Taking glass countertops one step further, Bio-Glass is an eco-friendly kitchen countertop option, available in a variety of different colors. The countertops are manufactured out of 100% recycled glass materials; they are also 100% recyclable. Definitely a great option for those who gravitate toward keeping things green.
Those considering butcher block as a kitchen countertop option need to decide which of the two finishes best suits their needs – the one for cutting and food prep, or the other for service and display. (Obviously, this is a critical choice.) Butcher block requires a bit of maintenance, including regular sealing, oiling, and occasionally sanding and/or resurfacing.
A luxe, natural material with plenty of veining, soapstone makes a gorgeous kitchen countertop. Soapstone countertops look very sleek and chic and complete the look of a kitchen in a variety of styles. They are also heat-resistant, durable, and unaffected by acids such as orange juice or vinegar (which, let’s be honest, will be spilled at some point in the kitchen’s life). Soapstone does require regular oiling and buffing and can be scratched.
Warm and natural and absolutely earthy, butcher block countertops in the kitchen are a popular choice for serious chefs, historic/period homes, and really anyone who loves wood’s natural warmth and beauty in the kitchen.
Lesser known but becoming more popular recently, lava stone is a dramatic and beautiful choice for countertops. Available in matte or highly glossy sheens and a wide variety of color options, lava stone can be customized to fit any style of kitchen.
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