Welcome to this month’s installment of ASK THE DESIGNER with Cheryl McCracken Interior Design!

This week’s question comes from a reader interested in counter top options for her kitchen:

 ”We have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and hard wood floors, but have outdated laminate counter tops. We are ready to put in something new like granite, but aren’t sure what all of our options are. Is granite the only way to go? Or are there other options we should consider?”

Great question! I am sure there are many other people out there asking themselves the same thing.

Cesar Stone counter tops and glass tile back splash add a modern design to this kitchen.

Cesar Stone counter tops and glass tile back splash add a modern design to this kitchen.

You have many options with all types of stone choices depending on personal taste.

1. GRANITE. Granite has many different looks from dark granite stone with black spots to lighter colors with reds and golds. Some granite stones are even solid color. I would suggest looking at different pieces of granite before making your final decision.

2. CESAR STONE. For a more contemporary look, I suggest Cesar Stone.  Cesar Stone is a man made product which is very durable and is solid in color.

3. CONCRETE. Another option for a contemporary look is concrete counter tops. Concrete counter tops are made from a custom mold of your kitchen layout and are extremely durable.

Any of these choices will make an incredible addition to your kitchen. It just depends on the type of look you desire.  I encourage you to go and look at a few of these products before making a final decision. Good luck!

Designers Note: Keep in mind when changing the counter tops the back splash could be involved as well depending on the way the counters where attached. I would suggest beautiful glass tiles that would really give a punch to your kitchen.

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Have a question for Cheryl? E-mail your questions to cherylmccrackenaskthedesigner (at) hotmail (dot) com. Names and locations will not be used, but pictures are welcome!

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