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437_Kansas-7.jpgWhen it comes time to choose countertops for your Los Angeles kitchen or bathroom, be sure to pay it the attention the decision deserves.

Innovations in engineering and design have forced countertop decision-making to the top of the ‘to do’ list as the spectrum of material and design options run far and wide.

Rest easy. We’ve narrowed down five countertop trend concepts for you to use as a guideline when choosing your new countertops.

Here they are:

  1. Solid-Surface Showstoppers 

There are a variety of non-porous, solid-surface counter tops that mimic the look of granite and stone. Rich in texture and color, finishes can also resemble concrete, wood and even patinated sheet metal. Not only are these solid-surface countertops outright showstoppers, but they are easy to repair, they are stain (and scratch resistant), and are very low maintenance. 


  1. Stunning Contrasts

Mixing and matching countertops is a great way to increase visual appeal in the kitchen. Both beauty and function can be expressed with lavish and practical materials. For example, a quartz perimeter with a maple butcher-block island would do the trick in almost any South Bay home. 


  1. Super-Mod Waterfall Edges

Some of the most trendsetting kitchen islands boast waterfall edges. It makes a sleek statement that exudes neutrality and serenity, tailored for contemporary spaces as well as the traditional. 


  1. A Brave New White

White is beautiful, but virtually impossible to keep stain-free. Those days are over. There is a new generation of quartz and engineered-stone surfaces that are impervious to spills of almost any variety. Polished non-porous stone is durable, heat-resistant, and it cleans with a soft cloth and mild soap. Add in all of the options available in white, from eggshell and ivory to buttermilk and bluish mist, and this Brave New White is a clear contender for countertops like never before. 


  1. Countertops En Masse

While countertops are central to a kitchen's design and function, they can also be enjoyed in the bathroom. Bathroom countertops go beyond the vanity. From the ceiling to the shower, countertops can be used to create sleek, tile-free spaces. Single-surface bathrooms also mean less stains and bacteria buildup in grout lines. Even an integrated sink can be made of the same surface for easy cleaning. 

Years ago, choosing which countertop was a good fit for your home was less involved. If you had your cabinets, the floor, and backsplash already picked out, all it took was a trip to the stone yard or home improvement store for a granite slab that pulled the whole look together.

Today it requires more thought and attention. Hopefully, these five countertop trend concepts make the task somewhat easier.