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Countertop Design: 7 Considerations Before Installation

A new countertop can completely change the look of your kitchen, but there are a lot of key things to consider before you begin your home makeover.

From the different types of countertops available to the overall design, it's important to make sure you have everything planned in advance.

Read on for a list of seven countertop design considerations to keep in mind before you start your remodeling project.

1. Start with the Material

Countertops come in a huge range of materials, from synthetic options like laminate to natural stone, wood, and more. Research the properties of the different types of countertops available to ensure you're getting the one that's right for you.

Quartz countertops provide you with the beauty of granite, but they require a lot less upkeep and maintenance. A granite countertop is a popular choice that adds beauty and increases the resale value of your home.

Write down the features of countertops that are most important to you before you?pick out the material. Whether it's the aesthetics, the durability, or the ease of maintenance, these factors should always be part of your kitchen interior design plan.

2. Consider Color

Color plays a huge role in how a room looks and feels, so choose your countertop color wisely. Look for something in a shade that will coordinate nicely with your flooring and cabinetry.

Dark countertops hide stains well, but they can also make your kitchen appear smaller. Something in a light, neutral hue is ideal since it will be easy to blend with your appliances and decor.

Explore different countertop colors and get samples whenever possible. This will help you compare the way the counters will look beside your other finishes, flooring, and next to your appliances.

3. Countertop Design: Do You Want an Island?

A?kitchen island?is a perfect placed to prep for meals, serve breakfast, and more. When designing your new kitchen, take this into consideration if you have extra floor space.

Kitchen island countertop designs vary based on the floor plan and your overall layout. For example, an island with a sink will have a smaller countertop space, while a solid island can easily double as a dining table.

Step-down islands are also a great option in a modern kitchen and provide you with two different levels of surface space. Explore different island designs to help you find one that's right for your lifestyle.

4. Plan Your Budget

Between new flooring, appliances, and fixtures, your kitchen remodel can get expensive. Don't forget to take your countertops into account when you're planning your budget, and get prices in advance.

Some materials will be more affordable than others. For example, laminate or butcher block will always be much cheaper than solid surface countertops like marble, quartz, or granite.

If you need additional work done, this will cost you more, too. Unusual shapes or add-ons like a tile backsplash can easily increase the cost of your new countertop installation.

5. Think About Thickness

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the thicker your countertops are, the more they'll cost. You can have the installation company design a thicker "nose" or edge to make them look more expensive.

Certain types of materials are already a certain?level of thickness, while others give you the option to choose one that works for you, such as a granite countertop. Keep in mind that the depth of your base cabinetry will play a role in how thick or thin your countertops can be.

Talk to a professional if you're unsure which thickness will work best in your kitchen. Anything made of solid material (like stone) should be fine in terms of longevity, regardless of how thick or thin you want it to be.?

6. Explore Different Finishes

Aside from the material and color, countertops often come in a variety of textures or finishes. If you like a matte texture with very little shine, consider getting counters with a honed finish.

For those who enjoy a bit of texture, leathered finishes are a great option. However, if you're a fan of sleek, smooth, and shiny finishes for your countertops, a polished finish is best.

Look at several finishes and touch them in person to get a better idea of what you like most. This will have a significant impact on how the countertops look, feel, and how easily they can be cleaned up.

7. Solid Colors or Something with Character?

If you want your new countertops to have a solid, even color, laminate may be the way to go. Natural stone like marble and granite tend to have veining which can combine a variety of colors throughout the surface.

For those who prefer solid colors but want something durable and high-end, custom quartz is a good choice. This material uses a mixture of quartz and resin that can be custom blended to suit your needs.

Wood butcher block counters may be solid in color, or they could show a bit of the wood's natural grain. A marbled look exudes elegance, while solid colors are perfect for a modern kitchen.

Make Your Countertop Move

Keep all these considerations in mind when you're choosing a countertop design. From the material and thickness to the finish and coloring, each step in the process is important to ensure that you absolutely love the way your new kitchen looks for years to come.

When you're ready to make a home upgrade, be sure to?contact us?and schedule a free estimate.