New counter looks
The worktop is also getting an upgrade this year, with the trend leaning towards a more streamlined, razor thin, and edgy profile. There is also a very pronounced departure from bright and reflective surface materials like stainless steel and polished granite; instead, duller and more demure materials reigned supreme – with dull marble, matte lacquer, and wired brushed metal heading the trend.
There is also a big play on countertop extensions; certainly not a new concept, but one that is seeing a slight evolution. There is a distinct move away from static or permanent pieces, to modular blocks and segments that can be moved and reconfigured to meet dynamic needs, while taking up less space. These pieces are also finished in contrasting textures in relation to the main worktop, and this can help to transform them into great accent pieces that elevate the overall look.
Chances are, most homes still feature conventional worktops without modern extensions, while keeping the dining area separated from the kitchen. To get with the times, the easiest step is to build a simple dining solution into your kitchen. Start with a kitchen island if you do not have one and add a bench extension, then put in some bar stools. Voila! You’ve got an extended space for casual dining. If you have a tight living space, this is a godsend as it negates the need for a separate dining room. These extended surfaces are also great for homeowners who need more area for preparation, when the cooking gets heavy.