We are not going to talk about the importance of the kitchen countertop as a work surface and as a decorative element, because it is obvious. Let’s focus on what you’re wearing and what trends are currently on kitchen countertops.

A few decades ago, natural stone, especially granite, was the reference material. However, despite its excellent performance in terms of strength and quality / price, its demand continues to decline. There are notable exceptions derived from high quality quarries and original designs, but that is not the trend.

The smooth colors that until recently were the most used, with the appearance of the quartz scene, are also starting to stagnate. The exception in this case is white, a safe value when it comes to fashion.

Geometric designs, artistic creatives and some woods (mainly the darker ones) are not worn. In fact, they have already disappeared from the catalogs of most major manufacturers.

Technology Vs Nature

marble countertops

What many consumers are looking for today is a combination of technology and natural appearance. On the one hand, countertops with better performance: more resistant, do not stain (not porous), antibacterials, etc.

On the other hand, with the appearance of elements that we can find in nature: stone, sand, wood … In that sense the dominant trend is marble. It would be very difficult to find a manufacturer that did not have one or more types of marble in its designs. It has white, black, with well-marked, broken ribs … The possibilities are very great.

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Industrial style countertops

The other trend in kitchen countertops is found in industrial-looking designs. Mainly oxides and cement or concrete.

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Technology has allowed us to obtain materials that in some areas go beyond nature. This research allowed us to manufacture countertops very resistant and non-porous. I highlight this last feature because thanks to it we can forget the stains that penetrated the material, maintenance is drastically reduced and we can also talk about antibacterial surfaces.

Compact Quartz

Quartz countertops are composed of a high percentage of quartz and then of resins and pigments. Has a extraordinary resistance and allows any design and texture.

The most well-known manufacturers or brands are Silestone and Compac. Both have a wide and varied catalog.

The main disadvantages of this material are that it is affected by high temperatures (for example, placing a hot pan directly on the plate) and that the color may fade with time and direct and constant light.

Porcelain

It is a newer industrial product that solves some of the problems of quartz. That is, they are not affected by heat and do not discolor. They also have excellent strength.

On the other hand, being something new, the variety of designs is still limited, although if we are concerned with trends, these are clearly the first to be addressed.

The brands Neolith, Dekton (same manufacturer of Silestone) and Levantina stand out.

Laminated or post-formed

When budget is a problem to be up to date this type of bench can help us.

It is essentially a panel of wood particles composed of several layers. One is a melamine paper on which any design can be applied. It is a great way to be fashionable in our kitchen without making a big investment.