Few remodeling projects can breathe new life into a kitchen, dining space, or bathroom as quickly as putting in new countertops. It's natural, though, to be tepid about ideas until you feel confident you have one that'll hold up for years and speak to your own aesthetic sensibilities. Let's take a look at some trends that'll provide inspiration for your renovation effort.
Okay, we don't mean rough pine with splinters sticking out of it. What we do mean is wood that hasn't been heavily treated with substances like polyurethane, giving a space a very natural appearance. Basic treatment is applied to ensure there's a usable seal for cutting and handling food on the top, but otherwise, you're not supposed to polish it or give it additional shine. A soft lacquer finish on oak, for example, can provide an impressive level of visual warmth.
Splashy and shiny countertops are fine, but a matte finish can make for a distinct focal point in a room. One method to achieve this result is the use of honed quartz. Rather than polishing the surface to a glossy finish, the goal with honed quartz is to work slowly toward a more matte-looking finish that's just as smooth.
It's easy to assume that the countertops in a room have to be the centerpiece, but accents are a great way to make the same space sing. By incorporating a backsplash and trim, you can use accents like copper to give a surface some visual excitement. This is a great choice for minimalist designs, as the countertops can sometimes get lost in the simplicity of the space.
We tend to think of spaces as unified designs, but it's also possible to break areas into different zones. Your choice of countertops for the cooking and cleaning spaces in a kitchen, for example, can utilize two different looks to separate them. Maybe all the countertops along the wall will look one way, and then you can add a different kind of look for the island to really bring it out as the focal point.
With advances in the manufacture of quartz countertops, there are now a lot of options for adding color to a room. If you want to have a pink countertop, there are companies that can produce it. Use contrasts with other elements to make a statement people will notice.