4 Easy Steps to Selecting Countertops

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1.  Start with your cabinets.
2 . Look closely at wood tones.
3. Consider the balance of materials.
4. Find the color that’s best for you.

1. Start with your cabinets.

Are you choosing new cabinets or matching existing ones?   In both cases, cabinets are often the dominant element in many  rooms, especially if you’re selecting colors for a kitchen with above-the-counter cabinets. Remember, cabinets will do much  to set the overall style and tone. All of the finishes and surfaces  you choose should complement the cabinets.

2. Look closely at wood tones.

All cabinet woods have a unique tone and color cast—redder, browner, more yellow, greenish, silvery. The color may come from the natural tone of the wood or from stains and finishes. Take a careful look at your finish options. Will your cabinet tones be warm or cool, light or dark, natural, blonde or brunette, or glazed with subtle highlights? Also, don’t forget to select the grain.  And remember to consider the overall effect you are creating before looking at specific finish and color options.

3.  Consider the balance of materials

Think about your floors, walls and furniture when choosing  countertops, not just the cabinets. All these elements should  relate to each other in some way, through texture, color or feeling.   And remember, it’s okay to mix countertop surface materials.   You may find a granite island works well with perimeter  countertops Zodiaq Quartz or DuPont Corian.

4.  Find the color that’s best for you.

Here are three ways to choose the right countertop colors:

  1. Choose a high contrast color for countertops for visual interest. This avoids the trap of “too much of a good thing” and creates  a livelier space.
  2. For a serene color scheme, stay in the same color family as the  cabinets. Go darker or lighter to avoid blandness—choosing  countertops in the same color family will give your room a  restful, soothing look.
  3. Make the countertops a focal point when using contemporary,  clean-lined cabinets. Using strong colors or textures adds visual  interest to contemporary cabinets and helps create a dramatic space.


Choice of Material

You can’t go wrong with countertop choices such as DuPont Corian  solid surfaces for the perimeter counters in the room; then choose a contrasting color of engineered quartz surface like Zodiaq, or natural Granite for a dramatic island.  You’ll create a kitchen with more visual  interest than if you select just one material for all countertops. Of course, whichever surfaces are right for you,  it’s good to know that you have the widest range of colors available and they will be installed by a Certified  Fabricator.

Choice of Material:  GRANITE

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Natural beauty at its best is selected from  some of the highest-quality natural  granites from around the world. The performance of  granite is also improved with innovative, science-based  sealant technology, making it even  easier to care for. It’s available in a  range of colors, from lustrous darks  to bold yellows and golds. Since every slab of granite is uniquely beautiful,  there will be variations in colors and  patterns.

>  Countertops of granite are strong  and durable.

>  Aesthetics range from small and  large unique crystal shapes to wide, fl owing veins of contrasting colors.

>  Surface finishes are available, from highly polished and shiny to rough-textured.

>  Resists staining, but must  be properly maintained and  periodically resealed.

>  Heat-resistant, but hot pads or  trivets are recommended for granite.



Choice of Material:  CORIAN

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The ultimate design choice, DuPont Corian is available in more than 140 colors. And it’s luxurious and inviting to the touch, with a soft matte texture. What’s more, Corian® offers easy-to-care-for seamless sinks and a variety of  backsplash and edge treatment options.

>  Nonporous and seamless,  Corian makes it easy to prevent  the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew.

>  Solid and renewable—scratches  can be quickly removed with mild household abrasives.

>  Heat-resistant Corian stands up to accidental heat exposure for  short periods.

>  Uncompromisingly stylish, the Corian Private Collection captures the shifting textures and  fluid patterns of nature.

Choice of Material:  ZODIAQ QUARTZ

4 Easy Steps Selecting Countertop MATERIALSUnconventionally natural, DuPont  Zodiaq improves upon Mother Nature  with a countertop that is stronger and  easier to maintain than stone.   Zodiaq  is 93% quartz crystals,  combining  advanced DuPont technology with the  radiance, subtle shimmer and hardness  of quartz.  And now, the Zodiaq collection brings dramatic movement  and veining to your design palette.

