The kitchen is widely referred to as the heart of any home. Busy places, kitchens are usually intended as multi-purpose, functional areas for working, socialising, cooking and dining. Of course, any quality kitchen design should also be highly attractive in appearance! A kitchen should be appreciable as much for its aesthetic as for the pleasure gained from using it. In both these respects the kitchen worktop plays a very important role.
Quartz kitchen worktops: The worktop of choice
Worktops have come a long way in the past few years alone, and Quartz is fast becoming the worktop of choice for many designers and homeowners. Quartz is a robust and non-porous material, which makes it extremely hygienic and durable. Consequently it is an excellent material for use as a kitchen worktop. As well as affordable, quartz is available in many different colour options and a variety of patterns. This includes colours and styles reminiscent of more expensive finishes such as marble kitchen worktops.
Marble vs. Quartz kitchen worktops
Marble is usually considered a luxury item for the home. But whilst many people love the look of marble for their kitchen worktops, it is a very costly option. As such, quality alternatives are highly popular. The manufacturer Consentino have recently brought out a new product called Dekton. This is made of 100% stone but is specially engineered to speed up the “metamorphous” stage that stone would naturally undergo. The end-result is a product proclaimed as the most scratch resistant worktop on the market, and available in a beautiful range of colours and textures. This includes their new ‘Aura’ finish, a stunning worktop with a strong vein pattern running across its surface. This finish closely resembling the look of a marble countertop and is expected to be very popular in 2015.
Textured kitchen worktops for 2015
Just as use of texture is set to make a big impact on kitchen furniture in 2015, we also anticipate a lot of texture appearing in worksufaces. Textured kitchen worktops with patterns and different consistencies can bring character and added interest into kitchen designs.
For example Dekton’s ‘Ariane’ and ‘Ananke’ both exude soft uniform etchings throughout the surface of the quartz. Resembling a rich grain effect, this texture brings a new dynamic to the design, and entirely without the need of any extra colour.
This is a soft dove grey tone with a very delicately textured surface. Again, this texture brings a unique element to the design. Through layering such finishes with other tones and textures you can create a highly distinguished and appreciable kitchen look.
2015 Worktop colour trends
2015 colour trends for kitchen design are typically muted grey and cream tones with small surface flecks, or mottling, within irregular patterns. In contrast, brilliant white and deep black hues are ones to watch out for, along with big repeating patterns such as large flowing waves or swirls flowing across the entirety of a worksurface.
What worktop should you choose?
Essentially, any worktop style can be used within any kitchen design, reflecting personal taste and complimenting the other furniture. Worktop choice can also be highly effective in bringing added wow factor, which is to be expected of these stylish new worktop styles which are sure to make an impact on the kitchen. If you are undertaking any kitchen remodels or complete overhauls then keep an eye out for some of these worktop trends, styles which are sure to make you the envy of all who come into your home!