If you are planning to have a new kitchen fitted this year, then you’re likely already thinking about color schemes, the style of cabinets you’re going to use, and switching out your old appliances for better, modern versions. You may even be getting new floors put down to match the rest of your kitchen upgrade too. One thing you will certainly need to replace if you’re refurbishing your kitchen is the countertops, and here are some things you will need to consider when picking them out.
Different styles of countertop will, of course, vary in price. Before you go shopping for your new kitchen countertops, make sure that you have considered your budget carefully and have enough set aside to cover the rest of your kitchen’s renovations. You should also shop around to see what deals are on offer as some retailers may be having sales or may simply offer lower prices than others. If you have friends or family who has recently had work done on their kitchens, you might want to ask them for recommendations for stores specializing in this too.
All kitchen countertops need to be durable as there is always a lot going on when you’re cooking. As a result of chopping, slicing, boiling, mincing, and steaming – heat, spills, and even scratches from cookware and knives are all things your countertops are likely to endure. You will be using chopping boards when preparing your ingredients, but if you are going to place pots, pans, or even teapots on the countertops when you’re using them, consider getting mats to place them on first to give your countertops extra protection. However, some materials won’t require this additional layer because they are incredibly durable, such as quartz countertops, for example.
As well as price and durability, you’ll also need to consider how the countertops you choose will fit in with the rest of the kitchen’s design. Marble and quartz countertops are beautiful and can add a luxurious touch to any kitchen. They also work well in both modern and period properties. Wooden countertops can look lovely in a country-style kitchen, but they will get scratched easier, so keep this in mind. For more ideas on granite, quartz, and marble countertops, visit Legacy Countertops and see what would fit with your kitchen’s style.
Another thing to be mindful of is the type of finish you would like on your countertops. Most of the time you can get a choice between a matte or gloss finish which can change the overall look of your countertops. Always ask about this before you order your kitchen countertops and ask to see samples of both finishing if this is available to you.
Finally, think about having LED lighting placed under your kitchen cabinets to illuminate your countertops when switched on. This will help you see better when you are preparing food, but it can also show off your gorgeous countertops when they are cleaned down, and the kitchen is tidy.
If you are refurbishing your kitchen this year, use these tips to help you find the perfect countertops to complete the look.