>  Zodiaq is resistant to scratches,  chips and cracks.

>  No sealing is required—Zodiaq Quartz  is nonporous and stain-resistant.

>  Zodiaq Quartz is heat-resistant.

>  The color consistency of Zodiaq  makes matching long-seamed  countertops and many counter  surfaces easier.




Cabinet Color Design: Glazed Cabinets

Lighter woods may appear more neutral and open. If you are considering lighter cabinets, you can create contrast  with your choice of countertop. Or go light all the way in countertops and cabinets, with darker flooring for contrast.

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Coordinating colors…

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Colors here include:

Tranquil, Camel, Concrete, Sonora, Bianco Carrara, Rosso Verona, Granite Giallo Napoleone.

Clam Shell, Sahara, Verde, Egyptian Copper, Crema Botticino, Ocean Blue, Granite Emerald Pearl.

Burled Beach, Acorn, Cinnabar, Moss, Crema Marfil, Smokey Topaz, Granite Lapidus.






Cabinet Color Design: Black and White Cabinets

A classic, striking marriage of white cabinets and black countertops— or vice versa — is always in fashion. But keep  in  mind,  black  and  white  cabinets  let  you  explore  limitless  color  options,  like  brightly  colored  Corian  or Zodiaq Quatz countertops. Or for a sophisticated urban twist, go darker and mix in stainless appliances and a flat-black tiled floor.

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Coordinating colors…

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Colors here include:

Chamois, Gobi, Sagebrush, Aloe Vera, Marrone Ambrato, Black Forest, Granite Verde Ventura.

Camel, Stone Harbor, Canvas, Winter Wheat, Crema Botticino, Royal Brown, Granite Lady Dream.

Cinnabar, Cirrus White, Fawn, Burled Beach, Bianco Carrara, Crema Marfil, Granite Giallo Fiorito.




Cabinet Color Design: Red Toned Cabinets

Dark woods often have red undertones and blend beautifully with very dark countertops to create dramatic settings.   For balance, select lighter flooring and stainless steel appliances in kitchens. In older houses especially, this combination often suits the architecture.

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Coordinating colors…

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Colors here include:

Rain Cloud, Stone Washed, Canvas, Sonora, Smokey Topaz, Rosso Verona, Granite Columbo Gold.

Clam Shell, Mojave, Lava Rock, Sagebrush, Bianco Carrara, Crema Marfil, Granite White Spring.

Burled Beach, Aubergine, Mojave, Raw Silk, Giallo Michelangelo, Cappuccino, Granite Labrador Antique.



Cabinet Color Design: Brown Toned Cabinets

If you’re infatuated with dark brown woods in furniture and cabinets, try pairing them with robin’s egg blue, ice blue, lettuce green, citrus orange or lavender wall and trim colors for an even more stylish effect. Select a lighter countertop to  contrast with dark brown cabinets, and then pick up one of the other colors for accents, window treatments or furniture.

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Coordinating colors…

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Colors here include:

Clam Shell , Egyptian Copper, Aloe Vera, Lava Rock, Ocean Blue, Woodland Gray, Granite Kashmir White.

Sonora, Meteor Gray, Raffia, Burled Beach, Verde, Black Forest, Granite Juparama Bordeaux Dark.

Rain Cloud, Ecru, Tumbleweed, Green Tea, Bianco Carrara, Giallo Michelangelo, Granite White Spring.

Brunarhans has helped over 1000 homeowners with their kitchen renewal and remodeling.  You can be confident of your purchase decision with the Brunarhans Guarantee – “You will be exceedingly happy with the whole remodeling process, and of course, with the finished product, or we will fix it at no cost to you.”




