There was a time when kitchen design was not even a consideration. But that was a long time ago. Today, many kitchens are integrated with living space and are apt to be more gathering spot than serious work center. Even in homes where the kitchen occupies a room of its own, it is used for many different functions — from homework station to home office, from early morning grill to late-evening conference room.
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, pay attention to the materials and the palette in order to create a winning design.
Arguably, kitchen counters are the most used — and the most abused — element in the room. You’ll want a material and a color that will live up to whatever you throw its way. That means smooth, durable, attractive, easy to clean, heat and stain resistant, scratch and dent-proof, and able to stand up to cooking as well as crafts projects and children’s “science experiments.”
Granite is a great choice, available in slabs sized for even the largest of islands. Marble, because it is softer, is less suitable for kitchen use, but traditional white and grey Carrara is perennially popular. Natural stone must be sealed, but newer manufactured look-alikes are a great choice. Quartz counters are unsurpassed for durability and comparable to natural stone in cost. Many brands are on the market with literally hundreds of style and colors to choose from.
Wood counters are back in favor, from traditional butcher block to newer examples made from recycled scraps or exotic species. Yes, they can stand up to kitchen use! Stainless steel, copper and zinc are trendy choices, especially for islands, or in pro-style kitchens. Don’t forget the backsplash: Match or contrast and make it special.
Tile is still a popular choice for kitchen countertops, but designers prefer larger squares with fewer grout lines. New laminates are cost-effective, easy-care, and easy to work with. The material can be customized in unique ways. Finally, there are options like poured concrete, counters with integral sinks and drain boards, and counters of recycled materials including glass and cardboard.
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