We talked to designers about how to make classic updates that will stand up over time. Here are their suggestions.
Use marble counters
Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home & Design in California likes marble counters. “It’s been around for a long time, and you see it whenever you’re traveling through Europe,” she says. Blackband suggests Calacatta, a whiter marble with veining.
Marble is an investment, at $40-$100 per square foot. But Leanne Ford, a Pittsburgh-based interior designer and HGTV star, says it’s worth it. “Being that the kitchen is the most-used room in the house, anything you love is worth the investment,” she says. “Scrimp somewhere else.”
If you want a similar look with less expense and upkeep — marble requires sealing every six to 12 months to prevent stains and acid etching — Blackband also likes the engineered Neolith countertop material.
Quartz countertops from companies such as Caesarstone and PentalQuartz are another good option. Blackband recommends sticking with white or, if you don’t like white, a neutral color, such as tan, beige or ivory. Go with a subtle pattern and low veining