The counter is the centerpiece of most kitchen spaces. Before you think about a kitchen remodel, make sure you catch up on this year’s hottest kitchen countertop trends so you can get the most value for your investment.
You’re ready to embark on your big remodel of 2018, and this year, you have your eye on your kitchen.
Research shows that remodelling your kitchen for just a few thousand dollars can add tremendous value to your residential property. Specifically, installing a new kitchen countertop is a smart idea, as the countertop is the centerpiece of most kitchen spaces.
But before you think about a kitchen remodel, you need to catch up on this year’s hottest kitchen countertop trends so that you can get the most value for your investment. Here’s a look at what’s in for 2018.
Let’s get started!
Countertop Trends Include Quartz Countertops
Quartz is a countertop material that will likely never become out of date. In fact, it remains one of the most in-demand countertop materials and for good reason.
A quartz countertop is completely porous and requires no sealing. These countertops, which are available through companies such as America’s Dream HomeWorks, also do not require any sealing, so they are extremely convenient.
Quartz countertops are also less likely to crack and chip compared with other materials and are known for their durability. They additionally repel bacteria and thus are excellent choices for keeping your kitchen clean.
These countertops come in a broad range of stunning hues, so you should easily be able to find a color that fits your kitchen’s theme. What’s particularly special about quartz, though, is that all quartz pieces are unique. Therefore, when you choose quartz countertops, you truly will have a kitchen that is one of a kind.
The farmhouse-style sink has been popular for some time now. However, an increasing number of homeowners have recently fallen in love with seamless countertops and kitchen sinks due to the unique minimal look they offer.
If you choose a seamless kitchen sink, it will basically be a part of your countertop. In fact, it may be fabricated from the same exact material used for your countertop.
The benefit of these countertops? They prevent bacteria and mold from growing, and they are simple to clean. These countertops are an ideal choice for the modern kitchen.
These types of countertops were in high demand last year, and they remain popular this year — specifically, the butcher-block type.
This type of countertop offers a timeless, warm appeal that enhances the look of any kitchen. However, it’s also a practical amenity that any home chef would love.
The great thing about these countertops is that burns and scratches on them are simple to repair. All you have to do is sand the burns and scratches out and then apply mineral oil to them.
All in all, reclaimed wood countertops are an ideal option if you like the idea of having sustainable countertops in your home.
These countertops are another great choice if you’re on the prowl for a durable option that will also help you to maintain a clean kitchen.
Composite countertops, which are formed from such materials as recycled paper and fly ash, are recognized for inhibiting bacterial growth and for resisting heat, stains, and scratches.
Most of these types of countertops feature no volatile organic compounds and do not emit radon gasses, so they are safe for your household.
Note, though, that these countertops do sometimes require special maintenance or sealing.
Looking to add a touch of elegance to your kitchen? You can’t go wrong with countertops made of engineered stone.
These countertops are predominately composed of quartz particles and thus offer an attractive appearance combined with a high level of resilience.
You can choose a stone countertop that is either bold and bright in color or more natural and subtle — the choice is yours. Either way, you’ll have a countertop that is deal for a contemporary-style kitchen.
This is a particularly unique countertop option you may have never heard about. But after reading about it, soapstone may quickly climb to the top of your list of favorite picks.
These countertops are like fine wine — they become better with age. How? They darken over time, thus leaving your kitchen looking even more dramatic by the year.
On top of that, unlike other types of stones, soapstone does not absorb discolorations and stains, which means it does not require sealers.
If your soapstone countertop ends up with a surface stain, you can simply remove it with gentle sanding. Likewise, you can get rid of scratches using mineral oil.
No list of trendy kitchen countertops would be complete without including granite.
Granite remains a highly pursued kitchen countertop material for a number of reasons. It’s clearly beautiful when you view it in a magazine spread, but it’s also extremely heat resistant — perfect for meal preparation.
On top of this, granite is relatively low maintenance. Resealing your granite countertop once a year is all you need to do to prevent bacteria growth and stains.
Granite is certainly a bit pricier than other countertop materials are. But the great thing about granite countertops is that they come in a wide range of hues — from grays and cool blues to beiges and warm browns — to suit your kitchen design. And they’ll most definitely boost your home’s value and last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a relatively low-cost countertop material, laminate is likely your best option.
Laminate countertops today can mimic a pricier solid surface or stone countertop’s look at a much lower cost. In addition, these countertops are low maintenance.
But, be careful. Laminate isn’t heat resistant, and it can easily scratch and chip.
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