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Kitchen and Bathroom Countertop Trends

Kitchen and Bathroom Countertop Trends

An abundance of options may be the most significant trend when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertops. While this means that homeowners have more aesthetic choices now than ever before, functional considerations are still important too. Selecting a material that as durable and easy to maintain as it is attractive ensures that the countertop will be pleasing over the long term. No material delivers functionality and beauty like stone.

A Preference for Stone

Stone remains the benchmark for durability and style. Almost three times stronger than cement, granite is the most durable choice. The widespread popularity of granite over the last decade, however, appears to be waning. Increasingly, homeowners are opting for a stone that gives their home a unique, distinctive look, such as soapstone, limestone or marble.

While marble requires a bit more maintenance than denser stones like granite and slate, marble has a classic, timeless look that is hugely appealing. The newest trend in stone countertops is quartz. This fabricated stone is made from a mix of 95 percent natural stone and 5 percent polymer resin. The result is a material that has the look and feel of stone but is harder and easier to maintain.

Marble Slab Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gray Marble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thick Granite Slab

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through Thick and Thin

Until recently, the standard thickness for countertops was 3/4-inch thick to 1 1/2-inch thick. New materials and new manufacturing processes are offering more options. Some homeowners prefer the heft and look of thicker countertops, choosing thicknesses up to 2 1/4 inches. Others feel that thin counters are best, especially for smaller kitchens and bathrooms.

Finishing Touches

A polished finish is easier to maintain but can darken the look of the stone. Honed finishes have a softer, matte look that is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners. Satin finishes fall between polished and honed.

2″ Thick Quartz Kitchen Countertop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Modern Kitchen Designs Use Metal Countertops

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  • Tim
    March 7, 2017, 6:06 pm REPLY

    What is the name of the 2" thick quartz countertop?

  • Tyler Johnson
    September 19, 2019, 5:38 pm REPLY

    That’s good to know that the most durable option would be granite. I feel like that it would be good to make it last as long as possible. I’ll have to look into some granite countertops if I decide to renovate my kitchen.

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