There are all kinds of design rules and guidelines I need to keep in mind when working with a client on a project, but I’m of the opinion that every space benefits from some sparkle, something jazzy and intriguing to give it depth, dimension, and polish. No matter the design aesthetic of the home.
Considering it’s one of the most important rooms in a house, and a space buyers are looking to for that extra oomph, the kitchen is no exception; neither are the countertops. No small expense, countertops can rack up the design budget, but sometimes investing more on amazing finishes just makes sense. So here’s a quick piece of advice: save on inexpensive cabinetry if it helps the budget, and seriously consider splurging on these chic and yummy finishes to boost the value of your home — especially for all the wow factor and pop your kitchen can handle!
A rich and earthy material, wood countertops are tolerant to heat as well as red wine, mustard, and other substances that usually stain. An entire kitchen done in wood might feel too busy, so consider using it as a feature on an island, and doing stone on the remaining perimeter tops instead. Finished with a penetrating, waterproof tung oil, they’re durable even in areas exposed to moisture. If you’re worried about grime and nasty accumulating bacteria: don’t be. Inherent properties in wood prevent bacterial build-up and when oiled properly, are therefore considered food-safe by the FDA when dry. Check out Heritage Wood countertops by Artisan for FloForm (originally established out of Winnipeg) at floform.com
GLASS & VETRAZZO
The chic and shiny appearance of glass trumps my list of ‘wow’ materials — there’s just something about it that grabs my attention and piques my interest! Glass used for kitchen and bath countertops has a very tensile strength, making it able to take a tremendous amount of weight. It’s highly non-porous, stain proof, hygienic, andanti-bacterial; the final product is heat, scratch, stain andmouldresistant. And if you’re more in the market for something with more of a mixed texture to it, Vetrazzo — an alternate to thermoformed glass — is another eco-friendly option. Using recycled glass products as its main ingredient, the whole recipe for making Vetrazzo is pretty neat! View how it’s made and learn more about Vetrazzo’s select qualities at vetrazzo.com
Not just for commercial kitchens anymore, stainless steel can take abuse from just about any kitchen utensil, even the heat from hot pots and pans. Overtime, hairline scratches and blemishes instill it with a worn, lived-in patina. Like their counterpart appliance friends, stainless steel countertops are popular because they work well in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. They can dent occasionally, so care must be taken with heavy objects, but overall they’re a durable and easily maintainable option.
If you’d like the durability of stone but think marble and granite are too shiny and store-bought, need curves or different shapes to compliment unique features of your home, or simply don’t want to be limited on colors, patterns or finishes of other stone options, then concrete might be for you! Dense, and stain resistant, concrete can be dyed, colored, and acid stained, or even embedded with glass, shells, fossils, grasses, and other decorative touches for a totally custom look. Once you run your hands over the buttery sleek and minimalist appearing stone, you won’t ever be able to think of concrete as just a hard, rough, and cold outdoor surface again.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 17, 2013