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Quartz, a Major Design Trend for 2020

| | Quartz

There’s only one full month left in 2019. So, if you’re planning a renovation or remodel then it is important to be aware of the trends that will be major players in the upcoming year. While all-white kitchen and bathroom design will likely never go out of style, there are lots of design trends for 2020 that will make any homeowner happy. And, one of the trends that will continue into the new year includes quartz countertops. As Bloomington’s quartz and countertop experts, we would like to tell you more about this major design trend. 

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2020 will be the year of the quartz kitchen! Quartz has a strong reputation as a low maintenance bacteria resistant surface. The ability of quartz to repel stains, and the stone’s exceptional strength and durability adds to its up and coming use in the kitchen, and as some designers and home owners would attest it is here to stay! 

When it comes to countertops, quartz is quickly becoming an affordable and low maintenance alternative to beloved marble. There are always new trends in quartz and one of the biggest this year will be quartz with bold veining. Although solid white continues to be a major trend, dark quartz and veined quartz will be two other heavy hitters this upcoming year. 

Another major trend includes natural elements with some pops of color. Keep your quartz countertops and flooring natural with soft neutrals and add a pop of color in your cabinets for perfectly on trend style for your kitchen. 

Or, choose black quartz for a sleek and modern look in 2020. Shimmering black countertops is the perfect way to brighten up a space and create a stark contrast between your cabinets and countertops.

Quartz will also be popular choice for bathroom vanities next year and beyond. They are durable and easy to care for and interior designers love that quartz can mimic granite or marble for a look that matches any style décor. 

Whatever trend you choose, allow the experts at Northstar Granite to help you incorporate it into your unique home décor. One of our specialties is quartz and we know just the right styles to help modernize and brighten up your space.

Are you interested in learning more about quartz for your Bloomington home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Quote.

Don’t Forget These Top Features in Kitchen Counters & Kitchen Design

| | Kitchen Countertops

Designing a new kitchen or kitchen remodel? Before you finalize your plans, be sure you haven’t overlooked any elements you’d like to include. After all, the right feature, addition or material can instantly take your kitchen from ordinary to extraordinary. As the experts in kitchen counters for Bloomington and the surrounding areas, we’d like to tell you about a few of them. And, when you’re ready to include the kitchen counters of your dreams, contact the professionals here at Northstar Granite Tops.

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When deciding on what will give you the most return on your dollar for your upcoming renovation or sale, it is extremely important to consider the right material. You should select not just a trend but trusted and long-lasting. That’s why the best materials for kitchen counters are granite and quartz. 

Granite is so hard, it resists scratching, chipping, and discoloration due to heat, making it ideally suited for countertops in your home.  It can be used in virtually any application in your home, including kitchens, baths, bars and fireplaces. And, because granite is a natural product, there are an almost endless array of colors and patterning available.

Quartz is currently enjoying a surge in popularity for kitchen countertops. The biggest reason can be attributed to the many advances in creating the stone’s aesthetic look, like the addition of organic-looking swirls, patterns, styles and variations.

Found your material and ready to install your new kitchen counters? Don’t forget a kitchen island! This is one of the most covetable features in the kitchen and something homebuyer’s search for. Islands not only add more counter space, they are a must-have for all activities in the kitchen. Kitchen islands are becoming more popular as space saving and multifunctional areas become more of a design essential. No longer just an afterthought, many choose to match their island exactly with their kitchen countertops. 

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Don’t forget the kitchen sink! When considering your kitchen counters it’s a great time to think about the shape, material and style of your kitchen sink. The big trend in kitchen sinks and a timeless feature to incorporate is the farmhouse sink. Also known as an apron front sink, farmhouse sinks are a timeless focal point in any kitchen. From a practical standpoint, they’re deep enough to hold large pots, and a shorter person has easier access to the sink.

No matter what feature you go with, it is important to get countertops from the experts! We will help you find the right style for you and your unique home. For more information about kitchen counterts in Bloomington and the surrounding areas, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us for a Free Quote.

Choosing the Right Material for Your Bathroom Vanity Countertops

| | Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom renovations can range from smaller do it yourself projects to larger home renovations done by a professional home remodeling company. But no matter what the scope of your project is, one of the biggest decisions you will face is what kind of material to choose for your new bathroom vanities. There are plenty of choices in bathroom vanities for your Edina home and here at Northstar Granite Tops, we carry the very best. We know all of the best stones to choose that can withstand soap, water, toothpaste, makeup, rubbing alcohol and other common bathroom messes. We want to make sure you choose something that will be able to handle it all but still maintain its good looks. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

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One of the most popular choices for bathroom vanity countertops by far. Granite is a great pick if you are looking for a stone that is durable, unique and extremely easy to care for. Granite does not stain, scratch, chip, burn or break easily, and it is naturally bacteria resistant, which makes it ideal for the bathroom.


