The countertop
is one of the essential elements of a kitchen because it has to be both aesthetic and functional. It's a work area, so there needs to be plenty of space, adequate storage, easy cleanability, and the ability to withstand a lot of punishment. Highly visible, the counter often becomes a significant design component and focal point. What you select is essential, so talk to our experts when shopping for kitchen countertops in Anaheim, CA.

Quartz countertops: the reigning king

These kitchen countertops are engineered with about 10% of resins and other materials, including crushed ceramics and glass. The result is a hard counter material with the natural luster of the stone. It is so durable and heat-resistant that it withstands virtually anything. In addition, quartz countertops are non-porous, making them ultra-hygienic and easy to clean.

Other hot trends include:

1. Butcher block: This is a classic and, once again, it's rising in popularity. Available in light or dark wood tones, this can fit into either a traditional or modern atmosphere. In addition, it's low maintenance, only requiring an occasional coat of mineral oil to keep its fresh appearance.

2. Concrete. With the advent of the industrial-chic style, this bold material adds uniqueness, texture and brings durability and low maintenance to the kitchen.

3. Honed finishes. This is also sometimes referred to as a matte finish because there's little or no shine. Instead, the surface is flat and smooth, with a somewhat soft feeling. It adds a sophisticated, modern design to granite countertops or a quartz or marble one and hides marks and scratches.

Other trends include waterfall islands, where the counter flows from the top to the floor; veins and patterns in bold colors; soft, neutral colors; contrasting hues that also harmonize with cabinets and counters and, of course, green, eco-friendly, and sustainable materials.

Whether you're a homeowner, contractor or builder, consider 55 Flooring your one-stop source for quality home improvement products, superior installations, and a range of services that include countertops, flooring, free quotes, and more. Our showroom is in Anaheim, CA, and we service Orange County, including Anaheim, Newport Beach, Irvine, Tustin Ranch, and surrounds.