Our top tips to remember when choosing your kitchen worktop
If you are embarking on a kitchen renovation and are in the process of selecting your kitchen worktops, you may know that there are lots of considerations to ensure the material you choose is right for your lifestyle, and will stand the test of time. From whether it suits your style of cabinetry and practicality, to hygiene, colour and cost, our design team have shared their top tips to remember when selecting the worktop for your new kitchen:
1. Consider the overall look you want to achieve.
Your kitchen worktop needs to work with the style and colour of your cabinetry, and the overall style of the room as a whole, including how you will be using your kitchen! Natural materials such as marble are very porous, and are therefore much more susceptible to stains and scratches, so if your kitchen is a high traffic area with lots of messy cooks, then definitely opt for a more hardwearing material such as quartz, composite stone or even wood (just be mindful that wood will need sealing from time to time). Manmade materials such as Dekton by Cosentino are also a fantastic choice; scratch resistant, heat resistant and non-porous, Dekton really will stand the test of time.
Burlanes Decolane kitchen with Dekton 'Kelya' worktops. The design is printed onto the manmade slab using innovative machinery, making it one of the most hardwearing options available.
"Both Burlanes Sevenoaks and Burlanes Chelmsford are elite Cosentino showrooms, with an array of worktop materials on display. So please do pop in for a chat with us if you have any questions about which surfaces may work best for you." - Martin Bepey, Burlanes Sevenoaks' Studio Manager.
2. Do not be afraid to mix worktop materials
Opting for the natural stone or marble you truly love on your kitchen island and breakfast bar, and a much more resilient composite material elsewhere for chopping and prepping food, is a great solution. It is also a great way of defining zones within your kitchen.
Burlanes Wellsdown kitchen with Silestone by Cosentino worktop in Snowy Ibiza, and Silestone by Cosentino worktop in Iconic Black (Volcano texture)
"Mixing worktop finishes and colours is a great design element to create defined zones within your kitchen. Not only does it add visual impact and depth to the room, it also means you can choose your dream stone for less used areas, and a composite, hardwearing option for around your sink area, and in the main areas you will be using tools, pots and pans." - Helen Gulutu, Burlanes Chelmsford's Studio Manager.
Burlanes Wellsdown kitchen with Oak wooden worktop.
3. Make hygiene a priority
Now more than ever, hygiene should be at the very top of your list when considering your new kitchen worktop material. Porous materials such as marble and natural stone will absorb food spills, stains and odours if not correctly cleaned, whereas composites such as quartz do not soak up any substances that might encourage the growth of harmful bacteria and can simply be wiped clean with a cloth and kitchen spray.
Burlanes Wellsdown kitchen with Silestone Quartz worktop, with edge detail.
4. Always consider the practicalities
When making the final decision on your kitchen worktops, take the time to consider all of the above points, and chat to your designer to see what they would recommend for your lifestyle, and any alternatives that may be available to you. The right choice will ultimately depend on how much cooking you and your family do, your cleaning habits and the time you have to care for the worktop.
Both Burlanes Sevenoaks and Burlanes Chelmsford are welcoming design appointments and browsing, please do get in touch if you would like to pop in for a chat:
Burlanes Sevenoaks - 01732 605 001
Burlanes Chelmsford - 01245 352 557
You can also send us an email [email protected]
We cannot recommend the Burlanes team enough; they just knew what we needed and got it so right.Amelia Tate - Corringham, Essex