Kitchen countertop trends 2024 – 14 trending surface ideas for your hardest working room

Upgrading your current space? These kitchen countertop trends are a guaranteed way to elevate the room

Kitchen countertop trends 2024
(Image credit: Stephanie Coutas/Francis Amiand/Cosentino/Cullifords)

Offering fresh energy and enviable style, the latest kitchen countertop trends are bursting with inspirational ideas for every home. 

Often one of the biggest costs in a kitchen remodel, choosing kitchen countertops can be challenging. You need to consider durability, stain resistance, and ease of maintenance, not to mention sustainability and practical issues such as slab sizes and weight. 

Once you’ve locked down your practical requirements, the fun of drooling over beautiful kitchen countertops can begin. We’re here to help with the most striking countertop-focused kitchen ideas emerging for the year ahead. 

While the options are all totally dreamy, if we had to pinpoint one key direction, it has got to nature inspired. Be that solid stone, wood, or man-made composites like quartz and terrazzo, nature-led tones are the way forward. ‘As more and more homeowners are seeking to connect to nature in both a sustainable and organic way, finding that connection from natural countertop designs is increasingly desirable,’ agrees Shelagh Conway of Triple Heart Design

When exploring kitchen countertop trends, the choice of material is only half the story. The way countertops are installed, finished, and paired with kitchen cabinet colors and backsplash ideas is also subject to trends and we’ve uncovered some of the best kitchen style ideas to reflect these latest directions. Explore this line-up from leading designers to find inspiration for your next kitchen countertop sourcing trip.

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1. Match a kitchen countertop to the cabinets

marble clad kitchen with mirrored island and travertine flooring

(Image credit: Stephanie Coutas/Francis Amiand)

You’re probably familiar with the idea of taking countertops down to the floor on the end panels of an island or run of units, aka a waterfall edge. The latest surface-focused kitchen ideas see this eye-catching installation trick taken a step further with entire sections clad in the same statement material. 

For the kitchen in her own family home, interior designer Stephanie Coutas took this three-dimensional countertop approach. And not just any countertops, she chose the most incredible White Beauty marble, and carried it down the fronts and sides to really showcase the swirling green and blue veining. 

‘I love to work with countertops made from something that stands out from the ordinary while keeping the remaining cupboards really simple,’ she says. ‘Today you have a lot of possibilities in the imitation of marbles and even ceramics which are not very expensive, and which can really give character to a kitchen.’

blonde woman sitting on striped chair with yellow cushion
Stephanie Coutas

After fifteen years in the fashion industry, Stephanie shifted her attention to interior design, opening her own studio and art gallery in the heart of Paris. Taking on every aspect of a project, from major structural work down to choosing the tiniest spoon, from art collections to custom-made furniture, and designer fabrics, Stephanie’s imaginative flair and passion shines through.

2. Explore different depths

pale wood kitchen with grey composite quartz worktops and 2 wooden stools

(Image credit: Cosentino)

Playing into the trend for quiet luxury kitchens, where style statements are luxurious but understated, the latest way to elevate in a low-key way is to use two or more countertop depths.

‘Incorporating both slim and more weighted worksurfaces can result in a premium, eye-catching scheme,’ explains Charlotte Hughes, retail manager at Cosentino. ‘Pairing a thick worktop on an island with a slight worktop elsewhere, for example, is a great way to balance high impact and more subtle sleekness to achieve a cohesive, timeless and finished look.’

By using a mitred-edge profile, it’s possible to create the chunkiest looking countertops without excessive weight issues. For ultra-skinny countertops, consider stainless steel or sintered stone, which is capable of barely-there depths without compromising strength.

3. Focus on the edge

bronze island with marble top and black bar stool

(Image credit: Hetherington Newman/Darren Chung)

They say it’s the details that make or break a scheme. When it comes to countertops, that detailing is taking the shape of ever more adventurous edge profiles. ‘The edge profile for your kitchen countertops is a finishing touch worth spending some time on to get the right one to best enhance the scheme,’ explains Mike Fetherston, design director, Hetherington Newman. ‘An edge profile with design difference, like the ribbed brass on this island, can make a beautiful countertop just that bit more interesting.’ 

We’re also loving overtly fancy Ogee edge profiles, which are making a comeback on the most glamorous kitchens in town (and country), while deep Shark Nose edge profiles remain the cool way to finish a contemporary countertop.

Mike Fetherston portrait
Mike Fetherston

Design Director Mike Fetherston joined bespoke cabinetmakers Hetherington Newman in 2008. Passionate about the finer details, balanced proportions and quality craftsmanship, he works closely with interior designers, architects and private clients to create exceptional schemes that surpass expectations.

