Kitchen design: natural countertops with bold highlights

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Countertops and backsplashes are crucial to the design of a kitchen.

When entertaining or in everyday life, the kitchen is a focal point and one of the most used parts of a home.

The kitchen says a lot about you and your style. Many elements need to work together to create your perfect look.

Two areas of focus are the countertop and backsplash. Countertop and backsplash trends for 2017 can greatly affect your kitchen décor.


Countertop trends combine functionality, versatility and appearance.


A long-lasting countertop choice is natural stone. Natural stone is available in a wide variety of colors and can be customized for your kitchen.

Granite is one of the hardest of the natural surfaces. Its structure is far more resistant to abrasions, staining and discoloration. It can withstand heavy use, making it a reliable choice for a kitchen countertop.

Available in numerous colors, textures and patterns, polished granite will give a smooth, reflective appearance, while honed granite creates a matte look.

Marble is one of the most elegant and luxurious stones. Especially when in black or white, marble is one of the biggest trends in 2017.

With distinctive flecks and granular patterns, marble in a honed or brushed finish adds an instant touch of elegance to any kitchen.


Quartz is the leading option for manmade stone. Quartz is stain-repellent and impervious to acidic foods. It is available in colors and patterns to mimic all kinds of other materials.

It has become the go-to choice when homeowners want the look of marble in a kitchen without the maintenance or a durable solid color surface. It’s resistant to scratches and chips and not impervious to heat.

Lastly, quartz is nonporous, meaning it does not require sealing.

There are many quartz surface options, including Zodiaq, Silestone, Hanstone and Cambria. A similar manmade quartz surface with much higher durability is called Dekton. All offer beautiful neutral patterns and colors.

Solid colors are huge, particularly white, tan and gray. Whites and very light shades of tan and gray are most popular because they are easy to design and redesign around these bright, yet neutral shades.

The neutral shades also are perfect for adding pops of bright, bold colors. Flecked stone patterns also are popular.


While updating a countertop, you also can add or change your backsplash.

Changing your backsplash can add color pops or new materials, creating a fresh, new look to your kitchen.


Tile with metal or textile looks and finishes is very popular.

Marble tiles add a modern and fresh look. Marble backsplashes are available in a variety of finishes and colors as well as different shapes and sizes, allowing you to mix and match tile styles that add a distinctive touch.


The masonry tile trend is growing with homes aiming for a more rustic, farmhouse look. This year, homeowners will begin to embrace interpretations such as brick in all sizes, colors, shapes and textures.


When a countertop is very bold, most people tend to want to keep the backsplash classic and simple. For this type of look, subway tile long has been the leading trend. It’s cost-efficient and comes in many different options of color, design and sizes.

Because of its simplicity, it’s becoming a trend in many new homes and is popular among house flippers. Be distinctive with your kitchen; let your style define you.


Backsplashes are not confined to the space between the cabinetry and the countertop. More often, backsplashes are starting to go higher on the wall, even as far as the ceiling.

Custom backsplashes are beginning to be laid out on the wall, depending on the tile choice.

Overall, use natural materials for everlasting countertops and backsplashes with bold color highlights unique to your own style, and your kitchen remodel will be a big success.


Tony Daskus is the owner of GoodFellas Granite LLC (www.goodfellasgranitellc.com) a custom natural stone and quartz fabrication business in Bernville. It performs all fabrication on-site to ensure top quality and also is an Adelphi Kitchens cabinet distributor. He can be reached at 484-218-8184 or tonygoodfellasgranite@outlook.com.

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