In the kitchen, countertops are the focal point.  That means it is the primary source for decorating choices during a kitchen renovation.  It will set the overall tone of the room.  With that in mind, you need to be aware of current trends in materials, available finishes, overall design, and colors to make your Ottawa kitchen outstanding.


Originally quartz was offered as an alternative to granite.  Granite is a rock naturally occurring in the environment.  It is strong and durable and presents a wonderful appearance.  Its disadvantage is that it is porous, so liquids will be absorbed into it.  Certain liquids, like red wine, can cause permanent stains.  The porosity also means it has the potential to accumulate bacteria.

Quartz is non-porous and is available in a number of colors and finishes, including natural stone looks.


Overall design is now showing a great deal of texture and interesting surfaces.  Polished tops are a perennial favorite, but two newcomers are making a bold showing.

  • Honed – This is a matte finish with very little, if any, shine to it.  Honed finishes are particularly good on marble since it will hide any flaws or scratch marks that may occur.
  • Leathered – This is a newer style of finish that is gaining in popularity.  It is soft, with less polish and it has a different feel.  Leathering maintains the stone’s natural color while hiding fingerprints and water spots.  This is a more sophisticated look that appeals to many people.

Veins and Patterns

If you are hoping for a little more interest instead of plain countertop or those round particulates often seen, there is good news.  With modern technology and creativity there are a wide variety of patterns available.

Quartz can be designed to look like the natural stone of granite and marble.  Veins are swirled into the slab to provide a realistic appearance.  Honed and leathered finishes will provide a significantly different look and feel while still maintaining the practicality and sturdiness you need.

These patterns and finishes will coordinate well with backsplashes, flooring, cabinetry and appliances.  Turn your kitchen from a workspace into an artistic realm.


For a smooth look to your kitchen, opt for the integrated sink.  These are constructed from the same substance as the countertop for a continuous blend, creating a modern, elegant look.


Neutral colors are the preference in 2018.  Gone are the bright hues from the Art Deco era and mid twentieth century.  Look for soft colors like gray, beige and some whites.  This provides a background for the highlights of countertops and backsplashes.  The combination of gray and beige (being called greige) is one of the most popular colors this year.


The usual format for installing a backsplash is to use a 4 inch high slab of countertop.  Above that is paint or sometimes tile.  Now we are seeing the entire backsplash made of tiles for a bold statement of style.


As an integral part of the kitchen, the countertop is a focal point for décor and style.  Today we have the opportunity to select from a vast array of material, finishes, and styles.  Variety is the keyword to today’s kitchen.