Trending: Your Kitchen Counter Space

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At this same time last year, we were finishing our kitchen remodel (above). For close to 10 months (including the initial planning phase), our daily conversations revolved around all things kitchen, and, with several road bumps along the way, we were so thrilled when we could call the project complete! Over the course of the renovation, we DIY-ed an island, refreshed a vintage hutch, and spent countless days choosing the right white paint for our cabinets. We pored over inspiring photos, we pinned images on Pinterest, and we debated every combination of countertop and cabinet.

Since then, I’ve found myself even more drawn to kitchen renovations in the blogosphere. We chose a very serene palette—mostly white on white with a touch of grey—but it’s fun to imagine if we had chosen a different cabinet color (or any color for that matter!). I wonder if we would love black granite countertops as much as the quartzite we installed. I look at DIY concrete counters, and I think: “What a conversation starter!”

Actually, countertops are where my mind wanders the most! I’ve rounded up a crop of kitchen counter choices that I’ve seen pop up time and time again—and for good reason.

Concrete. White concrete counters in Julia’s kitchen are paired with black cabinetry, and the look feels fresh and modern—with a twist. When combined with brass hardware, this typically industrial look suddenly reads timeless.

via Chris Loves Julia
via Chris Loves Julia

Butcher block. I love how this adds instant warmth to any kitchen! When mixed and matched with other counter materials, butcher block injects a richness that a glossy granite can’t provide. Is there anything better than scattering your dinner ingredients across a well-loved block?

via Yellow Brick Home
via Yellow Brick Home

Quartz or Quartzite. We chose quartzite for our kitchen because we wanted a workhorse. It’s extremely durable, and the veining in our slab reminded us of marble. Quartz is similar to quartzite, but it’s also combined with resins and polymers to make it very strong for an active family. Because quartz is a combination of manmade + natural stone, it comes in a variety of shades, too!

via Yellow Brick Home
via Yellow Brick Home

Marble. We were thisclose to considering marble for our kitchen counters, but in the end, you know now that we chose quartzite. My favorite part about marble? The stories it could tell! Personally, I think the look of a marred finish and etching proves that it’s working hard for your family. Although slightly controversial, a decades worth (or more!) of patina looks good on marble.

via Style at Home
via Style at Home

Soapstone. This soft stone is like the brooding cousin to white marble. It’s just as timeless, and yet it can give your kitchen a completely different look! Try this in a space that receives a good dose of natural daylight, and watch the soapstone shine.

via Lauren Liess
via Lauren Liess

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, Bali Blinds’ kitchen pinboard has you covered!

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