30 May How To Choose The Right Worktop For Your Kitchen
Are you looking for ways to up your kitchen’s aesthetic without compromising its functionality? Selecting the right kitchen worktop is a good start.
A kitchen worktop is that horizontal, flat surface where you prepare food. Commonly, it is laid on top of other furniture such as cabinets or shelves. It can be made from different materials: granite, concrete, stainless steel, marble, wood, limestone, quartz, crafted glass, laminates, resin, and others.
Of course, you need to consider your budget, the material’s durability, and the compatibility of the worktop with your kitchen’s overall look. You need to decide which material, colour, and size you want as well.
Here is a list of the most common types of kitchen worktops to help you decide which one to get:
What makes granite a good option is that it is exceptionally durable, heat-resistant, low-maintenance, anti-bacterial, and hard-wearing. It can also be resistant to stains if correctly sealed. However, it is expensive, heavy, and not eco-friendly.
On another hand, hardwood is an eco-friendly option. Budget-wise, it is cheaper than stone. It is also anti-bacterial as long as it is maintained and cleaned properly. The downside is, it is a bit high-maintenance since it needs regular oiling (twice a year). It is prone to staining, scratches, and mould growth, too.
Quartz can be made into a non-porous countertop. It is resistant to heat and resilient to staining. It is a bit thinner than granite worktops, making it an apt choice for contemporary kitchens. However, there are a lot of substandard quartz worktops on the market. You need to be vigilant when purchasing one.
Laminated worktops are cost-effective. In fact, they’re probably the cheapest. They require low maintenance. They are likewise heat-resistant, anti-bacterial, hard-wearing, and easy to replace. They can be used in any kind of kitchen as long as they fit the motif. What you need to watch out for, though, is that they can get damaged easily. Over time, they can peel, chip off, and are prone to scratches as well. If you want laminated ones, better choose from quality makers.
If you want a more elegant look to your kitchen, you can opt for crafted glass. An upside is crafted glass worktops can be made in any size or shape you want. With proper care, they will last for a long time. They are easy to clean, heat-resistant, and stylish. But this comes with a price.
Ceramic ones are a fairly new option. They are almost immune to scratches and heat damage. They are likewise maintenance-free. They fit a minimalist look. Regarding cost, it is an expensive option — even more expensive than granite!
Stainless steel worktops are a popular choice for industrial kitchen settings! They are usually used for restaurants, bakeries, cafes, coffee shops, etc. They are long-lasting and have natural anti-bacterial properties. They are also low-maintenance, lightweight, resistant to acid and heat, and waterproof. However, they have a less stylish appeal.
Before deciding on the worktop, you need to have an overall look at your kitchen. Will the worktop fit in your kitchen in terms of aesthetics (design, shape, size)? Also, your selection will have to factor in colour. Use light shades if your kitchen colour scheme is predominantly bright and bold. Doing so will reflect natural light and give the space a clean appearance. On the other hand, use dark colours if you have a lot of wooden furniture in your kitchen. A dark-coloured kitchen worktop can add a touch of elegance without being too standoffish. Additionally, opt for a plain coloured countertop if you have a lot of patterned furniture in your kitchen and use textured tops if your kitchen motif is minimalist.