The Kitchen Counter: More Than it Appears on the Surface

By Leslie A.M.
RefacingCabinet.com Columnist

Kitchen counters are practically carbon dating for kitchens. As much as the color scheme, they become iconic of an era. Stainless steel of the 50s, tile of the 60s, colored formica of the 70s, then fast forward to today's granite.

A Kitchen Counter Defines Your Style

As such, your kitchen counter material can make or break the look you want. If you are headed for a Tuscan kitchen, likely stainless steel is not the surface to warm up your gold and amber walls with rich dark-stained wood cabinets. It just does not complete the look. The same goes for a modern kitchen with flashy marble.

If you are unsure, consult a representative at your local home center or an interior decorator. So many choices are available--from rustic to elegant--that you want to make a wise decision.

Don't Take Your Kitchen Counter for Granite

Granite may be the way to go for you. It is the most popular choice these days, with many looks and colors, but it comes with a hefty price tag. If you have a limited budget for your kitchen tune up, don't rule it out too quickly. Sometimes you can buy granite or marble remnants. It might mean you have more seams in your kitchen counter, but a well-placed seam around a stovetop or sink area is hardly noticeable.

Speaking of remnants, put your purchase to good use. If you have to buy more slabs than you need, consider using the extra as a top to a butcher block, a kitchen table, or as part of--or all of--the backsplash.

Whatever you choose, your kitchen counter is key to a successful custom kitchen look. Even if you have inexpensive kitchen cabinets, consider splurging on your kitchen counter.


About The Author

Leslie A.M. Smith is a freelance writer and desperately needs a new kitchen. Until she can afford it, she has her eye on refacing her cabinets.