Here is what we learned from our designer partners in 2020: the countertop is an essential component of the kitchen. It is where most interactions take place and an area where people spent most of their times at. But more than that, your countertop is the foundation of kitchen décor when doing a kitchen renovation. It’s setting the tone and feel of the space.
Seeing its importance in kitchen décor, it matters a lot what material, finish and design you choose for your countertop. We have put together the top 5 countertop trends for 2021 that will give you ideas for your own kitchen. As our customers would expect, these trends focus heavily on color and material choices. As you will learn, quartz is still the crowned head of kitchen countertops.
Trend #1. Quartz is still here and still in the 1st place
Quartz was introduced as a high-end alternative to granite, check out our granite vs quartz article. Granite as natural rock has for years dominated the countertop scene especially for homeowners who want something strong, durable, and good-looking. But it has a downside–it is porous. This means that liquids like water, wine, and oils can seep through the surface causing staining. Even worse, it encourages the breeding of dangerous bacteria that could leave your countertop unsanitary.
The porous issue can be resolved by sealing the granite surface with a non-porous sealant. But the sealant wears off with time & wear, so the countertop has to be resealed throughout its lifetime.
Quartz, on the other hand, is non-porous and does not have to go through regular re-sealing. This means it is highly resistant against staining and is one of the most hygienic countertop options for homeowners. Add to that the fact that quartz is extremely strong, making it super durable and you can see why this low maintenance material is not going anywhere soon as the countertop material of choice for many homeowners.
Quartz now comes in many colors, patterns, and finishing techniques that mimic the look of natural stone. One of the most current and trending finishes right now is matte. In 2021, Quartz manufacturers will continue to impress us with manufacturing improvements to keep this countertops option king. Not just for this year, but for quite some time to come.
Trend #2. The finishes: Polished vs Honed
Since we have been experiencing a design movement using more textured and tactile surfaces, why not consider it in countertops too. Honed and leather surfaces are the most common and can be applied to many different materials, such as granite, marble, and quartz. Even though polished is still the most popular, there are advantages to these two others.
A honed finish is a matte finish with little to no shine. The overall look will vary depending on the stone type, but it should have a low sheen and a smooth surface. Honed finishes work well with marble since its lack of shine conceals any flaws or scratch marks more readily.
A leathered finish is a newer style of treatment that has become more popular in recent years. It has a soft sheen, that is less glossy from a polished slab, and to the touch has a different feel. The leather finish retains the stone’s natural color giving it a more sophisticated look than honed. It also hides fingerprints and water spots remarkable well, which is very appealing to many.
These are just a few finishes to consider when choosing a countertop.
Trend #3. Countertops With Character – Veining and Patterns Get Popular
Smooth and silk-like veining brings character and style.
Homeowners are seeking a bit more character in their countertops. Thankfully, technology is there to offer creative solutions. Today, countertops come in a wide variety of patterns unlike the plain styles of years past. Say goodbye to the round particulates of countertops past and hello to realistic veining.
Materials like quartz are being designed to resemble slabs of natural stone, like granite & marble. This involves creating veins in interesting patterns swirled into the countertop slabs. Our 3d Rendering is helping our customers to visualize the actual stone selection prior to cutting and the best part is that our 3D Rendering Service is free, we made it free cause we care about 100% satisfaction for every single customer. This option added a boost to our customer’s creative personality in their kitchens.
Trend #4. Kitchen Sink Styles To Get Excited About
If the countertop is getting the modern treatment then sinks should not be left behind. Oversized sinks are also gaining popularity this year. 2021 is bringing different finishings, sizes, and styles to kitchen sinks and we’re super excited about it. This year we’re seeing matte black sinks and sink fixtures, as well as gold and brass colors, take over. These finishes stray away from your typical silver metal sinks. These are also popular faucet color choices for 2021 bathroom trends!
This is great in terms of functionality. Oversized sinks pair lovely with an oversized fridge! As the kitchen area continues to expand in area and accessibility, it only makes sense that its appliances do as well. Elegant and modern styles of sinks are also coming in hot this year and will be highly sought after. For example, farmhouse sinks, otherwise known as apron front sinks are super trendy. Expect to see all these types of sinks as part of 2021 kitchen countertop trends.
Trend #5. Outdoor Kitchen Countertops
Yes, outdoor kitchens don’t belong to this trend but 2020 changed the way how we cook and how we can improvise and how to make more exciting our family time.
Now in 2021, we will entertain our guests and family in our outdoor environment, an outdoor open kitchen.
When picking outdoor kitchen countertops, your priority should be durability first and appearance second. Or else, you will find your investment vanishing in an instant.
An outdoor countertop must be durable, waterproof, easy to clean up, and gorgeous. Porcelain and Granite are the winners for the material choice. There are almost as numerous material selections for outdoor counters as there are for indoor ones.
The countertop has always been a big part of kitchen décor. Through the decades we have gone from style to style as homeowners seek the perfect look for their main cooking space. In modern times, variety and customization is the theme of the day.
Now in 2021 homeowners have an almost endless selection of materials, styles, edges, sizes, and finishes to choose from.