Home remodels typically begin in the kitchen because the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where family meals are prepared and families gather together to share. A home’s kitchen is the single most functional place, so it must be as practical as it is beautiful. The countertop is one of the most essential components of a kitchen and is where all the action takes place. Along with the cabinets, the countertop is the base for all of the kitchen’s decor and sets the tone of the space. Here are some of the top trends for countertops in 2018, to help you get started on your kitchen remodel plans.

Quartz Is the New Granite

While granite has worn the crown as the king of countertops, known for its durability and beauty, quartz has been introduced as a high-end countertop alternative — like those from Caesarstone. Like granite, quartz can boast about its strength and naturally luxurious look. However, unlike granite, quartz is non-porous, which means it does not require re-sealing and it is resistant to staining or harboring bacteria. Quartz is low maintenance as far as cleaning and upkeep are concerned and mimics the look of natural stone.

Countertops with Personality

In the last few years, the countertop industry has seen a rise in homeowners preferring countertops that have natural character in them. Natural stone and wood are full of patterns and veining that make each piece as unique as a human fingerprint. Historically, the best cuts of wood and stone had as little marking as possible and knots and spirals were viewed as less desirable defects. Recently, however, the all-natural look has been embraced for its character and natural realism. Homeowners are able to select patterns that match the tone of the space and add a unique look.

Waterfall Countertops

Traditionally, countertops have perched atop cabinets as a finishing touch to cabinetry. While this classic look will likely remain a staple in kitchen design, a new emerging trend is the waterfall countertop. Waterfall countertops are custom-made countertops that create a sleek, minimal look by encapsulating the cabinets down the sides. This ultra-modern look is perfect for hiding appliances and protecting wood cabinets. Waterfall countertops are easier to clean and make any kitchen island look elegant.

Integrated Sinks

In 2018, every design trend is about sleek and stunning. Integrated sinks use the same material to make the kitchen sink as the countertop. This eliminates seams and creates a look that suggests that the sink is made out of the countertop. These seamless countertops create a mesmerizing illusion, like that of an infinity pool, that creates a custom, luxury look. Like the seamless waterfall counters, integrated sinks are easy to clean and look flawlessly clean.

For gorgeous, custom countertops for your home, trust the expert design team at The Corner Cabinet to create something stunning for your kitchen. Our highly-skilled team is favored by homeowners and countertop manufacturers alike. In fact, The Corner Cabinet was recently named an Elite Retailer by Caesarstone! Call us to get started on building your dream kitchen today!