Your kitchen is often where you and your loved ones gather after a busy day, so it needs to be cozy and stylish. But did you know it can also make you healthier? In a report by Houzz, an online home design site, one-third of people began a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation. One of the most important kitchen elements that can benefit from a renovation is your countertop. Here are some of the best countertop materials to consider and why they're so great for your space. Also, if you're looking into the small house movement, check out these little kitchens.
Granite countertops are the most popular kitchen counter choice, with 64 American homes containing them! There many good reasons for this. Granite is practical because it's easy to clean - all you need is hot soapy water to keep it spick and span. It’s also stain-resistant, however, using a sealant on it is a must every two years to keep it in top condition and prevent stains from seeping into it over time. Granite is sleek but also durable. You can place hot pots of food on it or even cut fruit and veg directly on the surface without worrying about damage!
Countertops made of stainless steel looks classy and timeless, while working with a variety of different decor styles. Stainless steel is resistant to heat, water and stains, while being non-porous. This makes it great for storing your kitchen appliances such as a home coffee maker, without worrying about ruining its surface. Stainless steel is especially a good choice if you have kids who like to help you cook as it's a hygienic surface that you don't have to worry about ruining with sticky hands.
It might sound high-maintenance, but marble creates an elegant and striking touch to the kitchen, while also being very heat-resistant. Marble won't show cracks or break easily, but it is quite absorbent because liquids can sneak into the microscopic spaces between the marble's crystals, so you need to be careful with spills during nights of entertaining. Using a penetrative sealer as in the case of granite is a must to prevent soaking up spills. It’s really worth it because marble always looks beautiful and classy.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, manufactured quartz is a leading countertop material. What makes it so great for the kitchen? It's resistant to scratches, stains and doesn't require any sealing treatments to keep it germ-resistant. Quartz has changed over the years, so that now its designs don't contain too many flecks and spots. Instead, it displays gentler designs that look like swirls of marble. This makes it versatile on the decor front, adapting to a variety of kitchen decor styles really easily.
Choosing the right kitchen countertop is one of the most important decor decisions you'll make. Ideally, your countertop should be hygienic, stylish and durable, so that it becomes an investment in your home value. Consider granite, steel, marble or quartz countertops, as these popular materials are heating up kitchens in a big way!
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