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“Thank you for doing such a wonderful job with our kitchen and dining room. Your design was beautiful and elegant. Your work crew was respectful, professional and hard working. You were always there for our questions. And most importantly, the project, while extensive in scope, came in on time and on budget! WOW! Each morning now brings us a sense of joy as we come downstairs to our stunning new kitchen. Thank you very much.”

Tammy and Raj A.
Lombard, IL

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Kitchen & Bathroom Surface Materials

In the case of your Chicago home renovation, what’s on the surface counts just as much as what’s underneath- maybe even more so! At our Glen Ellyn studio, we showcase surface materials for counters, backsplashes, flooring, and wall coverings. Our designers know how to mix materials to add texture and eye-catching visual dimension and color, giving you a wide array of Chicago bathroom or kitchen counter options.

Surface options for your home redesign are plentiful. Natural stones such as granite, quartzite, marble, and soapstone are especially beautiful in kitchens and bathrooms for a classic, timeless look that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Wood surfaces add an earthy, eco-friendly touch to kitchens, bar tops, or kitchen islands. Engineered stone, or “quartz,” can accent kitchens, baths, butler pantries, countertops, and backsplashes, Quartz also offers you a wide variety of colors and design styles to choose from, such as recycled glass for a contemporary look or more natural-looking options that echo traditional granite and marble. Finally, metal surfaces like stainless steel, pewter, copper, zinc, and glass can be used in traditional, transitional, and contemporary kitchens to add metallic touches throughout.

From bar tops to backsplashes, the surfaces in your home are guaranteed to have a stunning effect on your home. To explore surface ideas for your kitchen or bath remodel, please see our individual pages dedicated to offering more information about each surface material’s cost, durability, cleaning and maintenance, and more. If you have more questions about which surface material will work best for your family’s style and needs, call us today to speak with a Drury designer about your home redesign.

Like pewter and stainless steel, zinc is used in kitchens and countertops.


Granite is recommended for use in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms, flooring material, and backsplashes.


Marble is most commonly used as surface material in bathrooms, backsplashes, flooring, and fireplace surrounds.


Like granite, quartzite is used most often in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms, and backsplash surfaces.


Quartz is easy to maintain and clean, requiring only soap and water or cleaners like Windex, and quartz maintains its sheen and color with little effort.


Wood surfacing is found in kitchens, furniture, and island counter or eating bar tops.


Like marble, soapstone is most commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, bars, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds.


Glass surfaces are recommended for kitchens, bars, eating areas, appliance panels, decorative accents, and cabinet doors. All glass is recyclable, making this an eco-friendly option.


Recycled glass is a type of quartz and is primarily used as a part of a contemporary design plan.


Stainless steel is mostly used in contemporary and transitional kitchen and bar spaces, especially on countertops and backsplashes.


Pewter is recommended for kitchens and counter or table tops, and with a much warmer golden tone than stainless steel, pewter is more suited towards traditional design options.


Copper is often used in bar tops and butlers’ pantries, and its colors vary from a bright “penny” color to acid and weather-etched options, creating unique finishes and designs.