Today’s modern homeowner requires a different look and feel when it comes to home design. When considering countertops, various materials and styles have gained in popularity, becoming the new go-to with a new installation. By learning more about these hot trends, you can easily find a new material or style choice for a laundry room installation, kitchen or bathroom countertop needs.
Not to be confused with natural stone quartz, engineered quartz is a manmade material that can easily be used for
, the kitchen or laundry areas. The product is created from 90 to 94% ground quartz and then a small percentage of resins and pigments. Engineered quartz is a durable and nonporous option, providing more stability than a natural quartz stone.
In the laundry room, this type of material is perfect as it provides resistance to abrasion, dents, scratches and even acids.
Waterfall Edge Countertops
Instead of the traditional kitchen island or end cabinet with a countertop on the topside only, the waterfall edge allows the countertop material to move down the side of the cabinet to the floor. Flowing like a waterfall, this type of countertop edge provides a sleek look in the home. The color and pattern of the countertop you choose truly takes center stage when you opt for a waterfall countertop installation.
Some homeowners are choosing a unique color for their island and a waterfall edge countertop, so the island is the focal point of the space.
Solid Surface Materials
This option is a low-maintenance solution to countertop installations. As a non-porous material, countertops created from a solid surface material can easily provide a cleanable surface that is durable and stylish.
Solid surface kitchen countertops
are very stain resistant, which works well in an area where you will be cooking with a variety of items. They are also heat resistant so spill away and place hot pans on the surface without fear of damage.
Wood Kitchen Countertops
For some people, there is nothing more beautiful than a wood surface. In the kitchen, wood was used for kitchen countertops but only in butcher block form. Today,
wood kitchen countertops
can be installed in a variety of wood types, stain colors, and patterns. Choose from edge grain, end grain or face grain installations, with a stain choice that matches your design aesthetic.
White Glass Countertops
When it comes to unique trends for 2020, one popular option is white glass countertops. Almost 33% of new countertops installed in today’s homes are white while close to 66% of new cabinets installed in the home is white. White countertops can easily be paired with the popular white cabinetry installation or with any neutral tone.
White glass is actually superior to quartz countertops when it comes to hardness, whiteness and temperature. White glass can withstand hot pans, even acid! White quartz was a popular choice, it tends to yellow. When you opt for the white glass countertops, you do not have to worry about a yellowing component.
If you want to truly go bold with your countertops, choose a material that has a heavy veining pattern. Natural as well as manufactured countertop materials can have veining, which is a color variation found in the line or speckled pattern. With veining, you have a bold contrast within the countertop that provides interest and dimension to the piece.
Choose to stay neutral with a white countertop with slightly visible veining in a color like gray or beige. Or go bold, and choose a dark countertop, perhaps black in color with bright or even silver like veining. The options are truly endless, and you can easily find a style that suits your design needs.
These are just a few options for countertop installations based on 2020 trends. Consider all of these options for your next countertop installation to find the right style for your home.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to
Innovative Construction Materials
. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.