Bathroom vanity countertops made out of marble have a classic and timeless look and come in a variety of colors known for characteristic veining, which gives them a unique look. Marble is durable and easy to care for as well, but it softer than granite, so it is better used in bathrooms than in kitchens.


Just as popular as granite, quartz makes a great choice for bathroom vanity countertops. Quartz is a manufactured stone, so the colors and patterns that you have to choose from might seem endless. They are also durable and easy to care for, and you can even find quartz that mimics granite or marble. The popularity of quartz is on the rise right now and a favorite among interior designers.

These are just a few of the choices you have for your new bathroom vanity countertops. In the end, the decision is ultimately up to you, but we can help with this decision if you need further assistance. 

Ready to get started and find the right countertops for your unique bathroom and décor? For more information about bathroom vanities in Edina and the surrounding areas, call us at Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us to set up a Free Quote.

Why Granite Will Forever Be the Timeless Classic in Countertops

| | Granite

Trying to decide on the right countertop material for your upcoming remodel? While each material offers its own set of unique benefits, granite remains at the top of everyone’s list. Granite countertops have been the epitome of kitchen and bath luxury for decades and we are here to tell you why. As the experts in granite for Wayzata and the surrounding areas, we know a thing or two about granite and are here to tell you more about this incredible choice in countertop material. 

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For one, granite is synonymous with quality and dependability, with the added bonus of having a classic look. In fact, a well maintained granite countertop from decades ago would blend flawlessly with the kitchens of today. 

While there are many types of natural stones, granite takes a particularly long time to form. The process begins deep in the earth, heated by lava, and eventually rises to the surface. It takes several thousand years for granite to make the complete journey to the surface. This is another reason granite is considered so luxurious. And, this is all just the beginning of the countertop process. Slabs need to be cut, treated and customized for each home. This unique process makes granite a desirable addition to any home and its natural origins make it a true class.

Granite also comes in a wide variety of colors, shades and hues. From lighter patterns to darker tones and everything in between, it is easy to find the perfect color and shade of granite to match your home and unique tastes. In short, granite is like a natural work of art. There are colors, patterns, nuances and more that makes granite unique.

While most people are familiar with the little flecks of color in granite countertops, many homeowners do not realize that granite is actually available in a few different patterns including marbled, solid and speckled. 

Whatever style granite you choose, it will be incredibly easy to maintain. A sealed granite countertop requires just a wipe down with warm water and soap as far as everyday care. Being a durable material to begin with, granite can stand up against normal wear and tear while resisting chipping and cracking.

And, these are just some of the reasons granite countertops will always be a timeless classic! Interested in granite for your Wayzata home? Get in touch with Northstar Granite Tops today at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Granite Countertops Quote!

Important Considerations for Your Kitchen Countertops

| | Kitchen Countertops

Planning an overhaul of your kitchen this summer? You are not alone! It is a very popular home improvement project this time of year. And, one of the most exciting part about a kitchen remodel is picking out the countertops! The countertops are the focus on the room and make a huge difference on the functionality, appearance and value of your home. All of this can make picking the kitchen countertops quite confusing as well. Choosing the wrong one can make results less than desirable, so it is important to be informed so that you can choose the right countertop for your needs, lifestyle, and aesthetic. Here at Northstar Granite Tops, we are the experts in kitchen countertops for Eden Prairie and are here to offer some considerations to take into account when making this important decision. 

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First and foremost, kitchen countertops need to be functional and durable. You have to know if you can place food and drinks on a countertop and whether it will stain, or leave a mark or a nick. When it comes to solid surface countertops, these are m ore likely to knick and chip. However, stone like quartz and granite offer a far more durable surface necessary for the kitchen and also provide a far superior appearance. Quartz and granite countertops are also both big buzz words in the real estate world so when it comes time to sell, their addition to your kitchen can make a big difference. 

Aesthetics are also a consideration, since the style of kitchen you’re aiming for will inform your countertop choice. If you want a classic or timeless look, granite, marble or quartz will be where you should start looking. These materials also lend elegance to your kitchen. If you are going for a mid-century modern or clean and contemporary look, then single bevel or squared edge quartz kitchen countertops will be your best bet.

Also, is your cabinetry right for your new kitchen countertops? If your kitchen cabinets need work or don’t offer proper support for your new kitchen countertops, you should address these issues as well. Once your cabinets are worked out, then they will be able to stand up to the beauty, elegance and style offered by your countertops. 

In order to determine your price range, you first have to measure the surface area of where your countertops will be placed. The more surface area, the more countertop material you’ll need. Quartz and granite are pretty close in price but each come in a wide variety of styles and colors all at different price points. Stop in to our showroom to see samples first-hand and decide what will fit both with your kitchen and your budget. 

Interested in learning more about kitchen countertops for your Eden Prairie home? Call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or contact us for a Free Quote.