There's More to Choosing a Countertop Than Color

There's More to Choosing a Countertop Than Color

June 23, 2018

While color is an important element of kitchen design, there is far more to consider when it comes to selecting a new countertop. Here are a few other things to think about when shopping around before a remodel…

Once upon a time, homeowners shopping for countertops for their luxury kitchen remodel went straight to granite. Granite may have been the  go-to option then, but today there are more available choices in countertop materials than ever before. In fact, manmade materials like ColorQuartz are now taking over the top spot when it comes to most in-demand surface. And designers and homeowners alike have branched out, recognizing the beauty in materials such as marble, quartize, soapstone, slate, and more. Granite is no longer a “required element” in the kitchen, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. However, all that being said, granite is still one of the most durable countertop options on the market today and also comes in a huge array of colors and patterns. 

While there are abundant choices, not all materials are created equally. Be sure that the material you select will deliver the performance you require. How likely is the material to scratch or etch? Is it resistant to changes in temperature? Is it porous and will it require lots of maintenance? Is it prone to etching? These are all important factors you should look into before making a final choice. 

 Bianco Lavinia Marble in a brushed finish. 

Texture is an important element in today’s interiors. One way that the countertop helps convey texture is by the finish that you choose. Glossy finishes were the norm for the past few decades, but certain colors can be unforgiving. Polished surfaces reflect light and offer an elegant and sophisticated look. Matte finishes (Honed = smooth and matte, Brushed = textured and matte), on the other hand, tend to conceal fingerprints and smudges except on darker materials. Plus, matte finishes beg to be touched, leading to a warmer, more welcoming feel in the kitchen.

 Neolith in Estatuario very closely resembles authentic marble in a near “bullet-proof” material. 

The pattern and veining that you see inside any given slab is referred to as its “movement.” Natural stone slabs will have a variety of striations and patterns and no two slabs are ever the same. Manmade materials like ColorQuartz  and Neolith, on the other hand, have more of a repeating pattern. Some engineered surface manufacturers attempt to mimic movements found in nature, and some are quite good at it. But be sure to consider movement as you look around for your perfect countertop. Also, be sure that you’re highly involved in the templating process so that you see exactly how your slab is being cut and laid out. Be sure that the fabricator is highlighting the most desirable patterns in the movement. 

If you have further questions about movement, texture/finishes, performance, or materials in general, get in touch. Call us at 877-39-STONE or feel free to visit one of our three northeastern locations. We’re happy to show you examples and help guide you in the direction of your dream kitchen. 



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