Countertops create canvas of the kitchen, the backsplash adds the backdrop, edge creates a distinctive look.
There are many different countertop options. Some of them are Laminate, Ceramic Tile, Hand Painted Tile, Solid Surfacing Veneer
There is no rule that only one material has to be used. Mixing and matching materials not only creates personalized look, but it can be thought through where it adds a really great functionality, as the appropriate material can be picked for a specific task.
Countertop is the main material that you come in contact with while working in the kitchen. So while calculating the budget for your kitchen and going over countertop options, countertops should be given a good consideration. Consider the look, durability, clean-ability.
Laminate is a very low cost material and low-maintenance. It is thin layer of plastic bonded to playwood. It is very durable and stain resistant and has wide variety of colors. However some lower grade laminates have patterns that don’t penetrate below the surface, which means if touched by sharp knife or hot pan, it could ruin the surface. So it’s best to leave laminate for least used spaces in the kitchen if this is the material of choice.
Ceramic Tile. Ceramic tile has more durability and more color options are available. Tile comes in myriad shapes and sizes which allows a great design flexibility. It is safe to put hot pans on tile, but some people don’t like uneven surfaces created by grout lines. Plus grout lines can collect dirt and food particles and it can cause staining. Hand painted tiles can be used for the countertops or they add a nice personalized touch to back-splashes, but they are more expensive than regular stock tiles.
Solid Surfacing Veneer It is similar in structure to laminate, solid surfacing veneer is made of thin layer of solid surfacing material bonded to a wood base. The veneer is durable, very easy to maintain, and it is about 20 to 30 percent less in cost than conventional solid surfacing.