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Which Is Your Favorite?
Even if you’re doing it yourself — as all you awesome DIYers are apt to do 🙂 — kitchen renovation is expensive! And a big chunk of the cost of your shiny new kitchen is found in the countertops, so you want to make the right choice.
Granite has been a popular material for years and is still going strong. But there are equally chic options: marble, concrete, wood, travertine … glass.
Yes, glass! The image above shows how sleek glass countertops can be. In addition to its modern look, glass used as a countertop material has several benefits. Says hgtv:
Glass can be cut into any shape and texture and the color options are endless. It’s easy to keep clean and its non-porous surface makes it stain-resistant and one of the most hygienic countertop materials available.
Butcher block counters add warmth and cottage-style beauty to any kitchen. But properly sealed, it’s also practical for prep and hardwearing, able to take the heat from hot pans. While this darling kitchen goes all out with wood, this is a surface often mixed in with other types of counters, such as natural stone, quartz or stainless steel.
Carrara is a popular choice for marble kitchen counters, and no wonder. It’s classically beautiful, and its neutral tones fit in with any color scheme while adding a high-end look. The down side is, such beauty comes at a cost, in dollars and in care. You not only have to seal it regularly, you have watch out for acidic spills that can mar its creamy surface.
This countertop material is non-porous, making it highly resistant to stains and bacteria. Plus, you don’t need to seal it every year like other natural stones. Just regularly apply mineral oil to help hide scratches. It also adds a lovely sheen and over time deepens its color.
Speaking of color, if you’re thinking of choosing a soapstone counter for your kitchen, be sure that you really love gray. It ranges from light to dark, but gray is the only color it comes in.
Recycled Materials Countertop
It’s not only eco-friendly, but recycled countertops offer almost endless variety of looks and materials, such as glass, paper, concrete, and plastic. This bright, beachy kitchen conjures up sea and sky. Best of all, the terrazzo-like counter makes use of recycled glass and is low maintenance to boot.
Click here to read more about the pros and cons of 13 kitchen countertop materials.