Love Is In The Air (And On Your Kitchen Countertop)!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!
Tired of spending x amount of hours looking for the perfect setting for your romantic dinner date? Or perhaps you’ve already splurged your Valentine’s budget on that brand new gadget?
Not to worry! Having a home-cooked Valentine’s Day dinner is a completely viable option if you’re not keen on overspending on a commercialized holiday. Spending your Valentine’s at home is private and cheap. And you skip the hassle of going out and getting stuck amongst the myriad of couples looking to create a magical night for themselves.
Also, your significant other will definitely appreciate the effort and hard work. Who knows? You might even get some reciprocation from him/her later on. *wink wink nudge nudge*
If you can’t keep it in the bedroom, here are five countertops you definitely want to be on (top of) this Valentine’s Day.
1. Quartz Countertop
Luxurious, high-end, and alluring. Quartz countertops are the definition of premium quality. Along with it, comes “premium” aesthetics. Think natural lustre and an almost perfectly smooth surface, cold to the touch.
Imagine the slight chill of quartz countertop on your bare skin and your partner’s warm breath on yours. Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it?
Quartz is a natural material and thus provides a unique look for each slab pulled from the Earth. So if you appreciate and are turned on by visual aesthetics, quartz countertops are definitely for you.
We’d recommend Silestone Quartz and Caesarstone Quartz for their quality and beauty. While ColourQuartz is renowned for its stylish and trendy lineup. And HanStone Quartz is unique with its special blend of materials.
2. Granite Countertop
Similarly, granite is also a popular material for countertops among kitchen owners. It’s regarded as one of the hardest known minerals, which makes it one of the first choice of natural rock when it comes to durability and aesthetics.
Also, it’s high durability makes it one of the better choices for your Valentine’s Day shenanigans. If you know what we mean.
Similar to quartz, granite offers a unique and distinctive look that will wet (no double entendre intended) your appetite. Each slab of this material has its own unique veins, textures, and colours. Rest assured that when we say one-of-a-kind, we meant it.
Aside from that, granite is also scratch and stain proof. The material has a protective layer which provides high resistance against stains. So you and your partner can go wild this Valentine’s. And we promise we won’t judge!
That being said, we’d still suggest sealing it regularly for the added protection. You’ll be able to clean up the “messes” (again, no judgement here) made during Valentine’s easily with the sealant.
3. Marble Countertop
On the other hand, marble comes across as quite “fragile” compared to other countertop materials. When it comes down to it, there’s one important thing you should know – marble is a porous, high-maintenance surface.
The gist of it is, marble is vulnerable to staining agents (like wine, juice, oil, and ahem, bodily fluids) that seep into the surface. Therefore, sealing the surface upon installation is definitely a must to help prevent damage.
Other than that, you should be prepared to see some scratches. If you’re going wild on your countertop this Valentine’s, we’d recommend being extra careful. Remove any article of clothing (as you would before doing the deed) that may scratch your countertop. This would include belt buckles and necklaces.
But if you’re able to put up with the extra work, a marble countertop is an excellent addition to any kitchen. Plus, it’s more affordable than other countertop materials!
4. Solid Surfaces
Speaking of affordable, solid surface countertops are the perfect mid-range material.
Interested in the quartz or granite look but can’t afford it? Kitchen owners with tight budgets tend to gravitate towards this material. It’s often hailed as one of the best alternatives if you want the “look” that stone material brings.
Though, we must warn you that solid surfaces are only meant to resemble real stone. Thus, it lacks the depth that real stone provides.
Alternatively, the one thing that may put solid surfaces ahead of the competition is its composition. Solid surfaces are comprised of less natural minerals as compared to other countertops. This means that solid surface countertops are also less susceptible to losing heat and become unbearably cold.
Ever had your sensitive parts in contact with a cold surface? Let’s face it, a “yelp” isn’t what you’d want to hear when you’re just getting into it this Valentine’s Day.
5. Wood Countertop
Natural wood vs faux wood. Whatever your choice is, you can’t go wrong with wood countertops.
Wood as a countertop material is really underrated in our books. They’re cheap and easy to maintain. They’re also sanitary and durable. Moreover, wood countertops are also heat resistant and easy to care for. And you can even cut on them!
No more worries about scratching up your wooden surface doing your Valentine’s affairs. Wood countertops are easy to repair and refinish!
Other than the obvious pluses wood countertop brings, this material also feels good on the skin. Akin to nature, there’s something that evokes a sense of calm and serenity when you’re in contact with wood. Add to that your partner’s warmth and you’ve got a fabulous Valentine’s Day indeed!
Well, there you have it. The five countertops you want to be on this Valentine’s Day. Each countertop offer their own benefits, but it’s ultimately up to you to decide which is better for your current situation.
Whatever your choice is, you’ll definitely be in for a “good time” this Valentine’s Day. Moreso, if you’ve decided to plan a romantic dinner in the kitchen for your significant other.