Believe it or not; designing a perfect kitchen is the most difficult part of the home design. When it comes to choosing the right style for kitchen counters and perfect material for the kitchen counter-tops; it’s a massive decision. Kitchen counters play a decisive role in defining the style of the kitchen since everything in the kitchen is designed around it. The selection of material for counter-tops demand special attention since it has to bear the brunt of preparation, cooking and cleaning. Apart from being durable and stain, scratch and heat proof, it has to look beautiful to enhance the aesthetics of the kitchen. With numerous options available and homeowners more open to experimentation, the kitchen planners are excited to explore the new avenues in the kitchen design and in choosing counter-top material. Let’s explore with the professionals of Homify 19 kitchen counters and counter-top idea for your Indian home.
A long kitchen needs an island which complements its length. The solid surface counter is extended by the wooden breakfast bar to blend with the aesthetics of the kitchen. Solid surface is a man-made material created to imitate granite or other natural stone. Mostly made by blending synthetic acrylic and polyester materials with a small amount of natural stone dust, this material can be cast into one single piece counter-top with integrated sinks.
Though modern designers are going beyond the classic granite and exploring other materials when it comes to counter-top, but nothing can beat the elegance of the natural charm of granite counter-top. In this modern-style open kitchen designed in the traditional U-shape, black granite counter in contrast with beige colour add more style into the stylish space. A small elevated granite table over the counter-top forms the breakfast bar for quick bites.
The selection of mosaic stone counter-top merges with the dark theme of the kitchen to give it a synchronize look. The counter is laid in the shape of ‘L’ which is the most common style to copy especially in a small kitchen.
Running along the length of the kitchen the parallel counters with shiny counter-top matches with the formal marble flooring beneath. The serenity of pristine white is harmonized by the electric blue cabinetry and patterned ceramic tiles on the backsplash.
Comfort in the kitchen depends on the maximum utilization of the space. U-shaped counter in the small kitchen with smooth granite running on the counter-top will create enough work space for prep, cook and clean. The clean solid slab of granite is undoubtedly the most preferred choice among the homeowners when it comes to counter-top. Though fairly expensive, granite counter-top is durable and easy to maintain. No two pieces of granite are same, so it gives a unique look to each counter-top. With granite, it is also possible to get no-seam counter-top.
In a large open kitchen with spread out counters for cooking, service and island; each zone is once again marked by selecting different types of material and colour as the counter-tops. While the cooking counter is made of granite, the service platform is white solid surface and the island is made of laminated wood.
If you want something latest and unique for your kitchen counter-top, then opt for the smooth strength of glass. The new high tensile glass is heat, scratch, bacteria, mold and stain-resistant and its beautiful look will keep you captivated. Extend the counter-top up to the backsplash and admire its unique beauty.
Why should only the walls and cabinets in the kitchen have all the colours? Reverse the style and give your kitchen a colourful makeover with colours on the counter-top of the kitchen counters. You can further extend the colours on the backsplash or one long cabinet, but make sure that you use the colour judiciously.
In modern homes with integrated social area, open kitchen plan and limited space in the home, all we need is smart planning to make the most of what is available. Like here in this kitchen instead of long counters all over the kitchen, there is one L-shaped counter and the rest of the counters are filled depending on the availability of the space, thus creating extra space for kitchen gadgets and an island cum partition platform in the kitchen.
Instead of erecting a wall to make the kitchen an enclosed space, why not show your creativity and design a half wall partition which could also serve as service platform or breakfast bar. Cover the counter with concrete slab which is an ‘in’ thing now and enjoy the graceful coolness of counter-top while cooling off with loved ones.
Caesarstone or quartz stone is created by man to mimic any type of natural stone and marble is one of them. This man-made stone slab for kitchen counters has been modified and added with special qualities which are missing in natural marble. For example the factory made stone slab are cheaper, tougher and low on maintenance than the natural marble. The kitchen counter running along the walls is also in L shape like the island with cook-top, sink and an arm extended to form the family’s informal dining table.
Matching cabinets, gadget garage, pantry, counter-top of the kitchen counters and the breakfast bar in the open kitchen is giving it the retro feel through its colours. While the kitchen counter is made of soapstone, the counter-top of the breakfast bar is an extension of laminated wood to match with the cabinetry material used for the kitchen.
A combination of two different styles and textures will create magic in the kitchen. The smooth surface of solid-surface on work counter and the warmth of wood on the service cum breakfast bar will bring two different styles and still beautifully bind the kitchen together.
The Vastu shastra for kitchen suggests chocolate colour for the kitchen. You may think of dominating your kitchen with the shades of chocolate on wall tiles, cabinets and then even at the top of the counters installed in the shape of U in U-shaped kitchen. With lots of options in engineered materials available you can get it in any colour, texture or style.
Nothing can beat the effortless elegance of natural marble. In a small kitchen integrated with the social area of the modern urban home, the marble counter-top will elevate the beauty of the space. Compliment it with electric blue on the cabinets and simple ceramic tiles as backsplash and enjoy the calmness of your cool kitchen in the hustle-bustle of city life.
Normal is predictable, so the designer thought of styling this kitchen just by redefining the regular style of kitchen counters. This perpendicular kitchen counter with smooth counter-top in beige blends with the cabinetry dominated by wood.
The innovations in the field of kitchen counter materials have made any shape too possible in the kitchen counter. Here the kitchen counter bends to form a curve, which without the engineered materials for counter-top was impossible to attain.
Once upon a time, a common feature of our ancestral homes and historical buildings, soapstone has once again become popular among the modern homeowners as an elegant substitute to granite in kitchen counter-tops. Quite commonly found locally too, this natural stone is hard and resistant to stains and heat. However, it will age gracefully with time to give the kitchen an antique look and feel. The soapstone counter-tops in work counter and in island goes well with wood, red and beige kitchen.
Quartz is one of the latest and greatest innovations by man as far as man-made counter-top materials are concerned. Install it in your kitchen and you can assure a high resale value for your home. The quartz is an engineered stone product made from pulverized waste rocks and resins which is added for binding and hardness. Its popularity is rapidly increasing as an alternative to natural stone because of its resistance to stains, heat, scratch and bacteria and is available in various colours and style.
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