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What Your Countertops Can Do For Your Mood

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Sintered stone countertop colors can affect your mood and emotions

When it comes to designing your home, picking the right colors and textures isn’t just about creating the right aesthetic. Interior design is as much about how a room makes you feel as it is about how the room looks. This is where color psychology comes in. For many years, designers, artists, and even some psychologists have subscribed to the belief that specific colors can affect your mood. However, there has been remarkably little research on the subject, leaving those who might be more skeptical with little to cling to. 

Despite the lack of precise scientific data proving that yellow can make you anxious and green can have a calming effect, there is little denying that different ranges of color do interact differently with natural light. The evidence for the impact of natural light on human emotions is clear. To put it simply, dark colors are more likely to absorb natural light, and lighter colors are more likely to reflect it. Therefore, it is important to keep the balance of light and dark in your home with flexibility allowed for personal taste and the amount of natural light that your home typically receives.

Color in Stone

Your countertops are a surprisingly great place to play with color. Thanks to modern technology, there are new stone-composite and concrete materials that don’t just mimic stone, they surpass it. Rather than having to deal with the natural imperfections of quarried stone in limited textures and colors, there are now limitless possibilities with all of the sturdy qualities you might expect of granite or marble. 

Neolith finishes are a line of diverse finishes that hammer the point home. They showcase surfaces that replicate a variety of natural stone and wood finishes. These modern countertops offer you more choices than ever. And allow you to find the perfect balance of subtle light and cozy darkness in your home. However, it can be challenging to find that balance for yourself, so here are a few things to consider.

How Much Sunlight Does Your Home Get?

If you live in a region with dense forests, frequent fog, or long winters, that environment will have a major effect on your décor decisions. Living in a home that receives less natural light can put a real damper on your mood. In fact, it may increase your chances of developing depression if you don’t spend enough out in the sun. 

In this case, you will want to increase the number of lighter surfaces in your home. These will naturally reflect light, giving the impression of a brighter environment. Your countertops are a great place to apply this neat trick. Especially if you opt for a highly polished surface, which can exponentially increase its ability to reflect light. 

On the other hand, if you live in an area with lots of light and regular heat spells, you may want to introduce warmer and darker tones into your décor. Sintered stone countertops with a faux wood finish are one way you can introduce colors that subtly absorbs more light. Doing so you avoid a harsh brightness that could make you feel a little on edge.

Do What is Best for You

It is definitely important to think about how the balance of colors can affect your mood daily. But when you’re making these crucial decisions consider patterns in your own mental health. Do your best to identify what environments make you feel comfortable by thinking about your favorite places to spend your time. Analyze the colors and tones that you enjoy in that space and introduce them throughout your design. With all of the choices available to you, there is no limit to what you can create.  

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Using Stone in the Shower

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Using stone in the shower example: stone sink, toilet, walls, and shower.

Natural stone has always been one of the most popular options when it comes to decorating interior floors, walls, and motifs. But what’s the best kind of stone to use in a shower? Below we help you decide on using stone in the shower.

Keep in mind that the shower is a place for water, moisture, and steam to build up. Depending on the surface of the stone, this can also cause a buildup of residue. In order to avoid this, certain types of stone are preferred when constructing shower walls. 

Our Neolith pros know that sintered stone is one of the easiest types of stone to use in the shower because it is smooth and easy to clean. Take a look at some of the best stone options to use in the shower and consider what kind of stone would work best for your bathroom look and style. 

Best Types of Stone for the Shower

Any kind of stone that is smooth or processed without grout is a frontrunner for the best stone to use in the shower. The smoother and less textured the stone, the better! 

For this reason, the best types of stone include:

  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Tile
  • Sintered stone
  • Granite
  • Travertine

While all of the above options are viable for your bathroom, you may want to take a look at the Spruce’s pros and cons of stone in showers before choosing the right kind of stone for you. 

Why is Textured Stone Bad for the Shower?

Stone that comes with rough textures and grooves is so much more difficult to clean. Since showers deal with water all the time, you need to actively work to prevent a buildup of mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria that thrives in humid environments. 

Stone that comes with nooks and crannies, especially tiled stone that comes with grout, is just too difficult to clean. Something like sintered stone is smooth and does not come with textures or grooves, making it so much easier to clean and better for using as stone in the shower. 

Not to mention that natural stone showers need annual sealing in order to further protect the stone against the water. A penetrating sealer will do the trick as it will allow the entirety of the stone protection while preventing it from breaking or chipping away. 

