Much of your time spent at home is spent in the kitchen. It’s where you gather your family and friends, where you recreationally bake goodies and home cooked meals and where you gather for birthdays, holidays and Sunday dinners.
If your kitchen is feeling dated, worn out and inefficient, it is time for a change. When building a new home, the kitchen is the one area with the biggest decisions. This room not only expresses your style but it needs to be durable and functional.
Countertops are one of the most important aspects to consider during a kitchen remodel or build. Not only will they assist you in your everyday kitchen needs, they express your style. It can be a tough decision knowing which countertops to pick and what is hip and trending. Here are 2017’s most popular trends in countertops:
Stark contrasting colors between the cabinets and countertops are a big hit this year. In a survey of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members, 67% said that white cabinets are their top choice for cabinets. That said, a contrasting darker countertop is chosen most of the time. Darker granite, quartz or soapstone countertops are a perfect option for this contrasting look.
Grey cabinets are also a trendy color choice in cabinets, thus in these kitchens, a lighter, brighter, even whiter toned countertop is the typical choice. The modern look of contrasting cabinets to countertops is definitely trendy and beautiful.
2-Quartz for the win
In the last several decades, granite has won by a landslide when it comes to the competition of stone countertops. However, in recent years, 2017 especially, quartz is coming out on top. Quartz is an engineered material that mixes 95% natural, ground quartz with polyester resin materials to form a non-porous countertop.
Because it is manmade, it can be made in many colors, giving you the flexibility and creativity to select a color of countertops that will not be available in natural stone such as red, blue and even green. Quartz is also a favorite in kitchens because of its incredibly hard surface, making it difficult to scratch, dent or ding. The non-porous surface means it will not stain and cleans up nicely.
3-Granite is still the leader
While quartz is just a nose ahead in the countertop 2017 preferences, granite is still enormously popular, and remains as number one choice. Homeowners love the natural look of this stone and they are even selecting slabs with more character and richer, darker veins. The more unique the look, the better. Granite has that timeless appeal to it as well. It will never go out of style because it is so classic. This beautiful stone is cut in slabs and that natural beauty gives your kitchen an elegant and classy appeal. Granite handles heat extremely well, thus trivets are not necessary. Because it is a natural stone, it does have naturally occurring porosity so sealing your granite countertops is recommended. Granite countertops in Chesterfield are and will always a popular choice.
4-Soapstone is increasing in demand
Soapstone is a countertop type that is gaining recognition, especially as white cabinets are so frequently selected the last few years, homeowners love that contrasting color of soapstone. This natural stone is beautiful, dark and has an almost silky feel. It requires minimal upkeep, except for the occasional polish of mineral oil which gives it a rich, darkening.
Over time the stone darkens into a gorgeous, aged color that is appreciated by those who love soapstone. It is non-porous and handles heat well. In addition to those great qualities, it is also durable and scratch resistant. You can’t go wrong with soapstone.
5-Sleek and slim
Traditionally, homeowners opted for traditional edges with two or three stepped edge profiles like Ogee, Elite (aka Cover DuPont edge) for their stone countertops. But in 2017, countertop trends are getting thinner, and sleeker as designers want that modern, sleek look in the kitchen. It is trendy to have straight simple edge for granite countertops in Chesterfield. Other countertops made of quartz and soapstone with simple straight edge profile also deliver that sophisticated look in your kitchen. That straight edge with a slight (about 4 mm) eased off top, gives the kitchen a chic and urban feel and it also has the perception of increasing space.
In addition to these simpler edge profile countertops, there is a trend where homeowners are contrasting the thinner countertops with a massively, thick island countertop fabricated with miter joints, ranging anywhere from 3 to 5 inches thick, creating a rather bold statement piece in your kitchen.
Time for a kitchen update? Start with the countertops!
Replacing old countertops with the luxurious look of quartz, marble, soapstone, or granite countertops in Chesterfield is the best way to give your kitchen an instant facelift. Arch City Granite has all the latest looks and trends in beautiful stone countertops. Our selection and workmanship is unmatched and we strive to give you complete satisfaction with our friendly, professional and meticulous service. Come take a look at our showroom today! We look forward to assisting you.