Kitchen Countertop Materials From Classic to NaturalLearn
Before making your countertop selections, ask yourself: “Does my choice in kitchen countertop accommodate my meal prep demands, as well as reflect my personal style?” There are so many options available that trying to make this one decision can leave you perplexed, taking the fun out of designing your beautiful new kitchen! We’ve narrowed down the list of countertops for you, highlighting the best options we are seeing everywhere!
This natural material has always taken the lead. The main reason being people’s desire for the having natural elegance of stone in their kitchens. Another big selling point is that the only natural stones harder than granite are sapphires, rubies, and (my personal favorite!) diamonds. That said, this material is pricey, but boy is it durable. A yearly resealing of its surface must be factored in as well to prevent bacteria growth and stains.
We may as well call quartz the “sister” of granite. Most people who love the look of granite, but not its price, choose quartz because it possess that “stone look and feel”. Some other major advantages are that quartz countertops are virtually indestructible and are low maintenance. They come in a wide range of colors, from neutral to vibrant. And you can skip the yearly sealing as it’s not required here.
Classic Butcher Block and Wood
Normally you only see wood incorporated in the kitchen on flooring. Not anymore! Butcher block countertops are a must-have in a kitchen were lots of cooking goes down. This material is made for chopping and cutting. If you do manage to get any chips or burns on your new butcher block countertop, a quick sanding and application of mineral oil will do the trick. With all the modern and upscale kitchen trends we’re seeing, having a natural grain or patterned wood countertop really ties in a warm and sentimental touch that’s missing in many of today’s designs.
Laminate countertops have come a long way! These days, laminates are looking just as opulent as the other contenders — at a fraction of the cost.The new and improved patterns are making it easier to incorporate in kitchens with both muted or bright color palettes. Sealing once a year doesn’t have to be added to your to-do list with this material either. They are, however, prone to scratches and chips, and heat resistance is a feature missing from this choice. The great news is there are laminate options on the market that allow you to re-coat or refinish them instead of replacing them entirely.