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3. What Should the Countertop Be Like? Instead of trying to conceal a seam, you could make the island countertop a standout feature by mixing and matching different materials. For instance, you could contrast 10 feet of quartz with a wooden breakfast bar or butcher block at one end of the island. Another option is to increase the island’s surface area by wrapping a corner with a contrasting material, as pictured. This extends the island outward and creates a lower seating counter. Similarly, if you wanted to extend the island down the length of a room, you could drop from counter height to table height at the end. Again this could be in a different color or material from the main countertop.Shop for kitchen countertops on Houzz
7. Take It Down If you don’t have room for both a table and a breakfast bar, you might try this clever idea. The lowered surface allows for standard-height seating while taking up little space. The change of color and material defines the breakfast bar, while the choice of a dark wood that matches the window frames and shelf makes it a striking design detail.