Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Pomeroy Morel in Countertops.
Wood adds a warmth and beauty to kitchens that no other material can match. So it's no surprise that more and more homeowners are opting for wood countertops over hard, cold stone. Exotic woods like teak, tigerwood and Brazilian cherry are popular choices, as is arranging the wood in an eye-catching checkerboard pattern.
Recycled glass is not only an eco-friendly option, but it can be made to look like stone countertops, using a mix of colored glass pieces. Recycled glass countertops are available in tiles, concrete and resin, depending on the material that will best suit your kitchen area. Glass countertop tiles are a good option if you are seeking a do-it-yourself option that will add a bit of flair to your current countertop.
"Quartz may not be as durable as granite," she says, "but it comes in colors not typically seen in natural stone, like lime green and electric blue." For those who may not appreciate stone's natural pigment variation, quartz offers consistent color from top to bottom and side to side.
Make a statement in the kitchen with an unexpected kitchen countertop. Try using a unique design or unconventional materials. Materials like glass, stainless steel, copper, concrete with decorative aggregates, and reclaimed or salvaged wood are great ways to add an element of surprise—and loads of character—to the kitchen.
Concrete, quartz, wood and tile are also some of the best kitchen countertops available at home and kitchen improvement stores. Ask if samples are available to purchase or borrow, and hold them next to your cabinetry to see if they will work in your kitchen space.
A kitchen countertop can establish the overall look of your kitchen design, so it is important to choose one that will best work with both your stylistic taste and the level of activity within your space. Granite, Corian, concrete and stainless steel are all top choices for a kitchen that will see a lot of traffic and food preparation. All of these surfaces are durable and made from materials that are resistant to scratches and most staining.