Outdoor kitchen in Rancho Santa Fe, California with cabinetry by Danver.

Are you in the initial planning stages of designing a backyard kitchen with Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens’ 100-percent stainless steel cabinetry? Selecting the right countertop is one of the most important decisions you will make, especially when it comes to navigating the weather elements without compromising design aesthetics. Below, our team has identified the top three tips to keep in mind when choosing a countertop for your outdoor kitchen.

Material Type – First and foremost, you need to select the right material for your countertop. There are a variety of options available, including natural stone, such as marble, limestone, bluestone, and soapstone. Since these are slightly porous, we suggest selecting darker colors to ensure stains aren’t visible. Though, you will want to be careful when using dark colors as they will absorb the heat. Granite is also a good option for an outdoor kitchen; it’s strong and durable.

Alternatively, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens has partnered with Dekton by Cosentino, the leading manufacturer of quartz, natural stone, and architectural surfaces. The Dekton surface is made from a sophisticated blend of glass, porcelain and quartz and offers UV resistance for color stability outdoors, exceptional strength and high resistance to impacts, scratches and abrasion for use in high-traffic areas, and almost zero water absorption.

Color – After choosing the material, contemplate your color options. For an ultra-modern, coastal outdoor kitchen, we suggest going with a light grey or white combination. It will ooze sophistication, but also incorporates a level of softness, which eliminates sterility. Conversely, to create a more traditional-style outdoor kitchen, warm gold and bronze tones can create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

If your outdoor kitchen design incorporates our innovative, realistic wood grain powder coat finishes, neutral beige countertops are definitely the way to go. For a more masculine look, you can never go wrong with black and grey hues. The combination of Danver’s Nu-black Hammertone powder coat finish and Dekton’ Glacier countertop is very sleek.

Texture – Material, check; color, check. Now all you need to do is consider the texture of your countertop. There are three options, polished, honed and rough. Polished countertops are popular in both indoor and outdoor applications. With a smooth, glossy finish, polished countertops have the potential for being your outdoor kitchen’s focal point.

Honed countertops offer a matte look, giving a very rustic appearance. They can also provide a softer look without disturbing the colors and patterns of the countertop. Honed countertops are just as smooth as polished ones, and they are less likely to show scratches.

Rough countertops are also a common choice for the outdoors. They offer a “rugged” appearance and highlight the natural characteristics of the stone, specifically granite. Different levels of sheen appear depending on the hardness of the minerals.

Photo courtesy of Chipper Hatter