If you’re looking for the perfect countertop fit for you contemporary kitchen space, allow our experts to offer invaluable advice and inspiration.
“We have been experiencing a design movement using more textured and tactile surfaces, so it is only natural to consider it in countertops too. And because your countertops are a hands-on space, you really reap the benefits because you get to experience it first-hand and on a daily basis. Technological advancements have been able to offer us incredible innovations when it comes to surface choice and finish. Honed and leather surfaces are very popular now. They feel soft and natural and give the space a grounded, earthy element.”
– Megan Schumann, Caesarstone
“It depends on the kitchen design, your budget and what you are looking for in terms of ease of use and maintenance. For modern kitchens, however, I recommend thin, 12mm countertops that provide a sleek and seamless look. Definitely in a square edge or reverse bevel. Darker counters also provide a more contemporary look and feel.”
– Danielle Sterling, Sterlings
“The best colour options for a contemporary or modern kitchen are neutrals like shades of greys and white. Zimbabwean black flamed granite can be used to create texture while maintaining the simplicity of a contemporary style. Darker tones used on cabinetry and stone in conjunction allow for a uniform look.”
– Selma Zaifoglu, Linear Concepts
“The organic look and feel of unpolished wood has timeless appeal and, with the steadily increasing desire for Scandinavian chic over the last few years, has become highly sought after. In contemporary kitchens, it can be combined with contrasting materials, such as Beton or Corten, offering a captivating juxtaposition of the natural and industrial.”
– Mar Esteve Cortes, Neolith
“Granite, porcelain and engineered quartz are best for kitchens as they are hard and durable surfaces, and there are options for smooth, highly polished and slightly textured surfaces in all those materials. From highly glossy surfaces to matte finishes, industrial style or concrete look to classic marble-look surfaces, the possibilities are endless with natural stone, porcelain and engineered quartz.”
– Oren Sachs, WOMAG
To find out more, pick up the June 2019 of SA Home Owner!