Kitchen countertops have come a long way since the formica and laminates of the 70′s. Whether you are remodeling your whole kitchen or simply updating the look, you have an amazing array of choices that were unavailable as recently as a few years ago. Whether you prefer woods, natural stones or stainless steel, each countertop category has choices to make your kitchen remodeling project look amazing. The ultimate look you reach will be based upon your desired styles, and textures you choose.
Current Countertop Trends
In the last several years many new homes and kitchen remodeling projects have moved away from the highly polished granites and marbles in favor of softer matte finishes. These softer finishes are often seen on stones that are solid or veined rather than granular. These stones tend to pair well with most woods and create a soft almost leisurely feel to the kitchen.
Soapstones and Marbles
Soapstones and marbles are often a good choice for kitchen countertops. Both marble and soapstone are durable and beautiful. Soapstone will hold a patina or leathery feel while marble does better in a polished format. Both soapstone and marbles have beautiful veins of various colors to accent countertop remodeling in truly unique ways.
Stainless steel countertops are durable and easy to maintain. These countertops are easy to disinfect and create a modern look. Most kitchen remodeling projects that install stainless steel choose a patina finish or similar to keep from scratching the surface. This keeps your kitchen looking great longer!
Also making a comeback are the butcherblock countertops of our youth. Though the countertops of our youth were largely made of maple, you can now get these beautiful countertops in a variety of specialty woods. Woods such as mahogany and teak are durable and beautiful in both modern and traditional formats.
Upgrading kitchen countertops can be a fun and easy way to freshen the look of your kitchen. In the past few years many kitchen countertop materials have become available. Whether you are looking at a butcherblock style with mahogany or teak or a more modern feel with soapstones, granites or marble a vast array of choices await! Let your imagination take your kitchen to the next level!