Our Favorite Countertops that Marry Both Form and Function
As we prepare to hit the mid-year mark, it’s time to start mulling over what will be the most “Instagram-Worthy” kitchen design trends come 2019. While thoughts of a redesign might seem daunting, kitchen remodels are amazing investments, both for personal and financial gains. Not only do they immediately increase the value of any property, but they also turn houses into homes.
Alex Xakoustis, of ITALKRAFT, told Haute Living why the kitchen is the most important room of the house “…it’s heart of the home. You spend most of your time in the kitchen, entertaining family and friends. As a matter of fact, there has been an increased interest in the transitional kitchen, which opens up the space and combines it with elements from the living room to create a larger functional space.”
With a wide array of materials and styles to choose from, ITALKRAFT’S design experts have selected five items from their showroom to help find the best fit for your home. As a pioneer in the industry, Italkraft commits to materials that appeal to both your lifestyle needs and design aesthetics, without foregoing functionality. Here is a snapshot of our favorite countertops to from ITALKRAFT that are worth putting on your #kitchengoals radar:
Natural granite countertops are an aesthetically pleasing and timeless option. This classic stone provides versatility that adjusts to any design style. Granite is an all natural, high-quality material that is durable, heat and scratch resistant, and relatively low maintenance. If sealed properly and cleaned regularly, a granite countertop will last a lifetime.
Engineered stone is the best alternative to natural stone with 93% quartz particles and unmatched durability. These countertops allow for color play and exude an elegance that caters to the modern homeowner. Among the benefits of these smooth countertops is their resistance to stains, scratches, and heat. The finish also has properties that make it antibacterial. If you are looking for a pop of color to accompany your contemporary design, then this is an option to consider.
Soapstone’s popularity is on the rise due to its easy maintenance, durability, and ageless beauty. A fit for both classic and modern designs, this coveted material is not stain-absorbent, which means that it doesn’t require a seal. A true soapstone kitchen counter maintains its color and darkens over time, adding to its dramatic effect. In the rare instance that the stone gets stained, it can be gently sanded out; and if scratched, a few drops of mineral oil will do the trick.
Marble countertops are a high-end alternative whose sophistication works seamlessly with any kitchen style. Marble keeps a cool temperature that makes an ideal surface for meal prep. Marble is available in a spectrum of colors, and each marble slab is one of a kind.
Quartzite countertops are durable, clean, and crisp. The stone resembles marble, but wears like granite. White is the dominant color for quartzite kitchen counters, which makes it an instant choice for modern designs. This material is one of the strongest in the industry and is heat and stain resistant.