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4 Best Countertop Ideas for Your New Kitchen

4 Best Countertop Ideas for Your New Kitchen

Are you designing a kitchen for your new home or renovating an old one? Remodeling your kitchen can improve your property value and breathe new life into your home. One of the most significant design decisions is what to do with the countertops.

We all know the benefits of granite countertops, but you should consider other unique materials to make your kitchen different from others. Check out our four best countertop ideas for your new kitchen before you make any decision.

Stainless Steel

If you consider yourself a professional chef and want your kitchen to reflect that, stainless steel countertops may be right up your alley. Stainless steel countertops make your new kitchen look restaurant quality and offer many aesthetic and practical advantages.

Stainless steel is resistant to stains, rust, and heat, so you know it can handle almost anything you throw at it. Plus, it’s easy to clean and, when it is clean, shines like no other material you’ll find for your kitchen! It’s pretty easy to install stainless steel countertops, and you don’t have to put a sealant on its surface either or worry about reapplying it annually. Just install them, and your kitchen is set for years.


One of the trendiest countertop materials right now is concrete. It’s easy to see why, as modern and industrial kitchen designs have become popular looks, and concrete countertops blend seamlessly with both vintage and contemporary aesthetics.

Perhaps the most significant advantage of concrete countertops is their versatility. If you choose concrete, you can decide your countertop’s color, size, and thickness. You can even embed glass, shells, or fiber-optic lights in the concrete to stand out!


Over the past handful of years, quartz has become a popular alternative to granite countertops for many reasons. First, quartz looks great with shimmering flecks of silver and gold and a wide range of color options. Also, quartz is made from local and recycled materials, so it’s more affordable and environmentally friendly than granite.

Compared to granite, quartz is also more durable—it doesn’t chip as quickly and is easier to repair in case of damage. Quartz countertops are also less porous than granite, which means spills don’t get absorbed into the material and become hotbeds of bacteria—the last thing anyone wants in their kitchen.

Butcher Block/Reclaimed Wood

Consider a butcher block or reclaimed wood countertop if you want your new kitchen to feel welcoming and cozy. Wood countertops are relatively rare, but they’re undeniably gorgeous and can make your kitchen distinct from the rest.

Wood countertops are easy to install, affordable, and easy to maintain with simple soap and water. Plus, if you like a weathered-wood look, you can cut and chop directly on your counter! There are many kinds of wood you can go with, but maple is the hardest and generally considered the best option.

There are numerous design choices when designing or renovating a new kitchen, but one of the most important is your new countertops. More standard materials like granite can look great, but we think going with a more out-of-the-box idea is more fun. Which of our four best countertop ideas for a new kitchen is your favorite? Which will you choose for your new kitchen?

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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