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Popular Surface Trends To Make Your Kitchen Look Fantastic

Written by:
Allen Brown
Max Vakhtbovych (Cover image), Mark McCammon

Nowadays, people utilize their kitchen as a second office or simply as a retreat from online meetings: hence, it needs to be functional, easy to navigate, and aesthetically pleasing. We have carefully selected the most popular surface trends to make your kitchen fantastic! 

What Surface Trends Should You Try In Your Kitchen?

Jumbo-sized sinks 

Kitchen surfaces are getting modern treatment, and the sinks are not being left behind. Last year, according to MSI, homeowners could not get enough integrated sinks. However, those days are behind us. 2021 brings different finishes, sizes, and styles to kitchen sinks, and we’re super excited about it. This year we’re seeing matte black sinks and sink fixtures, as well as gold and brass colors, take over. These finishes stray away from your typical silver metal sinks. These are also popular faucet color choices for 2021 bathroom trends!

Oversized sinks are also gaining popularity this year. They are great in terms of functionality. Oversized sinks pair lovely with an oversized fridge! As the kitchen area continues to expand in area and accessibility, it only makes sense that its appliances do as well. Elegant and modern sinks are also coming in hot this year and will be highly sought after.


Granite has dominated kitchen surfaces for years, especially for homeowners who want something strong, durable, and good-looking. Yet, it has a disadvantage – it is porous, meaning that liquids like water, wine, and oils can leak through the surface, causing staining. Even worse, it encourages the breeding of harmful germs that could leave your kitchen unhygienic.

On the other hand, Quartz is non-porous and highly resistant against staining and is one of the most hygienic kitchen surface options for homeowners. Add to that the fact that quartz is solid, making it super durable, and you can see why this low-maintenance material is trending for many homeowners.

Quartz now comes in many colors, patterns, and finishing techniques that mimic the look of natural stone. One of the most current and trending finishes right now is matte. Since the beginning of 2021, Quartz manufacturers have continually impressed us with manufacturing improvements to keep this surface option in high demand. Not just for this year but for years to come.

Honed and leather finishes

Honed and leather surfaces are mainstream and can be applied to many different materials, such as quartz, granite, and marble. A honed finish is a matte finish with an unnoticeable shine. The overall look will vary depending on the stone type, but it should have a low sheen and a smooth surface.  Honed finishes work well with marble since its lack of shine conceals any flaws or scratch marks.

A leathered finish is a newer style of treatment that has become more popular in recent years. It has a soft sheen that is less glossy than a polished slab, and the touch has a different feel.  The leather finish retains the stone’s natural color giving it a more sophisticated look than honed. It also hides fingerprints and water spots remarkable well, which is very appealing to many.

modern kitchen design image © Mark McCammon

These are just a few finishes to consider when choosing a kitchen surface.

Veining and Patterns

Today, kitchen surfaces come in various Install patterns, unlike the plain styles of years past.  Say goodbye to the round particulates of countertops past and hello to realistic veining.

Materials like quartz are being designed to resemble slabs of natural stone, like granite & marble. Installation 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 an exciting matchup with other kitchen elements, including the flooring, walls, cabinetry, and backsplash. It also adds a twist to your cooking, creating an excellent visual background for the multitude of kitchen activities.

Bold and Dramatic Colors

If you seek to create a statement with your kitchen renovation, bold colored surfaces are a great solution. The style is not merely for contemporary spaces (although black stone or maybe Corian counters certainly look sophisticated and sleek, particularly when combined with sharp white cabinets). A bold and dramatic color also functions well in a conventional kitchen; black marble or granite surfaces put gravitas to rustic wood racks or a colorful tile backsplash. On the other hand, dark counters, whether matte or glossy, will help make your dishes, flowers, and linens pop out.

Environmental-friendly/Sustainable Materials

Wanting to choose sustainable materials for the kitchen not only makes you feel good about your decisions and reduces your carbon footprint, but it also is getting easier to find options. Made up of a combination of 75% recycled glass and white cement. Sustainable materials for kitchen surfaces are also free of volatile organic compounds and plastic resins. Recycled glass surface colors range from neutrals to bold jewel tones.  Besides the green aspects, the sustainable materials are durable and alluring for your kitchen surfaces. These surfaces can bring your vision to life elegantly and responsibly.

Remember, kitchen countertops are among the most prominent features in a kitchen. Before selecting a new countertop for your kitchen, you should consider several factors, whether you are remodeling or building one from scratch. There are a variety of factors to consider, including but not limited to lifestyle, cleaning, aesthetics, durability, and budget.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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