Inspiration and DIY The Latest Solid Surface Countertops: New Popular Stone and Stone-Look Options

Photo features Nature Flecks in Snow Leopard on the countertop.

Photo features Nature Flecks in Snow Leopard on the countertop.

 
 

The Latest Solid Surface Countertops: New Popular Stone and Stone-Look Options

If you've made a resolution to update your kitchen countertops this year, now is the time to check out the latest designs and add modern style to your space. Solid surface countertops, whether they are made of natural stone or a material that resembles natural stone, are a great option for a number of reasons, and new patterns and designs grow in popularity every year. Start by selecting the right stone, choose a finish to perfectly complete the look, and you'll create a modern kitchen design that will carry you through the upcoming years.

Granite Offers New Finishes and Designs

Granite continues to be one of the most popular countertop choices thanks to its long-lasting qualities and resistance to heat. If your original countertop is starting to look a bit dated, there is a plethora of modern granite options available today. To take advantage of the benefits of granite in your kitchen, look beyond the traditional neutrals for patterns and colors that mesh well with today's hottest design trends. For example, Cotton White granite has unique, contemporary gray tones, and it looks similar to marble, which is also surging in popularity. After you choose the right stone, you may also want to consider going with a honed finish. Honed finishes offer a softer, modern look in contrast to the highly polished surfaces you may be used to.

Marble Is Gaining Popularity

The timeless look of marble is gaining popularity in modern kitchen designs. The signature swirls and pristine surface of this stone perfectly mesh with any contemporary kitchen design, but especially one that features a gray and white color scheme. Marble is more prone to staining and etching than granite, but the look of this elegant stone is relatively easy to maintain if it is sealed. Marble also tends to develop a patina, which may actually be preferred by those who love the aged look of this natural stone. Like granite, marble is available in both polished and honed finishes.

Solid Surface Choices Have Expanded

If you're intrigued by new countertop designs, don't hesitate to take a look at the latest solid surface options for your next kitchen update. Innovative products like ONE Quartz Surfaces™ solid countertops now provide the easy maintenance and sturdiness of granite without the need for a periodic sealer. This versatile, solid surface material is available in many updated designs that capitalize on the latest kitchen trends. If you desire a natural look, many solid surface materials resemble the unique look of natural stone. For example, Calacatta offers a realistic stone-like pattern and neutral color scheme. Alternatively, if you want a countertop that is primarily one color and harmonizes well with a sleek, contemporary style, consider going with an option from the Micro Flecks line.

After many years of consistent design offerings, a shift toward expanded countertop styles and materials has begun. If you're feeling inspired, and want to check out the latest countertop material offerings, head to your local Daltile retailer.