Walk into any custom kitchen today and you’re sure to see state-of-the-art appliances, gorgeous cabinetry, and plenty of storage. You’re also apt to see something else: beautiful countertops.
Since the pandemic, countertops have become one of the most important components in kitchens, as people are spending time at home and investing in ways to make their living spaces more multi-functional. In the kitchen, that means large countertops that can serve as a place for dining, working, gathering, and for hobbies and crafts.
In fact, according to a 2023 poll by Kitchen and Bath Design News, 52% of the designers surveyed believed that countertops are becoming more critical to overall kitchen design. And 74% said that countertops are becoming larger in size than in years past.
Modern countertop design often features chargers for smartphones, hidden storage, under lights, and even touchscreens.
Interestingly, the latest trends in countertop materials aren’t necessarily new. Instead, homeowners and designers are choosing tried-and-true countertop materials that are durable and easy to maintain. That’s not to say that today’s countertops aren’t aesthetically pleasing. In fact, it’s the quite the contrary. Now, countertops are often the focal point of the kitchen.
These are the top 5 materials for showstopping countertops that go the distance.
It’s the most popular choice for kitchen countertops for very good reasons. Not only is engineered quartz consistent in color and texture, but it is also stain, scratch and acid resistant. It won’t chip or crack, doesn’t require sealing and it’s resistant to bacteria growth as well.
Made from sandstone, quartzite is more heat resistant than engineered quartz and comes in a variety of patterns and tones. It’s often used in kitchens instead of marble, as it looks similar but is more scratch resistant and is usually less expensive than marble. Like engineered quartz, quartzite is resistant to bacteria growth.
If you’re looking for a countertop surface that’s durable and harder than granite, porcelain would be an excellent choice. It’s an ideal material for kitchens because of its heat and scratch resistance. You could remove a dish from the oven and place it on the countertop or cut vegetables directly on the countertop and it wouldn’t leave a mark.
Butcherblock countertops fashioned from hardwoods look great in all types of kitchens. They add warmth, are available in a variety of finishing options, and are easy to maintain. They’re also eco-friendly, so if you’re building a green kitchen, wood might be the perfect choice.
There are several reasons to choose granite countertops, from being easy to clean, to stain and scratch resistant to its uniqueness. No two slabs of granite look the same. Granite is also very affordable, so it’s a great option for those looking to stick to a budget.
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