Countertops are one of the most eye-catching features in your kitchen. They often serve as the foundation of any changes you make during a renovation, bearing the burden of setting the right tone and feel for the entire room. In addition to being beautiful, countertops must also be functional and durable.
For all these reasons, it’s crucial to make your countertop selection carefully! Here are five trending designs to consider if you’re replacing your kitchen countertops in 2020.
Quartz is a modern, high-end alternative to longstanding granite counters. Homeowners who love the look and feel of natural stone gravitate toward this option. As an engineered stone, quartz countertops offer the strength, durability, and striking good looks of granite without the maintenance. It’s all thanks to the nonporous resins that make quartz naturally hygienic and stain-resistant—no resealing required!
While polished countertops are still the most common, honed and leather surfaces are good options for homeowners looking to push the envelope. Honed countertops have a matte appearance with little to no shine. This finish is particularly useful when paired with marble countertops since the lack of sheen hides any flaws or etching. A leathered finish has minimal gloss and is soft to the touch. It also hides fingerprints and water spots, which is appealing to many homeowners.
Today’s counters come in more colors and patterns than ever before. You might choose a natural stone countertop with unique swirls and veining, but you can also achieve a convincingly natural look from engineered stone. Of course, manmade countertops also introduce bold options not found in the natural world, such as lime green, royal blue, or sparkling red slabs ideal for modern kitchens.
Along with bold hues, kitchen countertops are also trending toward neutral in 2020. You’ll come across plenty of warm greys, cool whites, and soft beiges this year. You can find neutral colors in any countertop material that may appeal to you, from natural quartzite to engineered quartz. Keep in mind that adding large windows and skylights is an effective way to introduce natural light and enhance the look of elegant neutral countertops.
If you love the color and pattern of your countertop, it doesn’t have to stop when it reaches the wall. Extend the granite or quartz surface vertically to create a beautiful, practical backsplash. You can extend it just a few inches up the wall or have the backsplash reach all the way to the upper cabinets for a particularly striking design.
United Granite has been providing the highest quality products and services to our customers in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and New Jersey for over 22 years. We have an extensive inventory of natural and engineered stone countertops to choose from. Whether you want bright and bold or soft and neutral, we can cater to your design preferences. To learn more about stone countertop installation, please send us an email or contact us in Alexandria, Chantilly, or Fredericksburg, VA.