While countertop trends rise and fall in popularity, several countertop options continue to stand the test of time and remain strong style choices for 2020 and beyond. Since your kitchen is a focal point, as well as a part of the heart of your home, your countertop is an important feature which will be used extensively by family and friends. Here are the kitchen countertops on trend for 2020 and well into the future.
Stainless steel is the most well-known of the metal countertops, with copper and zinc continually growing in popularity. This trio offers many benefits including the fact that they can’t be burned, are waterproof and resistant to staining, offer a seamless finish and are, well, nearly indestructible. Stainless is an ideal choice for sleek modern or industrial kitchens, zinc is perfect for Victorian and mid-century modern spaces, and copper is a great option for any kitchen décor.
Always a great choice, granite is distinct in its natural beauty as well as its ability to complement nearly any style kitchen. A natural stone, granite is resistant to heat, chips, and cracks, durable, and even stain resistant when annual sealer is applied as recommended. Each piece of granite is unique, making it a veritable piece of art for your kitchen, even more so if you choose to use it as a backsplash as well. Dark natural stone finishes are gaining attention, even in small spaces. These dark natural stone countertops pair well with cabinetry that is light, dark, or natural wood for a uniquely chic look.
Quartz remains a popular choice for countertops and shows no signs of loosing ground as a trending option. Quartz combines the beauty of nature with the ingenuity of mankind to deliver a strong countertop made of crushed quartz and resin. It is more durable and stronger than natural stone, resistant to stains, bacteria, cracks, chips, and cuts. Quartz doesn’t require annual sealing and delivers a more sleek contemporary look.
Butcher Block is growing in popularity, offering a natural finish to complement other surfaces in your kitchen. Butcher block countertops can be used to cut on directly without dulling your knives like cutting on natural stone countertops. Because it is a softer surface, your kitchen will seem quieter and your dishes are less likely to break if dropped on the butcher block. While butcher block is susceptible to stains, scratches, and dings, they are easily repaired by sanding. Butcher block is also easy to clean, simply wipe with soap and water.
Recycled Glass Countertops
An eco-friendly option, recycled glass countertops are uniquely durable and beautiful. Made from recycled windshields, bottles, and traffic lights, the glass can be set in cement or acrylic. These distinct countertops won’t scratch, burn, chip, or stain. They require no sealing, but they can crack if hit with a heavy object.
Concrete countertops remain a popular option, offering a solid, durable choice for modern kitchens. While concrete can crack, those cracks can be repaired easily and go virtually unnoticed. Concrete needs to be sealed regularly or it will be susceptible to staining as a porous material.
Keep in mind when choosing your new countertops that the options you choose fits your lifestyle and your personal style. For those who cook frequently, a stainless steel countertop might be the best option, while those who entertain often might want a more sophisticated look like granite. If your embrace eclectic style, you might adore a concrete countertop, or if you want to make your home more eco-friendly, recycled glass might be perfect for you.