The choice of kitchen countertop is essential in an interior design and one should pay particular attention to the material chosen, its strength, durability and main features, especially in relation to the installation: the material can be used in wet areas or even on the island central or on a gourmet countertop. The visual characteristics of the material also influence the final result, so one should choose the one that best suits the interior design.
What to consider before designing your kitchen countertop?
The recommended height for the kitchen bench should be considered before installation. In general lines, the ideal bench is 90cm high, to suit the stature of people. This can be changed according to the project and varying according to the height of the residents.
Main types of kitchen countertops and materials
For you to understand better, we separate the main materials used in kitchen countertops composition with practical and visual tips to inspire you.
Kitchen counter with sink
Among the various models of vats available, the first consideration to be asked is whether the chosen model is single or double. When there is extra space on the countertop, the double bowl can be used to store crockery and dishes, even for small spaces, the single bowl is recommended. The model of the photo is different, where sink is carved in the stone itself with a noble and modern finish.
American kitchen counter
The gourmet American kitchen may have different types of materials in the composition of the workbench, as shown in this example. In addition to the bench to wet area, there is the bench with support and chairs. In these cases it is also important to look at the distance between the benches to have a comfortable circulation.
Granite kitchen counter
O granite is one of the most popular choice stones when it comes to coating the kitchen countertops. Its cost is reduced, it has good durability and can be applied even in external areas. The final aspect of the installation is a smooth and even stone. The main disadvantage is with regard to acid absorption from food and it is recommended that water does not stand still in the piece to avoid possible stains. Polishing is recommended from time to time to preserve the part.
Wooden kitchen counter
The wood is a material that refers to coziness and comfort and can be installed in the kitchen with due care. Ideally, wood should be applied to the central island or gourmet countertop, avoiding direct contact with water.
Porcelain kitchen counter
Porcelain tile is another good moisture-resistant option, and in this example above, the stone was coated with Portinari white porcelain. The material is durable and manufactured with high technology, has a wide diversity of colors and does not stain with ease. In the installation, besides the stainless steel vats, one can choose to use a vat made of the same material.
Other materials for kitchen countertops
In addition to these materials, others may be used for the bench composition. Among the noblest stones, Silestone and compound marbles are the most expensive items, and may vary according to color and pattern. See all of them:
Silestone is a highly durable and durable material, certainly one of the best choices of composite marbles. One of its advantages is that the material is found in several colors like blue, yellow, red and others: then you can elaborate the composition of the decoration with your environment.
Quartz is a variation of the Silestone, but with the price a bit more affordable than the first option.
Nanoglass is another noble material made from resin and glass powder. One of its advantages is durability and strength, it does not stain easily or scratch.
O burnt cement is a modern option to use as a material base for the kitchen, ideal for island benches and gourmet kitchens with cooktop. On the sink bench, it should be treated by coming into contact with water. The material refers to the rusticity of the environment.
Marble is a noble material to compose on the countertop and has its high cost. The stains presented may vary according to the type of stone chosen.
Corian is another material that follows the Silestone line, with similar characteristics and great color variations.
More photos and inspirations from kitchen benches
Check out photos and inspirations from kitchen benches with different materials and formats to inspire:
Picture 1 - Granite is a modern option for the kitchen countertop
Picture 2 - Another option that uses the granite in the kitchen bench
Picture 3 - Complete bench with granite material and curved area.
Picture 4 - Choose the right material for the bench with island.
Picture 5 - White kitchen countertop model.
Picture 6 - Model of kitchen counter in U.
Picture 7 - The granite black São Jorge is one of the most popular options for benches in general.
Image 8 - Kitchen counter in blue color with noble stone.
Image 9 - Central island bench with wood.
Wood is good material for the area of the island, as there is no direct exposure to liquids and even if it has a sink, it should not be the main one. The material still brings warmth and comfort to the touch.
Image 10 - Gourmet kitchen counter with wood.
Image 11 - Kitchen counter with stone and white wood.
Picture 12 - And the Silestone still allows the application with different colors.
For anyone who wants to dare on the decor, choose a vibrant color of the material for the workbench. This design chose a Silestone Rose Monza hue.
Image 13 - Kitchen counter in red color.
Image 14 - Countertop with wood cooktop.
Image 15 - White American kitchen counter.
Picture 16 - Kitchen counter in marble.
Image 17 - Black kitchen counter.
Image 18 - Gourmet kitchen counter.
Image 19 - Black kitchen counter.
Image 20 - White kitchen counter.
Picture 21 - Another kitchen countertop version that uses granite as a material.
Image 22 - Model of bench for island.
Picture 23 - Kitchen counter with granite material.
Image 24 - Highlight the color of the bench material.
A beautiful composition with a black stone and small shiny spots of material
Image 25 - Wooden kitchen counter painted in gray.
In addition to the natural look, the wood can receive a special finish with paint to have a different color in the piece. This example follows the gray color.
Image 26 - Wooden kitchen counter.
Image 27 - In this island, the bench follows the color black.
Image 28 - U-shaped kitchen counter with granite.
Picture 29 - In this project, the white countertop was used in any kitchen composition.
Picture 30 - Kitchen counter with wood.