Kitchen countertops are the feature of any kitchen, but there are a lot of things to consider beyond their aesthetic. Here are a few tips for choosing a kitchen countertop that is right for you.
Don’t Choose A Countertop Solely On Appearance
While the countertop’s appearance should certainly be among your considerations, you also need to consider the durability of the material, how easy it is to maintain and, of course, its cost. For example, if you have children and are perpetually in the kitchen, you might want to avoid going with a white granite countertop, which won’t be able to hide those peanut butter smudges.
If You Want A Low-Maintenance Countertop
Solid surface countertops are one of the most low-maintenance countertops on the market. Not only are they stain-resistant, but you also don’t have to worry about scratches because they can easily be buffed out. However, beware of hot pots.
If Affordability Is Key
If your priority is affordability, a laminate countertop is the one to choose. While you can expect some scratches, laminate has definitely come a long way in recent years in terms of reducing the overall number of scuffs. Just like with solid surface countertops, beware of hot pots.
If You Want A More Durable Alternative To Natural Stone
Engineered stone is a newer alternative on the market, ideal for those who prefer the look of natural stone but also need a countertop that is durable and easy to maintain. If this sounds like you, consider engineered stone that is mainly comprised of quartz. An added benefit of this type of countertop is that it is stain-resistant.
In terms of trendy countertops, if you prefer an industrial-looking kitchen, concrete is also having a moment. However, this type of countertop requires much more maintenance than others.
If You Want A Warm Kitchen
Both wood and butcher block make for a very warm kitchen. They also have the added benefits of being not only easy to clean, but easy to remove scratches from. You do have to be careful of water, which means that oiling these countertops on a regular basis is crucial.
Don’t Be Afraid To Mix And Match!
This is a great way to be able to have the best of both worlds. You could also consider having different materials depending on the type of task at hand; for example, the butcher block part of your countertop could be dedicated to chopping.
If you are looking for more ideas on how to choose the perfect kitchen countertop, consider contacting an interior designer. BedfordBrooks Design Inc.’s work has been featured in Canadian Home Trends and Chatelane. Contact us today for more.