10 Tips and Tricks for Choosing the Right Kitchen Worktops
When you decide to renovate your home, it can be so stressful trying to choose which material, colour, pattern, finish and where you would like the cut-outs amongst so many other decisions that come along with it. Everything that you have to tick off your list is just as difficult as the one before, which can make the entire process long-winded.
Hopefully this overview will help you with some tips for creating the perfect kitchen worktop for your home.
#1 Your Style
When you are selecting your worktop, you need to stay true to your own individual style and taste, especially when it comes to the colour. Try not to let current trends influence your decision as eventually you may not like it and want a change. We want to help you choose the right kitchen worktop that will last you for a lifetime.
Always stick to your own personality and you should be in love with your kitchen worktop for many years.
#2 Kitchen Size
You should always take into consideration the size of your kitchen, regardless of whether it is large or small. When you get to the stage of selecting the colour of your worktop, this can be used to create the illusion of a bigger space or smaller if this is what you are looking for.
For example, white and lighter colours are perfect for bringing in the light to the kitchen to open it up, creating the illusion of a much bigger room.
Deciding on which material you want can be difficult for many reasons, including your budget and style. However, the main ones that you need to be thinking of is what kind of home you have. Are you always home? Or do you work? Is it a family home or is it likely to turn that way soon? Your worktop needs to be practical as well as stylish, so consider how you will be using your worktop.
If you have a lot of traffic in the kitchen, then you will need something much more hard wearing and durable, to last you a lifetime. However, if you live alone and are working a lot, then it will possibly not matter which material you choose.
Absolutely everyone is looking for their kitchen to be as clean and hygienic as possible, so when the material can assist in that, it is a huge bonus. Some materials out there are much easier to keep clean than others, so this needs to be considered. A non-porous material, which has been man made, is often the best decision.
#5 Your Budget
One of the biggest deciding factors in choosing your new worktop material is your budget, because after all if you cannot afford it then there is very little anyone can do. However, there is no reason why you should have to settle for a worktop you are not happy with as there are many out there which are budget friendly and offer a huge range of colours.
#6 Long Term Costs
Similar to your budget, you need to think about whether you can afford to spend out for regular payments for treating our worktop every year. Natural stone will require this in order to keep your worktop in great condition, but it can be very expensive. This will need to be taken into account so ensure you either cross it off your list or look into it straight away.
#7 Request Samples
Before you make any purchase at all, you should always be asking to see some samples and not just go off what you can see on a computer screen, as it will always be different in real life. Depending on the material you choose, you will need to see samples as many materials are not uniform in appearance.
#8 Try Different Styles
It is also good to try out a range of styles. You may be sure of what you looking for but by seeing more styles in the flesh, it can give you the chance to either completely rule them out or you may be surprised and like them.
After all, every worktop out there will look different once you have it in front of you.
You may not know about it but there are so many patterns out there to choose from. You do not just have plain or solid colour, you can choose from a huge range from spots, speckles, glitter and veins… the list goes on! So even if you are dead set on a specific colour, you can benefit from looking at all types of patterns.
#10 Matching Your Design
If you will be keeping your existing design and accessories but simply changing your worktop, then there are many colours out there which will match perfectly. If you are someone who likes to switch up your accessories quite often, then going for a neutral colour is your best bet.