10 Design Trends for Kitchen Countertops and Upgrades in 2024

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If you are considering a kitchen upgrade or remodel today, you might want to know that designs are trending for kitchen countertops and upgrades 2024. The overall idea is to put your personal stamp on the place with the different materials, colors, and textures available. The 10 design designs trends for kitchen countertops and upgrades in 2024 are a guide for you. 

The integrated sink is an exciting trend that can last for a long time, provided you choose the right material. As the name implies, an integrated sink is a kitchen countertop with a built-in sink of the same material. These are available in many materials, including quartz and granite, and go well with all types of kitchen styles, from ultra-modern to traditional. 

The product is only available in a few models, and they can be pricey. However, they are certainly eye-catching and even functionally efficient as they are easy to clean with no pesky bumps or nooks and crannies. If you want something that will last a long time, we recommend choosing granite or quartz for your materials, as these are very durable and practically maintenance free. 

Pink granite or marble countertops

Most people do not associate pastel shades with kitchens, but there is a definite trend to associating delicate hues in kitchens. Some people content themselves with having an accent wall in baby pink, while others choose pink granite or marble for their countertops. Kitchen countertops in these delicate hues work best in kitchens with a neutral or natural color palette. Think stained kitchen cabinets and hardwood floors. 

Back to the 70s Kitchen countertops

Retro is a continuing trend in home design, and the kitchen is definitely in the mix. Some designers are experimenting with combining the sunshine yellow of the 70s kitchen with modern kitchens to make it more welcoming. A good way to do this is to choose yellow granite for the kitchen countertops and backsplashes in combination with slab cabinets and light-colored hardwood floors. 

The blues kitchen countertops

The blues kitchen countertops - Blue pearl Granite

While many people associate blue with sadness, most shades of blue actually have a positive psychological effect. For one thing, it appears to make people more productive for some reason. The calm of sky blue or the creative inspiration of light blue also makes these shades popular for many kitchens today. 

That said, blue can be overpowering when used to excess. Content yourself with using blue for your cabinets in combination with white countertops in engineered quartz or natural stones, for instance. You can also use blue as accents such as in mosaic tiles or light fixtures, or both. 

Portable islands kitchen countertops

While it would be ideal to have a substantial full kitchen island, few people have large enough kitchens to justify putting one in. Instead, the trend for small kitchen owners is to have portable islands with a durable top, such as granite or quartz. 

Portable islands are more like a cart than a table, but they are very useful because you can move them anywhere you want. You can choose one of the many ready-made islands available, or have one built to your specifications. In either case, it is a good idea to put in a granite, quartz, or marble countertops to make it even more functional as a workspace and for food service. 

Blonde wood kitchen countertops

Many homeowners prefer dark countertops as they do not show up dirt or wear as quickly as light counytertops. However, if you have a small kitchen, you might want to veer away from dark colors. Choose light colored countertops to go with blonde wood cabinets to create an illusion of space. You can go all the way with the blonde theme, or add darker accents to balance it out. 

Open shelving kitchen countertops

Another way to make small kitchens look larger and more spacious is to have open shelving instead of closed cabinets. Open shelving has been a growing trend for some years, and shows no signs of letting up. 

Together with this trend is the installation of full backsplashes that extend from the matching countertops, creating a visual continuity that adds to the illusion of space. The top favorites for these countertops are granite and quartz in matching or complementary colors to the shelves. 

Flat look kitchen countertops

Flat look kitchen countertops - Badger Granite

Shaker cabinets are still a favorite with many homeowners, but flat cabinets are gaining some traction because of its sleek and clean lines. Putting in new cabinet fronts in the flat design can significantly update the look of a kitchen, especially if you put in discreet small knobs to keep from disrupting the clean look of the cabinets. 

Shaker upgrade

If you do have Shaker cabinets in good condition, and the thought of flat cabinets leaves you cold, you can still upgrade the look. A cool trend for 2024 is having different colors for your wall and base cabinets. You can use the colors of your granite or quartz countertops to determine the color combination for your kitchen cabinets. 

Metal accents

A continuing trend in 2024 that began in the previous year is the inclusion of metal elements in your design. This could be simply displaying your best looking metal pots and pans in open shelving, or replacing your hardware with copper, brass, or chrome. Since granite goes well with metal, you might also want to replace your countertops and backsplashes with granite for a cohesive look. 


These 10 design trends for kitchen countertops and upgrades in 2024 are a great way to update the look of your kitchen without going too far out on a limb. You can choose one or more to inspire your next kitchen upgrade. If you are unable to make a decision, ask for help. The experts at Badger Granite know all there is to know about granite, marble, and kitchen countertops in general. We are a local company specializing in all types of countertops, especially granite countertops, servicing major Wisconsin cities

Our staff will gladly walk you through our showroom so that you can see the actual slab before you buy. If you prefer engineered stones, we carry only the best brands at the best prices, and have a much quicker turnaround than big box stores.  All our products have manufacturer warranties from the best quartz companies, including Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI. 

We are also highly skilled at the fabrication and installation of kitchen countertops. You can be sure that you will have no problems when you contract with us. 

We can offer you free in-home consultation and quote at no obligation to you. Give us a call or send us a message now!

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