Story by Ann Butenas | Photos courtesy of SCI-Surfaces
Choosing the right style and type of bathroom countertop is an integral part of the overall equation when it comes to the design of your bathroom. Not only should it be something that works with the space and complements the style, but it should also be something you enjoy and appreciate. It also extends beyond the mere aesthetics of the space. To help you determine which countertop is the right choice for your next project, we spoke with SCI-Surfaces (Surface Center Interiors) designer Amanda Craig to get the inside scoop on what options are out there so you can make the best selection for your next bathroom countertop project.
KCH&S: What are some current trends in bathroom countertops in terms of materials used?
Craig: Choosing the perfect countertop material for your bathroom really comes down to what works for your space and the style you are trying to achieve.
It’s no question quartz is currently the most popular countertop material for high-traffic, high-use bathrooms. It is an engineered product designed to create a countertop that is strong, durable and almost entirely maintenance free. Not only is it one of the most durable countertop options available today, but it is also offered in a wide variety of colors and patterns that mimic the look of exotic granites and defined marbles. With quartz, you get beauty and durability.
Due to their fascinating look, natural stones such as granite and marble are still common choices for bathroom vanity countertops. Natural stone is unique, engaging and ever changing, with no two slabs ever being exactly the same. The composition of natural stone varies greatly and may have natural imperfections. Granite is extremely strong and durable. However, marble is delicate and must be used with caution. All natural stones require maintenance on both cleaning and resealing.
KCH&S: What are some current trends in bathroom countertops in terms of colors/patterns used?
Craig: Neutrals will always have a place in the countertop world. Whites and greys continue to hold their power in countertop selections but with the recent shift to warmer, more natural interior finishes, we’ve started to see an increased demand for creamier colors.
As far as countertop patterns go, veining is all the rave these days. Countertops with veining bring another level of depth and interest to any bathroom design. There are hundreds of material options on the market today that have a unique veining from soft and subtle to bold and dramatic.
KCH&S: How do trends in bathroom countertops reflect the types of sinks used?
Craig: Custom countertops can be cut to fit any sink, whether you prefer an undermount, top mount or vessel. With the trend for busier patterned countertops, most homeowners tend to go for a clean, unintrusive undermount sink. However, if your design calls for a more elevated styled sink, consider a top mount or vessel and coordinate it with a fun faucet fixture.
KCH&S: What other bathroom elements are customers using to complement these countertops?
Craig: Tile and countertops tend to go hand-in-hand in bathroom design. Like countertop options, tile comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes and can be used on vertical and horizontal applications. Will you use a classic white subway tile or a bold pink hexagon tile? The choice is yours!
KCH&S: What particular style(s) do you see trending?
Craig: When it comes to bathroom styles, modern always seems to be a crowd favorite. However, there’s a new style on the horizon this year that’s picking up popularity: organic modern. This style captures a combination of sleek forms and clean lines with natural materials and warm colors. The aesthetic is clean and refined but has the warmth that makes any space feel cozy and inviting.