4 Kitchen Countertop Materials To Make Your Kitchen Come Alive

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Your kitchen is often where you and your loved ones gather after a busy day, so it needs to be cozy and stylish. But did you know it can also make you healthier? In a report by Houzz, an online home design site, one-third of people began a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation. One of the most important kitchen elements that can benefit from a renovation is your countertop. Here are some of the best countertop materials to consider and why they're so great for your space. Also, if you're looking into the small house movement, check out these little kitchens.  



Granite
Granite countertops are the most popular kitchen counter choice, with 64 American homes containing them! There many good reasons for this. Granite is practical because it's easy to clean - all you need is hot soapy water to keep it spick and span. It’s also stain-resistant, however, using a sealant on it is a must every two years to keep it in top condition and prevent stains from seeping into it over time. Granite is sleek but also durable. You can place hot pots of food on it or even cut fruit and veg directly on the surface without worrying about damage!

Stainless Steel
Countertops made of stainless steel looks classy and timeless, while working with a variety of different decor styles. Stainless steel is resistant to heat, water and stains, while being non-porous. This makes it great for storing your kitchen appliances such as a home coffee maker, without worrying about ruining its surface. Stainless steel is especially a good choice if you have kids who like to help you cook as it's a hygienic surface that you don't have to worry about ruining with sticky hands.

Marble
It might sound high-maintenance, but marble creates an elegant and striking touch to the kitchen, while also being very heat-resistant. Marble won't show cracks or break easily, but it is quite absorbent because liquids can sneak into the microscopic spaces between the marble's crystals, so you need to be careful with spills during nights of entertaining. Using a penetrative sealer as in the case of granite is a must to prevent soaking up spills. It’s really worth it because marble always looks beautiful and classy.

Quartz
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, manufactured quartz is a leading countertop material. What makes it so great for the kitchen? It's resistant to scratches, stains and doesn't require any sealing treatments to keep it germ-resistant. Quartz has changed over the years, so that now its designs don't contain too many flecks and spots. Instead, it displays gentler designs that look like swirls of marble. This makes it versatile on the decor front, adapting to a variety of kitchen decor styles really easily.

Choosing the right kitchen countertop is one of the most important decor decisions you'll make. Ideally, your countertop should be hygienic, stylish and durable, so that it becomes an investment in your home value. Consider granite, steel, marble or quartz countertops, as these popular materials are heating up kitchens in a big way!



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11 comments

  1. We have noticed an increase of customers using Quartz material for countertops. finding them backsplashes have been fun. We had one customer who brought us a translucent quartz from Italy that was called OKITE that was very fun to design with!

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  2. I have to admit that I am a fan of synthetic countertops. I really like the retro look, which fits well in my retro-ish kitchen and home.

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  3. I have been wanting to redo my kitchen. I'm sure it will still be awhile, but this is great to learn about different types of materials that will be perfect for what I want.

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  4. I'm totally with Laurie. Someday, SOMEDAY, a kitchen reno will be in our budget, and it will be time to upgrade from the laminate we have now - this will be handy to refer back to.

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  5. We are currently saving up to be able to renovate our kitchen. We live in a historical home and back when it was built, it didn't have a kitchen. So the back porch was filled in and made into a kitchen and it is tiny lol So we plan to move our "kitchen" into the large dining room area. This information will be helpful when picking out counter tops! Thank you.

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  6. These are some great ideas. We need to get new countertops soon and I love the look of marble. I like some of the concrete counters I've seen as well.

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  7. I am moving end of year and my new home has a black and white kitchen with black granite counter top I can not wait! My dad has black granite in his kitchen and it is so easily cleaned in comparison to my wooden counter-top in my current home.

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  8. That makes sense that a kitchen makeover would make you more happy and healthy. If you love the space, then you will want to cook things in it. I don't necessarily think a kitchen has to be super expensive. However as long as you get excited to cook in it, then it's good.

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  9. This is awesome information for those that want their kitchen to come alive. Granite countertops I have always loved because of how gorgeous they look but they require a lot of upkeep. I have not heard of the Quartz countertops but they sound like the best ones to get if you are renovating. I love that you don't have to use sealer on them and they are scratch resistant. Thanks for sharing the information.

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  10. My kitchen countertops include a slab of marble and a wood chopping board built into an area of counter space. I considered quartz but the marble looked perfect in the space.

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  11. Right now, we are using a granite countertop and I love it.And I agree, it really is very easy to clean.

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