Find Your Perfect Match | Creative Surfaces
Home Ideas Magazine - August 2017
Your kitchen countertops are an essential component when it comes to setting the tone of your space. Taking the time to research your options in countertop designs before you start shopping will ensure you’re making a sound investment in the heart of your home. There are a variety of products and styles to consider, the pros and cons of each product as well as the trends in countertop design.
The Quality of Quartz
Made of natural quartz stone and durable resins, quartz countertops are dense, non-porous, and deliver unsurpassed reliability and performance. They are scratch and stain-resistant, available in a large variety of naturally beautiful colors, and virtually maintenance-free; they do not require any sealing. Although, not all quartz countertop options are created equal. Some imported manufacturers use a higher percentage of resin to quartz ratio. Those that have the highest quartz content at 93% will ensure the highest scratch and stain-resistance on the market. Quartz countertops are an ever-increasingly popular alternative to other stone options, like granite or marble.
Countertops With Character
Creating an aesthetic focal point in your kitchen requires drawing attention to a specific item or area in the room, most commonly the island. A few common ways to achieve this is to look for materials with character, change up the thickness, or add a waterfall panel. Thankfully, technology offers creative solutions allowing materials like quartz and laminate to veer from overly flecked and uniform patterns and allow for realistic veining. Combining an extra thick countertop with regular countertop thickness creates a unique contrast and stylish twist to your kitchen. A waterfall panel is a continuation of the countertop down the side of the cabinet to the floor. It is most commonly installed on the end of an island and especially effective in an open floor plan.
Homeowners are giving new substance to laminate countertop design trends that capture the realism and inspiration of natural stone. Exotic stones are expensive and valued by the consumer. This is where high pressure laminate steps in as an alternative to natural stone. High pressure laminate has better scratch, scuff, and mar-resistance than traditional laminate and does not need to be sealed like real stone. For many homeowners, these laminates are essential for gaining the appearance of an expensive stone material without the cost. Beyond being budget friendly, they can also be easily installed by the homeowner themselves.
One of the most important parts of the kitchen’s design is the tile backsplash as it can be the focal point of your space. The backsplash is the perfect place to get playful with pattern, color, or texture. Whether you choose a vibrant color or cool neutral, a patterned backsplash will add visual interest and dimension. Another favorite trend among many is a classic 3x6 subway tile. It’s a design that will never go out of style as it is both transitional and timeless, making it a confident choice for any kitchen style.
Softening the Color Palettes
Soft, muted color palettes tend to dominate when it comes to choosing color in the kitchen setting. Alternatives to the standard white have become ashy grays, neutral greige (gray + beige), and softly tinted whites. Embracing more of a simple, clean design, present day kitchens will put more emphasis on key elements such as the range hood or island. The shift to neutral toned countertops coupled with light painted cabinetry enhances a bright and airy feel that shouts modern, classic, and timeless. Especially in a smaller space, the lighter color pallet expands the perceived notion of space broadening the actual size of the area.
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