4. Embrace rough luxe

wood kitchen with rugged marble island unit

(Image credit: Arsight Interior Design Studio)

Take the rough with the smooth by following the trend for combining rugged surfaces with flawlessly smooth to create deliberate design friction. Interior designer Artem Kropovinsky leads the way with this project in New York, which embraces the unrefined beauty of natural Fume Grey Emperador Marble. 

‘The hand-carved rough stone juxtaposed against silky polished countertops forms a dynamic interplay between texture and surface quality,’ he explains. ‘The contrast was an intentional one, and it makes this modern kitchen beautiful and functional at the same time.’

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

5. Mix dark and light

brown marble island in white kitchen

(Image credit: Cullifords)

For a kitchen that exudes confidence, choose countertops in directly opposing colors. ‘Here, Marron Imperial marble makes a distinguished statement, contrasting with beauty against the crisp white cabinetry and surrounding scheme,’ says Oliver Webb, director, Cullifords

‘Slatted detailing and fluted fronts will increase the creative flair and add that extra touch of standout luxury.’ For a classical monochrome take on this trend, try pairing Marquina Black marble with pure Thassos Snow White marble or a lightly veined Carrara.

Oliver Webb
Oliver Webb

Oliver Webb is director of renowned stone specialists Cullifords and has worked in the stone industry for more than 20 years. Sourcing some of the world’s most exotic and finest man-made and natural materials on the market and with a genuine passion for providing great customer service, Oliver is dedicated to his craft. 

6. Seek out dynamic veining

marble clad island in white kitchen with wood floors

(Image credit: Roundhouse/Mary Wadsworth)

Forget timid blue-grey marbles with unremarkable figuring, big, bold, dramatic stones are the way forward. Natural stones with out-sized veining and expressive energy are gaining attention in a big way. Double down on the impact by opting for a luxe waterfall edge installation with matching kitchen backsplash, as Roundhouse Design has in this exquisite monochrome scheme featuring San Simone natural quartzite.

‘When using dramatically veined countertops in a contemporary kitchen, the key is to keep the rest of the design comparatively simple and elegant. You want the stone to be the star of the show, and to do so it needs space to breathe,’ says Sam Hart, senior designer, at Roundhouse.

According to LA-based interior designer Victoria Holly, marble’s popularity is growing not waning, and is likely to become the top countertop choice in 2024. ‘This trend is largely attributed to advancements in non-permeable sealers like Tuffskin, which have removed concerns about marble's susceptibility to stains and damage,’ she explains. ‘Clients are now more open to incorporating marble into their kitchens and bathrooms, knowing that they can maintain its appearance without worrying.’ 

Classics like travertine and Calacatta remain ever-popular, and Victoria is also seeing a growing interest in marbles with intricate veining and dynamic patterns such as Calacatta Viola or Calacatta Poanazzo. ‘Calacatta Viola enchants with its rich purple and lavender veins, while Calacatta Poanazzo boasts captivating, swirling patterns in various shades of gray and gold. These romantic stones infuse a sense of drama and artistry into spaces, elevating the overall aesthetic,’ she adds.

Sam Hart denior designer at Roundhouse
Sam Hart

Senior designer at bespoke furnituremakers Roundhouse, Sam Hart has been curating beautiful kitchens and living spaces for more than 14 years. Her creative vision, spatial design skills and product knowledge result in exceptional interiors that push design boundaries and exceed expectations.

7. For timeless, choose terrazzo

Terrazzo kitchen with blue cabinets and wooden floors

(Image credit: Studio Milne)

Terrazzo may feel like a relatively new interior design trend, but it’s never really gone out of fashion, which is why it’s likely to stay a strong countertop choice for many years to come. The true beauty of terrazzo lies in its design flexibility. 

If you want to go big and bold, choose large-scale chips in jewel colors, but for a harmonious look that’s relaxed, simple, and fluid, opt for a more homogenous mix. For this kitchen, designer Ruth Milne chose a terrazzo countertop with flecks of black, brown, grey and white chippings to beautifully complement the other materials and finishes in the space.

‘Terrazzo has been around for years, but it’s very contemporary – like marble or stone, it’s a neutral, beautiful material. It feels close to nature and adds texture into projects,’ adds Ruth, founder of Studio Milne.

'We have seen an increase in clients opting for terrazzo for their worktops, as it’s a great way of adding personality into the kitchen with a mix of colored stones,' says Will Eaves, design and development director at British Standard by Plain English. 'It’s durable and long-lasting but also very sustainable as it uses a lot of recycled materials such as offcut stone chips and glass fragments.'

