For the past decade, granite has been the creme de la creme in the realm of kitchen counter tops. Is it going to continue to dominate kitchens in 2017? Not necessarily, say designers and consumer advocates like Consumer Reports Magazine.
Your kitchen counter tops not only lend a distinctive look to your kitchen, they also arguably receive the most abuse since they’re used day in and day out for food preparation. Toughness and durability are key, since they need to stand up to chopping, cutting, hot pans, and more. Here are the materials designers say can take the abuse — the materials that will be the most popular kitchen counter tops in 2017 and beyond:
According to Consumer Reports Magazine, quartz is the toughest material for kitchen counter tops, resisting scratches, burns and chips with ease. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce counter tops that are either solid, or mimic the distinctive look of granite. Unlike granite, though, there’s no need to seal them annually. Plus, the addition of resin makes them tougher than natural stone.
Wood and Butcher Block
Designers have been touting the use of natural materials in kitchens for 2017, and wood not only fits the bill, but butcher block in particular is also a material that many serious home chefs adore. That’s because they allow a cook to chop, dice and cut right on the counter top, eliminating the need for separate chopping boards. Add the practical benefits to the charming, natural rustic look they lend a kitchen and there’s little doubt they’ll be a popular choice for new counter tops.
Stone is popular because it’s long-lasting and fits the 2017 trend toward natural materials. That means granite will continue as a popular counter top material, but add limestone to the list, as well as marble which is a dream come true for those who love to bake. Bear in mind that you’ll have to seal them annually, but their beauty is a classic that, although trendy now, will never go “out of style”.
Because of the designer-extolled trendiness of bold colors for 2017, ceramic tile counter tops are making a serious comeback. Available in a wide array of colors, they’re also budget-friendly, and you can coordinate your back splash to your counter tops with ease.
Whether you’re replacing outdated or worn counter tops, or installing them in a brand new kitchen, 2017 is the year to let your creativity guide you to make a bold color statement in your kitchen or to let natural materials take center stage. If you’re looking for new counter tops in California’s Coachella Valley, be sure to visit Flooring Innovations. We have locations in Cathedral City and Palm Desert*, and we’ve got a beautiful selection of counter tops, cabinetry, and of course — floors!
*67-615 Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City and 74-527 Hwy. 111, Palm Desert
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