Today I’m sharing the reasons behind why we selected a new product: Dekton®, by Cosentino, as solid countertops in our kitchen renovation project.
Thinking about making ALL the decisions that went into this kitchen renovation feels significantly easier on this end of the project than it did on the other end. When faced with the plethora of choices we needed to make about cabinets, countertops, appliances tile, fixtures, lighting etc. etc., some of the decisions were quick and easy, and others took a great deal more consideration.
Stone and solid surface countertops are such a big part of any kitchen renovation budget that it’s crucial to do your research and figure out exactly what type you want to use as well as ensure that you select a colour and style that you’ll love over the long haul. I’m thrilled to have partnered with Cosentino on the material for our countertops as our new Dekton® Stonika Countertops definitely exceed all of our hopes and expectations.
From the beginning of this whole kitchen renovation process, I knew that we wanted to use Ikea cabinets as we had never tried them before and all of the fun options looked really appealing. I also knew that we wanted to have solid wood shaker style cabinet doors, which left me with just one option from Ikea (at the time). We selected Ikea Grimslov Gray as our cabinetry and from there the rest of the choices began to fall into place…
Ikea Grimslov Cabinets / Dekton® Stonika Countertops in Olimpo by Cosentino / Off-white Floor Tile
From our previous kitchen renovation, I knew that I wanted to go with white-toned countertops again. Truthfully, I would have chosen white countertops even with white cabinets, but with the choice of grey cabinetry the focus on adding in lots of white became even stronger. I also knew we wanted to use solid surface countertops, and that granite and marble were both out (marble is too soft and stains too easily and granite is too busy and not available in as many white/light options as I would have liked).
I was initially leaning towards Quartz and began to research Silestone®, which is a premium quartz product by Cosentino. This led me to discovering a new ultra-compact surface countertop product called Dekton®, which is also used by Cosentino to make countertops, and suddenly a whole new world opened up before me. I’d never heard of Dekton® before but was so impressed with everything that I was reading about it that I decided to explore it further.
The closest fabricator and installer for Dekton® to where we live (small town, Vancouver Island, BC), is Exotic Stone in Victoria which is about a 2.5 hour drive away. Their website informed me that they do installation all across Vancouver Island, so I sent my sister-in-law in to pick up some samples when she was in Victoria on other business. Between what I had read and what I saw in the samples that she brought home for me, I was sold.
Dekton® is available in several style lines, each with a variety of colour options. We fairly quickly honed in on the Stonika XGloss collection as we love the beautiful, light reflective qualities of the glossy finish. My absolute favourite colour was pretty easy to spot: it’s called Olimpo and it resembles marble with long streaks of beautiful grey veining throughout. Despite the veining, it’s not busy in the least. The base is slightly off-white so it’s got some warmth to it that is complimented perfectly by the sculptural greyish veins.
Honestly, I love Olimpo so much that I don’t know if I would use any other colour, but there are several other beautiful options. The glossy marble style of it is both gorgeous and elegant but has a fresh, modern feel at the same time. It’s perfect. Elegant, fresh, and modern; basically the overall concept that I wanted to create in kitchen at large!
Dekton® is an ultra-compact surface that can be used both indoors and out. It’s made from a mixture of inorganic raw materials that are found in glass, porcelain, and quartz. It is completely nonporous (as it has no resin), so it is much more stain resistant than any other solid or compact surface countertop. It’s also so scratch resistant that you only need to use a cutting board to protect your knives (not the surface itself!). Dekton® is completely heat resistant and you can even put hot pots and dishes directly on it. Since it is highly UV resistant, it can be used on outdoor countertop surfaces, and thinner profiles are used to create wall panels for exterior facades. This is a great little video that helped me settle on this product for our kitchen renovation…
I have to admit that installation day was a little scary. I mean, these counters weigh A LOT. And they are enormous. I love how this installation picture shows just how beautiful the veining is.
The team from Exotic Stone did an amazing job making sure that everything fit perfectly, even though our walls weren’t perfectly square (as they never are in old houses). In order to fabricate and install Dekton® you need to have special certification, as it is more difficult to cut to the ultra-compact nature of the product.
Another amazing thing about Dekton® is that it comes in larger sizes (up to 5×10), so you can get full lengths and longer expanses without seams. In fact, the ONLY seam that we have in the entire kitchen is this tiny little seam right where the faucet sits.
That is the ONLY seam!! (I still can’t get over that…)
Which means even the corner is one solid piece…
After having some very poor quality seams in the middle of our previous kitchen counters, the seamless feel of our new Dekton® countertops is such a joy.
Is it weird that I love them so much that it’s even fun to clean them?!
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Check out my other posts in this kitchen renovation series (click on the image to be taken to the related post)…