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Have your home styles exactly to your tastes by browsing a huge collection of kitchen worktops, fittings and appliances. Mix and match the perfect styles to create a your dream kitchen. Take a look at some of our inspiring ideas.
Kitchen Worktops, Surfaces and Appliances
The best worktops for your kitchen will depend on several factors. These include personal tastes, the use of the kitchen, your budget and also what you are matching the worktops to. Worktops are available in many colours, textures, materials and styles. Some worktops, for example solid wood ranges will be able to be matched to other furniture and fittings. These include bar stools, cutting blocks, breakfast bars and wine racks.
The use of my kitchen? I hear you ask. Well, this may not be such a strange question. Some people use their kitchen primarily as a domestic area where food preparation and cooking happens as well as the laundry and other general household chores. Other people use their kitchen as the centre of social gatherings – the place where wine can be accessed, with exquisite selections of canopies and hors d’oeuvres can be offered to guests. Also, consider whether the kitchen needs to be suitable for washing clothes or if you have a utility room.
If your kitchen is mainly used for social purposes, you can chose the most stylish products without the worry of excessive wear and tear from everyday use affecting their appearance. If your kitchen is a high volume place of work, with constant moisture and abrasion, you may wish to select a hard wearing surface, a surface that can be repaired or a surface that can be replaced with minimal cost and fuss.
Think about functionality with style. If you like entertaining and appreciate wine, consider adding a wine rack. Wine racks look great in kitchens with contemporary styling. rustic styling and modern styling, depending on the style of rack.
There are several types of worktop and ideas for the best worktops for your kitchen can be found on this site. These include solid wood worktops, made from traditional oak, through to maple, beech, walnut and iroko woods. There are also solid surface worktops that are made of a composite solid material that resembles real marble, granite and stone. These are in addition to the most popular laminate worktops. Laminate worktops are often the least expensive and do not require the same level of maintenance as real wood. However, as wood has increased in popularity, prices have tumbled.
Solid marble kitchen worktops remain some of the most expensive, but these can add exclusivity and a touch of class to your kitchen. They also look great in upmarket wine bars and cocktail lounges.
Once your kitchen has been fitted with great surfaces, it is time to consider other fittings and fixtures. If white goods can be hidden in a utility room that is all well and good, but most modern houses and apartments have kitchens that have these integrated. Choosing the right look is key. Some integrated appliances hide behind doors that match the other surfaces in the kitchen. Others keep their manufacturer’s own appearance. We think that matching the surface, colour and texture of fridges, washing machines, ovens and dishwashers is the best way to make your kitchen look great. This may be choosing all white ‘white’ goods or by choosing all brushed stainless steel appliances. Either way, matching surfaces can look best. By choosing matching surfaces, rather than all the same brands, you will have a greater choice when it comes to product features.
This site allows you to read information about the different types of countertop that are available in the UK. Fitting a kitchen is often a very expensive process and we would like you to make the correct choices first time. Have a look at the different types of wood such as oak, ash and walnut to compare their different characteristics. Also compare these to other natural materials including quartz and granite. This way you can make an informed choice. Sometimes the more expensive worktops can ultimately be more economical because of their durability. Finishing oils are available to help protect the kitchen worktop as well as enhancing the natural colour of the wood.
We recommend that unless you are very experienced, you get a professional fitter in to install all the fittings and kitchen worktops. There are many difficulties and dangers that can be avoided by utilising someone with the correct tools, experience and qualifications. Look at our services directly for lists of fitters and companies that offer services that may be suitable for you.
We also have some handy tips including natural ways to clean certain types of surface that can be difficult to maintain. Check out our Recent Updates section for great ideas.