Increase Your Counter Intelligence

Spice up your kitchen countertop with quartz, travertine or glass.
Contemporary Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Stainless Steel Kitchen

Stone and stainless steel make excellent choices for countertop surfaces.

How can you spice up your kitchen countertop? Use different materials such as limestone, marble, granite and quartz.

  • Quartz is quickly becoming the mineral of choice for countertops. Cambria's Ian Thorburn says that it's stronger and more durable than granite and won't stain.
  • Travertine is a versatile stone that's available matte or honed, which is a more polished finish, designer Kevin Cooper says.
  • A translucent glass countertop goes well with a high-tech design, according to Aran's Steven Curtis.
  • A stainless-steel countertop is ideal for a kid-friendly kitchen, designer Marjorie Skouras says.
  • Synthetic Geocrete, which is available in different colors and with different inlays, was invented by designer Fu-Tung Cheng.

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Solid-Surface Countertops

Versatile, durable, seamless installation and equipped with a warranty—solid-surface countertops are a win-win.

Quartz: The New Countertop Contender

With low maintenance, high durability and endless color choices, engineered quartz offers a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops.

Eco Countertops

Sustainable surfaces can also be attractive, high-quality and easy on the budget.

Express Yourself with Concrete Countertops

For the homeowner in quest of an artistic, one-of-a-kind countertop that transcends the commonplace, concrete may be worth the price.

Do-It-Yourself Butcher-Block Kitchen Countertop

Swap dated laminate for a classic butcher-block countertop. Unlike stone or solid surface, butcher block can be fabricated in a basement or garage workshop, making it the perfect DIY project to totally transform your kitchen on a budget.

What to Consider When Selecting Countertops

Learn the basics of what can be decorative and durable at the same time on your kitchen counters.

Which Countertops Are Heat Resistant?

We've put together a list of six countertop materials that will withstand the elements in your busy kitchen. Which one is best for you?

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