Countertops come in an exciting range of options. Beyond the sheer variety of colors and finishes, today there are more materials than ever to choose from, running
the gamut from engineered to recycled materials.
Think about: Esthetics
First decide the look you want to achieve: neutral or statement? Then explore surface types, which include stone, stainless steel, concrete, lavastone, tile, “green”
materials like bamboo or recycled glass. Most of these come in a variety of colors and finishes. Engineered stone, another “green” option, is more durable and less porous
than natural stone so it doesn’t stain as easily. It also comes in many color options.
Think about: Durability
Natural stone—granite, marble, slate—holds up well over time; you can cut food and place hot pots on it without worrying about damage. It’s also beautiful. However,
it’s one of the more costly materials.
Think about: Finishing touches
While many countertops are square-edged, consider rounded or beveled, decorative edges. Also consider mixing and matching: placing a wood inset for chopping, or
using a different surface on the island.