Published at Tuesday, August 22nd 2017. by Rainier Roux in Countertops.
Many are even made with a mix of particles to make them mimic other surfaces like stone, wood and glass. Corian countertops are one example of a solid surface. The countertop is made with a nonporous acrylic polymer and made in a variety of colors and patterns, ranging from creamy white to speckled gray.
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.
Even though it's always been a popular surface material, marble seems to be having a moment as the luxury countertop of choice in kitchens. And I get it — it's a beautiful, natural material that never seems to go out of style and goes with just about everything. It's like the little black dress of stone.
Granite, Corian, concrete and stainless steel are all top choices for a kitchen that will see a lot of traffic and food preparation. All of these surfaces are durable and made from materials that are resistant to scratches and most staining. Granite and Corian countertops are available in a wide range of colors and textures.
White countertops are a popular option for homeowners looking for a clean, timeless look that's also striking and modern; white countertops also make the room appear larger than it is, so it's a great option for cozier kitchens. A fresh, eco-minded approach to adding color to the kitchen is through recycled glass. Used as decorative remnant and set in concrete, the colors are reflective and add stone-like texture and interest.
Soapstone, which was used in lab classrooms, is known for its heavy-duty durability and works well as the current trend is a honed finish (without a high gloss shine like most granite countertops). Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and may darken and/or crack over time. It's susceptible to stains without polish, you can scratch it with your fingernail (many people don't mind that) and it's comparable in price to granite.