Upcoming Trends in Kitchen & Bathroom Countertop Designs These days, quality countertops are more important than ever in kitchen design. Homeowners want premium materials and stylish designs that bring both elegance and practicality into their kitchen spaces. As a result of these demands, kitchen designers and builders are now tasked with staying on top of ever-changing trends in countertop design in order to keep their clients happy. Integrated Trough Sinks Taking the undermount sink to the next level, integrated trough sinks are becoming increasingly popular in kitchen design. Specifically, trough sinks are designed and installed in such a way that the sink appears to blend in seamlessly with the countertop material itself. Typically, this means that the sinks are actually made of the same material as the counters for an integrated look. Many homeowners also enjoy the added durability with this option as opposed to traditional stainless steel or other sink materials. Waterfall Islands/Counters Another up-and-coming kitchen countertop trend that many homeowners are embracing is that of waterfall islands and counters. With this type of design, the material of a kitchen countertop essentially “flows” down the side of a kitchen island and all the way down to the floor. This same concept can also apply to kitchen peninsulas and even traditional kitchen counters with an exposed edge. This waterfall design creates a beautiful focal point within the kitchen. Waterfall design can be achieved with just about any countertop material, though quartzite, marble, and man-made quartz are the most popular options. Man-Made Quartz Countertops Speaking of quartz, this countertop material option isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! In addition to granite, it remains by far one of the most popular countertop materials in kitchen design today. Many homeowners actually prefer man-made quartz to other options like marble and limestone because it is more durable and requires less maintenance. For example, whereas marble needs to be re-sealed annually, quartz will never need to be sealed. And because it is man-made, quartz is available in an endless array of colors and styles to suit a homeowner’s unique kitchen design needs. Unique Veining and Design While solid, symmetrical patterns may have been the norm in years past, many homeowners are beginning to embrace more unique and erratic veining and patterns in their kitchen countertops as a means of achieving more character and a distinct sense of style. This veining can be achieved naturally in many stones, though advancements in technology have also made it possible for add realistic-looking veining artificially as well. Even man-made quartz, for example, can be made to mimic the beautiful veining of natural marble for a fraction of the price. This is something that homeowners will likely begin to opt for increasingly often in their kitchen designs as they seek ways to make their kitchens stand out from the rest. These are just a few of what we anticipate will be the biggest countertop design trends of 2018 and beyond. Designers and builders should take note of these trends as they plan out future designs that will wow prospective homeowners. And of course, for all your interior and exterior stone needs, remember that you can always reach out to our team at Connecticut Stone.