Homeowners select countertops that reflect how they want their kitchen to feel when they prepare, serve and enjoy food. The materials used for countertops have cool and warm tones that can play against the color tones of the cabinetry, flooring and fixtures in a kitchen. Countertops are made of stone, such as granite, marble and soapstone, man-made materials, such as solid surface and laminate, wood, including butcher blocks and maple countertops, stainless steel, molded concrete and tiles.
At minimum, your countertop's layout will cover the tops of the kitchen's base cabinetry, but many kitchen designs do more for their spaces than merely adding the countertops. The kitchen design can incorporate linear or curved kitchen countertop design features that add style to the kitchen as they work with the layout of the kitchen's cabinet floor plan.
Use the same countertop material throughout the kitchen or coordinate two different countertops for your kitchen design. Contrasting the cool and hard countertop surfaces with a warm wood or butcher block counter in the same kitchen space defines different uses for the two countertop surfaces. Use two different countertop materials to separate food preparation surfaces from eating and serving counters, or use a contrasting countertop on the center island to make it stand out as a focal point in the kitchen.
Plan the function of your kitchen countertops to be work surfaces free of clutter with minimalist decorative accents. The kitchen countertop can stay clear if adequate cabinetry is incorporated into the kitchen design to accommodate the kitchen's essential elements. Making a place for all of the small appliances, utensils, dishes, pots and display shelves for kitchen accents frees up counter space and gives a kitchen a refreshingly clean appearance. Extend the kitchen countertops on a cabinet island base or peninsula beyond the width of the cabinets to make an eating area or breakfast bar, where anyone can grab a bite to eat or work on their assignments from work or school. If enough seating for a family is possible, this countertop extension will eliminate the need for a breakfast table and free up more kitchen space. Beyond food preparation and eating, kitchen countertops can be used with desk cabinets to make a work desk in or near the kitchen or over other cabinetry in an adjacent space to create a buffet for displaying specialty dishes and decorative accents for special occasions.
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