Stylish and Modern Kitchen Countertop Ideas
The right kitchen countertop is important thing for your kitchen. Below are stylish and modern countertop ideas from Farima Alavi. There are many materials that can be chosen and each of them has its own characteristics. You can choose from Stainless steel for hygienic countertop, glass countertop for clean appearance, concrete countertop for energy efficient, wood countertop for a luxurious look, or others. Check out the basics of these countertop materials to help you select the right one for your space.
Stainless Steel Countertops
Stainless steel lends a modern look to this stylish kitchen designed by Andreea Avram Rusu. Stainless steel coordinates with any color and is one of the easiest countertop materials to clean — just wipe it with a cloth and mild soap. The most appealing characteristic of this material is its ability to prevent bacteria buildup, making it the most hygienic countertop available.
Aside from its sleek, clean appearance, glass countertops have many benefits. Glass can be cut into any shape and texture and can be stained in any color. Even though it’s a pricier option, it’s becoming increasingly more popular because of its modern look. It’s easy to keep clean and its non-porous surface makes it stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available. To make it more durable, choose glass that’s at least 1 inch thick and tempered. Danenberg Design continued the sleek look in this modern Italian kitchen with lacquered kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
This thick concrete countertop is the focal point in this modern kitchen designed by Rebekah Zaveloff. Concrete countertops are highly customizable — you can choose any stain color and texture. Concrete mixes well with many different materials, such as glass, tile and marble to create a one-of-a-kind look. Aside from its eye-pleasing appearance, it is energy efficient — when the temperature in your home rises, concrete captures the heat and releases it when the temperature cools down.
o get a rich, warm look in your kitchen, opt for thick wood countertops. Wood countertops can be both functional and decorative. Functional ones are ideal for chopping food, and most decorative ones are installed on kitchen islands for a luxurious look. Once sealed, wood countertops are sanitary for chopping meat, and you don’t have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface because it’s heat-resistant. Designer David Seidel installed an entire wood countertop in this inviting kitchen, but many homeowners install only a small section to save money. Design by David Seidel
This travertine countertop lends a classic Old World look to this neutral-colored kitchen designed by Lisa Stanley. If you don’t fill and seal its pitted surface, it can trap food and bacteria and absorb liquids, which makes it more high maintenance than other surfaces. Despite its high maintenance, this material is one of the most aesthetically pleasing choices and brings a warm, inviting feel to any kitchen design style.
Recycled countertops, made to last a long time, come in a variety of recycled materials, including concrete, glass, paper, composite and recycled plastic. Designer Lori Dennis carried the recycled countertop material through to the backsplash for a continuous look. To complete the eco-friendly kitchen, she chose bamboo cabinets and flooring.
One of the most popular types of countertop choices today is granite. One option when going with a granite countertop is honed granite, which gives a nice matte finish instead of the traditional polished look. Its resistance to scratching, chipping, cracking or breaking makes it one of the most durable stone countertops. Granite is a great choice if you want to upgrade a kitchen, and it coordinates with most design styles so you don’t have to change it with every kitchen remodel. Design by Linda Maglia
Carrara Marble Countertops
The gray-toned veining in Carrara marble isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but also helps disguise wear and tear and hide stains. It has the look of elegant, pricey marble yet is one of the least expensive marbles available. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff chose Carrara marble to seamlessly blend with the white subway-tile backsplash and white cabinets for an integrated look.
Tile countertops are a great choice if you want an inexpensive material that’s easy to maintain. It’s simple to coordinate with or mix and match with different design styles. Designer Christopher J. Grubb incorporated the countertop tiles in the backsplash and archway edging to continue the bold, colorful look.
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Quartz is one of the hardest substances on earth and is practically maintenance-free. It doesn’t need to be sealed like many other stone countertops and is extremely durable. Designer Andreas Charalambous chose white quartz to create a stark contrast against the bold red walls in this contemporary kitchen.