What Are Dekton Countertops?

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If you have yet not heard of Dekton by Cosentino, we are here to tell you all about this unique and popular countertop material. Sold all around the world, Dekton is considered one of the most durable selections for countertops. So before you narrow in on only granite or quartz for your next kitchen renovation, take a moment to give this special surface a chance.

What is Dekton?

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Dekton is a sophisticated blend of the raw materials used to produce the very latest in glass and porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz work surfaces. Dekton is brought to you by Cosentino, the makers of Silestone.

What is Dekton Made Of?

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One of Dekton’s most striking features is the use of “sinterized” particles. These are particles that have undergone an accelerated version of the same kinds of changes that natural stone undergoes when it is subjected to high temperature and high pressure for thousands of years. This process creates a surface that is as durable as natural stone, but non-porous and capable of withstanding high temperatures with ease.

Does Dekton Stain Easily?

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Due to its low porosity, the ultra-compact Dekton surface is highly resistant to staining in day-to-day use, making it ideal for use as a kitchen worktop. In the rare case of aggressive stains, it is recommended to use specific products such as cream detergents with abrasive particles or solvents.

Is Dekton Scratch Resistant?

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Dekton is virtually imperviousto scratching, staining, UV light, water, cold and fire. It is so strong and versatile, Cosentino is touting it as much for exterior applications like building cladding as indoor ones like countertops and floors. 

Is Dekton Heat Resistant?

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Unique compared to other surfaces, Dekton withstands high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking. Hot pots and crock pots can be placed directly on the surface. Plus, Dekton is highly resistant to ultra violet (UV) light and will not fade or degrade over time making it perfect for outdoor kitchens.

What Is the Difference Between Dekton & Quartz?

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Quartz countertops are made with a resin that is used to bind crushed stone together. The resin is what give the countertop it’s flexibility and makes it very hard to crack or chip. Dekton cracks and chips much easier than quartz does. The drawback of the resin in quartz is that it cannot handle high temperatures. With quartz you always need to insulate hot pots and pans from the countertop.

Is Dekton Easy to Clean?

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Dekton is a non-porous material, so it never needs to be sealed. Once installed, the maintenance is easy. It naturally prevents liquids and gases from penetrating the surface and it’s so easy to clean.

What Colors Are Available in Dekton?

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Dekton has 40+ colors available. The palette overall tends to be earthy and metallic so as to neutrally integrate into your current kitchen design. You probably won’t be making a loud “statement” with the subdued colors of your Dekton. The range includes solid colors and washed or grainy patterns but also some with nice veining that look like white marble.

How Expensive is Dekton?

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Dekton is great for being a budget friendly option. Dekton is significantly less expensive than Quartz, Granite and Marble which offers a great alternative to homeowners. However, Dekton is by far more expensive than laminate and concrete so there are more options for you if you are exceptionally tight with your budget.

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The Worst Kitchen Designs That Will Make You Cringe

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Everyone is always sharing the top designs and photos to inspire the kitchen of your dreams. In this post, we thought we would share the worst kitchen designs to inspire you what not to include in your future home.

Behold! The all-time strangest kitchens.

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This kitchen is plagued with multiple visual problems. The red wall is not only fake brick and not even proper fake brick (i.e., architectural veneer stone). It’s a paint job or wallpaper. And don’t even get us started on the green- tiled floor.

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We understand wall decals and we get that a child’s room can enjoy some stickered-up surfaces; but this is neither of those. Not to mention the aqua and blue color selection.

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Stylist Maude Smith has decorated her kitchen cupboards with corks, shells and broken china. While we appreciate the artistic creativity behind this look, there is just too much for the eye to take in.

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This has to be one of the weirdest kitchen islands we’ve ever seen! Would you rather have this or no island at all?

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We have to applaud the homeowner’s creativity with this Alice and Wonderland inspired kitchen. It’s not the worst kitchen we’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly not the greatest.

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Lots going on in this funky kitchen but we especially enjoy the shelving that blocks the oven and cupboard access. Luckily, this kitchen was recently renovated to a much more spacious feel!

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Last but not least, a kitchen that opens up to your bathtub. Nothing like a drink by the pool…or a meal in the jacuzzi? Well, if you like to relax while you eat, I guess this is the perfect way to do it.

Which of these would you say is the worst kitchen? Do you have an even worse example? Share your photos with us on Facebook!

The Top 7 Modern Countertop Ideas You've Never Thought Of

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Just when you think you’re caught up with the current trends in home design, something new pops up. Design trends are always changing, especially with the ongoing advancements in home technology. 

Below are 7 of the most extraordinary and modern countertop ideas for your ever-changing kitchen. 

Wireless Charging

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Did you know that you can add wireless charging to your countertop? Dupont Building Innovations and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have collaborated to embed wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into DuPont Corian solid surfaces used in furnishings for home and public spaces. Simply connect a receiver to your smart device and put your device on the charging spot to power up.

No more having to use an outlet with your chargers on display. Keep your countertop clutter-free with this amazing advancement!

Heated Countertops

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Over the past 6 years, homeowners have been adding heat to the area of their countertops where they sit most. FeelsWarm® ultra-thin heating mats are stuck directly under the overhang, providing enough heat to make sitting at your granite island more enjoyable. Plugging into a standard outlet in your cabinet, the mats can be customized to fit the exact shape and size of your stone countertop.

Enjoy the luxury of granite without the cold!

