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Stay in and start afresh

Things are, let’s say, pretty strange at the moment. One day you’re encouraged to go out, the next, you’re told it’s safer to stay in. With all these changing guidelines, it’s always good to find a constant. More and more people are using this time to make their homes somewhere they can relax. The home is becoming the ultimate place to escape from the worries you may be feeling at the moment because of the pandemic. As the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the first place homeowners want to update. While spending a lot more time indoors, you may have noticed that your kitchen isn’t as perfect as you want it to be. Embrace staying in and create the ideal home for you and your family to enjoy, beginning with brand new kitchen worktops. 

 

But I don’t know anything about kitchen worktops…

If you haven’t changed a single thing in your home since you moved in, you may feel like you’re out of your depth when planning an entirely new kitchen. Don’t let this get in the way of your aspirations to create a functional, yet cosy hub in your home. There are certain questions you need to ask yourself before you begin looking at new kitchen worktops: 

  • What’s my budget? 
  • What style do I want – country, modern, simple, patterned, or vintage? 
  • Will the new kitchen be used just for cooking or for socialising too? 
  • How can I make the best use of the space that I have – can I include a breakfast bar, and island, extra storage? 
  • What appliances do I include – white goods, a larger fridge/freezer, a new, larger oven and hob? 

Once you start noting the specifics, searching for the perfect kitchen worktops will become a lot easier. 

 

Low budget options 

Choosing the cheaper options doesn’t mean settling for a substandard product. There are plenty of affordable kitchen worktops in our range that not only give off a luxurious vibe but are exceptionally practical too. Laminate worktops are a great choice when you want the look of stone or solid wood, but want to pay less than the real thing.  

Wood effect laminate is a gorgeous choice that is complements a whole range of décor choices. Whether you have a rustic-look kitchen, or a chic, contemporary style, wood works.  

Marble-effect laminate kitchen worktops are stunning and are available in deep dark shades or lighter hues if preferred. By selecting a worktop that mimics the aesthetics of marble you will instantly add luxury to your kitchen, yet can still stick to a smaller budget. 

Granite-effect laminate worktops give you that beautiful grain that is synonymous with the real thing, and like marble, adds a touch of luxury to your kitchen. 

Laminate is known for being tirelessly durable, easy to clean, and scratch and stain resistant. As it is so affordable, if after a while you fancy a change, replacing laminate won’t be a costly affair. 

 

What do I choose when I’ve a bit more to spend? 

When you’ve got a larger budget, you may want to splash out on options such as quartz and granite. You may be drawn to an entirely different style, and have your eye on our wood worktops. Each of these options has its benefits, and it may merely come down to which style you prefer. 

Time to style with Wood 

Wood kitchen worktops have an earthy appeal, bringing a fresh, natural look to the kitchen. There are various shades of wood that create different style depending on the colour you prefer. Beech solid wood worktops are light and boast portions of a deeper golden colour in places that accentuate the pattern. For a darker hue, opt for the deep chocolatey tones of walnut or the elegant coffee-like depths of a wenge wood worktop 

It’s a question of quartz 

Quartz worktops will forever be popular as they are affordable, practical, and stylish. These worktops are available in all manner of colours. This variety allows homeowners to select vivid, eye-catching shades in reds and oranges, for example, or pick subtler colours including grey, black, and brown. Pristine white quartz kitchen worktops are extremely popular as they’re effortlessly chic and can be teamed with any colour scheme. 

Grab some granite 

The natural beauty of granite appeals to many people, and with good reason. Each block is unique with its own beautiful patterns and grains. Granite worktops are easy to maintain and as one of the hardest substances on earth, granite makes for the ideal work surface.  

 

Kitchen worktops, breakfast bars and islands 

Breakfast bars 

Even the smallest of kitchens can benefit from getting creative with the space available. Instead of settling for kitchen counters that wrap around the room, use one of the sides as a breakfast bar. A kitchen worktop that doubles as a breakfast bar is particularly useful when teamed with stools that can be stowed away beneath the worktop 

Kitchen islands 

Bigger kitchens look incredible with a central island where food can be prepped, buffets presented, and storage space can be created. A breakfast bar can also be incorporated into a central kitchen island allowing family and friends to socialise before, during, and after mealtimes. A kitchen island can also be the perfect place to put appliances such as hobs, and you can even place an extra sink here for convenience.  

 

Get the help you need to style your kitchen 

If you need a little more assistance planning your new kitchen, or just need some advice about kitchen worktops, we are here to help. You can contact us through our website, or give us a call to speak with one of our friendly experts.  

Our kitchen worktop professionals are available to help you find the perfect design solutions for your home, so why not get in touch today and find the worktops to suit your individual budget?

Visit our site for more design inspirations and get planning your new kitchen today.

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