Trends in Kitchen Countertops for 2015 and 2016

Kitchen Countertop Trends - Quartz

Quartz countertops are becoming more popular due in part to the fact that they are non-porous. Photo: Houzz

Keeping up with kitchen design trends helps DesignFirst’s design staff stay on the cutting edge of product releases and how they can visually impact the spaces we design and build. Countertops can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your kitchen, bathroom or other space both from a functional and aesthetic standpoint.

While granite is still the top choice of many homeowners, the inherent benefits of other options in the countertop category make them worthy of your consideration.


A major trend that began earlier in this century and is gaining momentum is quartz countertops.

Quartz, unlike natural stone, is non-porous and is available in a wider range of patterns and colorways. Quartz is also becoming more stone-like in its options with many more opportunities to incorporate visual movement that is a key design element in today’s kitchens. Blending floors, cabinet finishes and backsplash options into a cohesive and attractive look is made easier with the design options that quartz offers homeowners.


Kitchen Countertop Trends - Glass

Glass countertops are a design trend that is here to stay. This breakfast bar is made from 3/4″ thick clear glass. Photo: Houzz

Glass countertops featured prominently at 2015 industry showcases. This year, the kitchen and bath shows in Europe revealed the versatility of glass countertops and especially thin ones. The sleek, modern appeal of thin glass countertops are relevant for those that are looking to remodel with an eye towards a modern aesthetic. These thinner profiles also reinforce another overall trend in kitchen design that is a focus on horizontal lines in cabinetry and backsplash patterns.


Homeowners are rediscovering the advantages of wood countertops. Organic and textural, wood countertops impart a more homey feel to a kitchen space and provide stark contrast to the sleeker surfaces found on appliances and tile. The trend in wood countertops is towards a more natural look rather than one that has been made to look shiny or smooth. Wood has grown-up from its butcher block days, and we see large planks with live edges used on islands and wood species used other than maple.

Honed Finishes

Kitchen Countertop Trends - Wood

The organic qualities of natural wood with live edges stand in stark contrast to this kitchen’s man-made elements. Photo: Houzz

Raw is “in” according to kitchen and bath industry sources and our DesignFirst designers. Honed finishes on marble and granite lead the way in surface treatments that are more textured and tactile. The natural look also extends to engineered stones that also reproduce a raw look and feel. You can see examples of these textures and finishes in our Itasca showroom.


Stainless steel countertops have always been a staple of professional chefs and their kitchens and are becoming more and more popular with homeowners. The inherent benefits of stainless steel are that it is non-porous and anti-bacterial. Further, stainless steel does not require sealing like granite. Our showroom and Cooking Skills Academy (located in our Itasca showroom) have several examples of stainless steel countertops and prep surfaces for you to check out on your next visit.

We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our designers who will be happy to introduce you to some of the new choices in cabinetry countertops whether you are looking for your kitchen, bath, home office or basement. Give us a call today at 630-250-7777.

Kitchen Countertop Trends - Stainless Steel

Stainless steel countertops are prized for their anti-bacterial qualities. Photo: Houzz

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