Rustic and rustic modern designs are two of the hottest kitchen styles around right now. Which means that homeowners looking for these two styles will also be looking for countertops that match. Because both designs rely heavily on natural materials, things like laminate, ceramic slab, or even quartz aren’t going to cut it. For designs like these, natural stone makes one of the best materials to use in the space. Certain stones tend to work better in these design styles than others, however, so it’s important to be sure about what you’re getting.
All types of soapstone are incredibly popular for rustic kitchens. The soft, matte finish and delicate veining combine to make a surface that is practical, durable, and beautiful, as well as complementary to numerous kitchen designs.
For those that still like the look of a polished countertop, granites that have a lot of veining and movement tend to be more popular in these types of kitchens than stones that have a tighter grain pattern. A few stones to consider would be:
- San Luiz
- Typhoon Bordeaux
- Costa Esmerelda
- Juparana Gold
- Juparana Fantastico
Another choice, is to choose a more sedate granite such as Absolute Black, and leave the edges “raw” or “unfinished”. This means that instead of having a cut and polished edge, the counters have a more natural or rustic appearance to them. This is also a popular look when using a built edge, or having an edge that gives the countertop the appearance of being thicker than it actually is, such as a full 2-inches, rather than the standard 3cm.
Marble is another popular choice for rustic kitchens, particularly that which has been honed, or given a matte finish. It’s important to note that marble does etch over time, which can be an asset to rustic kitchens, as it helps give a feeling of authenticity to the design, although some people may not like the look.
Rustic kitchen designs are poised to be around for many years to come. If you’re considering this type of kitchen, be sure to also consider the many different types of natural stone that can complement it.