Your Guide to Understanding Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block countertops have become a popular countertop option in kitchen styles of all different kinds.

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The unique makeup of butcher block countertops creates a warm and homey look, but this doesn’t mean that these are a good choice for everyone.

Butcher block countertops have amazing qualities, but they also have some drawbacks. According to home guru, Martha Stewart, butcher block countertops require regular maintenance from each month to every day. This helps butcher block countertops stay conditioned and maintain their texture and color. Otherwise, they will dull and crack. Is the beauty of butcher block counters worth this level of maintenance to you? For some people, the answer is a resounding “yes”! For others, maybe not.

What are Butcher Block Countertops?

What are Butcher Block Countertops
Tom Meaney Architect, AIA

Butcher block countertops are individual pieces of wood that are bound together to form one large surface. Butcher block countertops

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What are Dekton Countertops? A Guide To All You Need To Know

If you are in the market for durable and gorgeous counters, consider Dekton countertops. Dekton countertops are a recent addition to countertop materials. From when it was introduced to the market in 2013 until today, they have risen in popularity.

Dekton Countertops

Part of this popularity is the sheer versatility of the product. According to Dekton’s manufacturer, Consentino, Dekton is used in a number of products beyond countertops. These include cladding, flooring, and furniture. If you are interested in knowing more about this material that is generating all this buzz, read on.

What are Dekton Countertops?

Dekton Countertops

Dekton countertops are part of a larger category that is called engineered stone. Consentino describes Dekton as the “Technical Ultracompact Stone”. They take more than 20 natural minerals and apply immense pressure to bond them together. They do in a couple of hours what nature takes years to complete.

In the end, they produce a

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Stunning Dark Floor Kitchen Ideas For Every Style Home

A dark floor kitchen is a gorgeous look and one that is popular with light kitchen cabinets. Beyond just looking great, dark floors are useful because they can hide dirt and scuffs that are common in these busy spaces. 

Stunning Dark Floor Kitchen Ideas For Every Style Home
The Works

According to premier flooring supplier Porcelanosa, dark flooring can provide a warmer and more elegant look in a room.

Dark Floor Kitchen Choices

Dark Floor Kitchen Choices
Cantoni Irvine

There are many flooring materials available for dark floor kitchen designs. Here are some of the best options to consider.

  • Wood Floor Kitchen – Dark wood floors are always a great look. A dark wood floor kitchen using dark gray or brown is a modern look that still has texture and warmth. There are both solid wood and laminate wood options available.
  • Porcelain Tile – Dark porcelain tiles are a durable and versatile option for kitchens. They are durable, easy to clean, and
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Slate Kitchen Floor Designs: Pros and Cons

Many experts consider a slate kitchen floor one of the best types for a kitchen area. Slate is durable, water-resistant, less expensive than other natural stones, and beautiful. It is also versatile in style.

Slate Kitchen Floor Designs
M Prevost Design

According to Livingetc, slate is a “timeless flooring option that can look good in any style property, modern or traditional.”

Slate Kitchen Floor: Pros and Cons

Slate Kitchen Floor: Pros and Cons

Most people love the look and feel of a slate kitchen floor, but nothing is perfect for everyone. Consider this quick list of the benefits and drawbacks of this gorgeous stone to decide if slate kitchen flooring might be a good option for you.


  • Beauty – Slate flooring has a varied coloring from gray to vibrant hues. It is a textured stone for rustic style kitchens or can be sanded smooth for more modern styles.
  • Durability – Slate is a natural stone that
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Bring the Look of Italy Back Home

Tuscan kitchens have always been a popular design style because of the warmth and comfort this look conveys. As we know, the kitchen is the place where so much family activity occurs.

Tuscan Kitchens

A kitchen with a well-worn comfortable atmosphere makes everyone feel welcome and at ease. A Tuscan kitchen creates this style with effortless ease through the use of natural materials, vibrant color, and creative patterns according to Better Homes & Gardens.

What are Tuscan Kitchens?

What are Tuscan Kitchens
Arch. Alessandra Cipriani

If you have not yet had the pleasure of visiting this gorgeous region of Italy, you may well wonder what this location has to do with kitchens. Tuscany is one of the twenty regions of Italy and is located in the northern central area along the west of the country.

Most of the countryside of Tuscany is covered in mountains and rolling green hills which are dominated by olive groves

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