Discover the latest trends in countertop materials and design.
Are you shopping for new kitchen countertops? Before you make your decision, you might want to read up on the latest countertop trends.
According to Consumer Reports’ coverage of the 2015 Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas, the following materials are starting to gain traction against traditional kitchen countertop materials like granite and marble:
Quartz: This is actually an engineered stone, made from a blend of stone chips, resins, and pigments. It is very versatile, with the ability to mimic granite or marble as well as create the shimmery look of real quartz. It comes in a variety of hues from neutrals to bold colors.
Laminate: Of course, laminate is not a new material in the world of kitchen countertops. It has been an affordable staple for many years, but the latest crop of offerings is much more stylish with top designers like Jonathan Adler helping to create new textures and patterns for the modern kitchen.
Concrete: The look of concrete is coming back. For consumers who are unwilling to deal with such an easily damaged material, the respected brand Caesarstone has the answer. They have created a line of countertops that look like concrete but can resist heat, stains, and abrasion like quartz. At Mission West Kitchen & Bath we have a broad range of Caesarstone countertops in our showroom.
We’re also seeing some significant trends developing in how designers and homeowners are using countertops:
Waterfall Countertop: In a waterfall countertop, the same material used for the horizontal work surface is extended down to the floor, covering the side of the cabinetry. Waterfall countertops are most often seen on kitchen islands, but may be used on peninsulas as well.
Matching Countertop & Backsplash: Using the same material for the countertop and for a tall backsplash is also a growing trend. We are increasingly seeing large pieces of marble or granite applied where traditionally we would have seen tile.
Mix and Match Island Countertops: There is a growing trend of using butcher block material on kitchen islands and stone or laminate on the rest of the countertops. We have also seen stone in a contrasting color palette used on islands.
Laundry Room Countertops: More and more designers are recognizing that the laundry deserves to be more than an afterthought in a closet or basement. Instead of shelving and tables for storage and folding, they are adding high-quality countertops and cabinetry like you would see in a bathroom or kitchen.