The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the home. It’s here that you serve meals to satisfy your family’s physical cravings and provide emotional support in times of need. It’s the place where birthdays are celebrated, hugs are given, debates are thrashed out and smiles and laughter are enjoyed. Much more than food is made here: memories are created, inspirations are born, and relationships are carved.
The style of your kitchen says volumes about you as a family and the lifestyle you live. While the size, design, and materials you choose may be limited by the footprint of the existing home and your family budget. With a bit of help from the experts you can create a kitchen that is stylish, built for constant, everyday use and suits your family’s needs from floor to ceiling.
Of all the surfaces in the kitchen, the benchtops probably take the bulk of the wear and tear! That’s why it’s important to think carefully about the material you choose for your benchtops. It needs to be hard-wearing, stylish and practical. Hygiene is a very important factor to consider too. Your benchtop will be used as a food preparation area, so it needs to be easy to clean and maintain.
Let’s have a look at some of the common kitchen benchtop choices. Of course, the range is huge. And the different materials come with the appropriate price-tags. But there’s a benchtop choice to suit every back pocket and live up to the needs of every family kitchen.
Stone benchtops, both natural and engineered remain a popular choice for family kitchens. Apart from the fact that they look stunning, they’re are built to last. Stone benchtops have always been associated with opulence. They provide excellent heat, stain and scratch resistance plus ease of cleaning means that they are perfectly suited to family life. Engineered stone products have come a long way too and many have the same classy look and feel. A more affordable option for families where the budget is limited. Have a look at our provincial range to see how a stone benchtop can be incorporated into a contemporary family kitchen.
The laminate kitchen benchtop is probably the most budget-friendly option. Practical, affordable and always stylish, laminate benchtops can be purchased in nearly any colour and pattern you choose. Wood-grain, marble and even concrete imitations allow families to achieve the modern and classy look they want without the hefty price-tag.
Natural; organic; traditional and beautiful. Timber and bamboo benchtops are a great way to bring warmth and character to your family kitchen. Reclaimed timber is also increasing in popularity as fashions embrace ‘once-off’ and unique materials in home design.
Leaning towards that modern, industrial look? Stainless steel is an excellent choice for your bench top. Virtually indestructible, easy to maintain and providing visual texture and contrast. Stainless steel is finding its place in domestic kitchens across the world. Copper is another material that is growing in popularity. It possesses many of the same qualities of stainless steel but adds an extra touch of warmth.
The team at Wonderful Kitchens is here to help you choose a benchtop material that will serve your family for years to come. Call us today on (02) 9772 2988 and discuss your options with one of our staff.