Stone Cleaning Tips

Once you have beautiful stone installed in your shower, you need to be sure to maintain it well in order to keep up that beautiful look. While there isn’t too much heavy-duty cleaning involved, make sure that you remove excess water from the areas at all times. After you finish taking a shower, wipe down the walls, and get rid of water droplets that may have formed. 

Make sure that your bathroom has good ventilation also. This will help clear the steam and humidity from the air after you finish in the shower, and it will prevent mold from growing in the shower. If you do end up having grout in your shower, make sure to spend time cleaning each groove and getting rid of dust, dirt, water, and mold buildups.

Keep Your Stone Safe and Beautiful!

Sintered stone bathroom surfaces are one of the best options for your stone shower because this type of stone resists harmful chemicals. While it’s no secret that you should never use acid to clean your stone, there are other types of chemicals that can be just as abrasive. NEOLITH sintered stone is designed to resist hard chemical cleaners while being really simple to clean up after every trip to the shower. With more than 50 types of sintered stone to choose from, there is no limit to how you can decorate your bathroom. 

Looking for more ways to learn about the best types of natural stone for your shower? Want additional information on NEOLITH sintered stone products? Reach out to us today! Our stone experts would be happy to help you make your interior and exterior design dreams a reality. 

Top Countertop Cleaning Mistakes

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Cleaner making some countertop cleaning mistakes

Depending on the type of material you choose to build your countertop out of, you may find it very easy to clean. Most countertops are made with low maintenance and high durability in mind. And you should have the satisfaction of coming home to a clean kitchen every day. At Neolith, our sintered stone products are incredibly easy to clean.  Still, you won’t want to make these countertop cleaning mistakes.

Durability doesn’t mean that countertops can easily withstand any and all cleaning materials. In fact, some of the more common household cleaners may prove to be too abrasive for a countertop surface. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when cleaning their countertops. 

Using the Wrong Cleaning Supplies

Every type of cleaning product contains a specific formula of chemicals and other ingredients to wipe away stains, dirt, and grime. However, some of these chemicals might be harmful to the stone. According to Rock Doctor, cleaning products that contain bleach, ammonia, citrus, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide have to high abrasiveness for stone countertops. Avoid these to keep your countertops in good shape. Popular brands like Windex, Clorox, and Pledge can damage granite and other similar stone countertops. 

Too Much Water

It is important that you don’t leave too much water puddling around on your countertops. Too many pools of water can actually cause damage and can encourage the buildup of bacteria. Sometimes, leaving water on your countertop can result in a white, crusty stain that must be scrubbed off. Make sure that any and all spills are quickly cleaned up and dried to prevent permanent damage. 

Harsh Cutting on the Surface

Of the countertop cleaning mistakes, this is perhaps the most obvious. No matter what your countertop is made out of, you should not be cutting and chopping vegetables directly on top of the surface. This is a sure-fire way to cause fine scratches from your knife. And this is a permanent mark of damage on your countertop. These scratches can damage the finishing seal on the surface. Usually, this finishing seal is designed to keep the countertop waterproof and damage-proof. When this seal is broken, your countertop becomes susceptible to more destruction.

Placing Hot Pans on the Surface

When cleaning your kitchen and preparing a meal, you may put a hot pan down on the countertop to let it rest for a moment. You should never do this, even if your countertop doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of wear or tear. While most stone is naturally heat-resistant, forming a habit out of putting hot pots on the surface can cause damage over time. You may notice a discoloration in your countertop surface or even a burn mark that won’t go away. 

Repeated Motions

Like any physical thing, a countertop can only withstand so much pressure and movement before it starts to crack. If you always scrub really hard when you clean, or you always choose a particular spot on the countertop to beat dough and mix ingredients, you might incur a little bit of wear and tear. Not to mention, leaning on the countertop surface can loosen the entire slab and cause structural damage. 

Keep Your Countertops Clean and Free from Damage!

With this list of countertop cleaning mistakes, it can be frustrating figuring out what the right thing to do is. A general rule of thumb to remember is that the gentler you are with your countertops, the less damage they will sustain. Stone is very durable in many ways. But over time can start showing signs of scratching, cracking, or discoloring due to the way you use the surface or the products used to clean it. 

Stay aware of what’s best for your countertops and keep them clean with dustrags and non-abrasive cleaning supplies. If you would like more assistance or information about the best ways to clean your countertop, please contact our professionals today. You can call us at 076-897-8407 to speak with a representative directly. We look forward to helping you with all of your countertop needs!