Granite’s Role in Integrated Kitchen-Living Spaces

kitchen-cleaningOne trend that we’re seeing more and more often in new kitchen designs and remodels is a move toward more integrated kitchen and living spaces. And why not? The days when kitchens and dining areas needed to be segregated from the rest of the house for practical, social, or logistical reasons are long behind us. Today most of us live, work, and play in every part of our house, from the kitchen to the living room and beyond!

Tablets and smart phones, Wi-Fi, and interconnected devices have helped to break down the barriers between the spaces within our homes and within our lives. The days when the living room was where the TV lived is long gone, and these days most people have TVs in multiple rooms, not to mention computers, tablets, and other devices that you can use to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, play music, check your email or Facebook, or do just about anything else you might once have had a specific room set aside for.

This change has led to a transition in how we view our living spaces, and as a result house and apartment floor plans are opening up, creating integrated spaces where kitchens and living rooms flow one into the other. Nowadays, living space is play space is entertaining space and so on. When you’re having a get-together, there’s no reason for you to stay behind the stove while everyone else socializes in the living room. Open the whole thing up, and let party-goers snack and talk and mill around all together.

Integrated living spaces mean more traffic moving through the kitchen, which calls for durable work surfaces. That’s where gorgeous granite countertops come in. Not only is the natural stone of granite perfect for just about any type of decorating, granite is one of the most durable materials around when it comes to kitchen countertops, and it can stand up to the wear and tear of an integrated kitchen.

That said, more traffic means more spills, stains, and smudges, and you’ll still want to keep your integrated granite countertop looking just as good as if you had an old-fashioned kitchen that was separated from the rest of the house. Luckily, you can do that by keeping Rock Doctor’s line of specially formulated granite care products handy!

From granite cleaning and sealing to granite polishing products, Rock Doctor has everything that your granite countertop needs to continue looking—and performing—its best, and you can find them all at your local Lowe’s Home Improvement and participating Do it Best, Home Depot, True Value, and Ace Hardware locations! Plus, Rock Doctor’s granite care products can also be used on any other natural stone countertops, including marble, quartz, and many more!