Glass Countertops

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Glass is a very unique and modern selection for your kitchen counters. The material is non-porous, heat resistant, highly customizable and low maintenance. Not to mention, the ability to illuminate the glass from below is something you can have a lot of fun with. The only major downsides of this countertop selection is the cost as well as its ability to be easily scratched. 

River-Shaped Kitchen Sinks

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Take your modern countertop to the next level with a custom-shaped kitchen sink cut out. Artistic sinks give kitchens a lot more personality, whether they’re decorated in modern, traditional or rustic styles. Elkay has created a number of creative sinks for virtually any style or occasion, offered in a fun variety of shapes, styles and sizes for both residential and commercial use.

Countertop Overhang Lighting

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Light doesn’t just have to come from the ceiling. Adding under-the-counter LED lighting will brighten your kitchen at night and will make the room feel taller. This small detail can make all the difference to enhancing your modern kitchen.

Induction and HD Backsplash

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We already have this technology; it just isn’t being integrated yet. Designers are thinking countertops that turn into stovetops with the push of a button. The stove can also be activated by voice as well. The backsplash will allow you to search the web and pull up recipes and nutritional advice. Talk about modern!

Yet to Come: Self-Cleaning Countertops

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The latest modern countertop development is anti-microbial hard surfaces. Cupron and EOS Surfaces have teamed together to create a countertop that kills infection-causing viruses and bacteria on its own, forever.  The companies are waiting for final approval from the EPA to market their health-promoting claims. Read more.

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13 Photos of Luxurious Curved Kitchen Islands

Designing the perfect kitchen takes time, patience and creativity. Part of that creativity can be put towards creating a unique kitchen island. 

Here are 13 curved countertop ideas to inspire the kitchen of your dreams.

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This impressive island with a rock facade and contemporary lighting, stools and tile combine for a warm and textured kitchen. 

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The curved quartzite island brings depth to this timeless and elegant kitchen, welcoming its guests to pull up a seat and enjoy its beauty.

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The cozy bar stools pair perfectly with this chic island and the kitchen’s charming details.

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This curved granite countertop is heated with a FeelsWarm heating mat stuck underneath the overhang. Talk about luxury!

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What do you think of this white curved kitchen island topped with a white quartz countertop fitted with a goose-faucet sink?

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Guests would never want to leave the kitchen with this sleek and modern kitchen island.

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Red wood features heavily in this kitchen, contrasting with light beige tile flooring and countertops. 

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Made of solid birch and birch plywood, this fully functional island seats four and stores everything needed for baking.

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This very modern kitchen island with glass counters is gorgeous. Just be ready to wipe down a lot of finger prints!

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A horseshoe-shaped island with a sweeping counter atop a stone base provides bar seating and a bird’s-eye view of the prep area.

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L-shaped kitchen meets island design, this one comes with a built-in wine rack and charging station!

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We love this walnut face grain island countertop with Waterlox Satin finish.

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Check out this rounded two-tier countertop on cozy pergo flooring with black pendant lighting. Very unique!

Which of these curved countertop ideas is your favorite? Share your inspiration with us on Twitter & Instagram!

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15 Kitchen Island Ideas for Inspiration

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Building a new house or beginning to think about renovating your kitchen? The kitchen island may be one of the first places to start. It is the center of the home after all.

Below are 15 kitchen island designs and ideas to get you excited about your new space.

Glass Shelving

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Show off your stem and barware with glass shelving on one side. This island follows another popular trend in kitchens: two-toned cabinets.

L-Shaped with Breakfast Nook

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Who wouldn’t want to cozy up in this window-facing breakfast nook, perfectly nuzzled into the large island?

Hidden Seating

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This island with mobile seating is beautifully concealed to open up the look and feel of your kitchen.

Island on Wheels

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Who said kitchen islands have to be secured to the floor? This modern home features an open plan and a kitchen island with wheels. Ingenious idea for room flexibility and space maximization.

Heated Countertops

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If you like the look of granite or quartz but hate how cold it feels on your skin, add a countertop heating mat under your overhang. Leave the rest of your countertops cold for food prep.

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This dark wood and marble countertop island stands out in this white and beige kitchen, with ample dining seating all around. 

Rustic Farm House Style

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Restore old cabinets or make a new island out of old wooden boards. The pallets are always there to help to make something interesting and cool.

Foot Rest

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Add a modern or vintage foot rest to the bottom of your island for a spruced-up look and increased comfort.

Farmhouse Sink

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Check out this massive kitchen island with a farmhouse sink, paper towel holder, white quartzite countertop and furniture-like cabinetry.

T-Shaped Kitchen Island

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Sleek, contemporary and practical, this island is sure to welcome all to gather around it.

Truly Customized

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This island was designed with three different elevations rather than as standard boxy cabinet. Each elevation has its own purpose: the short section holds entertaining essentials and can act as an impromptu bar, the main section houses a microwave, more storage and a small sink and the tall section is a counter-height breakfast bar.

Pet Friendly Island

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Allow your furry family members to eat like royalty with this built-in pet eating station.

Table Attached

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Extend your island with a lower-level wooden seating area attached.

Built-In Microwave

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Update the flow of your cooking process by adding a space in your current island for your microwave. See how to do it yourself here.

Center Island Breakfast Nook

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This is a great option if you are into breakfast nooks but your kitchen layout can’t accommodate the usual design for it – built in a corner, adjacent to a wall etc.

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