5 Tips for Picking Out New Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are the crowning jewel of any kitchen.  They set the tone, accentuate the beauty of the kitchen cabinetry, are the place where you will prepare and serve food, and around which you will gather.  Countertops, just like any other home design or decor element can, overtime, become dated or just worn out.  When you want to pick out new kitchen cabinets, you will see that there are many options from which to choose.  So, how do you know which is the best option for your specific kitchen and unique lifestyle?  Below are 5 tips for picking out new kitchen countertops.

5 Tips for Picking Out New Kitchen Countertops

1. Consider Your Budget

One of the biggest factors to consider when choosing new kitchen countertops is your budget.  There are many different kitchen kitchen countertop materials that come at a variety of price points and the last thing you want to do is get your heart set on a countertop material that is out of your price point.  Concrete slabs, butcher block, laminate and some granite countertops are the most budget-friendly solid-surface kitchen countertops.

2. Think About Durability

If you cook a lot, spend a lot of time in your kitchen, or have kids that may make messes in the kitchen you probably want a more durable countertop that withstand some use and abuse without staining or being permanently damaged.  Quartz, natural stones, and concrete tend to be very durable but may need to be periodically sealed to protect against staining.

3. Color & Pattern

Within material type there are many different color and pattern options.  Even if you are looking at white quartz countertops there are many different options with more varied patterns, veins, or other distinctive markings or more solid options depending on your preference.

4. Contrast or Blend with Cabinetry?

Some homeowners prefer their kitchen to be very neutral and want white cabinetry with white countertops.  Others prefer dark cabinetry with dark countertops.   And, then there are those that like to have a little contrast.  Each design choice is a good option and just depends on your home’s decor and design aesthetic as well as personal preference.

5. Mix & Match

Mix and matching countertop materials is another popular choice for a variety of reasons.  First, if you have a tight budget but have your heart set on an expensive material you may choose to use the expensive material for just the island while using a less expensive material for the rest of the countertops.  Or you might just want to have more visual interest and by adding contrasting and unique materials you create that visual interest.