There’s no doubt about it. Kitchen countertops must withstand a lot of use and some occasional abuse. There aren’t a lot of materials that can do that day after day and year after year without showing it.
The good news is that kitchen counters are more durable — and more beautiful — than they have ever been before. Even cost-effective textured laminate now gives modern homeowners years and years of hard use. It’s not your “grandma’s counter,” and is now available in trendy colors and patterns that can be custom fabricated with distinctive edge treatments. It’s a good choice!
But if you’re planning a kitchen renovation, why not consider all your choices?
Between the extremes of “big bucks” and low-budget, there are numerous options. Here’s an overview of what’s out there:
Long a go-to choice for kitchens especially out west, ceramic and porcelain tiles are still used in kitchens, although their popularity has diminished somewhat due to upkeep concerns, particularly grout lines. New stain and mold resistant grouts like Tec Power Grout add to tile’s functionality. If you choose tile of any kind, consider large squares, or even durable floor tiles. Don’t forget to consider attractive tile in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials asa for your countertop backsplashes. Options range from tiny mosaics to oversized embossed ceiling panels. Sleek modern to hand painted traditional designs offer distinctive touches to add to the beauty of your new counters.
From butcher block to marine grade teak strips, wood has made a resurgence in modern or traditional kitchens. Less often used as just a cutting surface , wood lends a sense of warmth and tradition, and can be an elegant choice even in a hardworking space.
At The Kitchen Master, we’ve helped hundreds of clients create custom kitchens to make their homes more attractive, functional and inviting. Consider some of the following ideas as you plan your renovation to create the kitchen you’ve always imagined. 1. Practical and stylish cabinetry can enhance any kitchen. Kitchens with… Read moreView latest blog posts