As kitchens get smaller, the impact of the countertop gets bigger – and that means creative countertop designs are more important than ever. Designers are addressing this need with a variety of applications, including layering of materials (i.e. wood or solid surface over stone), and varying countertop heights, materials and colors to visually separate different zones.
–More color is showing up in countertops, perhaps because consumers expect to live with their countertops longer than in years past, and are unwilling to commit to a bland color for the long haul… consumers are increasingly using multiple colors in one space.
–Texture is another key trend, with a growing interest in materials that offer visual texture, depth and dimension.
–Although the economy continues to improve, consumers remain interested in countertop materials that provide value – both functionally and aesthetically. As such, there’s a growing demand for easy-care, durable surfaces that can withstand the test of time.
–While granite remains ever popular, quartz continues to make inroads thanks to its aesthetic appeal, wide array of color options and ease of maintenance. Solid surface also is garnering increased interest for its flexibility, allowing designers to incorporate trivets, drainage boards and even touch-screen TV monitors into the surface. Improved laminate technology is also making laminate a more attractive, affordable option.
The information above is from my latest issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. I agree with it, and although fully sealed granite is still the most popular choice for homeowners in countertops, the quartz brands that have the best color options and are extremely durable are Cambria and Caesarstone. Silestone has also made designers happy with some of their latest colors.
Email me if you have any questions on replacing your countertops. Okay?