Stefania Morice. Countertop. May 10th , 2017.
Soapstone, which was used in lab classrooms, is known for its heavy-duty durability and works well as the current trend is a honed finish (without a high gloss shine like most granite countertops). Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and may darken and/or crack over time. It‘s susceptible to stains without polish, you can scratch it with your fingernail (many people don‘t mind that) and it‘s comparable in price to granite.
Consumers who are drawn to the time-tested, worn look of antique woods may see the potential in salvaged or reclaimed woods. These materials can add great color, texture and character to the kitchen for a look that‘s both eco- and rustic-chic. Post-consumer recycled paper composite, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, is another eco-friendly countertop option that‘s similar in durability to wood.
For a warm, cottage kitchen look, opt for butcher-block-style wood countertops. Both decorative and functional, this hardworking surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options, like laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so you don‘t have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. Anthony and John, the Cousins on Call, installed wraparound wood countertops in this cozy kitchen, but most homeowners choose to mix wood countertops with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to provide a variety of prep surfaces.
The kitchen is typically the most popular room in a home and many people are making their kitchens worthy of all that attention by choosing fantastic countertops to take center stage. Three concerns that should be addressed are what complements the look of your home best, durability and budget.
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