The Perfect Position By Carly peters
There is a time when a countertop takes center stage, and a time when it needs to be more subdued. Whatever its position, the material and colour choice ensures the countertop either complements or competes with the overall design. In this kitchen remodel from dated to traditional-transitional design, the homeowners added numerous eye-catching elements including two-tone cabinets, detailed woodwork, and beams. In this case, the job of the HanStone Quartz countertop was to fit in and play its own role without taking too much away from the rest of the room. “If you look very close, you can see there is a lot of detail in the countertop. Yet, because it is neutral-based it flows seamlessly and complements the colours of the room,” states Karly Ganczar, Business Development Manager/Sales for Western Marble Granite & Tile. “It just fits in nicely and gives the look of an even, unified surface.” She notes that the colour, Sahara, has been discontinued, but similar hues are available. While Ganczar states more people are looking at uniformed patterns in beige, taupe, and soft grays, quartz can come in a variety of patterns and 96 | STYLE MANITOBA | SUMMER 2014
colours. Western Marble Granite & Tile offers four quartz suppliers, with the Samsung and Quartzforms lines stocked in Winnipeg so countertop projects can be completed quicker. Quartz, which has become just as popular as granite, not only offers aesthetic appeal, but is also highly practical. Its non-porous surface is ideal for bacteria and stain resistance, and its lustrous surface requires no polishing. It also lends itself to numerous other applications beyond kitchen and bathroom counters. Ganczar says they’ve created insets for dining room tables, side tables, hot plates for warm dishes on the table, and cutting boards out of the versatile material. Western Marble Granite & Tile, which is now under new ownership, has one of the province’s largest selections of granite, marble and tile in their showroom, and professional associates to help you make the right selection for your needs.