Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Return to Stone: Why Homeowners are Falling Back in Love with Marble Countertops

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While granite and quartz have both been hot commodities on the interior design scene for some time now, marble is a material that has made a huge comeback only recently. From a beautifully veined marble waterfall countertop on a kitchen island to wraparound kitchen countertops; marble is a hugely covetable look these days. And, as experts in installing marble countertops for Wayzata and the surrounding areas, we would like to tell you a few reasons why. 

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For one, white is a huge color trend right now and marble offers lots of it. Don’t underestimate the power of classic white marble. White is an interior design favorite, and with good reason. It is clean, crisp and works well with a wide variety of aesthetics and concepts. Even white marble that has sharply contrasting veining is extremely versatile and offers an elegant touch to any room in the home. Whether you want to pair it with something light in the kitchen or contrast it against darker colors in the bathroom, white marble countertops deliver many options and earn few complaints.

Grey is another color trend this year where marble is a star player. Grey marble can deliver almost as many choices as white. Grey fits with the ever-popular industrial and mid-century modern design trends as well.

Perhaps the most telltale characteristic of marble is its veining, which offers a wonderful opportunity to play with colors. Gray marble with black veining, or black marble with gray veining can then be mixed and matched with a variety of color schemes. 

Or, if you love the look of marble but are looking for a more affordable solution, you could also install marble on only part of the counter surface, such as a center island or baking station.

Marble countertops have been seeing a resurgence in kitchens and bathrooms all over the United States. Both in its classic white and in a variety of colors with striking streaks and unique style, marble countertops offer classic elegance and old world charm essential for farmhouse style kitchens and other popular design trends. So, when you’re ready to incorporate the marble countertop trend into your Wayzata home, come see the experts at Northstar Granite Tops and we can help you get started!

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

Biggest Trends in Bathroom Vanities for 2019

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There are some really exciting trends in kitchen countertops for 2019. But what about the biggest looks in bathroom vanities? As experts in bathroom vanities for Medina and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss some of the biggest trends you should consider for your bathroom remodel. After all, the right bathroom vanity can make or break a bathroom both in style and function. As professional fabricators and installers of bathroom vanities, we know everything there is to know about the selection and installation process. So, when you’re ready to update and renovate your bathroom and are looking for beautiful new bathroom vanities, contact the experts at Northstar Granite Tops. Our countertop installation experts can work with you to determine your wants and needs and get started on your bathroom vanity design and installation as soon as possible.

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Less is More

Sleek, simple bathroom vanities will be huge this year. Choose a solid color and a simple edge for a modern charm. Another minimalist-inspired trend in bathroom design is the floating vanity. They are great for small bathrooms because they can help make it look bigger than it is. Floating vanities don’t go all the way to the floor so they take up less space and create the illusion of more floor space.

White on White

White bathroom vanities offer a clean look that continues to be a huge trend in bathroom vanities this year. Whether you choose a white shade of granite, white quartz or even marble; white goes with pretty much any bathroom design. And, redecorating won’t be an issue if you go for white because it never goes out of style. White works for all types of décor from rustic to modern and if you want something that is going to stand the test of time, then white is the right choice for you.

Gray & Slate

Darks and neutrals are both big trends in bathroom vanities this year.  Gray offers versatility as well as a modern, clean look. It also evokes the style of the extremely popular mid-century design trend. Gray looks great and will go with plenty of bathroom colors whether you prefer a light bathroom or something with a darker hue.

You can also choose to add contrast and drama to your bathroom with a darker neutral like slate or even black. Pair slate bathroom vanities with white cabinets or backsplash for an ultra cool, modern charm with beautiful contrast. A dark bathroom vanity top will always look clean and modern while lending a touch of lux.

And, these are just a few of the big looks in bathroom vanities for 2019. For more information about bathroom vanities for your Medina home, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Quote.

Why You Should Hire the Professionals to Install New Kitchen Counters

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Granite and quartz continue to lead the pack in premium kitchen counters. Granite and quartz offer smooth, stylish durability that both require less maintenance than the relatively softer material alternatives. This makes them the ideal materials in countertops for any modern kitchen renovation. It’s no wonder they continue to grow in popularity all over the Twin Cities area.

