Five ways to style a kitchen

It’s the place fam­i­lies come to­gether for a meal and cre­ativ­ity can flow freely. When styling a kitchen, don’t be afraid to let your imag­i­na­tion run wild as great de­sign can sat­isfy both vis­ual and prac­ti­cal needs.

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WE MAY ob­sess about the look of for­mal liv­ing ar­eas and bed­rooms, but the cen­tre of our homes is in fact the kitchen.

It’s where we en­ter­tain, feed our fam­i­lies and let our cre­ativ­ity flow. Un­doubt­edly, the big­gest draw­card in any kitchen is the bench top.

In­vest­ing in a kitchen sur­face that re­flects your de­sign style and meets your prac­ti­cal needs will al­low you to en­joy it for many years to come.

Quartz stone

Quartz is the un­der­rated star of kitchen sur­face ma­te­ri­als. Un­like mar­ble, which first comes to mind when us­ing stone, quartz is engi­neered to be stain-free, eas­ily cleaned and non-por­ous.

With heat-re­sis­tant resins, it’s durable and long-last­ing, mak­ing it per­fect for busy fam­i­lies, but quartz will also sparkle beau­ti­fully when clean.

Cost-wise, it’s a mat­ter of find­ing the right sup­plier be­cause it should be in the same price range as mar­ble, if not cheaper.

Metal sur­faces

For hard-work­ing home chefs, a more in­dus­trial-style kitchen could be the an­swer. These sur­faces are cost- ef­fec­tive, sim­ple to in­stall, and easy to main­tain.

You don’t need to sac­ri­fice aes­thet­ics, ei­ther. Your in­dus­trial kitchen can work well with most in­te­rior de­sign styles, in­clud­ing Scandi and tra­di­tional.

Tim­ber

Pair­ing per­fectly with block colours and nat­u­ral stone, tim­ber is back in fash­ion. De­spite be­ing less re­sis­tant to heat and stains, pro­fes­sion­ally in­stalled and treated tim­ber sur­faces can com­bat daily use while stay­ing on trend for many years to come.

Ev­ery few years it will need to be sanded back and re-lac­quered to main­tain a stain-free and smooth sur­face, but the re­wards are ob­vi­ous.

We love the shadow lines and grain that are unique to tim­ber.

Bam­boo

Be­ing both heat and scratch re­sis­tant, bam­boo could be the most sus­tain­able and prac­ti­cal of all kitchen ma­te­ri­als. With eco- de­signs be­ing on trend, this is a great choice for those who are en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious.

Com­pared to its step-sis­ter, tim­ber, which chews up tox­ins and pro­tec­tants to main­tain its ap­peal, bam­boo is both non-toxic and low-main­te­nance.

Bam­boo is also more neu­tral in terms of colour and tex­ture, help­ing to cre­ate an open feel to a space.

Co­rian

Co­rian may be the more ex­pen­sive choice, but de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects love the choice of colours, sizes and de­signs.

It isn’t scratch re­sis­tant, but it’s easy to re­pair and buff out any im­per­fec­tions. Co­rian is heat-re­sis­tant, solid, non-toxic and work­able like wood, yet the joins are not vis­i­ble.

For the tech-savvy, it can be fit­ted with in­tel­li­gent sur­face tech­nol­ogy such as wire­less charg­ers. This ma­te­rial is con­stantly evolv­ing, so keep an eye on Co­rian.

Kitchen sur­faces don’t have to be plain Jane. By find­ing the right colour and qual­ity, your kitchen will main­tain a clean, stylish and new ap­pear­ance through thick and thin.

With con­tem­po­rary trends emerg­ing and old styles re­turn­ing, these kitchen sur­faces will serve you well for many years to come.

ON TREND: A mod­ern kitchen is a great place for fam­i­lies to come to­gether. Photo: Con­trib­uted

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