The Latest Trends in Kitchen Countertops

At Dura Supreme Cabinetry, we track trends and color forecasts to make sure our finish palettes and designs are fresh and current.  In addition, we monitor trend developments in all areas of the home, especially those products that affect or influence kitchen design.

Like anything, trends evolve and change over time.  Some flash onto the scene and quickly fade, while others gain widespread acceptance and become part of mainstream fashion or design. 

Sleek & Simple Transitional Design

One such mainstream trend is transitional design for home interiors; sleek lines, simple styling and minimal ornamentation.  Transitional styling has definitively become a prevalent and popular design theme for home interiors and kitchens.

Kitchen Countertop Trends

Countertops too have followed this trend toward transitional styling with several key elements.

First, overall color and pattern of countertops is trending toward more neutral colors with minimal pattern and a smaller crystal size for quartz tops.  In the photos above and below, several examples are shown with a sleek, monochromatic countertop color (usually gray, white, off-white or black) with minimal if any pattern.  (Other than sleek, single-color tops, the classic look of Carrara marble is gaining popularity within all design themes.  This gray and white veined marble is being replicated by quartz countertop makers with outstanding results.)

Cambria "Torquay", "Canongate" and "Snowdon White" color options.   

Countertop trends

Transitional, Minimal Kitchen Renovation on Trend

Transitional styled countertop pattern.

Cabinet trend with white cabinets and white Cambria countertop in Torquay.

Flush Countertops with No Overhang

Yet another trend is the overhang.  Traditionally, countertops were designed according to their purpose which is to provide a hard, durable surface for food preparation and to protect the face of the cabinetry from spills.  Typically, a countertop protrudes past the face of the doors and drawers so that any spills from the counter drop directly to the floor where they can be easily wiped clean (instead of dribbling down the face of the cabinets and hardware).  

With Transitional design being such a popular look, some designers and homeowners are opting for countertops with little or no overhangs, to emphasize the flush, sleek design.  This can be a stunning look as long as the homeowner is aware of the disadvantage of not having an overhang and is willing to sacrifice function for design.  Below are a few examples of flush countertops (with no overhang).

Kitchen countertop trends, countertops with no overhangs, to emphasize the flush, sleek design.

Close up of kitchen countertop with no overhang is an growning trend.

Countertop trend with no flush no-over hang countertop.

Minimal overhang on a kitchen countertop

Built-in cabinetry in a bedroom with a no overhang countertop that is flush with the cabinets.

Waterfall Countertops

Another prevalent trend in countertops is the use of a "waterfall' countertop.  Where the counter comes to the edge of the cabinetry and then runs down the vertical face to the floor.  If you love the color and pattern of your countertop choice, this is an intriguing way to extend that color to a vertical surface.

Waterfall countertop kitchen design trend in a contemporary kitchen.

Countertop Trends in Kitchen Design - Waterfall countertop breakfast bar seating.

A transitional, rustic hickory kitchen design with a dark waterfall countertop on the kitchen peninsula.

Contemporary textured foil kitchen with a white waterfall countertop on the kitchen peninsula.

Three popular countertop trends are shown in this example. This countertop style is thin, has no overhang and has a waterfall feature.

Countertop Thickness

The final trend in countertops is using varying countertop thickness within the kitchen. Traditionally, countertops are fabricated at 1 1/4" - 1 1/2" thick.  But today, designers and homeowners are choosing to vary the thickness (thicker AND thinner) to create a subtle yet intriguing focal point.

A perfect example of the thin thickness countertop trend in a modern kitchen design.

Large, thick countertops create a bold and eye catching design element. A great example of the growing trend in kitchen countertops.

Using a thicker countertop for the kitchen island is a popular application because it helps emphasize the island making it a statement piece.

Trendsetters for Kitchen Countertops. A thicker countertop on the kitchen island to make a statement piece.

A colorful industrial and lofty kitchen design that shows the use of countertops with multiple thicknesses in the same space.

An on trend transitional kitchen design with a thick countertop on the kitchen island and standard countertop thickness for the rest of the kitchen.


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