Outdoor kitchen countertop ideas are a world of smooth finishes, clever materials, and luxe colors to choose from. An outdoor kitchen is a luxury, plain and simple—but plain and simple is just the beginning of today’s kitted out outdoor spaces. Looking for ways to take  your outdoor kitchen ideas over the top? Start by picking the right outdoor countertop.

Just like your indoor countertops, aesthetics are key. But at the end of the day think hard about functionality, too. “Fundamentally we are talking about the outdoors so there is no shying away from the fact anything we have out there is going to get dirty, dusty and hit with falling leaves, inclement weather and creepy crawlies,” says Alex Saint of the UK’s Kitchen Architecture.