In 2018, homeowners have more options than ever when it comes to kitchen countertop materials. If it’s been at least 15 years since you renovated a kitchen or looked at the newest trends in homes on the market, you might still be thinking your options are fairly limited and that granite is the most popular—and therefore best—material option. Well, it turns out the times have changed. According to Houzz, granite is on a three-year decline in popularity, with fewer and fewer people choosing the classic standby for their newly renovated kitchens.
Granite became such a popular material in the 1980s and ‘90s for good reason: It’s durable, comes in countless colors and patterns, and is fairly middle-of-the-road when it comes to pricing. So what are homeowners opting for if they aren’t putting granite in their kitchens? Below, 5 stylish and affordable alternatives to classic granite that are trending in kitchens across the country.