All in the Details
There’s a reason why granite and other natural stones have been the cream of the countertop crop — they’re extremely durable. But it’s no longer the final word in durability: Both concrete and stainless steel also boast heat- and stain-resistance, and the former can be stained in a rainbow of colors to prevent a too-industrial look. Looking for an environmentally friendly alternative? Consider countertops made from bonded paper, which resembles solid-surface materials.