How to Choose the Right Stone Slab For Your Kitchen
April 15, 2021
Few home projects are as exciting as redesigning a kitchen… But at the same time, choosing the perfect slab for your new kitchen countertops can feel exceptionally high-pressure. New kitchen countertops are a substantial investment—one that should last for decades if cared for properly—so it’s extremely important to choose a versatile, durable slab you’ll love for years to come.
So how can you be thoughtful about choosing the perfect granite, quartz, marble, or stone countertop slab? Every family’s preferences will be slightly different, but in general, here are a few universal tips we recommend bearing in mind during your slab-shopping process.
- Do your research regarding countertop materials.
Even once you’ve decided on natural stone countertops vs. synthetic countertops, there are still several decisions to be made! Spend some time researching the benefits and drawback of common countertop materials, like granite, quartz, and marble.
Not sure where to start? We have dozens of articles clearly outlining the perks and downsides of every type of countertop material! Visit our How To Resources section for more information.
- Determine your sense of style.
Style is subjective—and choosing a countertop style that supersedes current trends is important for homeowners who intend to keep their countertops for multiple decades. Think long and hard about your personal sense of style—in general, do you tend to prefer light or dark hues? Classic or modern styles? Natural or polished finishes?
- Narrow down your color choices ahead of time.
Choosing the right slab can feel overwhelming. There are so many choices, and many look relatively similar. A good way to quickly rule out many of your options is to decide before arriving at your stone slab shopping location what color(s) you’re looking for. Once you have a color in mind, you can quickly pre-select just a few slabs and spend your time choosing between specific veining patterns.
- Shop with kitchen cabinetry samples in hand.
One of the biggest deciding factors in choosing a countertop slab is selecting a slab that will look great with your cabinetry. If you can bring a sample of wood/paint/etc that matches your current cabinetry, choosing an appropriate slab becomes much easier.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Any quality stone slab distributor will welcome your questions and concerns. If you have questions about stone types, ordering options, or just want a second opinion—never be afraid to ask for help!
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