Natural & Artificial Stone Trends in 2020

When it comes to countertops, the durability and elegance of materials like granite, quartz, quartzite, and marble are hard to beat. In 2020, these surfaces are finding new ways to wow--and not just in the kitchen.

Here are the top trends that we can expect with natural and artificial stone in the coming year.

1. Quartz Kitchens Across America

kitchen with contrasting quartz counters

You can expect to see quartz in more kitchens this year and beyond. This durable, non-porous material continues to gain popularity as manufacturers expand its range of colors and patterns. In 2020, we’ll see quartz countertops move away from solid colors toward an increase in slabs that mimic the look of natural stone, particularly marble.

2. Patterns and Lines That Draw the Eye

contemporary kitchen with natural stone counters

Natural textures and patterns continue to be part of a sweeping trend in modern interior design and decor. Designers are incorporating wood and stone into residential and commercial spaces to lend a calming, organic vibe that’s conducive to relaxation and productivity alike.

marble with blue and pink veins

This year, natural stone’s visual interest is taking center stage in contemporary homes. People are seeking out slabs with striking patterns, bold veining, and intriguing textures. We’ll see more color variations in the veins of marble and “faux marble” quartz, including blue, green, and rose tones. The demand for black stone with stark veining is also growing.

3. Natural Stone With a Subtle, Earthy Finish

honed stone countertop with waterfall legs

Honed and leathered finishes are becoming increasingly popular as alternatives to a shiny, polished finish. A honed finish gives stone an incredibly smooth, matte or satin surface. To achieve a leathered look, a honed slab is finished with an abrasive, diamond-tipped brush. Whether your preferred aesthetic is raw and industrial or charming and rustic, these finishes offer a look that is simultaneously trendy and timeless.

kitchen with honed marble counter

4. Floor-To-Ceiling Stone

kitchens with stone backsplashes

You’ll be seeing real and faux stone installed on more places than countertops in 2020. Tall backsplashes made of granite, marble, and quartz slabs are on the rise--literally. Countertops with waterfall legs are making their mark as stunning, modern focal points on kitchen islands with bar seating. Homeowners are also using stone for floor-to-ceiling statement walls, a creative way to elevate the sophistication of any living space.

The design and installation experts at Capitol Granite are ready to assist you with your countertop and cabinet needs. With over 50,000 projects under our belt, we have an incredible breadth of knowledge to assist you with your kitchen transformation. Call us today at (804) 265-4751 or contact us online to discuss your project with one of our knowledgeable professionals.

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