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The countertop is an essential component of the kitchen. It is where all the action takes place. But more than that, the countertop is the foundation of kitchen décor when doing a kitchen renovation. It bares the burden of setting the tone and feel of the space.

Seeing its importance in kitchen decor, it matters a lot of what material, finish and design you choose for your countertop. We have put together some of the countertop trends for 2021 that will give you ideas for your own kitchen, focused on color and material choices.

# 1 Quartz

Quartz was introduced as a high-end alternative to granite. Quartz, is non-porous and does not have to go through regular re-sealing. This means it is highly resistant against staining and is one of the most hygienic countertop options for homeowners. Add to that the fact that quartz is extremely strong, making it super durable and you can see why this low maintenance material is not going anywhere soon as the countertop material of choice for many homeowners.

Quartz now comes in many colors, patterns, and finishing techniques that mimic’s the look of natural stone. One of the most current and trending finishes right now is matte. In 2020, Quartz manufacturers will continue to impress us with manufacturing improvements to keep this countertops option king. Not just for this year, but for quite some time to come.

# 2 Veining and Patterns Get Popular

Today, countertops come in a wide variety of patterns unlike the plain styles of years past. Materials like quartz are being designed to resemble slabs of natural stone, like granite & marble. This involves creating veins in interesting patterns swirled into the countertop slabs. This added boost to your creative personality in your kitchen will wow.  Want something even more realistic; then no need for a polished piece–honed and leathered finishes have the durability needed for the kitchen but have a drastically different look in the space.

These varied finishes make for an interesting matchup with other kitchen elements including the flooring, walls, cabinetry, and backsplash. It also adds a twist to your cooking, creating a nice visual background for the multitude of kitchen activities.

#3 Neutral Tones

Preference for soft neutral tones is a common theme running throughout the home in upcoming décor trends.

In most custom homes, you are more likely to find soft grey, white and beige tones in kitchen. There is more focus on highlighting captivating individual components using neutral backgrounds. So, you might find a beige (or the new greige – grey + beige) countertop, with a ceiling-high mosaic pattern backsplash standing out against it.

Homeowners might also experiment with other tones, though still maintaining the overall neutral style. Some of these slightly different quartz colors include dull browns and light blues (almost gray). Other than that, more and more homeowners are opting to stick to off-whites, ashy grays, and neutral beige.

Interestingly, this shift to neutral tones comes at a time when kitchens are opening up to natural lighting. Super large windows, skylights and folding glass door wall systems are getting more common in kitchens. The result is an enhanced bright and airy feel that shouts modern. At a time when small spaces are getting popular, the combined effect of natural light and neutral tones really helps in expanding perceived space.

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