White Carrera Marble Look Alikes…

When it comes to marble, White Carrera, is the one color that most consumers think of.  It is beautiful and has an elegant look that is time-less. It is no wonder it has been used for centuries in building applications and in homes, over the years, for countertops. While its soft, subtle tones are appealing and make it a popular choice for decorating, it does have a few drawbacks. Like other marbles, care must be taken with clean-ups, as this material may etch or stain, if spills are not cleaned up promptly. While some consumers don’t mind being cautious and wiping up spills right away, others may want to look at other material options that require less maintenance.

With so many material options available these days, there are a few out there that do replicate the look of White Carrera marble fairly well.

Let’s take a look at a few options…

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Difiniti Massa “Quartz”

This Difiniti Massa “quartz” is a good option and the price point is similar.


Difiniti Viarregio “Quartz”

This Difiniti Viarregio “Quartz” is another good option. It has similar color tones and veining and has a look that does not look digitized, like some other “quartz” colors out there.

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Silestone Lagoon “Quartz”

Silestone’s Lagoon is another option that may work well.  It has a similar pattern and color tones.

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Caesarstone Misty Carrera

Caesarstone’s Misty Carrera is another option that may work. It contains similar color tones and does have some slight veining and movement to it.

No matter if you are looking for White Carrera marble, or are interested in another material that has a similar look, make sure you stop by our showroom today. We would be happy to show you our products and colors.

Thanks for reading!



Posted in Marble, Quartz on September 16th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Convey The Look And Feel You Like With Color…

Have you ever wondered why you are attracted to some colors more than others? Color not only inspires emotions, but can also help to set a certain mood. That is why it is so important when it comes to decorating.  While color is often a personal choice, it can also be used to create an illusion of more space or convey a certain feeling.

Let’s take a look at this Psychology of Color Chart I found…

Psychology of Color [Infographic]

Courtesy of Painters of Louisville

Many home owners want certain rooms to convey a certain feel. This can be achieved with paint, as well as with other decorating options, such as countertops and accessories.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of different colored countertops…

Beach Style Laundry Room by Newport Beach Home Builders Spinnaker Development
Notice how these gray laundry tops offer a nice clean look for this laundry room. They also help the room look spacious by creating a nice visual line that are off set with white cabinets. This creates a nice, relaxing space to work in.


Eclectic Laundry Room by Hoboken Real Estate Agents Hudson Place Realty
Here’s another laundry room example. Notice how these Bright green countertops and shelving add some cheer to this laundry room. While laundry is not always the funnest thing to do in the world, a cheery, organized space creates a nice setting to fold some laundry.
Contemporary Kitchen by Nashville Interior Designers & Decorators Beckwith Interiors
This bright yellow countertop adds some warmth to this modern kitchen. I can  visualize relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee here!
Modern Bathroom by Stuart Architects & Designers Balfoort Architecture, Inc.
This bright blue vanity top creates the feel of calm and tranquility and would work great for a kid’s bathroom, or a home on a lake.
Midcentury Kitchen by San Diego Interior Designers & Decorators Kropat Interior Design
This bright orange countertop, again creates a warm, cheery feeling for this kitchen. Notice how it just pops with the white cabinets.
If you are doing some remodeling and are looking for some help selecting colors for your countertops, make sure you stop by our showroom. We have a large selection of colors and material options including granite and other natural stones, as well as a number of “quartz” products including Silestone, Caesarstone, Hanstone, Difiniti and Dupont Zodiaq.
Thanks for reading!

Posted in Decorating, Granite, Quartz on May 19th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Out With The Old, In With The New…

When it comes to colors, they are always changing—that is when it comes to what’s hot in decorating. Pantone, is the world-renowned authority on color and color systems for a variety of industries and picked the color, Radiant Orchid, as the 2014 color of the year, but recently changed their mind. They recently announced a new seasonal color schedule, and will start choosing their color picks four times a year which will correspond to each season.

So what is the new Pantone color for spring? Good question!

Let’s take a look…

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Radiant Okra
(Pantone 18-3224 PCX)

Radiant Okra—Now that is a spring green and a color we have all been waiting to see!

According to Pantone, “Radiant Okra is a medium-intensity, yellow-tinged green that recalls all things spring: newly-awakening plant life, sunshine and beautiful brightness.”¹ I like it!

If you like this color and are doing some decorating, or remodeling and will be adding some new countertops, why not stop by and take a look at our color selections. We have a number of products to choose from including granite and other natural stones, as well as carry a number of “quartz” products such as  Caesarstone, Silestone, Hanstone, Difiniti, and Dupont Zodiaq. I am sure you will find something to go along with your refreshing, spring green!

Thanks for reading and Happy Spring!


Source: ¹Pantone Announces Seasonal Color Schedule And New Color For Spring 2014.





Posted in Decorating, Granite, Quartz on April 24th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Add A Granite Countertop To Your Spring Remodeling Project!

With spring just around the corner, (hopefully), it time to start thinking about doing some remodeling! Whether you have been dreaming about adding a new kitchen countertop,  bar top, vanity top, or fireplace surround to your home, we can help! Paramount Granite Company is a Minnesota granite fabricator and installer and has been providing countertops, since 1996, including natural stone and “quartz” surfaces.


Mombasa Granite

Our Customer Service team is ready to work with you and help you out every step of the way. Whether you need help selecting a material, or finding the perfect color, we will help you through the process. You can choose from our Group A, B, or C colors, or if you are looking for something unique, make sure you take a look at our Exclusive color selections, which are hand selected from our suppliers, or brought in by the container.

We can also help you with your edge selections and backsplash options, to help you create that perfect look. We have a variety of edges to choose from including our eased, bevel, half and full bullnose and ogee styles, if you are looking for something a little more decorative. Adding a backsplash to your kitchen, or bath can help complete the look and there are a variety of choices, including our standard 3-1/2” high backsplash, full height backsplash,  tile, or a combination option.

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Mombasa Granite

For your convenience, we also sell sinks and faucets to help you complete the look of your countertop project. Make sure you check out our Accessories page for more information on our Magnum sinks and Delta faucets and more.

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Mombasa Granite

Stop by our showroom  today!

Thanks for reading!



Posted in Edges, Faucets, Granite, Quartz, Sinks on March 4th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

Learning Links—2014 Kitchen & Remodeling Trends

In our showroom, we often get asked about the latest kitchen and remodeling trends. We also get asked questions about countertop colors and what people seem to be buying now.  When is comes to color selections, there are always those colors that have been consistently popular over the years that seem to be timeless. There are other specific colors however, that seem to sell in streaks. This is also true with some color tones depending on what is popular for decorating for a particular year. Last year we saw an increase in the color, white and gray. While I think this trend may carry through this year, we still are seeing consumers purchasing bolder colors, as well. Mixing and matching countertop materials has also become popular. It is not unusual to see someone purchase both a natural stone, such as granite, for an island with a “quartz” product for some perimeter tops, or vice versus. It is also popular to use 2 or more granite colors for a kitchen, or bathroom, as well as using several cabinet color options.

Contemporary Kitchen by Milwaukee Design-Build Firms Wade Design & Construction Inc

In this blog, I  thought it would be interesting to share some information from others about kitchen and remodeling trends.

Let’s take a look …

2014 Kitchen & Remodeling Trends

Thanks for reading!



Posted in Decorating, Granite, Quartz on January 15th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments

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