The quality and appeal of countertops can make or break a kitchen. Not only does the surface have to be functional for everyday use, it should also be attractive and on-trend. If you’re going to spend the time, money, and energy on a kitchen remodel, make sure you do it right with the perfect countertop.
Now, how do you know which type of kitchen countertop is the right one for your space? What will look best with your kitchen’s design, style, cabinets, flooring, hardware, and fixtures? What types of countertops fit into your budget? Stay with us as we explore answers to all of these questions and more.
There are a ton of different types of kitchen countertops to choose from. To narrow it down a bit, we’re going to highlight some of the most trendy choices we’ve seen over the past year.
Our clients often choose quartz countertops whether for kitchen islands or under-cabinet surfaces for a variety of reasons. If you want low-maintenance, quartz is the way to go because it’s durable and long-lasting. It can withstand harsh circumstances that working in a kitchen sometimes produces (like hot pans, chopping vegetables, or sliding plates.) It’s resistant to dents, scratches, and stains. The quartz surface is also non-porous, meaning it won’t soak up spilled liquids or harbor bacteria.
In terms of appearance, quartz is popular because it comes in a variety of beautiful patterns, designs, and colors. Whether you want something simple or a more complex design, you’re sure to find a variety of options with quartz.
Another high-end kitchen countertop choice is granite. For an elegant look, go with the shiny appearance of polished granite. If you prefer something more subtle, consider honed granite, which has a matte finish with little to no shine. Both are trendy, beautiful countertop choices.
Granite is more budget-friendly compared to quartz, but it also requires periodic sealing. Keep in mind that this countertop material is natural stone, making it more porous and higher maintenance than man-made quartz. Both polished and honed granite are resistant to chipping, scratching, and heat, making them fantastic options in the kitchen.
If you’re looking for a mid-range countertop, consider a solid surface. These countertops are unique in that they’re fabricated, so they have no visible seams. Clients love them because they often have the same look and feel as granite or quartz, and they’re also durable in that they’re resistant to heat and scratches.
You might hear these types of kitchen countertops called names like Corian, Wilsonart, Staron, Swanstone and Formica. They come in a variety of colors and patterns that mimic the look of stone.
For more of a timeless, high-end look, consider marble countertops. These classy surfaces look great in almost any kitchen, and they add a bright, stately, clean vibe to the room. This stone is slightly durable in that it hides light stains and can disguise minor wear and tear, but it does require regular maintenance (similar to granite). You will have to seal the surface of your marble countertops regularly because this stone is porous.
In terms of pricing, marble is on the higher end — it typically costs more than quartz and granite countertops.
Laminate countertops have come a long way in recent years. They are non-porous, durable, and easy to maintain. New patterns and designs make these surfaces look similar to granite or quartz, without the higher price tag. Another major bonus is the price point — at the lower end of the spectrum, laminate countertops are a great option for people who have a smaller kitchen renovation budget, or want to focus more of their budget on other elements like cabinets or flooring.
A somewhat new trend in kitchen countertops is concrete. This modern countertop material truly sets the kitchen apart and comes in a multitude of styles, colors, and textures (no, not just gray). While these countertops are beautiful and trendy, they aren’t the most durable option. Concrete can stain from spills and requires regular sealing and waxing.
No matter what type of style and budget you have, there are kitchen countertops out there to suit your needs. Talk to your kitchen designer about some of the most popular options they’ve seen, as well as the pros and cons of each. You’re sure to find one that helps put the beloved finishing touch on your kitchen remodel.
Every home deserves a kitchen that’s beautiful, welcoming, and functional — designed for the way you live. Established by two long-time central Ohio homebuilders and craftsmen, The Creative Kitchen Co. offers customized kitchen remodeling and refacing solutions. Contact us for more information.