Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison Chart

Counter Surfaces

Selecting a kitchen countertop surface can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a quick comparison guide to help you with the process. If you’d like to learn about what kitchen countertop surface is best for your needs, call us to arrange a consultation. We have a wide range of samples that can help ease your decision.

Granite 100% natural stone; every piece is unique, extremely resistant to heat and very scratch resistant Requires seams and may need periodic sealing
Marble No two slabs are alike and handles heat More porous than granite so it can scratch and stain (nail polish, liquid make-up etc.)
Soapstone Extremely durable natural surface; no staining, heat, resistant and nonporous. Considered the most environmentally safe countertop with no chemicals used for finishing. Available in matte or polished To keep the finish and darkness consistent, you do have to oil it quite often. Limited color selection.
Solid Surface Man-made of acrylic or polyester plastics; nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria-growth. Seams are almost undetectable and scratches or chips can be repaired. Can discolor or become damaged when exposed to extreme heat; also can scratch and chip
Quartz Made with 85-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder. Nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria growth. More durable than solid surface and won’t scratch or chip. Heat-resistant (up to 400F). Seams can divide to trap dirt and bacteria

Ideas for Contemporary Bathroom Fixtures


If your design style is minimalist and modern, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite contemporary bathroom fixtures for inspiration:

We love when form meets function! The freestanding design of Kohler’s Archer tub creates a striking focal point and features a molded lumbar support offers extra comfort while bathing. The slotted overflow allows for deep soaking. It also is available with these “Calgon-take-me-away” features:

  • Enjoy a relaxing soak with your favorite music streamed right into the bath.
  • Bask heated surface creates spa-like relaxation with soothing warmth on your back and neck.
  • Airjets release thousands of bubbles that surround, support, and massage the body.


VOLA’s new sleek, therapeutic products include the Kneipp Hose and the Waterfall Shower that are designed for use as part of a holistic sauna experience. The hose’s Kneipp hydrotherapy regulates blood pressure and enhances circulation while the shower provides a smooth ribbon of fresh cold water. According to VOLA, this gentle but steady cascade helps the bather to cool off rapidly. It invigorates the system and contracts the dilated blood vessels to create a sense of calm and wellbeing.





Toto’s Upton Showerhead features a slimline design and 9 x 9″ Plated Spray Face for a spa-like experience in your own contemporary bathroom oasis.


The geometric angles and edges of Delta’s Ara Bath Collection caught our eye for a streamlined look. The faucets are available in a variety of finishes and configurations from wall mount to channel spout.

Who knew that a toilet could be sculptural? St. George’s one-piece toilet is stately with turn-of-the-century details.  Bonus: the PowerWash rim scrubs the bowl with each flush!

Kohler DTV Custom Showering Experience

Kohler DTV Custom Showering Experience

The DTV+ digital showering platform from Kohler brings water, music, light and steam together for a true multi-sensory showering experience — all controlled and customized with a touch screen. Each is based on existing hydrotherapies inspired by one of three themes: Relaxation, Well-Being, and Energy. Need to see it to believe it? Check out Kohler’s video…

Need more ideas? Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

Yes, We Provide Commercial Interior Design Services

commercial interior design presentation board

Professional presentation board details space plan, furnishings and finishes.

In addition to our residential design work, we have a long history of working with companies and contractors on commercial interior design services from condominiums to office spaces to corporate headquarters. We understand the importance of production schedules and ensure that all specifications are delivered on time so that project managers can stay ahead of the game in the field.

As a licensed interior designer firm, all of our documents adhere to regional building and fire codes, municipal codes, and any other jurisdictional statutes, regulations and guidelines applicable to the interior space.  We also provide an in-depth review of the architectural drawings focusing on the interior spaces to ensure that the built environment will maximize the use of space.

commercial interior design office rendering

Color renderings add dimension to help visualize the final commercial interior design project.

Commercial Interior Design Services

We are certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification — the highest qualification in the industry. All of our services are backed by exceptional customer care and attention to fine details. We offer:

  • Space planning, layout & design
  • Construction documents
  • Reflected ceiling, electric, voice & data plans
  • Millwork plan and elevations
  • Furniture, fixtures & equipment
  • Illustrated renderings & color boards
  • Corporate imaging & branding
  • Graphics & signage

How Our Commercial Interior Design Process Works

Commercial interior design condo buildingInitial Consultation: Initial meeting to discuss the project and prepare a scope of service.

Schematic Design: This step will consist of reviewing the drafted space plans and layouts, the proposed furniture plan options, and any design concept drawings for custom furniture pieces, built-in cabinetry, or architectural treatments.

Design Development: Final drawing sets include floor plans, lighting plans, electrical plans, details and elevations of architectural elements.

Implementation: Taking the project from “paper” to reality.

