Roundup: Mixed Media Kitchen Countertops

Roundup: Mixed Media Kitchen Countertops

 Our discussion concerning granite kitchen countertops started me thinking about how we might have the benefits of granite/marble/quartz without the chilly experience when bellying up to the bar. For people who have kitchen islands with a bar, the perfect solution would be to install a wood countertop on that area. (We've all seen that.) For people with bi-level peninsulas, it's not an issue either. But what about those of us with one-level peninsulas? Would mixing countertops materials, putting wood on the peninsula and something different everywhere else, look weird? What about mixing countertop materials on a one-level island? Would that look weird? After scouring the internets, I think the answer to both questions is 'no.' Take a look at these examples and see if you agree.

Our first entry, pictured above, features a flat grained walnut with a chamfered edge. 

This island combines wood and limestone:


Another high-contrast combo. Note how the edge finishes are all the same in this installation versus the previous example. 

Wonder how mixing wood and metal would look? Check out the kitchen below. What I find particularly exciting about this entry is how it eliminates the dreaded solid surface mitered corner for the DIYer.

So what do you think? Would you mix countertop materials on a level surface?

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Linda on Jan 23, 2016:

Great info! We are remodeling our kitchen and considering mixing countertop media...I am having a tough time narrowing it down to 2...did you come across any pictures or articles that use 3 types?

Gina Johnson on May 04, 2012:

Awesome. There's nothing wrong with an island made with a big slab of stone, but it's nice to break up the room using different surfaces and textures. I like islands that have stone and wood like the ones shown. I've never been a huge fan of stainless steel counter space but I can see how it can work pretty well. Most of my clients however, have asked for all-matching counters because they feel that's necessary to be minimalist and modern (not true).

Kirsten T on May 04, 2012:

I like it! I prefer slicker, easier to clean surfaces in the cook area, but if it's a spot I may sit to eat a bite i'd rather have a warmer, softer surface. 

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