When designing your bespoke kitchen, your worktop surface is a truly essential part of the look. There are a number of popular materials to choose from, each with their own advantages, so it’s important to choose one to suit your needs. Consider not only how it will impact on the look of your design but also the practicalities of each option:
Composite is a very practical and sleek choice that can be used anywhere, including next to hobs and around the sink. It is a practical material due to it being very tough and more durable than many natural stones. As the colour runs right the way through the material, any light scratches can be sanded out.
Granite is a very beautiful material that comes in array of colours, the natural patterns that it contains make each piece truly unique. It is a very low maintenance surface and holds up well to wear and tear such as knife nicks, heat and splashes. Great for the avid cooker! The natural heaviness of the material requires steady cabinetry to support the weight.
Laminate, whilst being a kitchen staple for decades, has not always been considered the most stylish of materials but that’s changing. The latest designs in laminate replicate pricier surfaces whilst still offering the same sleek look and feel. Though laminate is easy to clean and maintain it can be prone to scratches and burning so it important to protect your surface.
Corian is a great stain and water resistant material which is available in a wide variety of hues. If you are looking for a worktop that can survive a lot of battering from accidental scratches to a messy baking session with the kids, this is it.
Originally found in commercial kitchens, this industrious material has been something of a trend over recent years. Having stainless steel countertops provides a very tailored look for your kitchen and best of all they’re virtually indestructible and resists bacteria and heat. To keep it looking stainless steel looking its best you should be sure to consistently polish the surface.
The ultimate glamorous statement, marble is a material that is traditionally associated with luxury thanks to its unique veining. Due to its ability to maintain a constant cool temperature it’s a great choice for the avid pastry chef or baker. However, many won’t choose marble for the whole kitchen due its incredibly porous nature and its susceptibility to scratches and chips. Still it is rather beautiful, isn’t it?
Which surface will you choose for your beautiful bespoke kitchen? Let us know in the comments or talk to one of our kitchen designers for expert advice and a complimentary design consultation.