Stainless steel countertops are durable, heatproof, easy to maintain, and highly customizable. They can complement the style and decor of any kitchen, studio, bathroom, or workroom. Stainless steel countertops are created with a wood base that's covered in stainless steel sheeting and welded connections for a finished look.
These countertops can be created in any shape or design. Stainless steel countertops are available with a variety of surface textures and finishes. Here are some of the unique looks that you can create when you install a stainless steel countertop.
Brushed Stainless Steel
A very popular texture for a stainless steel countertop is a brushed texture. This subtle surface is softly textured with long brushed lines that go in one direction and resemble the surface of a large body of water - such as a sea, river, or lake. As light shines on the brushed surface of the countertop, some lines of texture will shine brightly while others will appear to be in shadow.
Polished Stainless Steel
Another popular countertop uses untextured stainless steel with a polished surface, which resembles glass or a mirror. This surface is highly reflective and can bounce light and mirror reflections to all parts of a room. This polished stainless steel countertop can look very contemporary because of the absence of surface texture.
Hammered Stainless Steel
This stainless steel texture is composed of raised dots that cover the surface of the countertop in abstract patterns. These shallow hammered dots can be small, large, or a combination of both small and large dots. Hammered stainless steel countertops resemble the texture of rocks, tree bark, and other surfaces found in natural environments.
Swirled Stainless Steel
The texture of this stainless steel countertop has surface swirls in many different directions. It is a highly decorative countertop that can add interest wherever it is used. The swirls in the countertop can be small or large and will reflect light in many directions.
Waved Stainless Steel
This texture is composed of undulating wave patterns on the surface of the stainless steel. The different wave shapes catch and reflect light, which creates the illusion of a three-dimensional surface - even though the stainless steel sheeting is perfectly flat.
Glass-Covered Stainless Steel
For a unique look, a thick transparent slab of glass can be laminated on top of a patterned stainless steel countertop. The transparent glass magnifies the surface texture of the stainless steel underneath and is very effective when it covers a highly tactile surface.
Laminated glass comes in many colors and can also be used as a backsplash to cover a wall near a stainless steel countertop. Thick transparent glass can be hung from the ceiling to create a glass wall with no visible framework or attachment mechanisms.
Quilted Stainless Steel
This stainless steel surface consists of a soft-edged grid with raised ridges that create a very distinctive geometric structure. Quilted stainless steel patterns on a countertop add structure, pattern, and design to any room. This structured surface looks especially great when covered with laminated glass.
Tiled Stainless Steel
Countertops can be made with a sheet of patterned stainless steel that resembles small tiles of interlocking geometric forms. This stainless steel surface is made with a combination of raised and carved areas to give the illusion of tiles. This texture is very effective with a combination of matte and highlypolished areas.
A stainless steel countertop can be a distinctive addition to any room. When considering a stainless steel countertop, think about how natural and artificial light will light up the countertop and how it will reflect those light sources within the room.
For complete stainless steel countertop design and installation, contact Timmons Sheet Metal Inc. online or come to our showroom. Our skilled experts can design a stainless steel countertop specifically for any room in your home or business.