Published at Friday, August 25th 2017. by Carina Lefevre in Countertops.
Pair light cabinetry with dark countertops or flattering earth tones with copper fixtures. Although laminate offers the widest variety of colors and cost-efficiency, stone surfaces are preferred for their durability and style. A chief concern when choosing countertop materials is staying power against spills, chopping and staining. Not only is stone nearly indestructible, but its style is also timeless. For top-of-the-line stone options, consider granite, limestone and marble; outfitting a smaller space makes them easier to afford.
Granite is a very hard stone and 100 percent natural. It’s mined from quarries all around the world, cut down to a manageable size, and then polished to a fine finish. Quartz is slightly different in that it is not 100 percent natural. Instead, countertops are manufactured using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins.
Granite countertops can increase the value of your home as it's one of the most expensive options. It's a naturally quarried product so every piece is one of a kind. Granite is really durable so it won't burn, scratch or stain, however, the size of the pieces is limited so there may be seams. Granite is also a porous surface, which means it can absorb water and oils, so it should be sealed every year.
To withstand the high traffic and to seamlessly blend with the kitchen's existing features, consider countertop dimensions, surface color and style, as well as customization. Whether your small kitchen is a narrow galley-style or an eat-in kitchen, reconfiguring the countertop layout can maximize efficiency and style.
Today's kitchen countertops come in many materials, colors and styles, so how do you choose what's right for you? Here's what to consider when buying kitchen countertops including function, what looks good in your room and budget.
If words like "durable," "long lasting" and "easy-to-clean" sound like music to your ears, then a solid-surface countertop is the kitchen surface for you. Available in a number of styles, solid-surface countertops are made to look like their more costly brothers, such as granite and marble. Typically made from acrylic and polyester materials—which are essentially plastics—solid-surface countertops are non-porous, making them resistant to harmful bacteria.