Customers of great style and taste…

When you refer a friend to Brunarhans, it is the best complement.  Your trust and confidence placed in us is taken seriously.  And when people of great style and taste refer their friends to Brunarhans, this is the highest complement and testimony we could receive.   Paula Allen is such a customer, neighbor, and friend.  She visited the other day with her friend, Marlene, who is in the process of a bathroom remodeling project.


Here is Paula in our showroom kitchen made of Birch wood with durable Zodiaq countertops.  Her home is filled with Brunarhans from kitchen to bathroom to office.  Going to our file cabinets, we uncovered the details, laid out in the picture below.  We see hand drawn kitchen sketches,  hand drawn furniture sketches, hand drawn bathroom sketches which show the early design iterations.  These are then followed up by full color 3D CAD renderings of the kitchen space.



The Allens allowed us to make several pieces for their beautiful home, including a kitchen, main bath, master bath, TV cabinet, coffee table, matching end tables, bathroom doors, 52 inch wide serving buffet, 48 inch wide sofa table, chair side chest, and a round table.  Most of these pieces are hand crafted out of solid 3/4 oak, with Minwax Fruitwood 241.

The kitchen is a standard overlay design, made of 3/4 inch oak, with Whirlpool appliances, raised panel cathedral doors with ogee edge treatment and Blum hinges.  Just like ordering a car, Brunarhans kitchens have a wide range of options and the Allens selected a silverware divider, undersink pullout, soap dispenser, pullout trays, microwave cabinet, large top crown molding, utility divider, sliding wastebasket, breadbox drawer, wine rack, spice rack, pullout cutting board, pullout and swivel TV mount.

The master bath has high 97 inch ceilings with post and beam reveal, a large Concertino Whirlpool, and solid oak vanity.

The oak buffet is focal point of the dining room.  This significant piece is almost 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide of solid 3/4 oak wood finished by hand with Minwax Fruitwood stain.  Serving as a display piece for their heirloom china service, the buffet hutch has 4 glass doors, plate grooves on all shelves, and baseboard cutouts on the front and sides.

The Conrad Allen Realty business never sleeps, so a home office is quite necessary.  Conrad spends many hours in the Allen home office, which deserves special mention.  This home office is made of 3/4 inch solid mahogany and is custom designed and fitted to the space perfectly.  The desk several drawers with file rail guides for Pendaflex hanging folders and PC.  A key design detail of the desk is the symmetrical fluted stiles.  The fluted stiles are hand crafted and Made in America in our woodshop of mahogany, and then assembled on site with Lamello biscuits to avoid any hint of fastening hardware.  There are no visible finishing nails holes, no wood putty filler, no wood buttons hiding a wood screw.  The result is a flawless finish with no visible fastening hardware, perfectly aligned pieces, and the biscuits actually pull the workpieces together.   All this takes a bit longer prep time in the shop, but it pays off with years of service looking as good as new.

The office also has a large bookcase for storage.  the shelves have 1 1/4 inch nosing on the 30 inch wide shelves.  This makes for a nice visual element to the shelves but also provides rigid span support.  Near the bookcase is a large fabric covered cork board 5 feet wide.  The doors  on the office cabinets have routed cove edges, with the base cabinets having full cable management for the PC and other electronics.  The framing bead on the cabinets doors has an ogee pattern on the stile and rail of the doors for a subtle distinguished design.  If you are going to work long hard hours, you may as well have a beautiful space to work in, right?


Launch of NEXT…

DuPont invited Brunarhans and other Certified Fabricators to a front row seat for the unveiling of it’s new SURFACE collection called NEXT.  29 new colors and patterns join an already design-rich array to propel your environment to their next inspired décor.  The collection is grouped into FILTERED, DEEP, and CATALYST and complements the existing Zodiaq and Corian colors.  Impressive displays were crafted by the Fabricators to show the design versatility of these great products.

NEXT colors and patterns driven forward