If you’re updating a kitchen or choosing finishes for a new one, there are lots of exciting countertop options available. Gone are the days when the all-white kitchen with carrara marble was the only stylish look to have; now there is a range of colours, materials, finishes, and looks to choose from. Make the space completely your own with any of the following kitchen countertop trends.
The move towards eco-friendly composite materials has reached the kitchen, and for good reason. The countertop is often the focal point of the space and represents a substantial investment. Composites are typically made up of 75 percent recycled glass and white cement, and the glass itself comes in a range of colours. The material is durable and free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For those who care about reducing their carbon footprint, it’s a choice you can feel good about.
While white countertops will always be in style, the ones made of marble can be difficult to maintain. On the other hand, engineered stone, such as quartz, is much easier to live with. Not only is quartz less expensive, it’s less likely to stain, yet it looks very much like natural stone. This is great news if you like to drink red wine, and if you cook quite a bit and really use your kitchen. The material is non-porous, almost indestructible, and won’t retain bacteria. It also comes in a variety of colours, patterns, and finishes.
Veining And Patterns
If solids aren’t your thing, embrace one of the latest kitchen countertop trends. While veining has grown in popularity in recent years, patterns are making a return to the kitchen. The look has more character and is distinctive; even when the material is man-made, the veining is highly realistic. The look is a little bit more creative and free-flowing, and adds dimension.
Honed, Textured, And Leathered Surfaces
Another recent kitchen countertop trend features surfaces that are decidedly less polished. Honed, textured, and leathered surfaces are becoming more mainstream, with the matte look taking the place of polished counters. Visually interesting and more tactile, these surfaces can be applied to a range of different materials, including quartz, marble, and granite. Polished may still be the most popular finish, but textured surfaces can look very modern. A honed version is matte with a low sheen and smooth surface, and looks particularly good on marble. Because it doesn’t shine, it’s harder to see any scratch marks or flaws.
Matching Countertop And Backsplash
A seamless look is the name of the game and no trend proves this better than the matching countertop and backsplash combination. Modern and elegant, it also saves money because you use the same material as your countertop and simply extend it up the wall. Another big trend is having some open shelves added in to break up the long run of cabinetry.
We hope you found some inspiration in this collection of the latest kitchen countertop trends. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more great home decor tips.