Laminate may be the first material that comes to mind when we think kitchen countertops but it is not the only option. Of the many other choices, some materials are more suitable for certain styles and purposes. Here are tips on how to select the best countertop for your kitchen. Simply replacing the counter can give the area a fresh appearance.
Step 1: Look at the overall decorating scheme of the home and select a finish that complements the décor. The goal is to have a durable and functional countertop but keep things unusual.
Step 2: Stainless steel is attractive, hardworking, and easy to maintain. Elegant and clean in appearance, its reflective features make a small kitchen feel larger. The surface reflects artificial and natural light and the colors in the room. Some homeowners extend this material up the wall, where it serves as a backsplash. It can even be used as a complete wallcovering.
Step 3: Concrete is also durable and makes a great countertop surface. The color pigment and aggregate added to the mixture are varied to achieve many different looks. Once concrete is sealed, it is an excellent kitchen work surface.
Step 4: Natural materials serve as inspiration for manmade versions that make suitable countertops. The synthetic type tends to exhibit qualities that are desirable but not inherent to the original material. Synthetic slate makes an attractive countertop because the material is perfectly smooth, unlike the natural version. It also features a light weight that makes it ideal for creating a thick countertop.
Step 5: Zinc has an appearance similar to stainless steel. However, it is easily dented and stained. Those who like the appearance of a material aged by daily use sometimes choose this as their countertop surface.
Step 6: Copper is a very pliable material that features a warm glow. It can be bent to create design details, such as a bullnose edge, that would be time-consuming and costly to achieve with a stone countertop material.