For kitchen countertops, there are a variety of options, each with their own qualities and strengths. Before deciding which countertop material to use in your luxury kitchen, it’s a good idea to understand the different options that are available, the pros of using each one, and the budget required to use each one. You can choose from various kitchen countertop companies including our Italian partner company Cesar and many more local businesses.
Granite is one of the most popular kitchen countertop materials available on the market. Granite is a natural stone and is available in a wide range of colors, making it a great option for any number of kitchen styles. Granite is cut into long, flat pieces, which means it’s a single-surface countertop without grout to keep clean. Granite does require some maintenance in the form of using a stone cleaner on it daily, rather than an abrasive cleaner. Granite is on the higher end of costs when it comes to kitchen counters, typically costing anywhere between $75 and $250 per square foot.
Soapstone, like granite, is a natural stone. Soapstone offers fewer color options than granite. Soapstone is porous and therefore requires a mineral oil seal to reduce the effects of staining. Soapstone is similar in price to granite and is priced at approximately $100 to $150 per square foot.
Slate is also a natural stone. Slate is a dense stone that is typically available in five hues – black, green, red, purple, and gray. Slate is nonporous and, unlike granite and soapstone, requires little to no maintenance. Slate is priced similarly to its other natural stone counterparts, typically costing $100 to $150 per square foot.
Ceramic tile is not a single surface, and in recent years as trends have moved toward single-surface countertops that are easy to maintain, ceramic tile has become a less popular option in luxury kitchens. However, ceramic tile can be a very stylish option and should not be written off just because it is not a single surface. Ceramic has the benefit of being available in a great deal of colors, giving you a lot of room to work with different styling options. Ceramic is more affordable than natural stone countertops, costing between $1 and $5 per square foot for the tile itself and $30 to $50 per square foot for installation.
Wood countertops are a traditional option that offers a warm, natural look while also being fairly durable. Wood does require a good amount of maintenance, though, and a lack of maintenance will result in cracking, warping, and staining. A well-made, beautiful wood countertop is priced comparably to soapstone or another natural stone; it typically costs $100 to $200 per square foot.
Concrete is thought of as having a similar appearance to natural stone, and therefore it has incrementally grown in popularity over recent years. Coloring can be added to concrete before it is poured, making concrete a fairly customizable option. Countertops that are custom made of concrete typically cost between $85 and $100 per square foot, which given the level of customization available is considered fairly reasonable. Read more about kitchen materials and finishes in our high-end kitchen blog.