Recommendations from Commercial Clients

Semblex corporate headquarters“Our company, a major Chicago area manufacturer, hired Interior Transformation to help update the look of our headquarter offices. They did a nice job of recommending changes for our main foyer, executive conference room, showroom and offices. Everything is perfectly color coordinated and exhibits the high-end perception we wanted to achieve representing our high quality product.  Since then, we have requested additional project help and will continue to work with Interior Transformation going forward. They use a common sense approach to design, are easy to work with and are highly recommended.”
World Dryer Corporation

“Excellent company! We worked with them on selecting carpeting, wall colors and furniture for a renovation at our fitness facility. We loved their work and appreciated their help. Better yet, our members love the decor Interior Transformation, Inc. helped pick out!”
Vernon Hills, IL Park District

Nursery Décor Ideas to go Gaga Over

Ready to nest? We are sharing a few nursery decor ideas and fun furnishings to transform any room into a chic, restful space for baby — and mama!

Check out my crib! 

Nursery Decorating Ideas

Vetro Crib in Clear Acrylic from Nursery Works

Finally, a way to peek on a sleeping baby without tip-toeing all the way into the room!  Nursery Works created the first 100 percent recyclable, non-toxic acrylic crib on the market named the Vetro.  Combining utility, purity and understated beauty, this crib is exclusively handcrafted and laser-etched with a unique limited edition number. Clear sides provide an unimpeded view of the baby and nursery. The unexpected black and white bedding adds a fun graphic element. 

nursery decor ideas

Dolce Baby’s Angelina Upholstered Crib

This sweet yet sophisticated room offers classic French Provincial style with a pretty pink, purple and grey color palette. The crib features hand-sculpted floral appliqués and cabriole legs and can be easily transitioned to a toddler bed and day bed. We are fans of the canvas artwork and princess chandelier.

Nursery Decor Ideas

PetitNest Garcon Crib

Marrying modern design with striking filigree carvings, the Garcon crib lends an eye-catching statement to a nursery.

 Instant charm

Nursery decorating ideas wall decals

WallTat Helicopter Ceiling Decal

Our good friends over at WallTat offer a wide range of wall decals that offer high impact at a low cost. We love this clever design that uses your existing ceiling fan to serve as the blades of this easy-to-install chopper — perfect for transitioning a nursery into a big boy room.


Baby Whales Decals from WalTat

Another favorite WallTat decal is this darling Baby Whale set. This is the perfect gender neutral accent to your walls above dressers, cribs or changing tables.  The decals are available in 34 colors for the large and small whales that best fit for your nursery’s decor. The circle rug adds warm to this room while the mint polka dots with orange accents turn up the playfulness!

 The right light

We recommend not using any harsh lighting in a nursery. If you have an overhead fixture above the crib, install a dimmer to adjust at bedtime. A small accent lamp is perfect for story time and nightlights add safety and comfort during those late-night feedings.

Nursery Decorating Ideas Nightlight

Land of Nod Hedgehog Nightlight

Nursery Decorating Ideas nightlight

Land of Nod Gumball Machine Nightlight

When decorating your nursery, be sure to allow enough time to let the paint and new furniture air out. It’s best to order furniture 12 to 15 weeks before the baby’s due date to ensure that it’s delivered and assembled in time.

Planning ahead or using an interior designer to decorate your nursery helps alleviate stress keep your energy in a much-needed reserve.

Pillow Talk: Decorating with Accent Pillows


Interior Transformation

We’re going to let you in on a little design secret: decorating with accent pillows is the easiest and most affordable way to instantly update a room!  Here are a few guidelines to help choose the right accent pillows for your living space:


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Size and shape: Accent pillows come in four basic shapes: bolsters, circles, squares and rectangle. Which size and shape you choose really depends on how the pillow will be used. Will the pillow need to provide lumbar support? Does it needs to double as a head pillow for couch potatoes? Is the back of the chair hard? Some rules of thumb are that standard 18” square pillows fit neatly on most standard-sized sofas. If your sofa has a very low back, 16” squares might be a better choice. Oversized pillows are perfect for family rooms or basement man caves to create a more laid-back, lounge vibe.



What’s inside: Feather-and-down fill offers more squish and a higher price tag. Synthetic fills can appear less lush, but do hold their shape and are more affordable.



How many: In design arrangements, odd numbers tend to be more interesting but symmetry can be just as appealing. Play with one accent pillow for a chair and three or five for a standard sized sofa. Also, if you have to move pillows to sit down comfortably on your sofa, you probably have too many!


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Mix it up:  If you are nervous about mixing patterns, select pillows that have at least one color in common and vary the scale of the patterns. For example, if one pillow has a small detailed graphic print, pair it with a large pattern or none at all. Each pillow should stand out on it’s own without competing for your eye’s attention.

You can also choose contrasting textures — velvet, leather, linen or silk  — to add warmth, interest and traction so the pillows do not slide off the sofa’s surface.

Decorating with accent pillows

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Consider the whole room: If you are buying accent pillows for several pieces of furniture in the same room, consider them together as a group. They do not need to match, but there should be a harmonious feature — color, style, pattern — that unifies the pillows togehter.

If you need a change, swap the pillows out, reverse them or try a slipcover. For more decorating ideas, contact us today!