Kitchen Designs: Part 1 Kitchen Benchtops
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Kitchen design is one of the most important elements of designing a home.
The kitchen has become the social hub of the home and the space in which families spend the majority of their time.
Within this space, kitchen benchtops are undoubtedly the most important element. They are the most visually dominant feature of a kitchen and influential to the style of adjacent areas (such as living and dining spaces). The right benchtop will make or break your overall design.
The main options for kitchen benchtop materials are:
- Natural stone – ie. granite and marble both are timeless but can be expensive. Stains will show on lighter colours.
- Engineered stone – made from a combination of stone and a binding agent it is very strong and durable Ie. Quartz stone, Caesarstone
- Acrylic – a blend of natural minerals and acrylic, ie. Corian. Corian can have scratches removed and be molded into shape for sinks and washboards ( it’s one of the most expensive choices)
- Laminates – a plastic fused together with heat, pressure and an adhesive. It comes in many colours and designs. Ie. Laminex, Formica, Wilsonart
- Hardwood – a nature and warm look that has many difference colours to choose from pale blonde Oaks to dark Jarrahs and of course a cheaper timber can be stained to suit. Timber is soft and can show marks.
- Polished Concrete – an increasingly popular choice with its industrial modern look. Extremely hard-wearing and is hand crafted for each situation. It is stain resistant when sealed and has many colour options.
- Stainless Steel – generally a chef’s choice of benchtops, but gaining popularity with its modern look.
Image via Laminex – Laminate Benchtop
Image via Design Hunter – Natural Stone Benchtop
Image via Complete Home – Bamboo benchtop
Image via Design Milk – Stainless Steel benchtop
Image via InDesign Live – Corian acrylic benchtop
What is your favourite Kitchen Benchtop material? Let us know in the comments below!
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