From granite to concrete: a look at different (counter top) table options

Prepping food on a kitchen counter

When it comes to designing a space, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing the right (counter top) table. Not only does it serve as a functional surface for cooking and dining, but it also plays a major role in the overall aesthetic of the room.

If you are considering furniture beyond the kitchen, we can also explore dining or coffee tables made of various materials.

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. That's where a bespoke, boutique interior designer like Shan Wong can help.

Let's take a closer look at some of the different counter top table options available and the benefits of each:


Slab of traditional granite - Image by freestockcenter on Freepik

Granite is a popular choice for counter tops due to its durability and natural beauty. It's resistant to heat and scratches, making it a great option for a busy kitchen. Plus, it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it easy to find one that complements your design scheme.


Marble comes in a lot of colours and patterns

Marble is another natural stone option that's prized for its elegant, luxurious look. It's heat-resistant and can last for decades with proper care. However, it's important to note that marble is more porous than other stones, so it's more prone to staining and etching.


Quartz coffee table
Quartz coffee table - Image by topntp26 on Freepik

Quartz is a man-made material that's made up of ground-up quartz crystals mixed with resin. It's highly durable and resistant to scratches, stains, and heat. Plus, it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, making it easy to find one that matches your design scheme.


Wooden table
Wooden table in kitche - Image by Freepik

Wood counter tops can add warmth and character to a space. They're often used in rustic or farmhouse-style kitchens. However, it's important to note that wood is not as durable as other materials and can be prone to scratches and stains.


Concrete finishing with dark tiles
Concrete or Pandomo with black 'messy' tiles. Image by on Freepik

Concrete counter tops are a popular choice for modern, industrial-style kitchens. They're highly durable and resistant to heat and scratches. Plus, they can be customized with different pigments and textures for a unique look.

When choosing a counter top table, it's important to consider not just the material, but also the color, pattern, and texture. The appropriate material to use will also depend on the intended usage, (how crazy do you cook? ;)), and the level of maintenance you are willing to invest in it.

An interior designer can help you choose a table that complements your design scheme and meets your functional needs. We, together with our suppliers, can also offer advice on maintenance and care to ensure your table lasts for years to come.

In addition to helping you choose the right counter top table, Shan can also assist with other aspects of interior design, from selecting furniture and accessories to creating a cohesive color scheme. Shan specialize in bespoke, boutique design, which means we'll work closely with you to create a personalized, one-of-a-kind space that reflects your unique style and needs.

In conclusion, choosing the right counter top table is a crucial decision when designing a space. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. However, with the help of an experienced interior designer, you can find the perfect table that combines style and function.

Contact Shan today to learn more about her bespoke, boutique interior design services. Stay connected with Shan on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn for updates, inspiration, and expert insights.