Many people choose to re-decorate in the lead up to Christmas. With so many guests arriving at your home having a nose around each room, you want to make sure the place is looking its best. What’s more, with a turkey to roast and a Christmas meal to cook for the entire family, you need to make sure your kitchen is suitably prepared for such an occasion. If your kitchen worktops have seen better days or perhaps you simply don’t have enough workspace to create your festive feast, now may be a great time for that long overdue revamp, ready for the Christmas celebrations.
The beauty with installing new kitchen worktops is that there is such a huge selection to meet all budgets and kitchen styles so you don’t need to spend a fortune or rip out your entire kitchen to fit them in. Your main decision will be your budget. Once you know how much you have to spend, you can then look to the finer details, such as colour and style.
One of the most popular choices for kitchen worktops is Wood. Available in oak, beech, cherry, maple and teak, there are a wide range of styles to choose from under the one umbrella. These worktops are a great way to add warmth and character to your kitchen, especially in rooms with a country, rustic style. Wooden worktops are hard-wearing and therefore long-lasting. They are durable, easy to look after and great for withstanding spills and general kitchen wear. If you have found a style you love but aren’t keen on the colour, they can even be stained to match the colour of your kitchen.
Another popular option for kitchen worktops is Granite. This is a great way to introduce a little more luxury in to your kitchen style. The natural material is available is a rainbow of colours from more neutral shades of browns, whites and greys to more vibrant shades of reds, blues, greens and black. You can also choose between matte and a high gloss finish.
Similar to wooden kitchen worktops, granite is also very low maintenance and is easy to look after. Spills can be cleared simply with a cloth and a little detergent, making it water resistant, heat-proof and also scratch resistant. However, because of the stylish exterior, Granite can be quite expensive and not necessarily a suitable finish for all kitchens.
For a cheaper option, try laminate worktops. They can be fitted without the professionals, hence a lower budget option and are ideal for budding DIY fans. The beauty about laminate is the wide range of finishes and colours available. You have the choice of creating almost any look for your kitchen, without paying the prices of using the original materials. For example, you may choose to have a granite effect worktop and while it won’t be the real McCoy, you can feel smug at having paid a fraction on the cost for a similar effect.
Laminate kitchen worktops are very easy to care for, however if you invest in a lighter shade, be aware that the material can stain so you need to clean up any spills immediately. Avoid placing any hot saucepans or plates directly on the worktop as they are likely to leave a heat stain. The thicker the laminate you chose, the greater their resilience.
With so many options to choose from, there’s no excuse for your kitchen not to play host to the largest turkey this Christmas. Just make sure you choose your kitchen worktops carefully and if you are expecting the surfaces to see some heavy action this month, make sure you avoid surfaces that scratch and stain easily.
Dominic Donaldson is an expert in Home Improvements. Find out more about Kitchen Worktops and the different styles available when you come to makeover your kitchen.
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