Sleek Stainless Steel Countertop Ideas & Quick Guide - Sebring Design Build
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Go to most restaurants and commercial kitchens and chances are they are using stainless steel countertops. Their harsh and busy working environment requires a surface that can take a beating and still look good. Most importantly, they need a surface that maintains the highest hygiene standards. Stainless steel provides these benefits and much more. You can also enjoy these benefits at home at roughly the same costs you would incur with a granite, marble or quartz countertop.

If you are looking for a countertop that is tough, durable and looks good, try a stainless steel countertop. It brings chef-level style and functionality right into your kitchen.

TRANSITIONAL

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The style of this transitional kitchen is very slick and warm. This kitchen’s layout appears to be very large and contemporary! The materials in this transitional kitchen are well-varied. The work of Andre Rothblatt Architecture is amazing.

CONCRETE & STEEL

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This kitchen design features many streamlined and uncluttered accents. Everything has a very contemporary but industrial appearance. A stylish modern combination of stainless steel and concrete surfaces. This design by Andrea Michaelson Design is amazing.

NASHVILLE STYLE

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Do you want a kitchen design for your home that is basic and comfy but also incredibly colorful? This Tennessee kitchen is very attractive and modern. This FourSeasons MetalWorks kitchen design will never grow old.

FLUFF & FOLD

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Have you ever come across a washing room like this? You could not even realize that it is a laundry facility with how clean and contemporary everything appears. What a great laundry room this is. The design by XTC Design Incorporated is very modern and vibrant.

GROUNDED

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Observe how this modern, spacious kitchen has just elegant drawers and no above cabinets. Lots of windows let in a ton of light; it’s open. Outstanding pendant lights hang over the island. Christian Dean Architecture, LLC created this amazing design.

TROPICAL STEEL

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Do you want to enjoy a natural and revitalizing bathroom? For every season, this tropical bathroom decor is gorgeous. With this energizing bathroom design by Coastal Style Constructions, you may enjoy a positive bathroom experience. There is a tropical atmosphere in this bathroom.

COLOSSAL COUNTER

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This kitchen layout provides plenty of room! Everything appears to be so large and crowded in this contemporary kitchen layout with all the culinary appliances you could ever want! The kitchen design by Cornerstone Architects is excellent.

DALLAS CONTEMPORARY

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Everyone will concur that this kitchen design is very cutting-edge and appears both bright and trendy. It seems extremely roomy and big! This Dallas kitchen has a fantastic combination of design features. That design by Holland Rogers Company, LLC is amazing.

BRIGHT & INVITING

Would you like your kitchen to be as welcoming and light as this one? Everything appears to be so open and light! Such a spacious and welcoming kitchen. Everybody will adore the blue hue on the wall. This is truly a work of art from LineBox Studio.

SKI RETREAT

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Everything about this kitchen design, incorporating several contemporary textures, appears classic and old. This getaway kitchen by Brooks and Falotico Associates, Inc. will make you feel fantastic. After a day of skiing, this is such a nice, cozy kitchen to retire to.

Stainless Steel Withstands Almost Anything

There is a reason why steel countertops are a favorite among commercial establishments. They are tough beasts that can withstand almost anything. Unlike other countertop materials that are damaged by heat, you don’t have to worry about your hot pots and pans marring your smooth steel countertop. Oil, acid and wine spills are also nothing. Just wipe them off like nothing happened.

If you own heavy pots or appliances, your steel countertop can hold them without denting or chipping as long as it has been installed properly. The resilience of a stainless steel countertop is especially beneficial for busy kitchens. If you do a lot of cooking whether for your large family or frequent guests, consider investing in the hardy and hardwearing stainless countertop.

Countertops that Maintain Hygiene

In restaurants where cleanliness is paramount, they rely on stainless steel countertops to keep bacteria and germs away. One of the characteristics of steel metal countertops is that they are nonporous. This simply means that they do not allow liquids to seep through them. So harmful bacteria and mold have no place to thrive and hence there is little danger of food contamination. Considering that most food preparation is done on the countertop, using a steel countertop protects you and your family. This can be especially crucial if you have young children or an infant in your home.

INDUSTRIAL CHIC

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Do you want an elegant, industrial kitchen that resembles one from a castle in your home? This one has such a lovely and cheerful appearance together. Everyone will admire the large windows with black frames. Emerick Architects truly created a work of art.

CLEAN & SLEEK

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You won’t want to leave the slightest stain on this modern, sleek kitchen design. Everything is extremely well-organized and contemporary in this kitchen design by Studio William Hefner. This modern California kitchen’s stainless countertop is ideal.

SIMPLICITY

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Want your home’s kitchen to seem as calm and understated as this? It is ideal since it has a fantastic location and a fair amount of room—just a gorgeous, uncomplicated kitchen area. Rikki Snyder created a kitchen with the most amazing design.

FUNKY FARMHOUSE

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In this bathroom’s layout, you can mistakenly believe that you are in a tropical and conventional resort or hotel. It appears to be both extremely original and sophisticated. I adore the interesting variety of options in this farmhouse bathroom. Surround Architecture, Inc. created such a magnificent design.

