A new kitchen can be a substantial investment to your home, adding value to your property as well as becoming the hub of your family life. Therefore, it’s extremely important to consider all design elements carefully, ensuring you select the correct style and finish that works practically for your needs, as well as looking amazing. In particular, the right worktop can make or break the final look of your dream kitchen, so be sure to give it due consideration. To help you choose a material that best suits your lifestyle, take a look at our roundup of kitchen work surfaces…
Solid Wood Worktops
The perfect choice for classic country kitchens, wood can work equally well in more contemporary designs too. Lighter tones can add a Scandinavian feel when coupled with minimal styling or consider a mix of both wood and natural stone in different areas of the kitchen. Wood is best used in food preparation areas such as islands and breakfast bars. However don’t use the worktop as a chopping board, or place hot pans directly onto it as it may scorch.
Do be prepared that solid wood will need some maintenance and should be oiled regularly. The good news is that wood is the easiest material to fix should you have an accident. Dents can be filled and stains can be polished out. In fact ,the whole worktop can be sanded down and re-oiled to look as good as new. Adding warmth and character to a space, if well looked after, a solid wood worktop will last a lifetime.
A highly durable material, Silestone is made up of 94% natural quartz making it non-porous and resistant to stains. As it’s a manmade material, it’s easy to achieve more dramatic shades to perfectly fit your scheme, giving you countless possibilities of colour and texture.
As the colour runs right the way through the material, any scratches can be sanded out and in the unlikely event it is chipped, Silestone can often be repaired by a specialist.
Requiring no initial treatment, it’s super easy to maintain and you will never have to seal it. Silestone is notoriously hard to stain, unlike natural stone which can absorb spillages that sit for too long, Silestone can be wiped down with the confidence that it won’t hold onto any grubby marks. It’s super hygienic too, baked into the Silestone resin are microbe killing agents. Bacteria can multiply in just a few hours but these virus killers take care of them before they get chance!
A luxury material that never falls out of fashion, granite looks stunning in both classic and more contemporary kitchens. A natural stone that is quarried from the ground in large blocks, it is entirely authentic, giving you something which is perfectly unique to your kitchen.
Granite is one of the most durable work surfaces you can buy. It can withstand extreme temperatures so you don’t have to worry about popping a hot pan directly onto it. It won’t fade in direct sunlight as some materials can and it won’t scratch when chopping directly onto it. However, you may want to invest in a chopping board as it may just blunt your knives!
Accidents can happen and in some instances, it is possible to chip granite. The good news is that it can be easily repaired and most DIY stores sell kits so you can even have a go yourself. Due to its natural properties, it is porous and can be susceptible to stains. Spillages should be mopped up straight away and the granite should be sealed regularly to prevent staining. With just a reasonable amount of care, your granite worktops will reward you with many years of great service.
If you are considering a kitchen makeover or would like more advice on kitchen work surfaces, visit an Optiplan Kitchens near you today. With 15 showrooms across the country, we will be happy to guide you through making your dream kitchen a reality.