The past couple of years have seen a distinct trend toward the in the home, and kitchen countertops are no exception. Concrete countertops are durable and, if sealed correctly, are pretty scratch- and heat-resistant. They can be customized for shape, color, and texture, which is a bonus. Concrete countertops are particularly heavy, however, so require substantial support by lower cabinetry; they also can be stained and/or damaged by acidic substances (think lemon juice).
As far as color goes, the options are numerous and so are the ways in which you can use them. Neutrals let the countertop blend in but, if you want it to stand out, pick a vibrant color. You can also use color to match the counter to other elements in the kitchen such as an accent wall, a cabinet, etc. or use different colors to define different functions. For example, one portion of the counter can be a prep space and can have a certain color while the rest can be a breakfast area with a different color.
Those considering butcher block as a kitchen countertop option need to decide which of the two finishes best suits their needs – the one for cutting and food prep, or the other for service and display. (Obviously, this is a critical choice.) Butcher block requires a bit of maintenance, including regular sealing, oiling, and occasionally sanding and/or resurfacing.
Tiles are cost-effective and they’re also relatively easy to install. You can even turn this into a DIY project and install your own tile countertop. You just need to know the basics and from there you can get creative.
Another big pro is the fact that tiles are heat-resistant and this means you can put hot pans and pans on it without worrying it will get damaged. Tile countertops are also scratch and stain resistant up to a point.
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