Top design choice
IF A kitchen is the heart of the home, the benchtop is the centrepiece.
Choosing a benchtop is one of the most important decisions in any kitchen, says Gillian Rugg of Granite Transformation Caringbah.
Get it wrong and you’re looking not only at a poor design overall but compromising your working station and socialising space.
The large surface area also means that the colour and material will dominate the kitchen and need to tie in with your cupboards, along with the style and colour scheme of the rest of your home.
Bench tops are primarily places to work, so the importance of practicality can’t be underplayed, Rugg says.
It needs to be functional and highly durable (you want it to withstand knives, hot spills, oily ring marks, food spills and other challenges we throw at it).
“Choose a benchtop that is not only functional and easy to maintain but reflects your style and lifestyle, for example include a breakfast bar (for added eating space),” Rugg says.
“The type of material used is of paramount importance too. Some materials can be very high maintenance.”
Options to consider include laminate (not the type you saw in your grandmother’s kitchen), timber (for a natural, rustic look), stainless-steel (increasingly popular), engineered stone (great if you’re looking for something solid), natural stone (adds texture) and granite (generally more expensive but better quality engineered stone).
You can also opt for tiles, glass and even concrete.
“Consumers should select materials that are heat, scratch and stain resistant, easy to clean and do not need sealing,’’ Rugg says.
“The current trends are stone benchtops with matching splashbacks.” granitetransformations. com.au