Kitchen Countertop Materials

Consider this wide range of kitchen counter materials when designing the surface area of your dreams.
Traditional White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Island

Traditional White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Island

Photo by: Peter Rymwid

Peter Rymwid

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

A wide variety of kitchen countertop styles, colors, textures and materials means your options are endless when choosing a surface area. A few to consider are granite, laminate, stainless steel, Corian, wood, glass and tiles.

Kitchen Countertop Alternatives

Glowing Glass

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Photo By: Right Angle Productions; Design By: Glassworks, Inc.

The Eco Edge

Photo By: Steve Silverman; Design By: Mackmiller Design+Build

Say Yes to Soapstone

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Photo By: Matt Villano Photography; Design By: Jarrett Design

Steely Resolve

Photo By: Kate Warren; Design By: Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Auto? Correct!

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Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design

Clean and Streamlined

Photo By: Jill Greer

Engineered for Beauty

Photo By: Jill Greer

Square Deal

Photo By: Vicki Morrow

Paper Works

Photo By: Treve Johnson; Design By: Mollyanne Sherman

Count on Copper

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Magnificent Marble

Wood on White

Photo By: Richard Leo Johnson; Design By: Historical Concepts Architecture & Planning

Blonde (Wood) Ambition

Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit

A Twist on Granite

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Photo By: Works Photography; Design By: The Sky is the Limit Design

Leather or Not

Photo By: BREVIN BLACH

A Growing Trend

Photo By: Stephen Busken; Design By: Lori Dennis and SoCalContractor

Double Vision

Photo By: Nick Daunys; Design By: DW Design & Decor

Smorgasbord of Surfaces

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Photo By: Robert Radifera; Design By: Jim and Kay Rill of Rill Architects and Nadia and Richard Subaran of Aidan Design

Granite countertops are available in a variety of colors, ranging from creamy whites to deep grays and forest greens. Visit a home or kitchen design store and look through their selection of guides and samples to begin determining the color that will work best in your kitchen area. Ask if they allow customers to purchase or borrow samples so you can see how they'll look in your home.

Laminate countertops are another popular countertop material. Made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard, these countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns, ranging from options that look like marble to ones that mirror the appearance of stainless steel.

Speaking of stainless steel, this countertop option can also come in a number of finishes and textures, including a brushed finish or reverse hammered surface, which looks like it's decorated with raised dots. The surface pairs well with a variety of cabinetry and themes, including white, light and dark wood, and bold colors.

Corian and solid-surface countertops are some of the most durable surfaces available on the market. The countertop is available in a variety of colors, ranging from white to fire engine red to a speckled cobalt blue. The color and pattern are consistent throughout the countertop, so it will not change its appearance with wear and tear that naturally occurs over time.

Glass, wood and ceramic tiles are a few other countertop styles that should be considered when choosing a surface that will work with your kitchen design. Be sure to keep in mind how you will be using the kitchen surface; this will help you choose the best material for your level of activity.

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