Published at Monday, March 18th 2019. by Luvianna Jokela in Kitchen Countertops.
No island? No problem. Get creative like this kitchen, which topped architects' drafting tables with glass to serve as the kitchen island. Belgian bluestone countertops pair perfectly with the Carrara marble sink in this Savannah kitchen.
Ceramic tile countertops are a good option for DIYers seeking to save money, and newer porcelain and glass tiles give a much wider range of design options than ever before. But tile in any form requires a lot of maintenance, and the many grout seams can be a headache to keep clean.
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.
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.
Yet another way to make use of recycled glass is a countertop made from individual glass tiles applied over a cement-board core, much the same as ceramic tile. Although not uncommon, this is generally not a very functional countertop—glass tiles are better suited for backsplashes.
With modern amenities and vintage touches, hassle-free zinc countertops are perfect in a casual kitchen. The pair of kitchen islands in this house are topped with Imperial Grey marble and edged in a band of riveted iron. It adds a masculine edge.
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