One of the hardest working surfaces in your home are your kitchen counter tops. From preparing meals, to providing a resting place for kitchen appliances, and serving as a space for coupon clipping and homework, you’ll want to make sure the material is beautiful AND durable. Exposure to potentially high temperatures, food acids, kitchen cleaning products, and kitchen utensils serve as a pretty tough test for the material of your counter top.

The type of counter top can shape the design and feel of a kitchen by the material and color you choose. There are many options for counter tops to help you achieve your vision for your kitchen–that hold up to years of daily use!

Here are some of the most common choices for your counter top and kitchen islands:

1. Granite : Combination of beauty and durability in a wide range of colors that adds elegance to any kitchen, one of the most popular kitchen counter top trends and desired material.

2. Quartz: Extremely durable, can hold up to scratches better than any other material, comes in a wide range of stunning patterns and colors from the quality of the natural stone.

3. Corian: Seamless and stain resistant material that can have major scratches sanded out. Comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

4. Laminate: Easy to clean smooth surface that offers design flexibility with numerous patterns and colors to choose from. Cost effective solution to achieving the look you desire.

We askedĀ  members of CharterColors, our own design center (where homeowners pick out the fixtures and finishes for their homes with the guidance of our own interior designer) what trends they’re seeing in counter top choice. “People in this area are still choosing Granite as their #1 pick. It far exceeds other counter top selections. The newest trend is a Brazilian Black Granite that we offer which is a matte finish. About 40% of our home buyers who choose granite, are selecting this option.”

Check out this stunning combination of durability and beauty of Brazilian Black Granite as used in our Walden (Mechanicsburg, PA) and Veranda (Lancaster, PA) model homes:






Pictured: Walden, Mechanicsburg






Pictured: Veranda, Lancaster


We are dedicated to inspiring character to create special places–and the kitchen is just one of the spaces where you can add your own special unique touches through finishes found at CharterColors.

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