Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen this year? There are several new trends shaking up the home improvement world. Ten years ago, materials like granite and marble were something you only saw in Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. However, as building materials have become more plentiful, they have also become more affordable. Granite, marble, and natural stone have quickly become industry standards because of their beauty, durability, and versatility. Customizing and installing countertops to meet your needs has never been easier. Here are some of the latest trends in kitchen stonework from the creative experts at Atlantis Granite & Marble.

Thick Countertops

Standard countertops, regardless of material, are usually about 2 inches thick. However, there has been an increased demand in thicker countertops up to nearly 5 inches. For the minimalistic style of decorating, this style of countertop is meant to make a bold statement, especially for kitchen islands. Pale granite or marble that has been polished to a mirror-like finish looks very stately and at the same time futuristic.

Honed Surfaces

When you are planning a remodel, you must also take into account the lighting in your kitchen. Polished countertops are highly reflective with mirror-like finishes, but honed granite stops the polishing process at the buffering stage. This creates a matte to low-gloss finish for a more casual look. It goes well with farmhouse-style kitchens because of its aged look. Unlike polished stone, however, honed countertops require more effort to keep clean and need to be resealed every few months as opposed to once a year. However, the natural imperfections of granite are better showcased in this new style of kitchen countertops.

Mixed Materials

Made popular by all your favorite prime time cooking shows, different types of countertop materials are being incorporated into kitchen remodels this year. Professional chefs will agree that while stone and metal countertops are easier to clean, wooden surfaces are ideal for cutting. Installing various combinations of stone, wood, and metal has become one of the latest trends because people are spending more time in the kitchen making meals from scratch. Keep in mind that granite and marble are heat resistant and impervious to water, so they go great alongside kitchen sinks, ovens, and stove tops.

Stone Sinks

Another new trend for 2016 is the seamless integration of kitchen sinks into countertops. While most people opt for stainless steel, copper, or ceramic wash basins, advances in technology now allow sinks to be seamlessly cut out of a single piece of stone slab. These sinks will never lose their luster, even after decades of washing dishes. They will also never stain or rust and are very easy to clean.

Wet Bars

Last year was the year of the man cave. That trend continues this year as more home remodels seek to incorporate new and creative home entertainment sanctuaries. Wet bars are becoming more common, especially in homes where family and friends gather religiously to watch the big game or the season finale. You can throw the party of the year and serve the best drinks on the block and cleanup is still a cinch with polished granite. Custom marble creations quickly become conversation pieces around which everyone congregates.

When it comes to granite, marble, and natural stone, the creative possibilities are literally endless. They come in a variety of colors and grain patterns so no two pieces are ever the same. For more information on installing countertops in your new kitchen, consult the experts at Atlantis Granite & Marble.