Stylish Kitchen Countertop Materials, 18 Modern Kitchen Ideas

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Modern kitchen countertops look beautiful, bringing traditional and contemporary, natural and man-made materials in different colors, patterns and textures. Latest trends in modern kitchen design demonstrate creative blends of materials, like stainless steel and wood, glass and wood or marble and ceramic tiles.

Stainless steel kitchen countertops are less popular options, although stainless steel countertop designs are not expensive and very practical. Maybe because stainless steel countertops can be designed only in simple geometric forms.

Modern kitchen countertops made of stainless steel are durable and do not require any special care. You can leave a hot pot on a stainless steel countertop. If there is small scratches, they can be easily removed with a sandpaper.

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Usually stainless steel countertop come in rectangular and square shapes. If you like more complicated forms, your need to look at different kitchen countertop design materials.

Wooden countertops and wood kitchen cabinets look familiar, warm and pleasant. Wooden countertops are created with solid wood strips and add beautiful texture and natural wood color palette to modern kitchen design.

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High quality wood kitchen countertop designs can be very expensive. Walnut, beech,  alder and cherry wood give unique character to modern kitchen design, creating gorgeous countertops and working surfaces. Oak and larch countertops can be cheaper, and beautiful surfaces created with exotic woods can be more expensive.

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Wooden kitchen countertops feel warm and offer true decorations to your home.  Wooden surfaces can be cleaned with warm soapy water, then polished with cloth and wood oil. Hot pots leave spots on wooden surfaces, so you need to use pot pads and holders to protect your beautiful wooden countertops. Mechanical damages can be removed by sanding.

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Gorgeous modern kitchen countertops made of natural stones, like granite and marble, ceramic tiles and glass. Natural stone countertop designs are expensive and luxurious, but the functionality and elegant look are worth the price.

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Granite countertops are the most popular choices. Marble looks amazing, but rarely used for kitchen countertop designs, because of its hygroscopic property, absorbtion of moisture and softness.

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Contemporary tempered glass countertop designs are truly impressive, offering unique texture and unusual appearance. Stylish colors, combined with LED lighting design, make glass countertops futuristic and very decorative, creating the most interesting modern kitchen design.

  by Ena Russ   
  last updated: 24.04.2012

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