The countertop is an essential component of the kitchen. It is where all the important kitchen work takes place. But more than that, the countertop is the bedrock of kitchen décor when doing a kitchen renovation. It bears the burden of setting the tone and feel of the space.
Seeing its importance in kitchen décor, it matters a lot what material, finish and design you choose for your countertop. We have put together the hottest countertop trends for 2017 to give you ideas for your own kitchen. As you would expect, these trends focus heavily on color and material choices. Spoiler alert: quartz is still king of kitchen countertops.
1. Quartz is Here to Stay
Quartz was introduced as a high-end alternative to granite, check out our granite vs quartz article. Granite a natural rock, has for years dominated the countertop scene especially for homeowners who want something strong, durable and good looking. But it has a downside… It is porous. This means that liquids like water, wine, and oils can seep through the surface causing staining. Even worse, it encourages breeding of dangerous bacteria that could leave your countertop unsanitary.
The porous issue can be resolved by sealing the granite surface with a non-porous sealant. But the sealant wears off with time & wear, so the countertop has to be resealed at least once every year.
Quartz on the other hand, is completely non-porous and does not have to go through regular re-sealing. This means it is highly resistant against staining and is one of the most hygienic countertop options for homeowners. Add to that the fact that quartz is extremely strong, making it super durable and you can see why it is not going anywhere soon as the countertop material of choice for many homeowners.
Quartz now comes in many styles and colors, that give it a granite, marble or natural stone look. In 2017, Kitchen quartz countertops will remain king not just for the year but for quite some time to come.
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