Kitchen counters have come a long way in the past few years. Not only are we seeing new materials such as quartz, quartzite and even paper, but also old materials being used in new ways. For example, the Butcher Block has made a comeback. This isn’t your mother’s butcherblock! Trends in kitchen design now show countertops as being a focal point, and kitchen designers are having fun with it. Designs with varying shapes, heights, and joining different materials such as wood and marble have become the trend. Dual-level islands are not only a nice way to break things up visually but create new functions as well. Why shouldn’t a countertop take center stage?
The style of the kitchen will typically lend itself to the different ways of showcasing the kitchen counters. Contemporary and modern kitchens are regularly seen using a consistent material throughout along with a waterfall edge where the countertop falls over the run of cabinetry at the end creating a waterfall effect . Quartz and quartzite countertops are becoming increasingly popular and offer a unique appeal to a contemporary design.
Traditional and transitional kitchen designs offer more opportunities in the use of materials and varying levels. Differing the shapes, levels and materials within the design can be used to showcase an eating, serving or particular area’s functionality. It also can offer the homeowner added performance in the space, for example, the warmth of butcherblock at a raised bar or the functionality of marble slab for baking space.
With the wide range of countertops materials now being offered, and that continue to expand, the more clever the designs will be. So, no matter what your style, consider letting your kitchen counters be the star.