Kitchen Countertop Chemistry
Mixing surfaces makes a kitchen dynamic and functional—but getting it right is more art than science
Flip through a few design magazines and you’ll notice quickly that variety in countertop materials has become the norm in many kitchens. The popularity of islands, exposure to an ever increasing number of new material choices online, and the expectation that a good kitchen fills multiple roles all push designers and homeowners to go beyond a single surface for their kitchen. In this article, architects and designers explain how they approach countertop choices, which materials work best where, and how to avoid countertop materials that collide.