LET THE COUNTER DE­FINE THE LOOK

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One of the most ne­glected area (which also hap­pens to be the most used), in the kitchen is the coun­ter­top. From bear­ing wit­ness to chop­ping and blend­ing, mix­ing and grind­ing, a coun­ter­top is used for just about ev­ery­thing. Here are a few trends to fol­low to spruce it up.

ON TREND, QUARTZ

"From the ini­tial and age-old pref­er­ences of mar­ble and gran­ite, home­own­ers are now look­ing at in­no­va­tive ma­te­ri­als like quartz sur­faces for kitchen coun­ter­tops. Un­like mar­ble or gran­ite, quartz is an en­gi­neered stone that can be ren­dered in many colours and tex­tures while giv­ing the same amount of tenac­ity and en­durance of con­ven­tional mar­ble or gran­ite," says Wolf. The ma­te­rial is very durable with low main­te­nance. The best part? It is non­porous, mean­ing it’s highly stain re­sis­tant, making it safe from oils, liq­uid, and most home clean­ing prod­ucts

THE THICKER, THE BET­TER

Glob­ally, coun­ter­tops are get­ting thicker. From 1.25 inches to now 2.25 inches thick. What this does is em­pha­sise your coun­ter­top and make it the fo­cal point of your kitchen. Of course, do bear in mind the thicker the coun­ter­top the more ex­pen­sive it is. Also, re­mem­ber not to over do it, else the kitchen can end up look­ing ghastly.

STILL STEELING THE SPOT­LIGHT

Though stain­less steel coun­ter­tops have been in the mar­ket for quite some time now, they have slowly and steadily be­come a pop­u­lar choice. "A stain­less kitchen looks fu­tur­is­tic as is com­pletely in sync with mod­ern day houses. The new trend is to com­bine it with other ma­te­ri­als such as wood or mar­ble," says Deepikka Jin­dal, Cre­ative Di­rec­tor and MD JSL Life­style.

USE COLOUR TO HIGH­LIGHT IT

Stylish, sleek and so­phis­ti­cated, grey colour schemes are scor­ing high on kitchen coun­ter­top pop­u­lar­ity charts. They are neu­tral and go with just about any­thing. The scheme is a breath of fresh air in sunny and hu­mid cites. But where it gets very cold and cloudy, grey tones can ap­pear clin­i­cal. In such a sce­nario, team it with colour­ful ac­cents to perk it up. PRICE `2,000 on­wards

Kitchen con­cept ti­tled Aliant by Stosa Cucine at Mir­ius In­terni

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