A Breeze to Maintain

The nonporous nature of stainless steel countertops also make them really easy to maintain. Since liquids do not go beyond the surface, there is zero risk of staining. Anything that spills on the countertop can be quickly dealt with by a quick wipe. You don’t even need any harsh detergents or special chemicals to keep your countertop clean and shiny. Some mild detergent, vinegar or baking soda will do just fine.

If you are planning a kitchen renovation with a mind to create a less maintenance-intensive kitchen space, then a steel countertop should definitely be in your plans.  Again, this is one of the reasons restaurants love these countertops. In a busy kitchen with lots of cooking and serving to be done, you don’t want anything slowing you down.

Stylish Contemporary Look

Have you looked at pictures of kitchens with stainless steel countertops? Don’t they have a nice modern clean look them? If your kitchen décor is contemporary or you have a flair for clean minimalism, a steel countertop will fit right in. It creates a refreshing cleanliness and order to even the most cluttered spaces. I especially love how the metal surface reflects back light, resulting in an open feel and look. If you are wondering how to create the perception of space in your small kitchen, try a stainless steel countertop.

If it feels too cold or plain, try pairing it up with a textured or patterned backsplash. Brick-styled tile or mosaic glass backsplashes provide a nice contrast to the smooth countertop. But if you prefer a seamless continuity, you can opt for a similar stainless steel backsplash and then use the floor and wall cabinets to balance out the shiny metal.

LOADS OF FUN

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You seem to be in for a nice and well-organized laundry experience in this room. Everything appears to be both pristine and exquisite. In this laundry room, the stainless countertop looks fantastic. This design by Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture is amazing.

LAKE HOUSE

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Need a nice kitchen and dining room for your lakeside cabin? The lake home kitchen by Birdseye Design is so well-executed that it will win praise from everybody who sees it. The kitchen in this Vermont lake house is breathtaking.

GRAYSCALE

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This stylish gray kitchen is perfect for entertaining guests. This appears to be very spacious, cutting-edge, and light. There are no other colors here than gray. Everything from the refrigerator to the vacuum cleaner seems to be of the highest quality and cost—stunning work by Stone Port.

MODERN LOFT

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Everyone will concur that this is such a contemporary and energizing kitchen sign that simultaneously seems vast and lovely. This loft in Chicago has beautiful wood. I like how thick the steel countertop is. The kitchen design by Wilkinson Design Corporation is extremely energizing.

Highly Durable

Your steel countertop will likely outlast a lot of other things in the house. Even though it will surfer some blemishes with time (see the drawbacks section), it tends to age well, developing a certain alluring patina. So even after years of use, it still looks good and works just as well.

It’s Green

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly countertop, we recommend stainless steel. Up to 60 percent of its content is recyclable meaning that it can still be useful even at the end of its life. You can even go a step further and look for countertops made with American-made steel. They usually have higher amounts of recyclable content.

Stainless Steel Countertop Cost

Stainless steel countertop pricing is roughly the same as that of marble or quartz. The cheapest you can get it is at $50 per square foot. On the higher side the average stainless countertop cost is around $150 per square foot. But the average cost in most places is between $60 and $95 per square foot.

CHEERY LAUNDRY

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Would you want to have a laundry room that is so cheery and bright? When you are in a decent laundry room design like this one, doing laundry in this area wouldn’t be too unpleasant. The Design Den Homes Inc. created such a pleasant and colorful laundry design.

STAINLESS GALORE

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You hate how your kitchen is painted and decorated with too much color and brightness. Full stainless steel construction makes for a very modern-looking design. Stainless steel is in plenty. The sleek, contemporary style of Ciccozzi Architecture has made everything appear great.

Drawbacks of Stainless Steel Countertops

Before you get a steel countertop, there are some concerns and issues you should know.

  • They will scratch over time. Scratches are inevitable especially if you countertop has a glossy finish. Avoid cutting anything directly on the countertop surface and keep the heaviest pots away.
  • They are susceptible to denting. This happens when you place really heavy pots or appliances on the countertop. To prevent denting, make sure you get your countertop professionally installed. The best steel countertops have a wood backing underneath to support the top sheet of metal.
  • For glossy countertops, smudges are common and easily visible. You may have to keep wiping the countertop, which can be a bit frustrating if you have kids who keep touching it. Additionally, any small bits of particles such as dust or crumbs are more noticeable compared to other countertops.
  • They tend to be noisy as they interact with pans, pots and cutlery. While the noise is not extreme, it takes some getting used to.
  • They are not budget countertops. Being in the same price range as marble, stainless steel countertops are not cheap. If you are looking for a budget countertop, this is not it.

When it comes to kitchen countertops, marble, granite and quartz dominate the conversation. But stainless steel is starting to make headway, moving away from commercial kitchens and into homes. It is easy to see why many homeowners are interested: it’s durable, resilient and has a great style to boot.

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