Picking out the countertop material is arguably the last piece of the puzzle that is your kitchen design. Actually, countertops take up most of the room and are usually used as a focal point of some sort. It’s also the space you’ll be looking at the most in that room as you utilize the space for cooking. It has to be a style and material that can keep up with the family’s day-to-day activities. Do you want to choose between man-made material, natural stone, or engineered? Do you want a gorgeous marble finish, or would you prefer a solid color? There are several ways of customizing your countertops to stand out for all of the right reasons.
What to look for in a new countertop:
- The color and design that fits the best with the style of the rest of the room.
- The shape and size of the material. You can choose the edge style, the length, and even the thickness of the countertop.
- The durability of the material and how easy it is to maintain.
- If you’re planning on using a backsplash, how will it integrate with the countertop? It can be the same material as the countertop, or it can be a separate focal piece for the room.
- The overall cost of the material including the maintenance for the future.
What are the most popular materials used for countertops?
The beauty of designing a kitchen is that there are so many choices to personalize it for you and your family. While it might seem overwhelming at first, blogs like this are designed to help make that choice a little easier. Here are some of the most common materials for countertops.
- Marble: Marble and countertops have gone hand-in-hand for several years now. It’s a natural stone that can withstand a lot of wear and tear throughout the years. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns that bring together the entire color scheme of the room.
- Granite: Another natural stone material is granite. It’s one of the hardest natural stones making it even more so than marble, which is extremely durable already. It will need to be resealed regularly, but that seal helps it stay heat, and scratch-resistant, throughout the years of use.
- Tiles: Do you want to make a unique pattern? Tile is perfect for piecing together a look with marble and granite. Integrating a backsplash is a lot easier with tile as well. You simply extend the tile up the wall.
- Laminate: For a nonporous material, laminate is your choice. It comes in a wide range of colors and styles. You even have the opportunity to mimic granite and marble finishes for a less expensive cost.