Whether in the kitchen or bathroom, countertops serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose.
They take up a lot of space, are highly visible and are often a focal point, coordinating with the other elements of the room. They can make or break a space.
Countertops also keep us organized and provide work and storage areas, as well as sometimes even a dining space.
What kind of feeling do you want to impart? How much use does your kitchen get? There are many colors, textures, and materials from which to choose.
These include stone; it's also important to ask yourself about your lifestyle because some are more porous than others. One of the most commonly seen is quartz, which is extremely hard and non-porous. This makes it hygienic and easy to clean.
Granite is hard and heat resistant, and gives the luxurious, opulent feeling of a palace or 5-star bathroom, as does marble. Marble, however, is porous, so it will need sealing.
Concreteis sleek and modern with a lot of design options and colors. You can even embed stone, glass, or other materials for a personalized, even more, glamorous look. It's durable, heat resistant, and, if it is sealed, totally stain resistant.
Other materials include laminate, solid surfacing, butcher block, concrete, soapstone, or stainless steel.