The countertop refers to the horizontal surface often found in kitchens which is typically utilized for food preparation. Almost always, they are supported by cabinets and are installed on top of them. The height of countertops is determined by the convenience of the homeowners and the specific set of tasks for which it will be used. When designing countertops, owners typically look out for aesthetics, durability, and functionality. Depending upon the needs and requirements, countertops may have accessories or built-in appliances.
In this article, we will discuss some salient points to keep in mind when constructing a kitchen countertop.
Assess your needs and requirements
Before you freeze upon the layout and the material for your kitchen countertop, you have to have complete clarity on what you exactly want. Depending upon your lifestyle, the size and nature of your family, the countertop may be designed to fit a variety of tasks and purposes. For example, if you have kids in your family it is likely that your kitchen will get messy several times in a day. So, we do not recommend that you use white granite as a material for your countertop.
Choose the right material
At the end of the day, the success of choosing the right kitchen countertop boils down to picking the right material. Fortunately, countertops can be remodeled from a variety of materials that suit a wide variety of needs and can be used for multiple purposes and tasks.
By far, granite is the most popular choice of material for kitchen countertops. They are available in a wide variety of shades such as black, beige, white, coral and green. They also come in two separate finishes. If you want a polished finish, it will give the stone a dark and shiny look. The cost of material depends upon the origin, color and finish of the stone.
Natural stone materials such as soapstone, marble and limestone are soft relative to granite. They have to be used with great care and in a delicate fashion. If you are going to use natural stone materials, you will have to seal them on a periodic basis.
Natural stone countertops are not available in as many colors as engineered stone countertops. The latter is very easy to maintain and very durable. They cost the same as granite.
Choose the right color
Most homeowners match the color of their kitchen countertop to the scheme of the room. While this certainly has its unique aesthetic appeal, remember that your taste in decor is bound to change with time and you could very well repaint your kitchen at a later date. If you have chosen a countertop whose color strongly matches with your furniture, accessories or room color scheme, it could become outdated in the long run. Instead, we suggest that you use splashes and veins of your favorite color. This way, you retain the option to make more choices.
Choosing the countertop is perhaps the most important aspect of kitchen remodeling. When done properly, it adds substantial visual and aesthetic appeal to your overall room decor. It also serves the vital purpose of fulfilling the tasks and requirements for which it was originally intended.