Kitchen worktops have become a standout feature of modern kitchen design. A high-quality worktop can help you create a practical, clean and stunning kitchen space.
But as one of the most important features of a contemporary kitchen, it can also be one of the most expensive. For this reason, its important you make the right decision when shopping for kitchen worktops.
But with so many materials, designs and price-points on the market, deciding on the right worktop can seem tricky.
But to help you out, we’ll be taking a quick look at the different kinds of worktops on the market. We’ll break down the pros and cons, as well as the cost, of a range of worktop materials.
Firstly, there’s granite, a timeless and ever popular material. Granites natural, diverse patterns deliver a unique quality finish that works in all kinds of classic and modern spaces. On top of the looks, granite has unrivalled toughness. Heat resistant up to 200°C, resistant to scratching, and simple to clean. It’s no wonder this material is so popular. However, this worktop will require specialist fitting, and is one of the most expensive worktop materials.
Marble is another popular material, with its unmistakable light colour and grain. Its porous nature keeps it cool and resistant to heat. However, this also means marble can stain and scratch easier than granite. But over time, marble will develop a unique patina. Combine this with the choice of a honed matte, or glossy finish, and marble is a good choice for those after a clean, beautiful finish.
Of course, your worktop doesn’t have to be made of stone. Solid wood is a great choice for a kitchen in a traditional or rustic style. The material is also now being used in contemporary kitchen thanks to its homely, inviting feel. Wood is also easy to shape, making it suitable for kitchens of all sizes. One down side is its weaker resistance to heat and scratches compared to stone. You’ll also need to be ready to tackle spills to prevent staining. But as a natural, cheaper option, solid wood is unbeatable.
Finally, there’s quartz. Quartz has fairly good heat resistance, up to 160°C. Similarly, it doesn’t scratch easily. But unlike granite, you’ll find that quartz worktops have a lower price tag. As quartz isn’t a fully natural product, you’ll be able to find the material in a range of patterns and colours. Your quartz worktop will need to be shaped and installed by professionals, but remains easy to keep clean and free from stain.
Deciding on a worktop is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning a new kitchen. Fortunately, at By Design, we have all the advice, designs and materials anyone could need when planning kitchens.
Visit our website to view the vast range of kitchen designs perfect for your home, or pop in to our Newmarket or Cambridge kitchen showrooms.