Thinking about changing things around in the kitchen?
If you have been following the home design trends this year you will have noticed that almost every kitchen has started to look alike. With marble adorning every countertop, however small or grand it may be, this trend is making our kitchens a little less exciting. Also, some design trend experts have suggested that 2017 will see a fall in popularity in the use of Carrara marble at home. So if you are planning to give your kitchen a new look, these nine materials might sound interesting to you and help keep your kitchen renovation looking fresher for longer.
Concrete has been one of the most popular materials this year. From flooring, to micro cement covered walls and home decor accessories, it has been everywhere. I personally love this trend. It’s refreshing to see a material so raw and rugged making its way into our homes in so many forms. So if you are on board with this cement trend, try it out in your kitchen!
This easily available material is quite versatile. You can cast it in any shape, tint it in a color of your choice and even add some designs on top to make things more interesting. But make sure that your cement countertops are properly sealed for protection against stains and damage due to heat or water.
Tiles were a popular choice for kitchen countertops before marble and other modern day materials made their way in. They are now making their way back into our kitchen as they are cheap, easy to maintain, and offer endless choices. Tiles are available in so many interesting shapes, sizes, and colors, which you can even custom design for your kitchen.
I love the throwback feel of the tiled kitchen countertops, and it is one of the best ways to add more color to your kitchen. Tiles in general are also heat and stain resistant, and if one tile accidentally chips, you can replace it. Make sure all the tiles are leveled well to ensure a smooth surface.
3. Recycled Glass
Recycled glass countertops are pieces of glass held together with a binder, like cement. They come in a variety of colors and can even be custom designed for your home. These gorgeous countertops add a coastal feel to the home. Their unique texture adds a creative edginess to the kitchen. Also, if you are inclined towards an eco-friendly lifestyle, you might want to explore this option.
The recycled glass countertops are also durable and strong. When installed correctly, they never chip or crack. They are also heat and stain resistant, and easy to maintain.
4. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel countertops have been used in commercial kitchens for a long time, and there is a reason for that. This almost indestructible material is easy to clean while being heat and bacteria resistant. Also, you are guaranteed a tailored look with a stainless steel countertop, as they need to be custom made for every kitchen.
I love the industrial chic look that it creates, and the reflective surface adds more brightness to the kitchen. It also works beautifully in contrast with other materials like wood or tiles. The only drawback is that it’s easy to dent stainless steel, so you will have to be a little more careful to make it stay perfectly smooth.
Want to add an extra dash of luxe to your work bench? Check out these gorgeous copper countertops that look posh, while adding a slightly traditional look to your kitchen. Just like stainless steel, copper countertops are durable, resistant to heat, stains, and bacteria, and are customizable for every kitchen. We have seen a rise in popularity of brass and gold colored hardware in the kitchen, but copper adds a more authentic touch to the decor with its strength, and rich warmth. Copper also beautifully complements other colors and materials that are commonly used in the kitchen.
6. Butcher’s Block
A wooden countertop instantly adds a warm and welcoming look to the kitchen. Depending on the type of wood and finish, you can create a range of looks from country style to contemporary modern. The classic appeal of a butcher’s block is a timeless addition to the kitchen. Even though it is easy to scratch, you can sand the top to even out the surface, or just let the scars add more personality to your kitchen as they age.
Just make sure your countertop is sealed well to make it water, heat, and moisture resistant. It might take a little extra maintenance over the years to keep it lasting longer but there are plenty of tricks, tips and DIYs out there to help keep your butcher’s block in perfect condition.
Laminate has been a popular choice in kitchens for a very long time. It is an affordable material, which is durable and easy to maintain as well. With constant improvements in quality and the available design range, popularity of laminate is on the rise. There are so many designs available that look exactly like a marble slab, so if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to marble, you should definitely try laminate.
While there aren’t so many downsides to using a laminate countertop, it is advisable to be slightly more cautious of using sharp objects and hot pans directly on laminate as they can cause some damage to the countertop finish.
With the beauty of natural stone and the durability of a solid surface, quartz is an attractive choice for your kitchen countertop. Since it is an engineered product, the design and color choices are endless. It is also easy to maintain as it does not need to be sealed for protection against scratches, stains, and heat. Super easy to clean, quartz will not chip unless exposed to direct sunlight for an extended amount of time. The only drawback is that it is an expensive material, so if you are trying to cut back costs, quartz might not be the right choice.
Soapstone is a natural material that adds a nice rustic touch to the kitchen. It is a lighter material than marble or granite, and also more humble in its appearances. It looks like a matte surface, working well in both a simple country kitchen setting or a more elaborate or posh kitchen. Soapstone is durable and an environmentally friendly choice. It is also a cost-effective option.
The only downside is that since it a natural material there are not many colors on offer, and it needs to be polished regularly with oil to keep it in perfect condition.
With so many stunning choices available, you don’t need to settle for marble anymore! So which countertop material do you think you’ll be using in your kitchen redesign?