Say buh-bye to busy counters.
And while it is certainly still a popular choice, the particular color and style is changing. Natural stone surfaces are wildly popular—how many kitchens do you know of with white marble counters or backsplash? But that’s just it—folks are opting for sleeker, veined, solid, or “marbled” stone cuts, and less of the speckled, spotted styles, like the one below:
While sleeker, more subdued granites are making their way on the scene, this like powder bathroom vanity from our 2017 Idea House:
“People aren’t in powder rooms for long, so I like to make them really interesting,” says Harper. She’s already a fan of tortoiseshell, so when she heard about the island’s serious conservation efforts with sea turtles, she went for Tortoise in Amazon by Schumacher and accessorized with resin turtle shells from Hayneedle on the walls. The Absolute Black granite-topped vanity makes the dark walls and hammered-brass sink by Nantucket Sinks stand out even more. Harper also added customizable acrylic-and-brass sink legs. “I do this all the time. It makes any sink look really beautiful,” she says.
Between marble, quartz, quartzite, stainless steel, butcher block, concrete, granite, laminate, and many more, it can be overwhelming to pick the right countertop that works for you. Then, even after you pick the material, they all come in a variety of cuts, colors, and finishes now too. Don’t be afraid to mix and match to get a kitchen setup that works for you.