Top Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Options
There’s a reason the real estate adage: “kitchens sell homes” is so well-known. Your kitchen is the heart of your home. Gone are the days of tiny, closed-off kitchens or kitchens behind closed doors.
Everyone wants an open concept. They want to bring the heart of the home out in the open. They want family and guests to be able to share in the warmth of a meal being made.
It only stands to reason that kitchen countertops and cabinet options have become as important to homeowners as sofas and flooring. Kitchens have become workhorses and show ponies combined.
Not only have some of the most decadent materials become common on many countertops, but budget-friendly options have become more stylish as well.
Here are some of the most popular materials for countertops we see in kitchens today.
Going Natural Countertop Options
Why not start with the material still most coveted? Slabs of granite stone have natural beauty, durability, and cleanliness.
Granite comes in a wide range of colors and patterns and often has flecks of shiny material, to add depth and texture to any design.
Since granite has become more ubiquitous, it’s not as hard to come by and often not as expensive as in the last decade. It’s not damaged by heat, won’t scratch, and is almost as hard as diamond. It’s also not porous, so it doesn’t harbor mold and mildew making it a popular countertop material choice.
This soft, beautiful stone has been famous in upscale kitchens for more than 100 years. That is because it’s hard-working and durable.
While marble can’t be scorched, it can be chipped or scratched, and it can stain if you’re not careful.
Because of marble’s warm, soft beauty, many cooks appreciate the aged quality it takes on with a bit of wear and tear, so they don’t mind the faint stains.
Homeowners might not know about this other natural material that was often used in vintage kitchens before laminates took over.
Because this stone has been used in labs for a very long time – it is impervious to almost all chemicals. In addition, it is ideal for that vintage industrial look. Plus, it has a distinctive dark color. Soapstone is not porous and is resistant to scorching as well.
What could be warmer than wood countertops? Butcher block or other DIY options are some of the most affordable and beautiful surfaces out there.
There’s another plus: be sure to treat your wood with food-safe finishes, and it’s like you have one big cutting board.
Man-Made Treasures – Countertop Options
One of the most popular options right now is quartz, which is made of 93% natural quartz (stone) that has been crushed and blended with resin and pigment to make it any color you want it to be.
Quartz is a great choice for homeowners who want the durability and beauty of natural stone in a uniform white or black or any shade in between!
Acrylic offers some of the most durability and versatility you could find. These countertops can be made seamless; they resist stains, moisture, fading by sunlight, and scorching. Scratches and imperfections can be repaired by buffing.
With the rise in industrial and farmhouse style design, as well as eager DIY homeowners, concrete has become a viable option for counters.
The great thing about this material is its versatility. You can completely customize your concrete countertops with colors, patterns, and sheens. You can pour it in place or have it fabricated.
Another industrial or modern staple: stainless steel. It is light, durable, and impervious to heat. You find this material in many industrial kitchens, and it’s no surprise. It will hold up to the worst you can do to it. It can also make a strong statement for the area around your cooktop or on your center island.
Laminate counters have been around for such a long time now that they have a vintage appeal. You can find laminate countertops that look like granite and marble and those that have a uniform color.
The manufacturing of this material has improved in the last ten years as well. You can now find laminate counters with an edge that resembles more upscale materials. No more black line around the edges.
Laminate is by far less expensive than anything else – which can make it a great place-holder. Additionally, it is quick and easy to install.
Bringing it Home
If you are planning your own kitchen renovation, or just dreaming of a change, hopefully, this kitchen countertop guide helps inspire you.
If you have any questions about this or any other renovation and live in Southeast Michigan, please give us a call! We would be honored to help.