For anyone renovating a kitchen, choosing a kitchen countertop has been as easy as deciding which neutral you'd go with: crisp white marble, slick black or gray granite, maybe tan Corian. But kitchen countertops are getting a major makeover. Think: fiery reds, soothing aquas -- In other words, color.
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"We're definitely seeing a growing trend toward solid colors for the kitchen counter," says Stephanie Pritchard, kitchen designer at Middleburg Design in Middleburg, Virginia. "Variations of slate gray and white are still popular, but braver souls are taking the plunge with choices like lime green, orange and fiery varieties, like Red Dragon granite."
It's easy to see why these counters are so alluring -- they can brighten up the dullest of kitchens -- but Pritchard says to think it through before settling on something so bold. "Color is great, but it has to be in the right home or setting," she says. Still, it's an exciting development in kitchen countertops, especially since designs needed some shaking up.
If you do live in a colorful setting or just fancy yourself a home design risk taker, we say go for it! Joining the ranks of other colorful trends (think red refrigerators and cobalt blue dishwashers by companies like LG and Whirlpool), many of these punchy possibilities are also made from eco-friendly materials, making them stylish and smart.
Not sure which material is right for your kitchen? Take a look at What You Need to Know About Marble Countertops, and What You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Countertops for more options.
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