Many of us will only renovate a kitchen once or twice so having the knowledge, confidence and experience to choose some of the more expensive elements can be daunting. When we recently updated our kitchen I had no idea how to choose a kitchen worktop and did extensive research to help me make the right decision. With the help of Worktop Express I’ve pulled together some of that information to help anyone else in the same situation.
If you’re struggling to know what to choose from the myriad of kitchen worktops available, keep reading, and hopefully things will become a little clearer.
How to Choose a Kitchen Worktop:
The first things to consider are the aesthetic qualities and how your worktop will fit into the rest of your kitchen design. You may want it to blend in with the cabinets, feeling cohesive and coordinated, or you may prefer a standout look where the worktop contrasts heavily with the rest of the room creating more of a feature. Once you know the colour and overall design you can start to look at the materials and finishes on offer.
Solid Wooden Worktops:
Solid wooden kitchen worktops are very popular. They look great in more traditional and modern country style kitchens and offer real longevity and durability. Oak is often the most popular choice. This classic wood will mature and develop over time, darkening gradually to create a resilient worktop packed full of character.
If you love wood but want something with a little more pattern to the grain, why not try walnut. The darker wood looks delicate and intricate yet still offers a robust and resilient finish.
Finally, a less common choice might be iroko – an African timber that creates a stunningly beautiful worktop, naturally hygienic and hardwearing.
Less expensive than a solid worktop, laminate worktops are incredibly popular and a practical and stylish choice. They’re low maintenance and easy to clean offering a wide variety of finishes. High gloss black is often a top choice, bringing an extra sparkle and glamour to your kitchen. Black is very practical too, always looking clean and bright.
White is also very popular and can make a kitchen look light and contemporary. It also offers a great contrast to darker style kitchen cabinets, creating a striking aesthetic in the room. And don’t forget there are subtle differences in white finishes from the ‘granite’ look through to marble effect.
Of course, if you are a fan of a wooden finish worktop but want a more low maintenance option, the laminate wood finish is a popular choice. Choose from oaks, walnut and beech looks to add the warmth of wood but without the expense and maintenance.
Solid Laminate Worktops:
Constructed of several sturdy layers, these surfaces are a incredibly practical and very slim in profile too. Completely waterproof, resistant to a high level of heat and durable against abrasion and impact they make a great alternative to wood, stone or quartz.
And because they can be cut and installed in a similar way to laminate they are financially accessible for lots of homes.
Stone or Quartz:
Heavier, stronger and more durable than many other surfaces a stone worktop is quite an investment. It’s worth remembering that they’re often cut and prepared offsite so the wait can be longer than for other materials.
The quartz worktop in my own kitchen is beautiful to look at but very hard to keep clean as I chose it in white. It’s well worth taking all this into consideration when you’re making your own choice.
So there you have it, my own little guide on how to choose a kitchen worktop. I do hope it helps and let me know what you’ve decided to opt for.
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