Remodeling your kitchen is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work. With so many designs, colors and patterns to choose from, it’s enough to make your head spin. Don’t let stress and frustration ruin the enjoyment of your kitchen renovation project. Take your time and consider the elements of your kitchen design, one by one.

Besides your custom cabinets, your countertops and backsplashes will have the most impact on the look of your kitchen. Two of the most popular and practical types of kitchen countertops are quartz and granite. We’ll take a look at the features of each and how to best blend them with your overall kitchen decor.

Choosing the Right Countertops for Your Kitchen Design Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a popular choice because it’s available in such a wide variety of colors and patterns and it’s easy to clean and maintain. The manufacturing process involves fusing natural quartz aggregates with resin and additives, which allows for high flexibility in its final appearance. Quartz countertops are non- porous, which means they don’t have to be periodically treated with a sealant like other types of natural stone countertops. They’re not heat-resistant though, so you can’t place hot pans on them without the risk of scorching.

Matching quartz countertops with the other elements of your kitchen decor, cabinets, backsplashes and hardware is simpler with so many styles to choose from, but you still need to consider complementary colors and the effect it will have on the overall aesthetics. For instance, solid white quartz will match well with almost anything, while white cabinets and backsplashes might look best with a salt-and-pepper countertop.

Granite Countertops

Granite, with its beautiful veined patterns, is an excellent kitchen countertop choice not only for its visual appeal but also for its durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance, and resistance to stains, scratches and heat. It’s great for use around sinks and stoves, and the natural veining tends to hide the unsightly lines between countertop sections. However, granite is porous, and it will need to be sealed occasionally, maybe once per year. It offers a good balance between practical and pretty.

The veined patterns in granite are natural and unalterable. Consider the colors of your cabinets, backsplashes and hardware when making your selection. Granite countertops are available in a good variety of hues from light to dark to complement any kitchen design and decor.

Contact Walters Cabinets for more tips on how to create your perfect kitchen.