There are many kinds of kitchen counter designs available in the market today. The options are consist of various types counter based on material (stone, hardwood, stainless steel, etc), colors (two tone, pastels, retro, etc), textures (solid surface, sleek, etc), brands, and many other more. The options of counter designs also rely on how it made. It can be fabricate or manmade. Many other considerations will appear when you have to choose which the most suitable kitchen counter designs for you. Below brief about what to consider in choosing the kitchen counter tops, and what are the most popular types of countertops in the market nowadays.
To be easy, let’s just talk about your budget available. This will be the basic of all your considerations. You need to make sure that your dreams meet your budget and vice versa. You can either adjust your dream to your budget or otherwise. Knowing the budget condition will lead you to some basic criteria. For example you just found that you have quite small budget for your kitchen counter design, then you might need the low cost countertops with durable material, low maintenance, attractive, and easily cleaned. Or otherwise, you want everything elegant, beautiful and has expensive look; if you don’t mind with the budget. Next considerations will be the material use for the countertop.
Marble is considered as the most expensive material for countertops. High cost, high maintenance, easily scratch or etched by water, acids, and alcohol. Need to be sealed at least once in a year. Cost for $100 – $400/foot. Granite is the second most expensive material after marble. Granite is more durable than marble, resistant to most of stains, scratch, water, and heat. High maintenance and cost for $100 – $390/foot. Wood is the most popular kitchen counter designs, gentle, suitable for chopping surface, and relatively cheaper than granite. However wooden countertops require high maintenance, easily scratch or damage. Cost for $50 – $200/foot. Ceramic is the low cost material, durable, easy to install, resistant to heat and moisture, easy to be clean. However, it can get scratch, and has uneven surface. Cost for $4 – $150/foot.
The materials explained above are some popular material use to make kitchen counter designs. Other materials that may be use are concrete, laminate, soapstone, engineered stone, glass, stainless steel, lava stones, solid surface, and bamboo. The choice again will be based on your available budget, your kitchen grand styles, your home interior designs, and your preferences.