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Kitchen of the Week: The Warmth of Azteca Granite

by Ann Kent

Posted on February 14, 2018 07:00:00 AM


Azteca granite is an interesting and eye-catching natural stone that has reflective speckles of brown, gold, grey, and black. It is a neutral looking stone that works well with brown cabinetry or white cabinetry. In this particular kitchen of the week, the bottom lit cabinets accentuate the beautiful speckles in the stone and the rich cherry cabinets draw out the brown coloring within the stone. The natural stone industry sees a high demand for dark and light countertops and a wide range of granite colors.

Many homeowners gravitate toward the rich look of Azteca granite because it is particularly suited to hide dirt and crumbs, making it an ideal stone choice for a high-traffic kitchen. Kitchen countertops provide the ideal focal point in a kitchen that can play off the rich look of cherry wood cabinets within this kitchen. Homeowners routinely select granite over other natural stone countertop options because it is one of the more durable natural stone options for kitchen countertop installations. Granite requires sealing 1-2 times a year and can be cleaned with a simple mix of soap and water or a cleaner with a small amount of sealant like Mr. Stone’s AGM Daily Stone Cleaner. Granite is heat and stain resistant, making it an ideal stone for a busy kitchen.

The sleek look of stainless steel appliances does not distract from the crisp look of this kitchen.  The stainless sink in the kitchen relies on the protection of a stainless-steel grid to ensure that the stainless-steel stays looking polished and shiny. A high-quality stainless steel sink will hold up quite well over time without extreme maintenance, but the sink grid adds an element of protection that will enhance the kitchen’s sink’s performance. You can purchase a stainless-steel sink and grid at Mr. Stone.com.

When visiting a slab yard, you will want to make sure that you leave plenty of time to look at all of the available slabs. Many homeowners know from the start of the design process that they want to install a dark granite stone, while others will make the decision when they view the slab in person. Your kitchen countertops may last up to 100 years, so it important to select a stone that can be versatile in design and will appeal to many homeowners. When you sell your house, the new homeowner may choose to paint the walls or change the cabinetry, but the stone should perform well for many years. A quick change of paint color, cabinetry, appliances, or backsplash may change the whole look of the kitchen dramatically, but the Azteca granite will still be a strong design element within the kitchen.

 

 

This kitchen of the week surely impresses with its rich speckled countertops and rich cherry cabinets. Paying extra attention to detail within a kitchen like the under-cabinet lights can add to the overall success of a look of a kitchen. When you invest in quality cabinets, it is important to make every effort to highlight the unique beauty and characteristic look of natural stone. The backsplash within this kitchen also draws from the color and look of the countertop surface by including colored tiles within the white tiles. Similarly, the neutral colored floors complement the colors of the countertops. Ultimately, this kitchen is successful because of the rich look of the Azteca granite paired with the cherry cabinets and complementing design throughout the kitchen.

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