Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Kitchen

Are you in the market for a new countertop but don’t know where to begin?  If this is your dilemma you are not alone!!!

Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen is one of the most important decisions you will make during the renovation of your kitchen. First there is the esthetic aspect, you want a countertop that looks amazing and suits the look and feel of your kitchen. Second you want durability and a product that will stand up to everyday life without having to worry about spills and stains. Third you want little or no maintenance, something that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep.

Here are my “Fav Five” countertop options:

VINTAGE MARBLE

My absolute favorite option! It is so incredibly beautiful!!! Vintage marble goes through a process to give it a beautiful aged feel and pairs amazingly well with bistro style kitchens. The process that it goes through makes vintage marble more forgiving then polished or honed marble due in part to the fact that it already has a lived in feel. This option is for the homeowner that loves the look of marble but at the same time wants more character and interest.

HONED GRANITE

This option is best when done in a darker colour. This is due to it’s honed finish it will naturally stain easier than the traditional polished finish therefore with a darker colour you will see less staining. The overall feel of honed granite is warm, soft and inviting! It is a beautiful look for those seeking something a little softer in feel than traditional polished granite.

SOAPSTON

ESoapstone is a very unique and beautiful look. One characteristic of soapstone is that you can buff out any scratches that may occur. As with marble and granite each slab of soapstone is unique onto itself. Soapstone is amazing when paired with warm wood toned cabinetry and can as well be a beautiful choice when combined with white cabinets for a clean look with a strong contrast.

QUARTZ

Quartz is a very popular option in the world of design today. It is loved for it’s durability and contemporary look and feel. There are many new styles and colours available, with new ones being introduced constantly. Even though Quartz is thought to be consistent from slab to slab unlike marble and granite it is still best practice to choose your slab. This is mostly important when choosing a quartz that has quite a bit of pattern. Quartz is a beautiful choice for any application.

CONCRETE

Concrete countertops are smooth and seamless. They have an overall industrial look and are a beautiful addition to a contemporary kitchen. You can add colour to your concrete countertop but in most applications the natural warm grey colour is chosen to achieve the look of true concrete. As well patterns and additional details can be carved into the concrete to give you a look you can achieve only with concrete.

There are so many beautiful options to choose from when deciding on the countertop for your kitchen.

Step One -Decide what look and feel will suit you and your kitchen (pull pictures from magazines and go online for inspiration to see what overall look you are drawn to).

Step Two- Look into the durability and maintenance of the countertops you are considering.

Step Three-Sign out samples of your favorite options and make your decision!

Step Four – Get cooking!!!