We are passionate about the quality and finish of every part of the process when designing and installing a new kitchen. One major part of this is choosing your kitchen worktop – they’re one of the most hardworking areas in the kitchen so it’s an important decision to make. Finding a low-maintenance, hard-wearing and all-in-all beautiful kitchen work surface is the ultimate goal for your finished space. With so many options on the market, from natural stones to manmade surfaces, we can guide you through this with information about quartz worktops.
Whilst there is something beautiful about the idea of having a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of marble worktop in your home, we would always advise against this soft natural stone for in the kitchen. Being a porous material, it is much more prone to staining and damages, despite the high price tag; and the last thing you need to worry about whilst cooking is damaging your worktop! Marble therefore is a great choice for low-traffic areas such as windowsills, and for decorative purposes.
Granite, on the other hand, offers both natural beauty, and durability; making it historically the go-to material for a kitchen worktop. As trends have changed though, these busy, textured surfaces have definitely moved out of the spotlight.
Our first choice here at Krantz Designs would always be a quartz worktop – whether that’s Silestone, Caeserstone or our stonemasons’ own brand The Royal Collection. Quartz is an engineered stone, made from approximately 90% quartz and 10% resins and pigments. It takes the weight and feel of natural stone but is more durable, non-porous and near impossible to stain. We work closely with our stonemasons to ensure the worktop you choose is the right one for you, and cut and finished to the highest quality.
The use of resins and pigments within the quartz allows finishes to be mixed that aren’t possible in natural stones and creates more consistency within the pattern and colour. One of our favourites at the moment from The Royal Collection is ‘Kenilworth’ – a dramatic muted grey vein that creates a beautiful statement across a large central island, and the bright white background enhances and reflects the natural light around the room. It also forms a beautiful contrast against dark cabinetry; a great way to contemporise a traditional shaker kitchen.
Quartz isn’t just limited to the work-surfaces either – choosing to extend the worktop up into the splashback is a great alternative to tiles, as it means you have zero grout lines to clean! It’s high resistance to staining and scratching also means it’s the perfect pairing to the cooking area.
We help tailor your worktop to exactly how you use your kitchen. Drainer grooves help save worktop space and can be positioned wherever you need them. You can even run your worktop into the windowsill for a seamless, crisp finish.
Silestone is one of the leading brands of Quartz, offering endless possibilities with the choice of colours, styles and finishes tailored to you. They also provide a 25-year guarantee across their entire range of quartz. Their Integrity Sinks are a seamless one-piece worktop and sink, designed to create harmony and functionality in the kitchen. They’re easier to clean, non-porous and don’t need to be sealed. This worktop in Silestone ‘Lyra’ has a more detailed vein which gives a softer look and compliments any cabinetry whether painted or veneered.
Though quartz is a great choice for your work surfaces, it’s not completely heat proof and can be damaged by a sudden change in temperature. We would always advise against placing hot pans straight onto the surface just in case, and recommend using a trivet or board.
If you’re wanting something 100% heat resistant, Dekton is a great alternative, as can be seen here. Not only can you place hot pans directly onto the surface, but it is also resistant to ice and thawing, completely stain proof and never needs to be re-surfaced or re-finished. It also comes in a variety of thicknesses, from the standard 20mm, to 12mm for a slimmer, more contemporary feel.
Our designers help you through every step of the process so we ensure to help if you’re stuck on what worktop to go for. For any questions or enquiries do not hesitate to contact us.
All photos by Paul Craig.