Choosing a kitchen work surface can be tricky, but it's important to consider your style, budget and how durable you want it to be before you commit.
Image: Rugged Concrete worktop, Caesarstone
Choosing the right worktop for you and your family is a vital part of having a fully functional kitchen that you love to cook in. Whether you opt for the traditional charm of solid wood or the durable practicality of quartz for a busy family kitchen, it's important to look at your style and budget to make an informed decision.
Image: H Line Sutton in Graphite with Portland Oak open shelving, Masterclass Kitchens
Worktops made out of wood will always be a popular option and often feature in more traditional-style homes or in kitchens that desire a rustic look.
You can tailor your worktop to suit your style as wood ranges from dark walnut shades, to light oak finishes. For an even more sustainable option, choose a solid wood worktop with an oil finish, which will also add extra years to its lifespan.
Image: Ekbacken laminate worktop, IKEA
For those looking for the allure of solid wood or traditional stone, good quality laminates can offer this but for a much smaller price tag. It's time to bust the myth that, just because laminate is cheaper, it isn't durable and isn't a viable option. Nowadays, laminate comes in an endless amount of designs and finishes that are made to last.
Image: Magnet Newbury Midnight kitchen
Quartz is a desirable worktop option for the kitchen because of its non-porous composition, which prevents the build-up of dirt, stains and marks, and near indestructable nature. It offers many luxurious stone finishes, such as a trendy marble-effect – meaning you can have the best of both worlds, a practical worktop that looks great, too.
Image: Granite worktop from Wren Kitchens
Granite is extremely durable and resistant to heat, scratches, water and staining, making it easy to maintain and clean. Every piece of granite is unique and comes in a variety of colours and styles, ensuring there is a choice to fit every kitchen design. It's worth bearing in mind that granite is probably the most expensive worktop option, but it definitely stands the test of time.
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