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Best Countertops in Bathrooms

Bathroom countertops are a great way to dress up your space with different textures and a variety of shades. From the stunning all-blacks to the sober whites to that subtle gold — you can choose your pick as per your design preferences.

That being said, if you have to pick one countertop, what’s the one factor that is going to be the most important in your decision? Cost? Looks? Durability?

Whatever your preference, you have to consider the moisture and humidity of a bathroom before making a decision. These counters also take on a lot of mishandling from our combs, soap, and cosmetics. So, it’s obviously not the right place to cut corners. Anything fragile will fall apart before you even have a chance to enjoy your new bathroom.

What You Should Look for in a Bathroom Countertop?

You ideally want bathroom counters that are non-porous, durable, and highly stain-resistant. But the market is filled with so many materials. It’s not easy picking one from the variety. So, where do you go from here?

I know that you may have already looked up the materials for your new counter. And it’s great that you already have an idea about what you want. However, be sure that your countertop choices are functionally suitable for the bathroom. To help you, we have compiled this list of some of the most popular countertops in bathrooms:

Solid -Surface Countertops

 Solid-Surface countertops are made from quartz, resins, and dyes. The material can be shaped into countertops with sink basins integrated into it. You can also find them in endless colors and styles.

Pros: With their non-porous, stain-resistant, and durable character — solid-surface countertops are perfectly suited to bathroom applications.

Cons: However, be careful while using hot electronics on its surface. The surface may scratch when it comes in contact with curling or straightening irons. Also, some may find that its appearance is not as alluring as that of a granite countertop.

Brown Granite Countertops

Do you have heavy furniture in your bathroom? Make your space look and feel light by opting for brown granite countertops. The countertop, with its beige and coffee-colored specks, will make your white wainscoting pop with color.

Pros: Granite can also stand up well against stains or the heat from your appliances. Since it is hard and durable, it doesn’t get damaged by water and lasts for years.

Cons: However, you may run the risk of having too much brown in your bathroom. Besides, granite needs to be regularly sealed, so as to not be greasy as a result of hair products and the likes.

Slate Countertops

Slate is another natural stone that forms a hard and durable countertop. It is perfect for a modern minimalistic touch in your bathroom. You may opt to cover the walls and the floors with slate tiles as well for a monochromatic look.

Pros: Slate is much more stain-resistant than marble and granite. Most importantly, it is non-porous and easy-to-clean. The material is highly sleek and adds to the wow factor of your space. Finally, it is durable enough to work as a sturdy bathroom counter.

Cons: Compared to some of the other countertop options, slate has limited color options.

Ceramic Tile Countertops

Ceramic tile countertops look classy and unique in bathrooms.

Pros: These countertops are more economical in comparison with granite, quartz, or even solid surface countertops. The tiles work particularly well in small bathrooms. Moreover, they are non-porous, and that works out excellent for bathrooms as well.

Since the material is available in a myriad of options, you can easily match your existing bathroom design with the right tiles.

Cons: Ceramic tiles aren’t really low-maintenance. They tend to collect grout between the tiles that may be tough to clean.

White Marble Countertops

White marble countertops look stunning in your bathroom when paired with a vintage French table. They offer a unique elegance that is yet to be matched by any other countertop material.

Pros: Though your marble countertop will stain with time, you will find that the patina goes on to add character to your space. The countertops are fairly water-resistant when sealed too.

Cons: Nail polishes and nail polish removers can stain the surface. Also marble is porous and tends to absorb liquids.

Wood Countertops

Don’t we all love wood? Go for wood countertops by all means but don’t forget to seal the tops.

Pros: Wood instills a warm look in your space. Try going with a butcher-block type counter to get the wooden look in your bathroom. You may, however, need to alter the plumbing connections because the butcher-block counter has a thick width.

Cons: Wood is porous and hence susceptible to water damage, and will eventually rot if not sealed properly.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are composed of plastic layers, bonded to a particleboard core to create a countertop surface.

Pros: Laminate countertops are affordable and available in a wide range of colors, abstract designs, and even stone-like looks.

Cons: Laminates are often considered a low-cost material. They lack the heft of other materials and are considerably lightweight.

Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertops add a style and flair to your bathroom space. The fact that concrete is eco-friendly goes down well with many homeowners.

Pros: The counters may be sealed and finished in different styles and colors.  Alternatively, they may be deliberately left unfinished for a nice, matte look.

Cons: That being said, concrete countertops left unfinished can chip and crack. Therefore, it’s recommended to go with sealants and finishes that will bring your countertop close to the desired look while protecting the surface.

 

Conclusion

The best part about bathroom countertops is that they don’t take the abuse that kitchen countertops do. Think of all the important functional aspects expected from your kitchen countertop. You do not need much of that for a bathroom countertop.

That being said, you aren’t going to do yourself any favors by turning a blind eye to the porosity of the selected material for your bathroom countertop. Or even forgetting to seal your counters when required. When chosen carefully and maintained well, your bathroom counters can be with you for years to come. That is besides being of great visual interest in your bathroom itself.

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