There are many design elements to consider when curating the picture perfect kitchen. Open shelving or glass cabinetry? Hard wood flooring or classic white tiles? What about color? The decision-making process can be long, but there’s one element that shouldn’t be taken lightly: selecting the right countertop.

When choosing your countertop, you need to go with one that fits with your lifestyle. Most clients request countertops that are easy to maintain, stain-resistant and, of course, stylish. Here are our top three material options to consider when choosing a countertop.


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Marble is such an elegant and classic material. Marble exudes sophistication and elevates the look of your kitchen. This material is very resistant to heat, cracks and breakage. However, its porous surface could be a concern. When a surface is porous, the material tends to absorb liquids faster, causing a permanent stain. For this reason, it’s best to have your marble countertop cleaned by a professional. Unlike other materials, if marble is damaged it can be fixed by sanding it down or polishing it.

Granite is by far the most versatile material on this list. Granite is durable, stain-resistant and requires minimal maintenance, making this the perfect countertop for homes with younger children. Permanent stains are very rare, but it’s best to clean up any spills immediately to avoid any damage. There are also many color variations, so choosing the perfect color that coordinates with the rest of your kitchen should be a cinch.


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Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is impervious to heat and bacteria, making it a favorite among professional chefs. This material is by far the best choice for a space outfitted with commercial-style appliances. Since the look of stainless steel is a little cold, it isn’t recommended for a personal home. However, if you choose to go the stainless steel route, be prepared to regularly clean the fingerprint marks.

Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen is a fun process. Once you select your countertops, you’re one step closer to finalizing your dream kitchen! Share your kitchen countertop photos with us on Facebook!


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