Published in Ciao Magazine - 18/03/13 - Choosing the right kitchen materials
When you are thinking about updating your kitchen there a 6 main materials that look great and are often used, each with their own pros and cons that should be considered.
- Timber – is stylish and durable but if used as a countertop, it is prone to scratches and burn marks and can be unhygienic if meat or poultry is prepared on it. However, it is a great option for cupboards and drawers.
- Stainless Steel – is a very modern look and also hygienic. It is particularly popular with appliances. Stainless steel appliances are pretty much an option with all leading brands. Stainless steel splash back and bench tops are also very popular and do look great.
- Stone – granite, marble and other stone is a very classy material that will not scratch, burn or otherwise mark. It is expensive but it will last for a long time. It is an excellent choice for bench tops and even splash backs.
- Tiles – are great for splash backs and other accents but if used as a countertop, the grouting may prove to be unhygienic. Tiles come in a great range of colours and finishes and can be very inexpensive. Mosaic tiles are very popular with splash backs at the moment.
- Laminate – can be used practically anywhere in the kitchen – for countertops, cupboards and doors. The wide range of finishes available means it will suit any kitchen design but it is not as hardwearing as some other materials. They come in a great range of colours and finishes and can really add life to a kitchen.
- Glass and mirror– in the kitchen, glass is used primarily for shelving and splash backs. It provides a modern look and is hard wearing if properly reinforced but it can show dirt easily. Mirrors are also very popular at the moment for splash backs and can really open up a kitchen and make good use of light.
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