Kitchen Inspiration – Part 2 – worktops


So, in our series of Kitchen Inspiration posts, last week we looked at cabinet finishes. This week we’re getting excited about worktops.

Apart from appearance and cost, in choosing your worktop think about what it will have to deal with. Are you likely to put hot pans directly on to it or use it as a chopping board? Spills which may stain a porous surface? The durability of a stone surface, weighted against the fact it’s not very forgiving when a glass is knocked over. The challenge of cleaning stainless steel while keeping it streak-free.

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The most popular options tend to be natural stone, solid surfaces like Corian and Silestone, timber, metal and laminate. Marble is very popular, taking over from traditional granite & quartz. Solid surfaces are a timeless favourite, typically less expensive than natural stone, durable and give a homogenous finish

More unusual (as occasionally demonstrated on the likes of ‘Grand Designs’) is poured ‘in-situ’ concrete [a personal favourite]. Copper and brass have natural antibacterial properties particularly suitable for food preparation areas. Whilst laminated birch ply can give a beautiful layered edge detail.

It is worth remembering in a world of many expensive worktop materials, there is little that can’t be replicated in laminate. This makes the look of copper (without the antibacterial properties) or marble effect much more affordable.

Take a look at our Pinterest board and let your imagination go wild!