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However, with this ever-growing popularity also comes an increase in instances botched DIY installation. Installing countertops is no easy task requiring precise measurements as well as cutting and finishing that requires some pretty heavy duty machinery. Here at Northstar Granite Tops we believe it is important for homeowners to be aware of the ins-and-outs of kitchen countertop installation and all the benefits of professional installation. As the trusted name in kitchen counters for Maple Grove, we would like to list some of the top reasons why.

For one, the installation of kitchen counters can be incredibly time consuming for the amateur installer. There is quite a lot of work that takes place in the fabrication and installation of your granite kitchen countertops. Measuring, cutting, sanding, polishing, and sealing are just some of the steps that take place before your countertops are installed in your home. And, installation can be incredible amount of work for a DIY handyman to handle. But when you hire the professionals at Northstar Granite Tops, our team of installers are trained thoroughly and have the proper knowledge and tools to get your countertops installed beautifully and in a timely manner.

If you try to install kitchen counters on your own or with friends excessive damage can occur to the beautiful slab of granite you’ve selected. Even though granite is a strong and durable surface, it can easily be damaged in the transportation process if the right precautions aren’t taken. Not only can damage occur to the kitchen counters themselves,  but granite, quartz, marble and most countertop materials are quite heavy and can easily injure an inexperienced installer. 

When you hire professionals you receive assistance every step of the way from the selection of your kitchen counters to finishing touches. There is a wide variety of styles to choose from and professionals like those at Northstar Granite Tops can help you find the right ones to complement your kitchen’s unique décor and also inform you of how to best take care of them.

Ready to get started? Give us a call today to to schedule the professional selection and installation of your new kitchen counters! We will come to your home for a consultation and to speak to you more about your remodeling project and the type of kitchen counters you are looking for.

To learn more about kitchen counters for your Maple Grove area home, call Northstar Granite Tops at 320-963-8677, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Happy Holidays from Northstar Granite Tops

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As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are proud to provide high quality countertops, vanities, bar tops and fireplace surrounds for the Twin Cities area. We work with granite, quartz, marble, soapstone and other materials.

Thank you to everyone who used our services this past year. We appreciate your patronage, and we hope you will trust us with any future home improvement projects.

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays

The Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

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While a kitchen must be versatile, timeless and functional; it should also be fun! Even if you’re not ready for a total kitchen redesign, you can easily incorporate some of the year’s biggest trends into elements like the countertops to transform its overall appearance. As experts in granite kitchen countertops for Bloomington and the surrounding areas, we’d like to discuss some of the top kitchen design trends for 2019 to help kick off your kitchen design brainstorming! And, when you’re ready to install new, beautiful granite kitchen countertops in your Bloomington area home, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We look forward to helping you find the perfect countertops to complement your unique kitchen décor! 

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Less is more in 2019! Clean, uncluttered kitchens will be huge this year with homeowners realizing that function should come first in the kitchen. Sleek shelves and cabinetry combined with durable, natural granite kitchen countertops are a great way to bring this minimalist look to your home. Pare down to the bare essentials and keep most small appliances stored away to achieve this look. 

Contrasting Colors

In 2019 more and more homeowners will be playing with bold, contrasting colors in their kitchen décor. The kitchen is a great opportunity to play with color in ways you wouldn’t feel comfortable in other areas of the home. Paint your cabinets a classic green and combine with dark granite kitchen countertops for an unexpected twist that will catch visitors’ attention.

Two-tone cabinetry is another big trend this year. Use two different colors of paint and then choose granite kitchen countertops that incorporate both hues to tie the whole room together.

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Unique Finishes

Unique, unexpected textures, grains and finishes will make a big statement in the kitchen. Combine uniquely finished wood cabinetry with sleek granite kitchen countertops for an unexpected yet on-trend look in the kitchen.

Granite kitchen countertops are also a great choice as they are inherently unique. Not a single slab of granite looks like any other. It is impossible to find two that match exactly. A guaranteed unique look will keep your counters distinct from any owned by colleagues, family and friends. It is as though you have your very own piece of prehistory fabricated and installed to fit your home!

And, these are just a few of the big trends in kitchen interior design this year. Ready to learn more about how granite kitchen countertops can fit in perfectly with your new kitchen design? Call Northstar Granite Tops to learn more about granite kitchen countertops for your Bloomington home at 320-963-8677 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.