Decorating & Design

July 21, 2010

Sleek Countertop Materials

Photo Blog July 21 Counter Countertop Sink Cupboards Kitchen

During our renovation, something we did rather quickly was choose a countertop. We went with a fresh white quartz counter by HanStone (Swan Cotton) that we purchased at Ikea along with our cabinets. A sale that day spurred us on, but we are so pleased with how it looks. We choose the 1-1/4” thick counter and added a waterfall for a bit of drama. As we’re both on the taller side and keen to never hunch over a counter again, we raised our cabinets a few inches higher than the standard height. Goodbye lower back pain!

Photo Blog July 21 Counter Countertop Sink Quartz Kitchen

At first I was a bit unsure of the flecks in the quartz, but I really love it now. Plus, the surface is so nice to work on, and is stain- and heat-resistant to boot. As you can see, we still need to put up a backsplash and some shelves.

These are some of the other options we looked at:

Photo Blog July 21 Counter Countertop Sink Kitchen

This pretty one is by IceStone, which is made of recycled glass.

Photo Blog July 21 Counter Countertop Sink Thick Kitchen

And this comparable white quartz counter by CaesarStone takes the thick countertop to new heights.

Photo Blog July 21 Counter Countertop Sink Black Kitchen

The lovely solid surface in this kitchen is by PaperStone, and made of, you guessed it, paper. Green and gorgeous.

Everyone here at H&H is busy producing our big October issue, which will be full of great kitchen ideas, but in the meantime, check out our gallery of 8 Kitchen Styles for more inspiration.

Photo credits:
Catherine MacIntosh
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