From marble to granite to quartz, choosing the right kitchen countertop can be a daunting process. In addition to material, there's also color, layout and function to consider. We turned to 6 top interior designers to share with us their best advice for countertop design in the kitchen.
TIP: "Choose your countertop first before anything. It can cost more per square foot than any other item in your kitchen and has the biggest impact on your colour palette. Be in love with the countertop you chose." - C. Marie Hebson, InteriorsBYDESIGNinc.
TIP: "If your home has an open plan, make sure that the countertops work with the other finishes, colors and fabrics within the same open space. Always be sure to look at stone samples in the actual kitchen itself. As with paint, light can cause the color of natural stone to vary greatly, so you'll want to look at it in its intended environment." - Paloma Contreras, Paloma Contreras Design
TIP: "The biggest mistake is sacrificing a surface you love because you're afraid it won't last. All countertops perform, and you should feel okay using marble or wood, even though marks might develop over time. For people who know they won't enjoy anything less than a bulletproof surface, I always recommend Corian." - Chloe Warner, Redmond Aldrich Design
Halston Swivel/Fixed Counter Height Stool (Stainless Steel), Oliver & George Living ($795) // The Bunda Leather Stool, Thomas Hayes Studio ($1,100) // LEM Piston Stool with Wood Seat, Design Within Reach ($785) // Bungalow Bar Stool, Guideline MNF ($825)
TIP: "While many contemporary kitchens feature slab surfaces, tile countertops should not be overlooked. Tiles offer an endless array of color and style options and can be employed in innumerable ways to add personality and color. Never underestimate the importance of grout color, which can turn a dated look (classic white) to current (taupe or gray)." - Lindsay Pennington
TIP: "You don't have to use the same material for every counter space. A durable surface such as soapstone, granite or Caesarstone is great near the stove and sink where stains are more likely to occur. If you like a more porous stone like marble, use it where spills can be minimized, like an island. When mixing countertop surfaces do try to avoid mixing two different materials with movement. Instead try a solid with one that is veined--pair materials like you would an outfit." - Regan Baker, Regan Baker Design
Bistro Chair by Berkeley House, via the Boston Design Center (price upon request) // Eddystone, The Urban Electric Co. ($2,135) // Pansy, Aura (price upon request)
TIP: "Get creative with edges and backsplashes. Choosing a built-up edge will give your countertops more substance and personality. Curved or stepped backsplashes are also great budget-friendly ways to add interest." - Terri Pakravan, Decor Dose