There are so many gorgeous kitchen designs for us to gawk at these days. And so much of that beauty is a result of spectacular countertops. You may feel that it’s impossible to make the right choice when it comes to countertops. But after reading this article, you will be armed with all the countertop information you need to make the right decision for your kitchen renovation.
1. Quartz – Quartz countertops seem to be the go-to material of choice these days, and for good reason. Quartz is extremely strong and durable. It can hold up to very high temperatures without getting damaged, It doesn’t stain or watermark very easily and it is very resistant to scratching. The reason why they are so strong and stable has to do with the fact that quartz is an engineered product made with ground up quartz and resin. But don’t let the fact that it’s a man-made material turn you off. Because they are made with mostly ground up quartz, they still feel and look very natural.
2. Marble – Marble countertops are not for the faint-hearted. By choosing marble, you may wind up with a completely original slab that will never be seen anywhere else. But bear in mind that it will need to be sealed regularly, and even with sealing, you will still see stains and watermarks. Marble has been used on counters for hundreds of years. It makes a great surface to work on, but you will need to embrace the natural look of well-used marble to really appreciate what marble can offer. If you don’t think you can do it, consider using a quartz that imitates marble. There are some great quartz options available that look just like marble and may even cost much less.
3. Concrete – With industrial and farmhouse design leading the way as far as trends go, we’ll be seeing a lot more concrete countertops these days. Concrete can be gorgeous if installed properly. If attempting to pour your own concrete counters, please take into consideration that it is not an easy task, and you may wind up with cracks, divots and uneven surfaces that will love to collect food particles. Yuck! If you don’t have the time to let your concrete counter cure, you may want to consider a quartz look alike. There are so many “concrete” quartz options these days, that there’s no excuse not to get your rustic countertop for your farmhouse kitchen.
4. Granite – Granite is among the hardest natural stones out there, which makes it a great choice for countertops. Like marble, you can search and find some amazing and original slabs that are truly unique. You will need to seal granite counters regularly to keep them looking good, but they don’t scratch or mark as easily as marble. Because granite is a natural material it is nice to know that no two slabs will look the same. But if the original look isn’t as important to you, and you’d prefer not to bother with the annual sealing of your countertops, there are quartz counters available that look just like granite.
5. Butcher Block – Who doesn’t love the look of natural wood, but getting it to work well for your counters is quite challenging. Butcher block takes regular maintenance and care. You will need to oil or wax it every 4-6 weeks. Wood adds warmth and charm to a kitchen, so if you must use it, try to use it somewhere that isn’t going to get a lot of use or see water very often. If you want to add wood to your kitchen, you may want to add it in other ways (like your cabinets, stools or kitchen island), and avoid using it as a counter. There’s always so much to clean up in a kitchen. Why create more work?
6. Plastic Laminate – Plastic laminate is looking much better than it used to. These days, it’s being made to look exactly like many different types of natural materials and has truly mastered the art of copying wood. If budget is a concern, laminate is a good option. But bear in mind, it will burn if something hot is set down on it, chemicals are used to bind it to a substrate, and it is impossible to install an under-mounted sink with plastic laminate counters. You will need to use a rimmed sink that sits on top of the counter.
A beautiful kitchen doesn’t stop at the countertop. If you’re curious about how you can completely transform your kitchen (or any space!) in ways you never thought of, read our article on what to consider when lighting your home.