Published at Sunday, 29 October 2017 by Pomeroy Morel in Countertops, with total 48 photos.
Tile offers the widest range of style options. You can go with an ornately patterned style, or a stone look, or just about anything in-between. It's frequently affordable, and it's the easiest do-it-yourself surfacing material of the bunch. But if you live in a cold climate, the freeze-thaw cycle puts the grout and tiles at great risk of cracking.
Glass is another countertop surface that allows the opportunity to get creative, whether it's through LED illumination, or through a custom color palette (think the beach or Rothko).
"We're seeing a new trend in natural stone countertops that combines different textures," says kitchen designer Lindsay Davis, of Naples, Fla. To get this exciting look, designers use stone with two different finishes, one sandblasted to a matte finish, the other polished to a smooth gloss. Lindsay says that a typical application might be to use one finish for an island or raised snack bar area and the other for the rest of the kitchen countertops.