Worktops are probably something that we don’t give too much thought about in everyday life, but as well as performing a function; they can also add colour and atmosphere to your kitchen.
When it comes to choosing the perfect worktop for your kitchen there are many elements to consider.
For years, solid wood worktops have been a popular choice in kitchens. Timbers such as maple and beach always provide a good, solid worktop which is durable and easily maintained. As well as the more traditional materials, a modern feel can be created by employing bamboo or zebrano.
Silestone worktops are proving to be even more desirable this year. This is due to granite being extremely strong and durable. Made of natural stone, each granite worktop is unique, using different veining and colour. Unlike the natural finish of granite, man-made quartz worktops offer a great range of colours to match any kitchen.
Compac worktops are available in over 60 colours, with quartz also highly scratch and stain resistant.
Thickness and depth
It is not just the material of the worktop that is important. The height and positioning in the kitchen can really make a difference when it comes to the ambience of the room. Again, this has a lot to do with the material you select for your worktop. Thick and chunky worktops can be achieved by choosing Diresco worktops and mixing them with thinner, wood surfaces. A sense of definition can be achieved between different preparation areas.
Varying the height of worktops not only creates a nice look, it’s also an issue of practicality. Certain heights are ideal for cooking and others ideal for preparation. This is where the expertise of a kitchen designer will help you.
Different cooking and preparation areas can mean a different type of worktop. Materials such as granite and quartz are ideal if you are baking as the surfaces remain cool at all times. Moreover, stone surfaces are very easy to keep clean and their withstanding attributes mean maintenance isn’t an issue either.