What's replacing granite countertops? These are the materials interior designers want to see more of


While completely natural countertops have always been a stylish, organic option for a variety of interior design styles, man-made quartz countertops are gaining popularity. The relatively new material is taking the place of granite due to its practicality and easily personalized look.


If you're looking to make a bold statement with your kitchen countertops, marble is likely the way to go. Offering a variety of organically stunning veining options, marble gives any kitchen a natural elevation. Rushda Hakim, interior designer and founder of Rushda Hakim Design, is resoundingly in favor of marble as a granite countertop substitute.


If you're in the mood for marble, but can't keep up with the extra maintenance it often requires, porcelain slab is another stunning option that's slowly replacing well-loved granite. Jessica Cinnamon, interior designer and founder of Jessica Cinnamon Design, says she's seeing a move toward porcelain – and she says she's completely on board with this shift.


Aside from granite and marble, other natural stone countertop options are rising in popularity, a predictable trend given a recent push toward spaces that seamlessly blend the indoors with the outdoors. Richard says that the tendency toward natural stone gives homes an organic, one-of-a-kind look that's hard to beat.


'A perennial favorite, wood is currently having a resurgence in popularity across worktops and cabinetry and is fast overtaking granite. Easy on the eye and a material that adds natural warmth visually, wood is naturally antibacterial,' says Richard.


Relatively new, man-made and blended materials are making their way into kitchens across the world as well, offering durable and customizable solutions to the maintenance demanded by more natural materials. Trish Knight, co-founder and designer at Knight Varga Interiors, says her firm's go-to material when designing for a household that expects to be in the kitchen often is Dekton by Cosentino.


Tile layout trends have sparked fresh, exciting design inspiration in 2024, and the kitchen countertops are getting the tile treatment too. With tiles, the opportunities for artistic and creative (or minimalistic, pared-back) style are near endless. Hop on board with this year's kitchen tile trends by opting for handmade, artisan makes, geometric shapes, or slab stone tiles.

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