Four Trendy Kitchen Countertop Ideas from Three Drury Designers

Kitchen Design

High design and low maintenance are among the driving forces trending in kitchen countertops.  To catch up with what’s new and now on the kitchen counter, we asked three Drury Design team members for their insight on what’s currently happening with their clients and countertop choices.

First, a YouTube video from Cambria – and a favorite of Drury designers Quartz products – “What’s New with Kitchen Countertops

Thanks to Alicia, Diana and Gail for taking us on quick tour. For more information, check out HGTV’s take on kitchen countertops.

1. Goodbye Granite?

“Over the last couple of years, we have seen more and more clients opt for quartz materials rather than natural stone for their countertops. With the vast variety of colors and patterns, and the ‘no maintenance’ attraction, this material has been a no-brainer for kitchen and bath remodels,” Alicia says.

2. Hello Quartz

Diana concurs, “Quartz, such as Cambria Natural Stone Surfaces, Caesarstone quartz countertops, and Silestone, continues to grow in popularity because it requires virtually no maintenance and it is antibacterial (does not absorb bacteria from raw meats etc.).”

Quartzite, which is a high-end natural stone, is an attractive alternative to marble. Like marble, quartzite is available in many lighter colors, but can be more durable and less prone to staining and etching depending on the individual quartzite material.  The lighter colors of quartzite tend to be denser and more stain resistant than darker colors.

3. Woods on Islands

Wood tops are a popular choice, especially for islands. Walnut, teak, wenge, and lots of other species add warmth, contrast, and richness to kitchens that feature white cabinetry.

4. Thin is In

“The new trend in countertops is going away from the thicker tops with ornate detailed edges towards sleek, thinner more contemporary lines,” Gail says. “The new thin tops blend into the cabinetry like a top on a piece of furniture. They are also popular in textured leather type finishes.”

Drury Design Chicago kitchen remodel clients like using different depths. According to Alicia, a 1.2 cm thick countertop achieves a minimal and clean look while a 4cm mitered edge gives the impression of a thicker top, and is more used more in transitional kitchen designs.

What type of countertop would you choose for your Chicago kitchen design?

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