Many people think of the countertops in their kitchen as something of a workhorse. It’s a surface on which they can prepare a meal, eat or get work done during the day. They don’t give it much more thought, but they should. In reality, your countertops can be the artistic centerpiece of your kitchen – and we have the 2018 countertop trends to prove it.

Don’t believe us? Check out the trends below and see what you think. We guarantee that at least one of these bold looks will catch your eye.

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2018 countertop trends

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Metal countertops

If you want a look that’s totally distinct from the stone countertops that are dominating today’s contemporary kitchens, look no further than metal countertops. This look will work well for both those with modern and retro tastes. Plus, since there are a variety of metals that you can choose from – from stainless steel to copper and zinc – this trend fits well with just about any personal tastes.

Metal is also a good choice for those hoping for practicality. Since metals are non-porous, they’re easier to clean than stone and there’s no risk of contamination if the countertop hasn’t been properly sealed. However, on the other hand, since metals are much softer than stone, these countertops do carry a risk of denting.

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One of the biggest 2018 countertop trends is mixing materials. Image:

Mix and match

In the past, kitchens have typically looked very homogenous. Homeowners would only pick one material for the cabinets and another for the countertops. These days, however, personal tastes are a bit less static. There’s a movement toward mixing and matching and your counters are no exception. One of the top 2018 countertop trends is embracing mixed materials.

When you’re going for a mixed look, the most important thing to do is to make sure that there is plenty of contrast. That said, there are multiple ways to achieve this goal. You can mix materials – such as using stone and wood – or choose light and dark shades of the same material.

You should also consider placement. Kitchen islands, in particular, work well with this trend. Since the countertops on the island are naturally separated from the rest, think about making it the focal point of the room and going bold with your aesthetic choices.

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Integrated sinks

If you’re a fan of clean, minimalist looks, you may want to consider using an integrated – sometimes called integral – sink in your kitchen. The difference comes in how these sinks are installed. Unlike undermount versions where the sink is a separate piece that attaches under the countertop, integrated versions come as one big piece.

The advantage of an integrated sink is that there are no seams or overlapping pieces where the sink and the countertop connect. It’s more aesthetically pleasing, as well as more sanitary since grime won’t be able to build up between the juncture where both pieces meet. That said, the downside of this look is its lack of versatility. Since the sink is built into the countertops, there’s less of an opportunity to switch things around if your tastes change.

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Bold patterns on stone

The last trend we have for you incorporates both old and new tastes. Here, instead of using an entirely new material, we’re revisiting our old standards: quartz and granite. However, rather than following the traditional rule of keeping your stone as inconspicuous as possible, it’s time to think outside the box. 2018 countertop trends are all about going big and bold – and stone countertops are no exception. Make sure the pattern in your stone stands out.

In particular, heavy veining and bold colors are popular. But, keep in mind, whether you’re using granite or quartz, every stone is unique. You’ll want to choose something that speaks to you personally. Again, this is an opportunity to create a focal point for your kitchen. As you pick out your stone, make sure that it’s a pattern that will catch eyes.