Q: What are some interesting countertop materials that are not commonly used?
I would love to do something different, but attractive and versatile in my kitchen. Are there any countertop materials that you love as a professional, but that get used rarely? I'd love to have something really special in my home. Thank you.
A: Copper, Concrete, Concetto, Lava Stone & Vivid colored Quartz
Not many people use Copper as a countertop material, even in small amounts. It can be a beautiful accent, but I recommend using the more durable materials for the majority of your kitchen, which is why Granite and Quartz are so common.
You may want to look at the more unique colors offered by Caesarstone, Silestone and Zodiaq- this would really give your kitchen the pop that you are looking for.
Another less used material, that is also durable, is concrete. But do find a seasoned professional who is skilled in countertops to do the work, as the novice can create a look that you might regret.
Caesarstone also offers its Concetto line of semi precious stones made into solid surface. The colors are stunning! If you are open to spending lots more to achieve that wow factor, look into Concetto, it would certainly be the talk of the neighborhood.
Another option would be an Enamled Lava Stone, it is made from extracted volcanic stone and glazed to give it a unique crackled look. Also very expensive.
Don't be afraid of color in your choices, the most interesting kitchens I have designed use bright colored countertops to accent beautiful but neutral cabinetry.
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