Counter tops take up a lot of the space in most kitchens. Therefore the counter top you choose plays a huge role in determining the overall appearance and style of the room. If you're hoping to create a kitchen with a modern, artistic look, a standard stone counter top simply won't fit the bill. Here's a look at three more unique ideas to consider.
Custom counter tops can be made by placing decorative elements over a hard wood or masonite base, and then coating the entire surface in a clear, durable resin. You may have to do a little searching for a company that makes these in your area, but if you're able to find one, the result is worth the effort. Provide a collection of coins to be embedded in the counter top. They can be all pennies, an assortment of change you've collected on your visits to different countries, or even all nickles if you want. Your guests will all want to talk about this coin counter top, and it will add a unique, metallic touch to your space.
Blue and Wavy
This idea is perfect for anyone who loves the ocean and wants to bring it into the kitchen in an abstract, artistic way. It's also an easy design for most contractors who regularly work with counter tops to implement. Choose a stunning blue, laminate counter top material, and have it custom cut with a wavy edge. You can make the wavy cuts as big or as small as you want.
Colorful Patchwork Tile
Tile counter tops were very popular in the 1970s but have fallen out of vogue. However, if you really want your kitchen to stand out from the crowd, calling this style back up to the plate is a great idea. You can create a colorful kitchen counter simply by using a few different colors of tile in your design. There's so much flexibility with this idea. Choose various shades of green for a monochromatic look, or pick out the colors of the rainbow and arrange them randomly. Adding some patterned tiles to the mix can be fun, too.
When designing a kitchen with a funky, artistic style, it's important that your contractor is aware of your vision. Most people choose more traditional kitchen designs, so your contractor may be a bit confused when you first say you want a colorful patchwork or wavy blue counter. However, if you explain yourself well, you'll find that most companies are more than happy to get a little creative with your designs.