In the busiest room of the house, kitchen countertops bear the brunt of daily activity. Scratches, stains and dings add up over time. New countertops revive the heart of your home without the expense of a complete remodel. While budget is a critical factor in choosing materials, remember to also consider performance, durability and style.Read the Entire Article
Whether you choose glass, natural stone—granite, limestone, lava stone, or slate—or even manmade materials that mimic them, the trend is away from over-the-top details toward a simpler look. “flat panel doors and honed stone” are popular says Judy Bracht, a certified kitchen designer at Stuart Kitchens in McLean. “People are getting away from shiny surfaces,” and going for a more casual look, she says. “People associate high sheen with formality. The trend is toward a warmer look like that found in slate or limestone,” Cheryll Bowie of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath concurs.