Veining, White, and Other Kitchen Countertop Trends for 2022
Is It Time for a New Kitchen Countertop?
Your kitchen décor is just like your clothes. Eventually, it goes out of style. Countertops can get stained or damaged, too, or sometimes you’re simply tired of your kitchen as it is and wants to remodel. Whatever your reason for buying a new kitchen countertop, you’ll want to know what’s in fashion so your kitchen will look its best.
Kitchen Countertop Trend #1: Veining
Veining creates a pattern more visually appealing to the contemporary eye than the blank kitchen countertops of yore. When making quartz resemble natural stone, fabricators add veining, and of course, it’s naturally present in marble and granite, too.
A veined countertop differs from a speckled countertop in that the veining is more random-looking and larger in scale. It leaves a fair amount of space between the veins. It can be subtle or bold depending on the basic color of the slab and the contrasting color of the ripples.
Ideally, the veining will match up well with the look of walls, cabinets, floors, and backsplash. To make the veining pop, pair it with hardware that plays up its color, have the slab continue up the wall as the backsplash, or have it continue down the side of an island or cabinet in a waterfall finish.
Kitchen Countertop Trend #2: White Is In
For a while, bold colors in the kitchen were all the rage, but now they’re going out of fashion. Instead, white is making a comeback.
If the choice is not for a pure white countertop, it’s still likely to be for a soft neutral color like gray, beige, light blue, or dull brown. The softer colors often serve to highlight individual elements. In addition, they combine with natural light to make the kitchen feel more spacious.
Kitchen Countertop Trend #3: People Still Like Quartz
Quartz came in as an alternative to granite. Unlike granite, it’s not porous, which means that although at least as durable, it’s not susceptible to staining and is less likely to provide a breeding ground for unsanitary, disease-causing bacteria. You don’t have to seal it yearly to combat such problems.
Quartz is also a great choice when it comes to veining and color selection. Manufacturers can make your kitchen countertop look like it’s made of natural stone and pretty much make it white, a soft neutral color, or any other color you prefer.
Kitchen Countertop Trend #4: Honed and Leather Surfaces
Kitchen countertops are now available on more tactile and textured surfaces than ever before. In other words, there are interesting alternatives to the usual polished countertop surface.
Two of the up-and-comers are honed and leather surfaces. Each can be applied to many materials including quartz, granite, and marble, and both offer to the pattern.
A honed finish is a matte finish that doesn’t shine very much. How it looks depends on the type of stone, but you can expect it to have a smooth surface and a low sheen. It works well with marble since the low sheen helps conceal any imperfections in the stone.
A leather finish offers a soft sheen less glossy than that of a polished one and does a good job of concealing water spots and fingerprints. The leather finish keeps the stone’s natural color, which lends a more sophisticated look than a honed finish.
Kitchen Countertop Trend #5: The Kitchen Sink
Though popular for a while, integrated sinks are on the way out. The preference today is for more interesting finishings, styles, and sizes including gold, brass, and matte black sinks and fixtures.
Oversized sinks are gaining in popularity, in part because they’re so useful. They pair well with oversized refrigerators. Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron sinks, are another increasingly popular option.
Kitchen Countertop Trend #6: The Backsplash
Backsplashes have been in for a while, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. But the specific kind of backsplash that’s in fashion does vary.
Subway tiles are less popular than they used to be. When they are still used, people are opting for bigger ones that offer various textures and patterns. Generally speaking, people want bigger tiles or slabs that offer patterns and/or texture.
Colors vary according to taste. A splash of color can accent the countertop, and neutral patterns and textures contribute to a more classic look.
The newest backsplashes are often made of large slabs of marble, wood, copper, stainless steel, quartz, or wood, and they sometimes go all the way up to the ceiling. This is particularly so because upper cabinets are dwindling in popularity.