The kitchen is the most popular gathering spot in the home. While there are task-related practical considerations in terms of design, the truth is, this social hub has to be stylish and comfortable. To that end, here are the latest trends in counter surfaces.
Quartz Composite – This nonporous, nonabsorbant surface material is 93 percent natural quartz, the remainder is made up of resin fillers. It is resistant to mold and mildew, scratches, stains, cracks, heat and most household chemicals.
Solid Surfaces – This option is durable, available in many colors and patterns, moldable and relatively easy to maintain. They are sometimes available with built-in antibacterial protection.
Engineered Wood – It looks like real wood, is available in a broad range of finishes, is relatively easy to install and easy to maintain.
Stone – Easy to maintain, durable and goes with any style. Stone is available as tiles or slabs.
Concrete – It’s versatile, can be tinted, textured and formed into interesting shapes.
Ceramic Tile – This is a classic choice that is available in lots of colors and patterns. Tile is relatively easy to install, available at many price points and is easy to maintain. Tile can also be used for floors and backsplashes.
Paints – They are easy to clean and some new types bond to all sorts of surface, including plastic laminate.
Mixing Materials – Combining cool metal and stone with warm wood adds depth to a design.
Metal - This is a trend that is here for the long term and includes stainless steel and copper. Metal surfaces go with any decorating style and some finishes are fingerprint resistant.
Glass – Look for this luminous material on cooktops, appliance front, cabinet doors, tile and countertops.
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