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Your kitchen is high up on the importance list when it comes to your household – from cooking food, making drinks, entertaining friends, and generally being the central hub of family life, the kitchen is seriously where it’s at. For that reason, you will need to decorate your space in a way which not only pleases you, but in a way that is also functional, cost effective, and long lasting.
Think about what you have in your kitchen and how much it costs. When it comes to the décor, perhaps the worktop is one of the most expensive and high maintenance items you need to buy. If you are going for a kitchen island, you may also need to think about other things, such as size, colour, shape, material, etc.
You have many options in terms of material, as well as countless choices in terms of size and shape. Many people go for the traditional circle in the middle of the room, but you can have an L shape, an oval, or even a square, it’s basically up to you. In terms of colours, well, you can take your pick, but it’s always a good idea to look at something which is going to stand the test of time, something which is neutral and will ‘go’ with other colours if you decide to change your décor at a later date, without needing to replace your island worktop too.
Your material choices are basically:
Quartz is certainly one of the most popular because it is so hard-wearing and requires almost zero maintenance; all you will need to do is clean it as you would do anyway, as it doesn’t need yearly sealing, like granite and marble does. Of course, nothing is 100% heat resistant, but quartz is probably the most heat resistant, whilst also being non-porous, so a more hygienic choice overall.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t seriously look at other options, because marble is a very opulent and attractive choice, and granite is also very strong and good-looking too. You have a rather complicated choice to make, so it’s definitely worthwhile doing your research ahead of time, to make sure you get the right choice for your circumstances and needs.
Of course, you will probably want to know how much this is all going to cost, and the bottom line is that really is no definite answer to that question. It totally depends on the material, the shape, the size, and where you get it from. If you go for quartz, you can expect to pay anything from £30 upwards, depending on the colour, the size, and the finish. This is a very difficult question to answer, and one which you are best shopping around for, in order to find the best deal for your needs. If you head to the shops around traditional sale times, e.g. New Year, you may find you save even more.
Marble isn’t as expensive as you may think, however if you go for something a little more rare in colour then you may end up paying a tiny bit more than you would do otherwise. Granite is very similar to quartz in price and in terms of the cheapest choice, you’re looking at wood. Of course, wood isn’t as hard-wearing as natural stone, so do bear this in mind.