Published by Roxane Wesley, Aug 21, 2016
Countertops can be a wow factor of a kitchen, or it can break the kitchen esthetic, depends on what kind of countertops you’re choosing. It’s important to consider the function and durability of the countertops, besides how they look, feel and mesh with the overall design of the kitchen. To make a fabulous, modern kitchen, you need to choose the right material for the countertops, and it could be tricky.
Okay, we can’t define “modern” in one simple phrase. It could be an endless discussion. But there are certain materials that can give the right modern feeling and taste, and you can consider using them as your modern kitchen countertops. Here they are:
1) Quartz Countertops
As one of the most favorited materials, engineered quartz is practically maintenance free. They are resisted to stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact and, thanks to their non-porous surface, you don’t need to seal them like natural stone countertops. There is various choice of colors and patterns in the market for quartz, and it’s a good material to substitute the expensive, highly-sought natural granite.
2) Laminate Countertops
If budget is one of your biggest concerns, the laminate may be the right material for you. This budget-friendly option has been increasingly popular, thanks to the new patterns that impeccably imitating natural stones, woods, and even quartz. You can get the retro, mid-century looks using laminate countertops in bright and saturated trendy colors available.
3) Concrete Countertops
Concrete countertops never failed to create a modern look in the kitchen, thanks to the industrial-style hype in interior design realm. These concrete countertops need to be maintained regularly and can stain easily, but considering the worn look it has to offer (for those who love it), it’s worth the effort to have it in the kitchen.
4) Stainless Steel Countertops
Has long been chefs’ favorite, the good old stainless steel delivers the best in term of function, hygiene, and the modern, shiny looks it brings to the kitchen. There are super-slim worktops available for you to choose, rather than the old fashioned wrapped counters which popularity has faded just as the past decades.
5) Wood Countertops
Even for a modern kitchen, wood countertops are always in. The wood gives cozy and warm feelings, as well as aesthetical and functional benefits. The surface is perfect for food preps, as long as they properly sealed. To make it looks up to date, you can try to mix wood countertops with other surfaces like stainless steel, natural or man-made stones.
6) Glass Countertops
Glass countertops are beautiful and sleek, and available in an endless choice of shapes, textures, and colors. This is the ultimate material to create a modern-looking kitchen. The additional benefits glass has to offer are it’s easy to clean and its non-porous surface keep it from stains. Glass is one of the most hygienic countertop materials available. Make sure your countertops have at least 1 inch thick and tempered for durability.