Kitchen countertop materials shine in 9 softened homes


Are you preparing to choose the materials of the kitchen worktop? Get inspired by these 9 Sweeten refurbished kitchens

Just because kitchen countertops are used a lot around the house doesn’t mean they can’t look good too! But where should you start when choosing materials for your kitchen countertop? Well, there are a few things you should know about each type of countertop material before making your final selection. Here’s a rundown of our favorite kitchen countertops from Sweeten’s remodel projects – beautiful photos And material descriptions.


Quartz countertops

Quartz is a type of artificial stone, made up of a combination of minerals, pigments and resin. It comes in a wide range of colors and texture intricacies. Quartz has become the most popular kitchen countertop material in Sweeten kitchen renovations probably because it is slightly less expensive, per square foot, than its other natural stone cousins, and because it is prized for extreme durability, resistance to stains and scratches and its non-porous surface, which helps to hold the enamel without sealants or waxes.

Ketrina quartz kitchen countertop

“Stone is my favorite thing about the new space: it’s like having a work of art right in my kitchen”. – Ketrina, owner of a house in Clinton Hill

Ketrina in Clinton Hill chose a quartzite worktop in cream-colored Madreperola.

Claire Quartz kitchen countertop

Claire and Mike in Park Slope chose a “super white” Dolomite quartzite worktop.

Heather quartz kitchen countertop

“I love having guests and I can invite them to sit at the counter while I prepare snacks or a meal.” – Heather, sweeten the hostess

Heather chose LG’s Viatera quartz countertop in Cirrus for her Upper West Side kitchen.

Granite countertops

Granite is a natural stone with a wide variation in color and detail. Its resistance to heat and scratches makes it a classic in the kitchen. Granite is known for its durability, but may require periodic resealing.

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Robyn and Alejandro in Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront District chose a granite countertop with shades of gray and bright purple dots.

Marble countertops

Marble has become an increasingly popular choice in luxury kitchens. More porous and softer than granite and artificial stone (marble counters need to be sealed and are more susceptible to stains and etchings), design-focused restorers seem to be willing to put up with the disadvantages of marble for its undisputed good looks. .

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Sweetener experts Lauren and Adam included a Calacatta Caldia marble countertop with faint traces of ABC Stone’s green, gray, and yellow veins in an Upper East Side kitchen.

Soapstone countertops

Highly resistant to heat, stains and bacteria, soapstone is a non-porous natural stone available in a range of matte shades from light gray to dark gray, all with subtle veining. Unlike granite and marble materials that require sealing, soapstone needs regular polishing with mineral oil to hide surface scratches and add patina.

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Corey in Williamburg chose a soapstone countertop from a local supplier’s stone yard and extended it to the sink.

Dekton countertops

A harder and more durable alternative to concrete countertops, Dekton is an ultra-compact hybrid of raw materials common to quartz, porcelain and glass. The result is a virtually impenetrable surface with a more gritty and industrial look.

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Dan and Mike in Hell’s Kitchen chose a Dekton waterfall counter in Chrome.

Butcher’s block countertops

Ideal for adding warmth and charm, butcher wood countertops provide a hard-working surface for food preparation. A number of Sweetened kitchens have countertop sections made of wood mixed with other materials such as natural or artificial stone. This mix offers several options for preparing and serving food. While the butcher block is naturally heat resistant and affordable, it can stain and age, wear out in high-use areas, and require regular sanding and oiling to protect the wood.

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Sweetener experts Lauren and Adam included a maple butcher block prep corner with a knife storage block in an Upper East Side kitchen.

Renovation of the Clinton Hill Cooperative

A Clinton Hill couple chose a butcher counter to complement the white-on-white palette with wood accents in their kitchen.

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Wood, laminate, and stainless steel are also popular materials for kitchen worktops.

Sweeten carefully selected contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope and style. Follow the blog for remodeling ideas and inspiration, and when you’re ready to renovate, start your project on Sweeten.



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