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Kitchen counters get a lot of use, so in a luxury home it’s important that they be as durable as they are sophisticated. Whether your kitchen is used primarily for home-cooked family dinners, making cocktails or entertaining, choosing a material that endures all of this is key. Here are some of our favourites…

A man-made material created from ground quartz and other resins, quartz has a more consistent style than some natural materials and tends to look more contemporary. It comes in so many different hues and finishes—even flecked with glass or precious metals—that you’re sure to find exactly what you need. Another reason it’s popular with luxury homes is that it’s naturally non-porous, meaning there’s no way for bacteria or mould to get trapped inside. This makes it safe, as well as stunning.

A synthetic material made from acrylic polymer, Corian is easy to install and has a seamless, high-end look. Like quartz, it comes in a number of shades and finishes and is extremely durable.

Granite is a versatile option for kitchen counters. Lately it’s been a favourite for new-builds, but plenty of luxury homeowners opt for exotic slabs that are extra thick and have unique patterns. Granite is a good choice for a busy luxury kitchen, as it holds up well to heat and repels stains.

Remember, when you’re outfitting your luxury kitchen, especially if you’re prepping to sell, it’s crucial that your counters don’t just look the part, but are durable and easy to maintain for today’s demanding homeowners.