Seven Kitchen Countertop Ideas That Stand Out
Roberta from Centennial Colorado asks:
What partial kitchen remodel would you recommend?
Sure Roberta. If you’re looking for a fresh way to update your kitchen, you may first want to change the countertops. Here are seven kitchen countertop ideas that will inspire you.
What if just one renovation could completely transform your kitchen? Like Roberta, many people dream of changing up their kitchen. However, you must focus on renovating the right areas if you’re hoping to truly make an impression.
The countertop is one of the best ways to help your kitchen stand out. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of our favorite kitchen countertop ideas!
Why Do You Need Kitchen Countertop Ideas?
As I noted before, there are many possible things to renovate in your kitchen and the rest of the house. So why should the countertop be one of your highest priorities? The first reason is that it is a focal point of the kitchen. While features like a good refrigerator are important, guests are going to focus on the countertop before they see anything else.
Secondly, the countertop controls the entire tone of the room. Do you want to dramatically change the color of the cabinets or the refrigerator? These new changes will clash unless you have a coordinating countertop.
Finally, a new countertop offers some serious return on investment. It can increase your home’s resale value while also filling you with a ton of satisfaction.
Now that you know why a countertop renovation is so important, here are a few of Kitchen Concepts best ideas and innovations to inspire you.
1. Contrasting Marble
Marble has been a traditional (though expensive) way of renovating countertops. If you want to do something a little different, you can always go with high-contrast marble or similar natural stone choices … ask us. This refers to marble with patterns in it. One of the most common patterns fills the surface with what looks like inky veins.
One reason this works so well is that it is surprising and eye-catching. While most people favor natural materials and colors, this approach favors a contrasting look that helps the countertop stand out.
Furthermore, the high contrast helps other elements of your kitchen stand out. And it gives the entire space the smooth aesthetic of a 21st-century home.
2. Wood Edge
Want something a little more natural than high contrast marble? In that case, you may want to consider a raw wood edge countertop. This helps to give the kitchen a more rustic flavor. In fact, a good wood edge countertop can make your kitchen feel like an intimate cabin in the woods.
Rather than contrasting with your existing kitchen, the earth tones of a wooden countertop help it to blend into your existing decor. And it can instantly help make the kitchen feel more lively and inviting. That makes wood edges a “natural” choice for those who like to entertain guests in their home.
Just because an idea is old doesn’t mean it’s bad. That’s why tile countertops remain the design classic of the renovation world. Tile is one of the most versatile materials you can use for your renovation. There are more types of tile than we can count, meaning that everyone should be able to find something that suits their taste and the existing decor.
Furthermore, tile can work as an interim solution to cover an old countertop or as a countertop in and of itself. That makes it a great option for those on a time or budget crunch.
Finally, tile is very heat resistant. If you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen, this may be a perfect choice.
We like tile for countertops because it helps handle the heat. But what if you need a countertop that helps handle the meat instead? Butcher-block countertops have become increasingly popular, especially for those who do a lot of food prep. These countertops have two main things going for them.
First, they provide a large surface area for preparation. If you hate constantly shuffling things around on your countertops, this is a great solution.
Second, the butcher-block design helps you cut into various food without worrying about damaging the tile. This, along with the rustic look of the wood, helps this countertop idea make “the cut”.
5. Modular Granite
One thing that many homeowners want from their kitchen is clean, smooth lines. After all, who wants a kitchen that looks like puzzle pieces that have been cobbled together? Modular granite is one of the best choices for a smooth surface. You simply get a slab of the size you need; just like that, you have a striking and seamless countertop!
You can order special pieces for edges and corners. When the smoke clears, you have a kitchen that looks downright futuristic!
Do you like the idea of a futuristic aesthetic? If you want to take things all the way, you can always embrace a metal countertop. Metal creates an instant impression on your guests. This is why stainless steel appliances, such as refrigerators, have maintained their popularity so well.
As a fun bonus, metal is mostly impervious to rusting and dinging. This leaves a sturdy and shiny surface that you don’t have to worry about when you’re in the kitchen.
To unlock your inner designer, you can always pair a metal countertop with a mixed materials kitchen renovation!
7. Integrated Sink
Most renovation ideas fall into two camps: form or function. Our final countertop suggestion offers the best of both worlds. We can sum it up in two words: integrated sink.
Many of our earlier ideas focused on creating a smooth and seamless look in the kitchen. However, if you have to cut a hole in the countertop for your sink, that fully seamless look is lost forever. This is where integrated sinks come in. The name says it all. The sink is made of the same material as the rest of the countertop. This means you don’t have to worry about any kind of drilling and can just enjoy the sleek and sexy new countertop.
The Renovation Revolution Begins
Now you have our hottest kitchen countertop ideas. But do you know who can help give your ideas life?
Here at Kitchen Concepts, we specialize in making renovation dreams into a finished reality. To see how we can make your dream real, contact us today! We have offices in Denver (720.725.0000) and Colorado Springs (719.330.5474).