Four Trending Countertop Styles for 2020

From quartz to reclaimed wood, these stylish countertops are more than easy on the eyes — they’re practical. Learn more about the advantages of these four countertop styles that we think will be making waves in the new year.

Engineered Quartz Countertops

A sleek and sophisticated alternative to marble and granite countertops, engineered quartz achieves the look and durability of stone without the high cost, and without depleting our limited natural stone supply. This material salvages otherwise wasted stone particles, including granite, marble, and of course, quartz, which are tightly bound by food-safe resins. This creates a durable, stain-resistant, and low-maintenance countertop.

Quartz countertops are gorgeous when sequenced or mirrored to create a “waterfall” countertop, a design element that creates the illusion of a continuous pattern flowing from your countertops down the sides of the counter and onto the floor.

PaperStone® Countertops

PaperStone® countertops are a sustainable, 100% recycled, and affordable countertop option. The surface is a combination of recycled paper, nonpetroleum resin, and natural pigments, resulting in a smooth, soft, and warm surface perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. Sheets of paper and resin are compressed into a durable, nonporous countertop that looks similar to stone without the cool, hard texture.

PaperStone’s color depends on the tone of the recycled paper and natural pigments, ranging anywhere from deep jewel tones to light neutrals. Paperstone is dense, bacteria-resistant, and heat-resistant up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. These characteristics, paired with the fact that it’s easily installable and affordable, make PaperStone a DIY-er’s dream come true.

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Sintered Stone Countertops

Sintered stone countertops are becoming more and more popular in North America because of how clean, environmentally friendly, and durable they are. Made of dense composite stone particles bonded through extreme heat and pressure (and without resin), sintered stone comes in a variety of styles. 

The surface can look similar to wood grain, natural stone, or solid colors, and has incredibly high heat and fire resistance. Its nonporous texture is easy to clean and maintain over time, and since it is resin-free, it is especially good for kitchen counters and other food-handling surfaces.

Reclaimed Wood Countertops

If you’re looking for a unique, sustainable option, reclaimed wood countertops might be the right choice for you. Since wood is already renewable, reclaimed wood is essentially recycling an already renewed resource, making it one of the most eco-friendly countertop options. As far as style goes, each reclaimed wood countertop will be unique, since you can choose from a variety of different wood species, and recycled wood has already been weathered, giving it a charming, vintage appearance.

Reclaimed wood countertops are also one of the most durable options, since the material has had to deal with the outdoor elements before settling into its final state.

Harjo Construction has years of experience upgrading kitchens and bathrooms and strives to bring your unique vision and dreams to life. Want to get started on a renovation, or have any questions about these trending countertop styles? Contact us today for a consultation. We look forward to working with you!