Ruth Milne

Qualified interior architect Ruth Milne is the founder of Studio Milne, a London-based interior design consultancy specialising in residential and boutique commercial projects in London and beyond.

8. Don’t buy new, reuse

country kitchen with wooden island and antique tops and stools

(Image credit: Kara Childress/Julie Soefer)

There are plenty of ways to lower the environmental impact when planning a kitchen remodel, but arguably the most effective route is to avoid buying new in the first place. Reflecting the current mood for responsible renovating, there’s a huge upsurge in demand for reclaimed countertops, from upcycled Science Lab benches to Foresso’s remade timber terrazzo. It’s not all about shopping with a clear conscience, there are many aesthetic benefits to breathing new life into old countertops.

Interior designer Kara Childress is ahead of the curve with this kitchen featuring reclaimed Beige Taulignan Limestone. ‘I love using reclaimed limestone for island countertops. Its repurposed nature adds character, while the evolving patina tells a story,’ she enthuses. ‘As wine spills, it only adds more layers of love, enhancing its charm and preventing the kitchen from feeling too perfect or trendy. The added warmth and texture maintain a relaxed aesthetic, while the durability feels inviting in a space that is intended for gathering.’

portrait of Kara Childress
Kara Childress

Texas-based interior designer Kara Childress marries timeless style with Old World European charm for liveable homes that exude comfort and personality. 

9. The return of tiles

blue tiled kitchen worktop

(Image credit: K Space Interiors/Kasia Fiszer)

The tile countertop trend is showing no sign of slowing down as more interior designers discover the benefits of tiled tops. The latest iterations are doubling up on the fashionable front by also embracing the zellige tile trend.

‘There are no better tiles to use than zellige. Their glossy glaze catches the light beautifully and they come in a wide range of colors,’ enthuses Krystyna Martin-Dominguez, founder of K Space Interiors. 'A tiled worktop is a much cheaper alternative to stone or quartz, and can add the wow factor to your new kitchen. As they are handmade, no two tiles are the same; they vary in size, shine and depth of glazing. They are perfectly imperfect, meaning that you will not feel as precious about small scratches or chips as you would with a very expensive stone or quartz.’ 

Use a darker grout color to avoid staining issues and seek out zellige tiles with matching border tiles for a neat countertop finish without raw edges.

Krystyna Martin-Dominguez
Krystyna Martin-Dominguez

Krystyna Martin-Dominguez is professionally trained in Spatial and Interior Design and worked for an award-winning architectural practice before setting up K Space in 2018. She has a passion for eco-friendly solutions, creative upcycling and sustainable design.

10. Jewel colors

green marble island with modern shape

(Image credit: Studio Duggan/Mariell Lind Hansen)

The trend for decorating with jewel tones has hit countertops with Emerald leading the charge, and we couldn’t be happier. Nor are we surprised, given that green is the big color story this year. 

Luckily Mother Nature can deliver on the green countertop score; look no further than Verde Guatemala Marble for your emerald hit. ‘Verde Guatemala marble brings a huge amount of color depth and vibrancy and is perfect for making a strong impression, especially in a large kitchen that’s designed for entertaining,’ says Tiffany Duggan, founder, Studio Duggan.

11. Go for concrete curves

Pastel kitchen with concrete countertop and green island

(Image credit: Caesarstone/Kate Feather Kitchens / Birgit Mons Photography)

Curve appeal has never been so hot for the home – and sweeping, countertop edges will add a touchy-feely, ergonomic silhouette to your kitchen. This softer kitchen mood ties in with our love affair with natural materials and sophisticated pastels, as shown here in this kitchen with a curved, concrete-inspired worktop. 

'Curved countertop designs are having a resurgence in the kitchen,' says Mor Krisher, Caesarstone’s head of design. 'Beautifully organic, rounded edges immediately soften a space and bring feelings of calmness to the kitchen. These curved edges remind us of our natural surroundings, making us feel grounded and serene. Curves are inviting and are especially suited to family homes or those entertaining moments when guests can comfortably sit around the kitchen island.' 

Bespoke kitchen designer, Tom Howley couldn’t agree more: 'Break from tradition and don’t follow the crowd. If you’re a lover of things that are a little bit different, then you probably want your kitchen to reflect that sense of individuality and style. Make a bold statement with a sweeping, curved island with grand pilasters and exquisite kitchen cabinetry, creating a decadent centerpiece where you can cook up a storm for the family or catch up with good friends.'

