Choosing a countertop surface material that suits your lifestyle is the first step to a functional kitchen. Your counters are, after all, where cooking actually happens. We could also argue that your counters are the backdrop the main event in any kitchen: They take up a lot of visual real estate. And the materials and options you choose, whether indestructible composite slabs or handmade tiles, are for utility as much as for style.
That said, choosing the right countertop can be tricky. First, there are many options: How do I know what marble I want? And what’s the difference between quartz and quartzite? Come to think of it, what exactlyquartzite anyway? Between natural, engineered, and man-made materials and the color options with each, there’s a lot to learn.