When it comes to countertops, creativity is back in vogue. While just a few years back, the trend seemed to favor safe options chosen with resale in mind, today’s hottest countertops are showing more colors, textures and patterns, as well as some creative mixing and matching of materials to create more personalized designs. Eco-conscious materials remain hot, as do nature-inspired palettes, and value remains another key trend.
Below are some of the latest trends in countertops and surfacing materials.
- While granite, quartz, solid surface and laminate are still hot, consumers are enjoying the ability to personalize their spaces using a wealth of choices that range from concrete, marble and stainless steel to glass, ceramic and paper.
- Countertops are showing more texture, with designs ranging from subtle tone-on-tone choices that mirror the earthy tones of nature and designs with metallic flecks to exotic, heavy-veined looks that add drama to the kitchen.
- Color, too, is on the rise, with the countertop frequently being used as a visual focal point for the space.
- Consumers still seem to like the natural stone look, though this may be played out with granite or quartz, or laminate that mimics large scale exotic stone patterns. Edge treatments, too, often have a stone-like appearance.
- Recycled materials remain a hot choice, and the industry is increasingly becoming more aware not only of the percent of recycled content in a surfacing choice, but also of how green the manufacturing processes are in the creation of that product.
- Value is important, but that doesn’t necessarily mean inexpensive; rather that means providing clients with the countertop solution that delivers the style they're looking to achieve while staying within their budget. To that end, a product’s quality, performance and reliability are every bit as important as price in achieving value.