studies also suggest a link between sensitivity of sound with depression and anxiety in the general population.
Softer, denser surfacing materials can help absorb sound.
A great way to test materials is by placing a dinner plate on them to experience the sound reflectivity.
Glare is most often related to conditions of the eye’s lens, such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts, and other health issues commonly associated with aging. Studies suggest, in addition to aging, that as many as 90% of migraine sufferers are sensitive to light. *
Often, vision challenges can be minimized by the sheen selected (less reflective matte) and the color hue (light versus dark). The surfacing color contrast to the surrounding finishes can also be of help to those with sight challenges.
The potential of glare from sources such as under counter lighting or a large window with natural light should also be considered.
This is a great question to contemplate what works and what does not for you and your household.
Make a list of the pros and cons and share these with your fabricator or designer.
Materials such as solid surface can include a coved area between the countertop and backsplash, eliminating the point of transition gap which is commonly filled with a silicone-based sealant.
Solid Surface sinks may be mounted seamlessly to the solid surface countertop. Less common, a solid surface sink may also be seamlessly integrated into a quartz surface material by manufacturer endorsed fabrication methods as well.
The type of sink you select is important in the countertop conversation. Why? Aside from being the most heavily used appliance in your kitchen, it is a lasting choice. Depending on the surface material selected, it can make or break the possibility of changing sink models later.
Typically, your sink must be selected and available prior to templating for your countertops. The same questions about light, reflectivity and warranty will apply to the sink you choose too. Taking time to select the right one is critical to the story of lasting satisfaction.
It is important to view a large representation for veined aesthetic patterns, as veining may not always be revealed in a smaller sample.
In addition, dark colors tend to show scratches more than lighter colors. This can especially be true within the solid surface category.
High gloss colors not only reflect light more, but they also reflect imperfections more.
Keep this in mind when choosing to put them on a horizontal, high use surface like a countertop.
As an example, imagine a brand-new shiny jet-black car.
While beautiful, it seems easier to scratch because scratches are more noticeable on glossy surfaces.
It would also require more frequent washings as dirt and water spots are more noticeable on dark colors.
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*Main A, Dowson A, Gross M. Photophobia, and photophobia in migraineurs between attacks. Headache. 1997. 37:492-5.