When getting a new kitchen, one of the things that deserves a bit of thought is the type of worktop you will be having. If you thought it was just a matter of picking a material and colour, then think again…
There is a multitude of worktop materials to choose from, from granite, marble, and quartz, to wood, Corian, and stainless steel to name just a few.
When choosing a worktop it is good to think about practicalities. If you have children you might want a material that is durable and stain resistant. Think about if you want a material that is low-maintenance, or whether you are willing to put some effort into keeping your worktops looking pristine.
There is also a wide variety of colours to choose from. If your kitchen does not get much natural light, maybe opt for a lighter colour worktop. If you have wooden floors, perhaps you don’t have to have wooden worktops, but if you do think about how the different woods will look together. On the other hand, if you have floor tiles a wooden worktop can bring some warmth into your kitchen. There is a variety of finishes to choose from too, such as polished, honed and leathered for granite and quartz, or single stave and butcher’s block for oak.
So you’ve chosen your worktop material, colour, and finish… Now onto the details, such as deciding on the thickness of the worktop, what kind of edging you want, whether you want drainer grooves around the sink, if you want an upstand and perhaps even a splashback out of the worktop material.
There are quite a few things to consider when choosing a worktop, but as they say, a kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s worth thinking about the details!