Of Quartz, There's A Difference
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While both are derived from the mineral quartz, they vary in composition, looks, maintenance, price, and durability. Quartz is a mineral found all over the Earth’s surface in a plethora of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. Due to its abundance around the world and a high score on the mohs hardness scale, it makes a great material for a stylish and durable countertop. 

 
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QUARTZ

“Quartz” countertops are not all-natural; surprisingly enough, they are the countertops that are man-made engineered stone molded and baked in a factory. Quartz countertops are 90-94% ground quartz mineral and the other 6-10% is a man-made polymer resin and pigment. Because it is engineered stone, one of the main benefits of it are the variety of colors and patterns available. During the process, the quartz and resin combination can be flecked and veined in the factory to be displayed fully across the whole slab. The slabs are smooth, seamless, and are less prone to denting and chipping because of the “flexibility” due to the resin. The binding process also allows for a non-porous surface; meaning that the  countertop repels moisture and microbes without a sealer. Because a quartz countertop is man-made, there’s a repetition in it’s pattern.  

 
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QUARTZITE

Quartzite is an all-natural stone, formed beneath the earth’s surface, that is 90-99% quartz grain bounded with mineral silica. Eco-conscious consumers are attracted to it because its made by nature and is from naturally occurring materials. Quartzite gives off a more organic vibe due to it’s earthier granular sugar-like texture, and the visual inconsistencies from the natural formation. It is one of a kind and available in whites and greys. Quartzite countertops need a little more TLC than a quartz one; they need to be annually sealed, otherwise they could stain and be more prone to bacteria. Quartzite is completely unique, high end, and all natural.

 

Now that you know the differences to look out for, you’ll be able to determine which countertop is best for you.

All of these slabs are located at Daltile in Bedford Heights, OH

http://locations.daltile.com/oh/bedford-heights/235/



Your Style Defined

At JP Compass, we understand that finding the right style is one of the hardest parts of any project. Even if you do know your style, you may have difficulty articulating it well.

Part of our extensive design process is finding out what aspects of interior styles are the most appealing to you. In order to create something that fully represents you as a whole, we work through the different elements together.

To better help you understand your style, here are some definitions to get you started:

Traditional

You like your spaces to feel classic. With a focus on symmetry, soft edges, and statement molding and trim, you like your space to be richly detailed and properly laid out. Refined furnishings and dignified colors deliver a sense of order and elegance that speaks to your very soul.

 

Transitional

You walk the tightrope between traditional elegance and contemporary hip, combining comfort and warmth with a clean and understated aesthetic. The result is an updated space that exists in perfect harmony. The clean lines and minimal accents coupled with highlights of detail create a beautiful and serene space which speaks to every part of what makes you uniquely you.

 

Contemporary

You live for the current trends while acknowledging the past.  Strong lines, smooth forms, and minimal accessories define your perfect room. You desire large, open spaces with simple lines, and pops of high impact furniture. Your space must live out on the edge with you, bringing out the purity of shape and form.

Now that you’ve started on the path of figuring out what type of style you have, let us know in the comments below!

Are you all about the details like those of a Traditional Style, clean lines and minimalism of a Contemporary style, or somewhere in the middle?





THE WORLD OF WHITE

In the name of modern minimalism, for a love of neutrals, or a cost effective “thrifted” aesthetic; white walls are being seen anywhere and everywhere.

Now this trend is nothing new to us. Throughout history and within many cultures, white walls have held a significance around the world and have truly dominated a spot in modern design for the last several years. It has surpassed the connotation of being clean or soulless, and is now a regular hot commodity.

Though widely present, they are not easily accomplished. With an array of finishes, undertones, price, and personal preference – “The World of White,” is a crazy conundrum.

To help set you in the right direction, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • See the space as a cohesive whole.

  • What other paint, hardware, wood finishes, and fabrics are being used? Are they cool or warm? Does the space have natural or indirect light? Is the space predominantly used during the day or evening?

  • The perfect white paint color for one space may be completely wrong for another. Besides taking into consideration your décor, furnishings, and artificial lighting – one of the true elements to be mindful of is your geographical location. Light in Cleveland is completely different than light in Miami, and keep in mind how that light reflects and changes throughout the day.

  • Depending on the items in your space, it will determine where you lean on the cool to warm spectrum, and due to your light situation, it will range from a pure white for natural light or a pigmented white for indirect lighting.

  • Trying to understand the different nuances of white paint can be a little difficult to wrap your head around. White paint can range from bluish, yellowish, greenish, and even reddish due to the undertones.

  • To help you recognize the different undertones – hold up different paint swatches up to a white piece of copy paper and you will be amazed by the range this color family holds.

  • Once you have determined the key factors of palette and lighting, it is now time to choose several options you like and put them to the test.

  • Swatch them on your wall and see how they are in your space, light, and how the rest of the palette makes you perceive them. A shade can look beautiful in the daylight and look all kinds of wrong once it’s in artificial light. Make sure you swatch on more than one wall, as they’ll look different next to a window verses across the room on a different wall.

If you’re still struggling, try and find a neutral white that can be cool and warm to you.

Here at three paints that our Interior Designers recommend:

1. Warm - Benjamin Moore Dove White OC-17

2. Neutral - Benjamin Moore Simply White 2143-70

3. Cool - Sherwin Williams Extra White SW7006