Find Inspiration for A New Kitchen
You don’t have to go back too far in time to a point where the only choice you had for your kitchen worktop was limited to wood only. If you like wood interiors, then you are onto a winner but if not… Then, it was tough to find an option you like.
As technologies evolved and the world grew smaller in terms of the movement of goods, the choice of kitchen worktop expanded. Nowadays, you are only limited by your own imagination. Of course, not all materials suit becoming a worktop, but many do. What are the benefits of those materials that can grace the very best kitchens?
How Do You Use Your Kitchen?
Before we look at which worktop is best for you, it’s important to think about how you use your kitchen and more specifically the kind of wear-and-tear your kitchen-tops can expect. Are you the type of person who puts hot pans straight onto the worktop or do you always use a trivet?
Are you looking for a countertop that is maintenance-free or are you happy to look after them yourself? What kind of budget do you have? With those things in mind, let’s look at your best options:
Stone, Wood, Composite or Laminate?
The most common types of worktops are made from either stone (including Granite & Quartz), wood, man-made composite and laminate. Each one has its own unique properties. It’s not only a personal choice on which type you prefer, but the size and layout of your kitchen also play a part.
If you prefer natural, more traditional materials like stone and solid wood, then they can look amazing in any kitchen. The fact that their markings and colouring can be so varied really enhances a kitchen.
In addition to those, granite has become incredibly popular in recent years. Granite is basically magma, or rock, that has been cooled under pressure over millions of years. The result is a product that is extremely hard-wearing (as you would expect) and when sealed, is also very resistant to stains. It’s the perfect choice for anyone looking for a one-and-done solution. If your kitchen has lots of angles, then it can be time-consuming to fit as it will need more cutting.
Quartz, Acrylic or Trademarked Materials?
If you like your kitchens to be more maintenance-free, then materials that are man-made might be what you’re looking for. Quartz, acrylic or trademarked materials like Corian look fantastic and are hassle-free (for the most part). These kinds of worktops mix natural materials with resin to create surfaces that are both durable, non-porous and easy to clean. They aren’t the cheapest and often need specialist fitting, but once complete, look stunning.
There Are Always Cheaper Options…
If the price is a concern, then the best choice for you is a laminate. Like laminate flooring, these worktops are made of a laminate overlay bonded to a chipboard core. The laminate overlay can be made to look like any number of materials, so it can be designed to suit your existing decor at a fraction of the cost. Want one that looks like marble? No problem. Want it to resemble wood? Laminate can do that. They do have certain limitations but at this price point, it’s relatively cheap to replace.
The kitchen is the focal point of any home so making sure it looks the part is important. The worktop is the first thing that catches your eye, but so will imperfections and scratches, so choose wisely. Finding one that is long-lasting as well as looks beautiful is key when creating a kitchen, you can be proud of for years.
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