10 Best Gray Kitchen Countertops
The rise and rise of gray kitchen countertops never cease to amaze. While recently inspecting a kitchen with gray kitchen cabinets, it suddenly clicked! Gray is a color that goes with everything, and gray kitchen countertops make perfect sense. When combined with the stainless steel appliances, it sets the kitchen off to the best possible advantage, and we will take a look at the 10 best gray kitchen countertops.
Gray Kitchen Countertops
1. Gray Quartz
Quartz is a type of stone, it is strong and low maintenance as it doesn’t require sealing. The patterns in the quartz are consistent, allowing you to plan what you use with it. quartz is highly durable and will last for many years.
2. Gray Fieldstone Quartz
This is solid quartz with rich, deep color, it gives a neutral backdrop. If you are looking for a background color to highlight other aspects of the kitchen, you will find the right gray kitchen countertop look in Quartz.
3. Gray Laminate Benchtop
Laminate has a wide range of colors and is highly cost-effective. If you are doing your kitchen renovation on a budget laminate can imitate more expensive materials. It is also resistant to staining but will scratch.
Image: IKEA EKBACKEN Worktop, dark grey marble effect/laminate
4. Timber Countertop
Timber always makes a comeback adding warmth and character to your kitchen. One way to achieve a gray benchtop using wood is to choose a neutral wood, teak throws to gray, and stain it either with a ‘weathered gray’ or ‘classic gray ‘ stain. Grey Oak is a great choice.
Image: Kate Marker Interiors
5. Stainless Steel Countertop
If you do a lot of cooking, you will probably favor stainless steel. Going from the bench to the splashback creates a seamless look and just requires thorough cleaning to make it glow and reflect. It is ideal for infection control (hospitals), and hygiene in high-use areas, and chefs love it.
6. Polished Concrete
Polished concrete is a great choice, as it is naturally gray, it does require sealing, so get an expert to install it and polish it. The good thing about concrete is that it is totally durable, and lasts for years.
Image: BM online
7. Gray Marble
Marble in gray is easy to source and is a naturally occurring stone, that never dates. The downside is that it needs constant cleaning, as it is high maintenance and porous. If you don’t use your kitchen constantly and want it to look perfect, gray marble could be the answer.
Image: Modern country chic kitchen with Pietra Grey marble kitchen countertop by LEVANTINA.
8. Gray Granite Countertop
Granite is a gorgeous stone that requires very little maintenance. Granite is not porous like marble and all you need is some ‘spray and wipe’ to clean it and make it gleam. It looks as good as marble, but without the maintenance and lends itself to gray kitchen countertops. If properly installed, experts say that your granite can last for 100 years, probably longer than the kitchen.
9. Solid Surface Countertop
This is made from an acrylic resin with a filler, and once installed and finished the joins between each piece of the benchtop become invisible, and it will look like a big slab of gray stone. Solid surface materials began with DuPont’s Corian. One of the advantages is that you can also have the sink molded into the top so that there are no creases and joins for dirt to enter. It is ideal for a sunny kitchen being UV resistant. Some people are now using it for their outdoor kitchens as if it gets damaged or burned it can be repaired, making it useful in a barbecue area where burning accidents are likely to occur. To get the color gray you require, the resin is tinted before use with your shade mixed into the batch of resin.
Image: Corian® countertop Lava Rock
10. Dekton Countertop
Dekton is made from a proprietary blend of natural quartz stone, porcelain, and glass. These raw materials are fused and compressed under high pressure to create a slab material that is very dense and compact. Dekton is durable stable, and easy to clean, and not affected by heat or cold. If you buy Dekton you won’t have to place a trivet under every hot pan that comes off the cooktop or a pot holder under every casserole dish that comes out of the oven. You can just place them right on the countertop without giving it a second thought. Once your Dekton countertop is installed it will last for many years, with very little maintenance.