If you are looking for elegance and timeless style, Carrara marble is the way to go. However, the natural properties of marble make it prone to staining, pitting and discoloration. Quartz offers the look of natural marble, but requires much less maintenance. It also comes in hundreds of patterns and colors, from concrete to granite and even if you want a little sparkle! Designer tip: choosing a countertop with a matte finish is a subtle way to soften the look of the quartz.
If stone countertops don’t fit your aesthetic, replace your outdated and tired laminate countertops with warm wood for a durable upgrade. Butcher block is virtually maintenance-free, only needing an occasional coating of mineral oil, and will add a beautiful natural element to any kitchen. Designer tip: instead of using butcher block for your entire top, consider adding it to just the island or one area of the kitchen for a functional and beautiful focal point.
Do you have a blank wall in your kitchen and aren’t sure how to dress it up? Installing wood-look planks from floor to ceiling will give your space a warm and rustic look, or use simple white shiplap for a clean and easy accent wall. This is a great technique for any room in the house, not just your kitchen! And don’t forget about the 5th wall, the ceiling! Paint a fun hue, or add white paneling to add some unexpected charm to your kitchen space. Designer tip: add even more interest by installing the planks in a large chevron pattern!