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A countertop can make or break an entire kitchen’s aesthetic. Choose the right one, and you’ve built yourself a welcoming space that people are more than willing to spend their time in. Choose the wrong one, however, and you risk a room that not even you, the homeowner, likes to spend time in besides making a quick snack and then escaping to one of your more preferred rooms.

For the longest time, granite has reigned king as one of the top choices in countertop material. It’s stunningly beautiful, durable, and also adds a modern and refreshing look to a kitchen. Time has marched on however and the days of granite countertops are slowly eroding as more and more contenders are vying to be top dog.

Here are just a few materials that are making waves in the countertop world:

Quartzite

One of the most popular types of countertops coming out now is those made from quartzite. These countertops are typically on the lighter end of the scale, with calming white tones that have a bit of variance to them and some color running through them as well for good measure.

While quartzite counters are a pinch more expensive per square feet than granite ones, they are much more durable and can withstand heat much better. White may be one of the more predominant choices in quartzite counters, but there is a huge variance in color.

They are characterized by their vibrant yet not overpowering colors and suitability for high traffic areas that might wear down other types of countertops.

Concrete

You read that right, concrete countertops. Don’t picture the same kind of concrete used to pour in foundations, however, it seems that concrete technology has evolved a lot in recent years and what’s on offer now is worth taking a look at.

Newer concrete formulations are a lot lighter than the older types while still being durable enough to withstand household use. These countertops can be customized to be just about any color there is and some even look reminiscent of earlier granite countertop designs that used to be popular.

They can be made off-site but some are poured right in your kitchen and allowed to dry right in front of your eyes.

Butcherblock

Some people can’t get over the appeal of wooden counters, and I can’t say that I blame them. One popular type of wood countertop is the butcher block style.

In these countertops, wooden planks of different lengths and colors are alternated throughout the counter in a complementary pattern and have a slightly glossy finish to them. People enjoy their utility in food preparation and it isn’t uncommon for a granite or quartzite countertop to have a small island made of butcherblock explicitly for dicing up food.

The countertop is one of the most pivotal aspects of any kitchen or even bathroom and sets the vibe for the entire room. Pick a modern design that compliments the rest of your home nicely and you’ll be able to see the difference the minute it’s installed in your home. What was previously just a place for making a bit of food has now become a place to entertain on top of all of that.