May 25, 2012

Three new counter surfaces.

When you're ready to update your kitchen or bath, check out these three new surfaces and see whether they work for you. 

Formica Corp. has released IdealEdge decorative edges suitable for curved, clipped or 90-degree corner installations. Offered in two profiles—ogee and bullnose—the new option eliminates the telltale flat edges and brown seams of laminate. The IdealEdge profiles are fabricated as a bevel edge and can curve to cover all sides of countertops, islands and tables. Available in hundreds of Formica laminate colors and patterns, the edge profiles are produced in 12-ft. lengths and are customizable to design specifications.

Cambria has launched two new designs, Laneshaw (right) and Armitage (left), which capture the natural veining of marble and granite while offering the strength of quartz. Both materials continue the company’s tradition of being named after a location in Wales or England. Like the centuries-old village in northwest England, Laneshaw embraces brown tones, tan and black with subtle hints of white and a touch of gold shimmer. Armitage, named after a canal in England’s West Midlands region, blends black and gray, providing a neutral canvas for random flecks of copper and 

Radianz Quartz, a division of Samsung, has added four new colors to its growing collection of surface material. The latest hues include Gold Canyon Gray, Midnight Sapphire, Imperial Gray (pictured) and Gentle Gray. Gold Canyon Gray was created to reflect light and luxury, while Midnight Sapphire channels the tranquility of the ocean, and Imperial Gray reflects golden hues, mimicking ancient jewelry. Radianz is comprised of more than 93 percent natural quartz crystals that are blended together with polymers for a smooth high-gloss material that does not require chemical sealing.