And the award for Best of 2017 goes to: Quartz!

(And the crowd goes wild!)

Quartz: “I would like to thank Homeowners, Designers & Architects for all their love and support!”

Ok, maybe we got a bit too carried away, but each year we like to look back at the best sellers of the year and see what your favs were!

Did your favorite Quartz or Natural Stone make the list this year?

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All eyes were on Pearl by DIFINITI Quartz this year!
This versatile Quartz can make a strong statement all on its own
or be used to balance a busy décor.

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Viareggio by DIFINITI Quartz makes the top of the list again!
There must be something about those delicate grey veins.

Crestola is Calacatta Borghini Extra’s sista from another mista!

Crestola by DIFINTI Quartz is Calacatta Borghini Extra’s low maintenance sista from another mista!
This stunner mimics the beauty of a white marble to a tee.

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Have you ever seen Iceberg Quartzite Extra backlit?
If so, you know why it made the list. Absolutely Stunning!

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Torano made the list at number 5!
Surprise surprise another white marble lookalike! Who else is loving this trend?

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Does Bianca Perla ever not make the list!? The natural character and
soft veining found in this Quartzite can easily suit any design style from traditional to modern.

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Imperial Danby Extra made the list not only for its beauty but durability as well.
The absorption rate found in this marble is low, decreasing the risk of stains.

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Ending the list with this daring dark granite!
Hmmm looks like granite is making a comeback! Raven screams bold and edgy!

 

The Future is Ultra Violet!

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Who saw this coming? Pantone just announced Ultra Violet as the 2018 Color of the Year.  2017 was all about Greenary, the color of new beginnings & growth.  As we step into 2018, it’s the year of mystery, the unknown, the what’s to come.  Ultra Violet is a dramatic, provocative and thoughtful shade of purple; “it communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.’ -Pantone

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.  Ultra Violet is the perfect example of what the world needs.  Stop worrying, stop debating.  Channel your inner 5 year old self, and get lost in the power of your imagination, get creative and explore the all the possibilities that 2018 has to offer.

Different shades of purple have always made a strong impact in design and décor but now more than ever you will notice Ultra Violet popping up anywhere and everywhere.  “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with this color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use this color to inspire and influence.”

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Decorating with Ultra Violet

It’s easy to make a bold statement in any space by incorporating Ultra Violet.  Something’s very edgy and electrifying about this color.  Think dark and romantic, leather, velvet – wow are your creative juices spinning yet?  Go big or go home, right?

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On the other hand, Ultra Violet can be subtle too.  It’s an easy color to work with; it’s both a warm and cool tone, very versatile when it comes to décor.  It’s a great accent color, think wall color, striking purple couch, statement pillows and so on.

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Ultra Violet in any Space

Ultra Violet is a great statement color that can easily be incorporated into any space, both residential & business. Think Amethyst Precious Stone as a backsplash or a striking White Marble with intense violet veining like Greylac.

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Pinterest top 100 trends to try in 2018 recently came out and Terrazzo was among the list. Up 316% on the saves, Terrazzo is bigger then ever.  With endless design and color options that are available for terrazzo, why not incorporate this savvy purple shade.

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Wearing Ultra Violet

The enchanting purple is quickly making its way to the runways and the streets.  Ultra Violet becomes luxurious when paired with golds and metals.  While paired with greens and neutrals it evokes elegance.

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Ultra Violet is quickly becoming the it color in beauty.  Purple shades in hair continue to elevate street styles as a symbol of creative expression.  A touch of purple on the lip or lid is a sign of confidence, not an everyday look that’s for sure.

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Terrazzo: Plan Your Business From The Ground Up!

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When planning a business, great care is taken with every task in order to build a strong foundation. Care should also be take when selecting the building blocks of your business. Proper building materials transform the brick and mortar of a building into an office full of drive and creativity.  Design should begin where you step, with the selection of an office floor; and terrazzo is at the forefront of business flooring options.

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Tested Durability

Many offices around the world have withstood the test of time serving as the headquarters of a business for many years. Terrazzo proves to be the obvious choice with its functionality and performance surpassing those of other flooring systems. Terrazzo’s impeccable durability and strength are ideal for all the various high traffic areas found within fortune 500 business such as the entryways, hallways & restrooms. Terrazzo is a popular choice in new construction as well as in office renovations. Other flooring systems such as vinyl tile have to be replaced frequently in these large, high traffic areas, while terrazzo stands the test of time usually outlasting the building itself. The initial cost of other flooring systems might appear to be more affordable, but don’t be fooled by an initial savings that will end up costing you more over the long haul.

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Cost

Initial cost vs. life-cycle cost, don’t get caught in the trap of saving now to pay later. Less expensive flooring options like carpet and vinyl tile are not the right answer. During the lifetime of a building, the total cost of flooring may exceeds times the initial cost. With terrazzo systems, floors will typically last the lifetime of a building.

Air Quality

Terrazzo flooring is seamless and does not support the growth of bacteria, mold or mildew typically the cause of this concern.  Choose terrazzo and reduce the transfer of germs among colleagues, keeping staff safe and healthy.

Eco Friendly

Interested in sustainable design and building materials? Terrazzo flooring was one of the original recycled products, and today, terrazzo aggregates, binderes and finished systems can help your projects contribute to US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) credits, under the LEED Rating System, version 4.0.

Aesthetics

Avoid the tired finishes that haunt some offices.  Incorporate your business branding and colors into the floor; the rich color and flexible design elements can surpass nay other floor system.

Care

Requiring only a bucket of warm water and a mop, historically terrazzo has been the most easily maintained flooring option.  Now there are also ways to make it even easier. Eliminate the “Wax On, Wax Off” build-up that has added unnecessary dollars to terrazzo flooring.  Revolutionary finish systems have returned terrazzo maintenance to daily cleaning and periodic scrubbing.