I read an article this morning regarding countertops. Often , this topic is a source of stress for my clients. The decision involves budget, aesthetics, hardness, resistance to bacteria, heat resistance, coldness to touch & ‘clean-ability’ & installation methods.  ProTip: Make things easier for yourself by ranking these above characteristics in order of importance to your family and your specific needs. This should help you narrow things down. You can’t have all-the-things, though. (insert sad face)

Also, one last little tidbit: When I begin design for my clients,  I use these questions in this order to weed out obvious things.

1, Safety, does it hit all the requirements for  being safe in the space it will be used?

2. Function, does it do it’s job well? Is it going to hold up?

3. Beauty, which is the most lovely (trend-proof) selection that everyone can agree on?

Bonus: Here is a helpful list according to a hardness rating by Moh’s scale of mineral hardness:

Laminate: 1.0 on the Mohs Scale
Soapstone: 1.0 on the Mohs Scale
Solid Surface: 3.5 on the Mohs Scale
Butcher Block: 3 to 4 on the Mohs Scale
Marble: 2 to 5 on the Mohs Scale
Glass: 5.0 on the Mohs Scale
Slate: 6.0 on the Mohs Scale
Stainless Steel: 5.5-6.5 on the Mohs Scale
Granite: 5 to 6.5 on the Mohs Scale
Engineered Stone (composite quartz): 6.5 on the Mohs Scale
Quartzite: 7 on the Mohs Scale
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile: 7 on the Mohs Scale
Concrete: 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale