A Guide to Kitchen Worktops
A Guide to Kitchen Worktops
Renovating a kitchen is a significant investment, and the choices you make regarding its elements, especially the worktops, can significantly impact your space’s aesthetics and functionality. With numerous options available, ranging from budget-friendly to high-end, navigating the world of kitchen worktops can be overwhelming. At Anglia Interiors, we have crafted this guide to simplify the selection process, ensuring you make informed decisions tailored to your preferences and requirements.
Laminate and Solid Laminate Worktops
Laminate and solid laminate worktops stand out as the UK’s most popular choice. They are both cost-effective and low-maintenance, offering a variety of finishes that mimic real stone or wood without the associated upkeep and expense. Solid laminate worktops, in particular, offer a contemporary, thinner finish, enhancing the overall modern look of your kitchen.
Real Wood Worktops
Real wood worktops strike a balance between laminate and stone. They are more durable than laminate, easier to maintain than stone, and age beautifully. Regular oiling preserves their quality, and they can be sanded and re-oiled to refresh their appearance. However, being naturally porous, they require periodic maintenance to prevent water damage.
Natural Stone Worktops
Granite and marble are popular choices in natural stone worktops, prized for their unique natural markings and shades. While they are durable, heavy, and resistant to daily wear and tear, they need sealing to guard against liquid damage. Marble, being more porous, requires extra care. These worktops are perfect for baking, offering a cool, ideal surface for working dough.
Manmade Stone Worktops
Manmade stone worktops, like quartz, offer durability comparable to natural stone but often come with a sleeker finish. Typically, natural stone pieces are bonded with resin, creating a solid surface. While they are less heat-resistant than natural stone, they are highly durable and elegant. Examples include corian, earthstone, terazzo, and silestone.
Toughened glass worktops redefine elegance and functionality. Heat-proof, non-porous, and low-maintenance, they can be customised to any finish, including embedded glitter or artwork. Modern technology allows for endless possibilities in glass worktop design, making them a contemporary and chic choice for your kitchen.
A Note on Metal Worktops
While metal worktops, like copper and stainless steel, are found in commercial kitchens due to their natural antibacterial properties, they might not be the best choice for a home kitchen. Their clanging, echoing noise and industrial feel might not align with the cosy ambience most desire in their home kitchens.
When choosing a worktop, consider your budget, home architecture, and kitchen cabinet style. Many suppliers offer visualisations, helping you preview your new kitchen’s look before making a final decision. At Anglia Interiors, we prioritise not only your budget and style preferences but also the functionality and longevity of your chosen kitchen worktop, ensuring your investment is truly worthwhile.