The countertop is not only necessary for a kitchen, but also an integral part of its design, just as fabulous pull out drawers in your cabinets. It is the most exposed item of kitchen furniture and the range of materials is impressive. Preparing food can cause a high degree of wear and damage to the surface, as well as exposure to sudden temperature changes, so the countertop materials must be analyzed in terms of durability, hygiene and costs, before being purchased.

Here are some of the trendy materials of the moment

•For those who prefer natural stone, granite is an increasingly popular option able to transforms the kitchen into a stylish space. It is heat resistant, durable, easy to maintain and available in a rich color palette.

•Quartz countertops offer great durability. The surface of the material is non-porous, so it does not stain nor retain bacteria. In addition, it is resistant to scratches and chemical agents. The material doesn’t require any special maintenance and comes in various colors.

•Wooden countertops are an elegant option and their popularity is on the rise again. One of the best types of wood for such a surface is oak. Oak is a precious, high quality, wear-resistant and doesn`t change its form too much, over time. Treated to withstand moisture and steam, wooden countertops are suitable for integration into natural kitchens styles and designs.