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Old 09-30-2016, 06:08 AM   #1
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New Kitchen Worktops - Help!


I'm looking at installing a new kitchen in my home and I have a pretty set idea with sort of theme I'm going for. I really want black or dark grey cabinets, a white butler sink, some open shelving, and matching black and stainless steel appliances. I'm still debating over what flooring to go with but I think it'll be some sort of tile.

The trouble I'm having is choosing a worktop, I am keeping everything else in my kitchen pretty simple and classic but I don't want it to be boring, I want the worktop to be a sort of feature as it were, but I'm stuck. What type of worktops would you go with? Wood? Granite? Glass?

I'd really love some interesting ideas and combinations!
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:24 AM   #2
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Granite with some butcher block inserts?
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Have you looked at quartz?
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I love the look of natural granite, but it has some porosity and can stain. Don't even think of marble, it is porous like a sponge. I did my kitchen recently and used Quartz. Cambria to be specific. Absolutely will not absorb liquids. Before concluding on it I took home a sample. Poured red wine on one area, balsamic vinegar on another area, and vegetable oil on a third area. Let it sit there for a few days. And then it all wiped right off without a trace. Quartz is man-made, but you would never know its not natural granite.
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How do you use your kitchen and how much maintenance do you want to do? Those are the questions you should start with. Then you can research the requirements of different materials, contrary to popular belief many stones require maintenance, sealing etc. I like the idea of quartz, but I am also a fan of Corian. You are probably going to get a lot of opinions on this one.
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Just as a consideration for your thoughts regardless of product....

Darker counters are more difficult to maintain clean looking all the time and that is also affected by the amount and contrast in the design in the counter top.
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