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Kitchen Counter Trends

As a new year approaches, your resolutions may include freshening up your home with new countertops in your kitchen or bathrooms. While they may seem like a small part of your renovation, new countertops make such a difference, and 2022 promises some fantastic design ideas. Innovative finishes, sustainable materials, fresh colors, and unique textures are on the way, giving you much to consider. Here are a few things to think through as you review your options.

Trend #1. Quartz Isn’t Going Anywhere

Quartz is timeless, and part of its appeal is its durability and stain resistance. Over time, it’s become as popular as granite, due to its low maintenance and aesthetics. When it comes to maintenance, quartz has the advantage over granite in that it isn’t porous and therefore doesn’t require resealing. Also, quartz comes in so many colors and patterns that you’re sure to find something that works with your design plan.

Trend #2. Honed vs. Polished

Polished services still reign supreme in the world of countertops, but 2022 offers some exciting uses for texture. Whether you choose marble, granite, or quartz for your kitchen, adding a honed or leathered surface creates something truly unique.

  • A honed finish is matte, meaning that it has very little or no shine to the smooth surface. This finish works exceptionally well with marble. The matte finish hides the scratches and flaws that often appear in kitchen countertops.
  • Leathered finishes are new and growing in popularity. The finish has a soft appearance with a low level of gloss. Counters with a leathered finish feel different to the touch; they’re exceptionally good at concealing fingerprints and water spots.

Trend #3. Natural Patterns Gain Popularity

Adding patterns and individuality will continue to be popular in 2022. Natural curves and veins are appealing in stone kitchen countertops and make your kitchen truly one-of-a-kind. Modern technology can make your quartz kitchen countertops look like raw materials such as stone, marble, and granite by swirling in patterns and veins.

Trend #4: Kitchen Sink Styles to Talk About

Most homeowners consider changing out the sinks when they get new kitchen countertops. For 2022, the newest trend in sinks is to utilize your large sink as a workstation. Not only are sinks utilized for washing dishes, but they can be used for entertaining with the right accessories. Oversized sinks not only look amazing with your new quartz kitchen countertops, but they’re also convenient because of the extra space they give you. Farmhouse or apron front sinks will also be trendy.

Trend #5. Bold & Dramatic

Bold colors, when carefully selected, can help you get just the right look in your modern or conventional kitchen countertops. Black quartz or granite kitchen countertops can be a strong contrasting point in rooms with lots of wood or colorful tile. You can also use dramatic coloring to make your dishes, towels, and other decorative pieces stand out.

Trend #6. Dreamy Backsplash Trends

The kitchen backsplash offers a blank canvas to make your kitchen a work of art. Patterned backsplashes with bold textures and patterns come in an almost endless array of colors, from bold and modern to natural and neutral. Consider innovative materials such as large slabs of marble, stainless steel, glass, and even wood or copper. Just make sure that the materials you choose fit your aesthetics, are functional, and easy to clean. As cabinet design moves toward minimalism, homeowners have more wall space to cover with backsplashes.

Trend #7. Utilize Sustainable Materials

Homeowners are more and more often concerned with using sustainable materials in their living space. As a result, sustainable materials are more readily available in a broader range of choices. For example, you’ll find many new materials with no VOCs or plastic resins when you start shopping. Recycled glass is beautiful, durable, and valuable in your countertops and backsplashes.

Trend #9. Outdoor Living

With people spending more time at home, outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity. Outdoor countertops must have all the features of indoor ones, but they must also be able to stand up to the elements. To protect your investment, choose waterproof materials that are easy to clean and resistant to the sun’s UV rays. Tile, granite, and concrete are excellent choices.

Where Can I Learn More?

From budget-friendly laminate kitchen countertops to elaborate designs in granite and quartz, homeowners have much to consider when remodeling a kitchen in 2022 in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. At Poulin Design Center, we have the expertise and the tools to help you make your kitchen a dream come true. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals can help you with every step of your project, even if you don’t know where to start. Contact us today for your free design consultation and see what 2022 has in store for your home.

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