Changing your countertops can be a dramatic change for your kitchen and when done right, they may add considerable value to your home.
There are plenty of options out there, from high-end granite and quartz to budget-friendly materials like laminate and tile. No matter what you decide, make sure it fits your needs, personal style and budget.
Things to consider
First, think about how you typically use your kitchen. Are you an avid cook? Home chefs may want to add a butcher’s block section for chopping, while bakers might want to include a marble section for rolling dough.
You’ll also want to consider the overall style you’re aiming for. Ultra-modern kitchens will look sleek with gleaming quartz or stainless steel countertops; French country pairs well with natural stone, like granite or marble; a Mediterranean aesthetic might work with ceramic tile; and so forth. A bold, coloured countertop may be all the rage, but it may not sit well with future homebuyers.
An increasingly trendy option is installing more than one kind of top in your kitchen. This can help differentiate workspaces and add visual interest while keeping costs down (it’s certainly cheaper to do some of your countertops in quartz instead of all of them). Keep in mind where you are placing your countertops, too – you’re better off with stone sink-hugging counters (rather than wood) to prevent water stains and other considerations.