Everyone is always looking for the next up and coming trend in the kitchen. Whether that be kitchen cabinet styles or the flooring, we always want to be ahead of the curve! However, when it comes to countertops, butcher block is what’s coming next in 2017. Here’s the 411 on why butcher block is one of the hottest trends right now. Plus, find out how to incorporate this material into your own kitchen.
Granite could be on its way out
In the past, granite has absolutely dominated the countertop material market! And while granite still sits at the top, being used in more than 40 percent of all homes, that number has decreased by four percent since 2016 according to the 2017 Houzz Kitchen Study. If this number continues to trend downward, then we’ll begin seeing alternative materials more often. What’s even more interesting about the Houzz Kitchen Study is the majority of homes that have granite and quartz countertops are owned by people 55 years of age and older.
Millennial homeowners want alternative countertop materials
If there’s anything we know about Millennials, it’s that they crave unique, authentic and personalized qualities. This ideal reflects in Millennial design choices; for example, butcher block is the third-most common countertop material in 2017, but it’s used primarily in the home of Millennials. We’ll likely see butcher block trend upward as more Millennials purchase homes and utilize alternative materials. So, now’s the time! If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, or you like the idea of unique materials, opt for butcher block countertops and be one of the first!
Butcher block countertops are versatile
One thing that we love about butcher block countertops is its tone. The warm tone creates a sort of “comfiness” in the kitchen. And in a time where modern, aesthetically pleasing design can come off as a bit cold, butcher block is an easy way to make the space feel a bit more like home! Plus, butcher block countertops are fairly versatile. They blend well with just about anything from traditional cabinetry to modern cabinets, and pair especially well with grey kitchen cabinets.
If you’re one of the lucky few that has the space for a massive kitchen island, it can be daunting to try something so unique on such a large space! Don’t panic… we have a solution. Keep the majority of your countertop space in something more traditional, such as granite or quartz, and reserve a small space for a butcher block feature. Check out the attached image to get a visual idea!