Published at Thursday, March 14th 2019. by Jensynn Kotila in Kitchen Countertops.
An island can look like a monolithic block unless you do something to make it interesting. This chunk of elm anchors the seating area, keeping the live edge so it doesn't feel too perfect. A bit of leftover wood was turned into six drawer-fronts, flanking the range.
Matching subway tile plays off the the blue-gray veining on these Silestone countertops. The cool colors are warmed up thanks to brass accents and trim. An island made of weathered barnwood, with a built-in Carrara marble cutting board, adds warmth and texture. It helps make an otherwise more glam kitchen feel relaxed.
Of the natural stone options, granite slabs are the most popular, and for good reason. Solid granite slabs make very heavy and durable countertops and improve home values. Slabs are a better choice than the other granite options—modular granite and granite tile.
While modular granite does offer DIYers an opportunity to install granite countertops, they are somewhat inferior in look and performance to solid slabs. Further, DIY installation is harder than it first appears.
Solid surface is a manmade material originally created as an alternative to stone, designed to resemble granite and other natural stone. It is made mostly of blends of synthetic acrylic and polyester materials, sometimes with a small amount of natural stone dust blended in.
Simple Shaker-style kitchen cabinets in a creamy color are set off by dark counters made of Vermont soapstone, a living material that will age and stain over the years. This Marmara marble was vein-cut to show off the striations that look like stripes. It feels more modern than the usual Carrara, but it's also classic.
Another natural stone option that is in high demand for countertops is marble, although it has limitations that should be recognized in kitchen applications. Marble's unique appearance and veined patterns make it one of the most attractive of all natural stones.
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