Homeowners are seeking a bit more character in their countertops. Thankfully, technology is there to offer creative solutions. Today, countertops come in a wide variety of patterns unlike the plain styles of years past. Say goodbye to the round particulates of countertops past and hello to realistic veining.
Materials like quartz are being designed to resemble slabs of natural stone, like granite & marble. This involves creating veins in interesting patterns swirled into the countertop slabs. This added boost to your creative personality in your kitchen will wow. Want something even more realistic; then no need for a polished piece–honed and leathered finishes have the durability needed for the kitchen but have a drastically different look in the space.
These varied finishes make for an interesting matchup with other kitchen elements including the flooring, walls, cabinetry, and backsplash. It also adds a twist to your cooking, creating a nice visual background for the multitude of kitchen activities.
Since we have been experiencing a design movement using more textured and tactile surfaces, why not consider it in countertops too. Honed and leather surfaces are the most common and can be applied to many different materials, such as granite, marble, and quartz. Even though polished is still the most popular, there are advantages to these two others.
Honed finish is a matte finish with little to no shine. The overall look will vary depending on the stone type, but it should have a low sheen and a smooth surface. Honed finishes work well with marble, since it’s lack of shine conceals any flaws or scratch marks more readily.
Leathered finish is a newer style of treatment that has become more popular in recent years. It has a soft sheen, that is less glossy from a polished slab, and to the touch has a different feel. The leather finish retains the stone’s natural color giving it a more sophisticated look than honed. It also hides fingerprints and water spots remarkable well, which is very appealing to many.
These are just a few finishes to consider when choosing a countertop in 2018.
Furniture Style Cabinetry
Utilize an existing piece of furniture with a gorgeous piece of stone, granite or marble to make it kitchen friendly.
Airy and User Friendly Open Shelving
It’s practical and inexpensive as well as a space opener. Minimal wall cabinets are also in vogue. It will keep your kitchen from feeling too heavy.
Add interest to a wall, ceiling or nook or entire room with statement wall paper.
Clean Lined Traditional
Blend modern and traditional for warm but still sleek kitchens. Mixing wood, marble and metals brings it all together.
Look up! Lighting, bulkheads, embellishments, color and, yes, wallpaper for the ceiling all add that extra oomph!
Gold, Copper and Bronze enter the kitchen in full force while Silver, Chrome and Stainless remain staples. Texture is key.
The “it” color in kitchen design - you can incorporate by adding it in a countertop or cabinetry.