12. Create interest with detailed edging

White kitchen with white walls, island and wood flooring

(Image credit: Blakes London)

Elevate your countertop by adding detailed edging to your design. In this Georgian townhouse, the modern kitchen was relocated from its original position on the lower ground floor to the grand, formal reception room on the upper ground floor. The grand space – tall ceilings, ornate cornices and statement Regency windows – demanded an impressive yet classic design. This included a traditional paneled door front offset with gently ribbed detail on the island. 

'The triple, bull-nosed edging on the shelf and countertops offer a classy detail, picking up the ribbed theme on the island,' says Magnus Nilsson, lead designer at Blakes London. 'It was also incorporated into the gently curved edges on the island.' To create such an intricate counter that oozes sophistication, a 20mm thick slab of marble is finished with a bullnose detail cut into the edge. 

The triple-stacked look is achieved with two more separate strips of stone – often offcuts of marble – also finished with a bullnose edge and then glued to the underside of the main surface. 'This effect can only be achieved with a solid stone like marble or a quartz composite,' adds Nilsson. 'It doesn’t work on porcelains or man-made stones due to the natural veining that is required to achieve the effect.'

13. Use two different materials for the same design

Modern rustic kitchen with wood surface and marble kitchen

(Image credit: deVOL/Our Food Stories)

You don’t need to stick to one countertop material for your kitchen design. Combining two different materials, such as timber and quartz, or concrete and marble, creates a unique contrast in your room. Pairing two materials will also help to zone functions: a solid wood-topped island unit offers a modern rustic look while stainless steel or stone around a sink area creates a hardworking hub for preparation and washing up. Mixing and matching two countertops is a slick way to add texture and color to a neutral mood. 

In this kitchen by deVOL, a mix of bespoke aged copper on the island is offset with natural Arabescato Corchia marble on the perimeter cupboards. 'A pale stone with dark swirls of veining throughout is a fantastic choice, especially paired with one of our matching fluted Tuscan farmhouse marble sinks,' adds Zoë Parker, head of PR at deVOL Kitchens.

14. Introduce vibrancy with lava-stone brights

White kitchen with blue countertop and wood flooring

(Image credit: Flax Interiors/ Bess Friday Photography)

Try something different with a lava-stone countertop. This natural stone is made from blocks of volcanic lava rock – a solidified magma, or lava that has erupted from a volcano. Countertop slabs are cut from lava blocks and coated with an enamel glaze of any color and then placed in a kiln – the result is a smooth, super durable finish. 'Sometimes, durability and beauty are at odds with one another,' says Emily Flaxman, owner and principal designer at Flax Interiors

'Some of the most beautiful materials are also the most delicate and aren’t the right fit in a bustling and busy home kitchen. In this colorful kitchen project, we sought the best of durability and beauty for a kitchen that is the hub of the home. I brought a pop of color into my client’s kitchen with a slab of bright teal lava-stone on her island. It’s a great choice for kitchen countertops as it’s extremely durable, non-porous, and resistant to heat and cold. It’s also available in a wide range of fun colors. The teal kitchen color brings a joyful happiness and statement piece to what would have been an otherwise neutral kitchen.'

The enamel may develop a distinctive crackled finish called ‘crazing’ as the slabs cool – but this is a unique, signature look to lava-stone. 'The glazing process is where there is endless potential for custom colors and creative designs,' adds Flaxman. 'It also improves the durability of the countertop by making it impervious to heat.'


What is the most popular countertop?

Quartz remains top of the wishlist for kitchen countertops. Quartz worktops are made from engineered stone – a combination of ground quartz, resins and polymers to create a really tough material. Countertops made from quartz are durable, long-lasting and can effortlessly withstand everyday wear and tear being scratch and stain resistant, impervious to heat and easy to clean. Quartz is also available in a wide range of colors, patterns, profiles and finishes such as polished, suede and smooth.

What is the best countertop to have in a kitchen for 2024?

The best countertop to install in your kitchen depends on many factors, including style, color and design preference of cabinets plus who is likely to use the kitchen. Laminate is a good budget option for a hardworking family kitchen while quartz, engineered stones and solid surface materials like Corian will offer a more upmarket look. Pale woods and dark timbers are warm, luxurious and naturally antibacterial but will need treating with oils to withstand heat and moisture. For a more cutting-edge choice try terrazzo, concrete or marble (or lookalikes made from engineered stone that might be easier to maintain).

Linda Clayton

Linda graduated from university with a First in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting. Her career began on a trade title for the kitchen and bathroom industry, and she has worked for Homes & Gardens, and sister-brands Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, since 2006, covering interiors topics, though kitchens and bathrooms are her specialism. 

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