2019 Countertop Trends

By Tom Hilliard

Countertops are one of the kitchen’s most flaunted accessories. And just like the ebb and flow of accessory trends, we’ve found that countertop trends have also evolved throughout the years.

From granite, marble, quartz, limestone and more – there’s no wonder why countertop remodeling can be so overwhelming! It’s obvious to start at the basics; break it down to price, durability and aesthetic. Price ranges are important, but so is the sustainability of your countertops and the way it looks in your living space. By finding what fits for you, your kitchen or bathroom space can easily transform the way you go about your daily routine.

Find inspiration with these following trends and soon enough, you can get the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams:

Goodbye to Granite

Don’t get us wrong – we love granite countertops for its exotic options as well as its heat, scratch and stain resistance. It also gives off a gorgeous shine if sealed and taken care of properly. However, if not properly taken care of, its porous nature can leave it susceptible to bacteria and germs. We’ve seen granite countertops take over kitchens in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but through recent years, its popularity is slowly diminishing as new slabs are being introduced.


Hello to Quartz

Sure, the price point between granite and quartz may be similar, but its durability is what attracts most remodelers. Engineered quartz is a composite of ground quartz and resin, making it virtually indestructible. Its non-porous nature also makes it more sanitary; this means less maintenance is required! Quartz also comes in a variety of colors, patterns and finishing techniques mimicking the look of natural stone. This makes it versatile to use in both the kitchen and bathroom! Its clean aesthetic also gives a refreshed and polished feel. So yes, it’s safe to say – quartz is here to stay.


Countertops with Character

Patterns swirled into countertop slabs give any kitchen or bathroom space that unique touch your home needs. Whether it is granite, quartz, marble, onyx, limestone or travertine – be sure to explore your options on how to make your countertop unique to you!

Kitchen Contrasts

Looking for that perfect, bold finish for your kitchen and bathroom? Juxtapose your countertop and cabinets with contrasting colors, textures and materials. Pairing bright quartz with a deep, rich cabinet set can give the perfect finished look to your cooking and living spaces.

Tom Hilliard is the owner of Mr. Tom’s Countertops, a locally-owned and operated, full service Countertop Company servicing the greater San Luis Obispo County area. They fabricate and install a wide range of tops including: quartz, granite, marble, onyx, limestone and travertine. Give them a call at 805-466-8453 or visit

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