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The Biggest Kitchen Counter Trends of 2018

April 24, 2018

Granite Countertops
Aaron Crowley

Published by Aaron Crowley

Interior design trends change with the seasons. Every year, there's a new paint, flooring, and kitchen countertop material popping up.

So what materials or designs are popular for kitchen counters in 2018? Take a look at the list below for a few ideas!


Quartz

Quartz is a popular choice for kitchen counters because it’s affordable, stylish, and durable. It offers a uniform look, but comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Because quartz is non-porous, you can expect it to be incredibly strong. It's resistant to heat and cold, as well as stains. Because it’s manmade, it’s less likely to chip than a stone material. As with any manufactured product, quality varies widely by manufacturer and cannot be repaired as easily as natural stone products. Not all quartz is created equal, so it’s important to know that durability varies by manufacturer.

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Granite

Granite is also a leader in kitchen countertop material. What’s great about granite is that no slab is the same. Each piece has stunning natural variations, colors and patterns, so you know your kitchen will be unique. Granite is also extremely durable, but it does require regular cleaning and maintenance. However, the maintenance is generally no more difficult than waxing your car.

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Neutral Colors

Whether you choose granite, quartz, glass, or another material altogether, neutral colors are the biggest trend in 2018. Instead of using bright and bold colors, opt for grays, tans, and variations of white.

Worried about it being too bland? Add pops of color throughout the kitchen with a colorful backsplash, bold cabinets, or bright decor.

Honed Finishes

Honed is in, shiny is out. In 2018, textured or honed countertop finishes are the way to go. Not only does a honed finish hide imperfections better than a polished surface, but it also makes it less slippery. One of the more popular honed finishes is called river wash, which has a leather-like appearance.

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Counters With Character

Add style and finesse to your counters by selecting veined or patterned slabs. Not only does pattern add character to your counters, but it also adds color to an otherwise neutral palette. Manufacturers can also make quartz resemble a slab of marble.

Wood Counters

While granite and quartz are the leading materials, wood is also a popular choice. Wood emits comfort and coziness in a kitchen. If you don't want to go out and buy a brand new wood counter, you can also find sustainable wood materials like reclaimed wood. You can also take a butcher block, sand it down, and stain it a specific color you want in your kitchen.

If you love the look and resilience of granite and quartz, but are also attracted to wood counters, consider a butcher block island.

Countertops have always been a big part of the kitchen. Not only is it a functional piece you can actually use, but it adds character and color to the heart of your home. Variety is the spice of life as they say, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to materials, finishes, colors, and styles for your counters.

Ready to give your kitchen a refresh? Contact Crowley’s to get a free quote for granite and quartz counters. You deserve to have kitchen counters you’re proud of and that guests love!

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