If you are designing a brand new kitchen or giving yours a much-needed makeover, chances are you are looking at getting some beautiful countertops. Since the kitchen often ends up being the heart and soul of the home- the heart is where the food is, right? You certainly don’t want to skimp out on your kitchen countertops.
It can be easy to get sucked in to the idea of an inexpensive material to save money or time, but at the end of the day you want your kitchen countertops to be both beautiful and durable, so they will last for years to come and bring you joy every time you step into your kitchen.
Before you even consider the type of countertop you want in your kitchen, think about your lifestyle. Are you constantly spending time in the kitchen preparing, chopping, cooking, and cleaning? You might want to avoid laminate and wood countertops.
Those may be some of the less expensive options, but they can be easily damaged in a high-use kitchen. Do you have kids who love to help you make lunches or cookies and have a grand ole time smearing their creations around on the countertop? Maybe you should avoid white marble or light colored tile counters.
Concrete countertops are gaining popularity due to their entirely customizable appeal, but they require constant maintenance with waxes and pastes to keep them sealed and long-lasting.
The top choices in kitchen countertops, therefore, would be granite or engineered solid quartz. Granite is almost always a fan favorite, the natural coloring of the stone has graced the countertops of homes around the world for years.
Granite can be found in nearly any color combination imaginable, and can be finished one of two ways- with a high shine or a soft matte hone. The price can range from very affordable, for locally sourced granite in common colors, or can skyrocket for unique color combinations that need to be shipped from across the world.
Though the stone has been in power over our kitchen counters for many years now, it has not begun to truly lose its appeal.
However, the new player on the kitchen counters scene is engineered quartz. According to HGTV, these quality kitchen countertops are “stain, acid, scratch, heat, and impact resistant.
“They also don’t require annual maintenance like granite and other natural stone countertops. They are practically bulletproof. They are rising in popularity now to meet that of granite countertops, and we can see why! The material is engineered to be non-porous, so you won’t need to worry about that spilled glass of wine ruining your perfectly white countertops.
However, you needn’t have only plain white counters- composite quartz comes in a huge variety of colors, from bright lemon yellow to a natural stone look. This might allow you to have the kitchen of your dreams without sacrificing quality or style.
You can have all the toughness of granite with the modern, sleek edge of a laminate or concrete countertop. This might just be the perfect solution to your new kitchen.