun, and functional.

 

Cabinet Storage Shiloh swing out corner storage

Get into the swing of things with shelves that swing-out and eliminate the dead corner cabinet zone.

 

Cabinet Storage Shiloh under counter draweer microwave with storage drawer

No space goes to waste with specialized cabinets to house appliances (like this under cabinet microwave) while sneaking in extra storage.

 

And of course the pull-out category deserves our highest praise.

Cabinet Storage Wood Mode pull out shelving

Pull-out shelving means you never lose track of your grocery items because you can actually see them.

 

Cabinet Storage Plato pull out towel rack

Pull-out towel racks brings an end to the damp disheveled dishtowel.

 

Cabinet Storage Plato pull out spice rack

And last but not least, the pull-out spice rack is a crowd pleaser.

There is so much more we can show you! If you are ready to get organized and increase storage with your very own plan for a more efficient home, start by exploring our Inspiration Gallery!

We invite you to stop in to our Lake Geneva Showroom to touch and feel the latest innovations in cabinetry for your kitchen, and every other room of your home.  Our designers would love to help!

Get started with a call to us at 262-245-9600

 

 

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The latest Kitchen and Bath trends are ramping up to become true classics. Most homeowners choose neutrals when selecting cabinetry, countertop & backsplash material.   This makes sense since these are part of a substantial home investment. But neutrals can lean a little too far towards monotony without a touch of variety.  Enter precious metals! Metallic finishes are hot and will certainly play an expanded role in home design trends for 2018.

Of course your home should always be about what you love, but keep an open mind to this metallic movement. It can switch up your design while adding warmth that lets you bask in a soft glow of contentment. Our designers created showroom vignettes to demonstrate the latest ideas for adding metallic finishes to your cabinet design. Preview them here and then stop by our showroom to touch and feel the real life allure of Metals.

Bronze is the New Copper

A showroom vignette features a modern essay of finishes using a cabinet door from Plato Woodwork, Inc. door insert mesh in bronze with copper highlights, Ann Sacks tile and a stone for the countertop in a leathered finish.

You should always follow your heart when making design decisions for your home.  The copper craze that is currently in vogue has seen a rise in fabulous new products with shiny copper finishes. But, copper is a distinctive choice that doesn’t like to take a back seat in the design of any room.   Homeowners are finding it difficult to mix copper in with their existing finishes when it is not the main focus. For this reason bronze finishes are coming back with a vengeance.

Since bronze is created by blending several other metals, including copper, it is a natural for mixing in to your existing home design.   Likewise, oil rubbed bronze is unfussy and can take on a casual or elegant appearance.

Kitchen & Bath Trend using Bronze cabinet hardwares

Kitchen and Bath Bronze trend Grohe Bridgeford

 

Beyond the Silver Spoon

Kitchen and Bath trends 2018 Silver metal finish 2

 

Kitchen & Bath Trends Silver vingnette with mesh insert and countertop

Our designers mixed the exaggerated grain of this full access door from the Shiloh cabinetry with the shimmering metal effect of this Porcelanosa tile. Cambria quartz samples work in a complementary way while brushed silver hardware lends balance.

Silver is “Ag” eless. As a result, it is the perfect finish to compliment your neutral color scheme in a modern or classic way. Shades of silver metallic relate easily with customary kitchen and bath finishes like stainless, chrome and nickel. The reflective quality acts like mirrors so it easily bounce light around the room to expand space.

 

 

Kitchen and Bath Trend using silver Native Trails sink web_maestro_bajo_bn_silo_1000

Go for the Gold

Kitchen and Bath trends 2018 Gold metal finish beset

Metalic Kitchen and Bath Trends 2017 gold with logo vingnette with mesh insert and countertop

We enjoy the juxtaposition of a pearlescent finish with the slightly rustic texture and deep tones of this walnut cabinet door from Plato Woodwork, Inc. When you add an artistic pieced mosaic tile or hardware with a matte gold finish, the casual elegance is hard to resist.

No longer just for the rich and famous,  gold has come into its own with a variety of colors and finishes that go from classy to boho chic. Therefore, its popularity as the perfect accent for black continues into 2018.  The latest trends see gold as a memorable accent for other warm and cool neutral colors.

 

Kitchen and BAth trend gold finish shiney and matte

 


Best Kitchen and bath trend gold metal Kohler Purist Brushed gold

Mixed Metal Movement

Kitchen & Bath Trend mixed metals

The trends moving into 2018 include mixing metallic finishes as the newest way to add interest and dimension to your rooms.  This is especially relevant in the kitchen and bath where various metals enter the scheme due to necessity. Therefore, don’t be afraid to mix and combine shine, or matt and iridescent finishes for a truly unique style statement.

Our showroom displays and vignettes feature all of these finishes and more ideas you can use.   So stop in to touch and feel the latest trends in cabinetry, countertops and other room accent products.  They will make your home makeover a real standout!

 

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