One of the most fun parts of a kitchen update is choosing new materials. Between selecting backsplashes, countertops, flooring, wall color, and cabinet finishes, you have many opportunities to decide on a style and the materials that make the space uniquely yours. These countertop material options are a little off the beaten path, but they represent some of the most beautiful styles designers love!
Move over, granite. Concrete countertops—when stained and sealed, of course—offer a one-of-a-kind look that's inexpensive and durable. The trick is to make sure they're sealed well, but when made and installed correctly, concrete is a great choice that complements contemporary and even more traditional kitchen styles. And your countertop won't end up looking like a sidewalk; we promise—the stain and design options are practically endless.
It's not the cheapest option on the list, but soapstone is one of the most enduring and eye-catching. Often used in laboratories because it's so resistant to bacteria, chemicals, and stains, soapstone will stand up to years of use. Keep in mind, though, that soapstone is a bit on the softer side, so expect a softening of the edges and a few nicks and scratches over time. These can be sanded out or adopted as part of the character of your kitchen. Either way, soapstone countertops are an investment to last for years.
3. Stainless Steel
It's now the common choice for appliances, so why not choose stainless steel countertops, too? For an ultra-contemporary or industrial look, stainless steel countertops add a sleek, effortless elegance to a kitchen space. It's also one of the most hygienic countertop options available thanks to its natural bacteria-inhibiting powers.
4. Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile gives you practically endless design and color options, and it's usually fairly inexpensive—unless you're opting for pricey hand painted tiles. Keep in mind, though, that if your kitchen gets frequent use, cleaning the grout lines between those lovely tiles can get old fast. Any imperfections in the installation are also glaringly obvious with tile, so choose and install carefully if you want them on your countertops, and seal your grout lines well.
For many eco-conscious consumers, recycled countertops just make sense. Crafted from reclaimed concrete, glass, paper, and composite materials, recycled countertops are actually far more attractive than they sound. They're also among the most durable, low-maintenance countertop options available, so explore your options to see if a recycled countertop is right for your kitchen.
Feel free to explore our gallery for inspirations or contact us at Kitchen Tune-Up. We can talk to you about your needs and lifestyle and might be able to help narrow your choices to find the perfect solution for your kitchen!