Say goodbye to granite counters
May 14 2018
Today's top home designers are mixing materials, finishes and styles like never before -- and high-end countertops are the new benchmark in luxury design. Gone are the days of granite as the pinnacle of countertop design. These are the materials you'll want to set your sights on:
Quartz. Quartz countertops are one of 2018's top kitchen trends. Available in dozens of tones and colors and resistant to stains, scratches and spills, it's one of the most versatile materials on the market. It's also incredibly durable, so it will last you for the long haul -- making your investment worth it.
Stainless steel. Sleek, shiny and easy to clean, there are few materials as stunning as stainless steel. It's also a very hygienic choice, cutting down on bacteria build-up, mold and mildew.
Concrete. Perfect for spaces with that minimalist, high-rise feel, concrete offers both a modern and industrial edge to a room. It goes great with just about any palette, from bright and colorful to muted and neutral.
Butcher block. Both practical and statement-making, butcher block countertops are perfect for the home chef who enjoys lots of prep space. You can cut, chop and knead right on the counter. Dark woods like cherry, walnut or hickory add rustic charm to mountain homes while lighter-toned woods like beech and ash lend an organic feel that suits waterfront homes.
There's no doubt your counters play an essential role in your home's aesthetic. Whether entertaining a crowd or hosting an intimate dinner party, the kitchen counter is often where lively conversations begin. It should be eye-catching and inviting for you and your guests. Private and guest bath counters need to optimize space while offering a luxurious feel. No matter your style, you can enhance your next bath or kitchen remodel with these luxe materials.