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The Top 7 Trends for Kitchen Countertops

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Homeowners were immediately taken by its natural elegant appearance and tough-as-nails durability. Just take a stroll through a few model homes, check out the latest counter surfacing products at your local home improvement center, or simply turn on a home renovation television show. You’ll definitely notice a change in preference.

With that in mind, we’ll be touching on seven of the hottest countertops are alternatives available. Some you’ll recognize, others you may not. Some were born out of a desire for eco-friendly and sustainable materials. Others just look incredibly amazing. So, while it may be sad to see granite step aside, you’ll surely find yourself falling for these stylish types of countertops!

1. Marble

Marble has literally been around forever, but has recently seen a spike in popularity. Long favored by pastry chefs, its surface remains cooler than room temperature, making it perfect for working with any type of dough.

Cararra is probably the most recognizable variety with its neutral white background and gray to black veining. Marble is softer and more porous than granite--meaning it will show wear and stains over time, but many feel those imperfections give it character.

This is beautiful marble kitchen countertops.

This is beautiful marble kitchen countertops.

2. Soapstone

Soapstone is a non-porous, soft stone similar in nature to marble and granite. While not as tough as granite, it is still pretty darn durable. It won't stain and is impervious to acids like wine and citrus juice, which can cause etching in granite and marble.

Soapstone is typically dark gray to black and some varieties even features faint veining. It does not require sealing but you may want to oil it regularly to maintain its characteristic deep color and sheen.

The gorgeous soapstone of the kitchen countertop!

The gorgeous soapstone of the kitchen countertop!

3. Quartz

Quartz is white hot! It’s harder than nails and beautiful to boot. This is not a natural slab material like granite, marble or soapstone. Quartz is a composite consisting of its namesake aggregate, polymer resins, reflective bits and pigment for color. Quartz counters are stain and scratch resistant, and nonporous. No sealing is required.

Natural quartz have been mined. The  dust aggregate is fused with pressure heat resin binders for the solid slab.

Natural quartz have been mined. The dust aggregate is fused with pressure heat resin binders for the solid slab.

4. Glass Composite

This countertop material is the ultimate in recycling! Plain old scrap glass like beer, soda and wine bottles can transform an ordinary countertop into something quite extraordinary.

Crushed glass is mixed with concrete or resin to create a terrazzo-like counter surface for your kitchen or bathroom. Composites consisting of larger glass shards give the surface an almost mosaic-like appearance. You can choose standard color options or opt for a custom color combination.

The recycled crushed glass that uses composites for the kitchen countertop.

The recycled crushed glass that uses composites for the kitchen countertop.

5. Wood

Wood countertops have been around for centuries in the form of butcher blocks. But lately there’s been a shift to wood as the primary surfacing material in kitchens. Maple, teak, cherry, bamboo and wenge are among some of the most durable and beautiful. Wood not only warms up a kitchen or bath, it adds texture that is unmatched in the world of countertop materials.

Wood does require periodic oiling to prevent drying and to highlight the grain. It will stain, but can be easily sanded to remove surface blemishes. Look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) lumber to ensure you're getting a product that conformed to environmentally-conscious standards throughout the supply chain.

Quality wood for a kitchen countertop!

Quality wood for a kitchen countertop!

6. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel works in professional and commercial kitchens, so why not try it in yours? This gleaming material is heat resistant, won’t stain and holds up to years of use and abuse. Stainless is super easy to clean and will not absorb bacteria like natural stone or wood surfaces.

The drawbacks are scratches and minor dents--you can reduce the likelihood of damage by purchasing at least 16 gauge steel. Regardless, this maintenance-free metal has a timeless appeal that homeowners adore.

The stainless steel kitchen countertops  are industrial durable.

The stainless steel kitchen countertops are industrial durable.

7. Concrete

Concrete countertops are aggregates much like your concrete driveway or patio. While pigment can be added to create almost any color, natural gray remains the most popular. Concrete counter finishes range from slightly rough to smooth and polished. Eco-friendly concrete is porous and vulnerable to stains, so applying a sealer is recommended once a year.

The concrete countertops are made for the style and function in your kitchen.

The concrete countertops are made for the style and function in your kitchen.

If you’re looking to update your kitchen, you now know you’ve got seven fabulous countertop materials from which to choose. The hardest part will be deciding which one you like the best!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on December 10, 2020:

Linda Crampton, the types of countertops are definitely appealing! Glad you read the article about the design kitchen countertops!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2020:

The countertops are very attractive. It was interesting to read about their features.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on December 09, 2020:

Eman Abdallah Kamel, I'm happy you enjoyed the seven trends of the kitchen countertops!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on December 09, 2020:

Pamela, glad you liked the article! There are many types of countertops. There are some kitchen granite counters, but I enjoyed many different seven countertops!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2020:

This is a very interesting article as we are thinking of upgrading our kitchen. I was thinking of granite countertops. I didn't know anything about a couple of those countertops. Thanks, Linda.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on December 09, 2020:

Thank you for this interesting article. I liked all the ideas.