The most difficult part of renovating the home is in the choices that have to be made – what type of flooring should you select for the bathroom? Should you have the walls painted or use wallpaper? What type of cabinets should you choose? The decisions that have to be made are endless and it is important to make informed decisions as you will most likely be living with them for a long time to come.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and it is important that it combines functionality and aesthetics as it is the place where food is prepared in order to satisfy Man’s most basic need. Kitchen countertop surfaces should be chosen according to how regular it will be used and also to the budget that you have set aside for the interior design of the kitchen. There is a large selection of beautiful surfaces that are typically used in the kitchen and here is a guide to 3 of the best, including a list of the pros and cons of each.
A widely popular choice due to its durability and wide selection of designs, solid surfaces are made of acrylic and polyester, and requires minimal maintenance. Solid surfaces are non-porous which makes it bacteria-free and easy to sanitize. It also comes in a variety of colors and designs for you to choose from so that you can easily match your kitchen countertops with the rest of the interiors of the kitchen.
Cons: Solid surfaces cannot withstand high heat and damages from sharp objects will leave marks that are not easily erasable. Strong cleaning agents and chemicals such as thinner and nail polish will also seriously destroy solid surfaces.
The classic granite, marble and quartz fall into this category and each never fails to give the kitchen a sophisticated and elegant feel and look. While beautiful, natural stone does not come cheap and requires professional installation. Because natural stone is porous, certain types such as granite and soapstone will require regular sealing to prevent stains. Most natural stone comes in a variety of designs and color, making it easier for you to select one that will match the rest of the kitchen.
Cons: Natural stone does not come cheap and you should be prepared to set aside a sizeable chunk of the interior design budget for it if you so decide to use it in your kitchen.
If you are a fan of cooking shows you would most likely have noticed that stainless steel is the material of choice in commercial kitchens. The decision to use stainless steel in the kitchen is a no-brainer as it can tolerate high heat and withstand damages from knives. For those of you gunning for a contemporary and sleek look in the kitchen, stainless steel is an option that you definitely should consider.
Cons: Stainless steel countertops will require a great deal of maintenance in terms of cleaning and scrubbing because of the visibility of fingerprints and stains, especially if you use the kitchen very often. You will also be faced with the possibility of having a very noisy kitchen before mealtimes when you cook as pots, pans, spatulas and cutlery will clang against stainless steel countertops.
Have you made your decision as to which material you will be using for the countertops in your kitchen? Remember to take into consideration the frequency of use, aesthetics and budget when making your decision, and have fun when planning the interior design of your kitchen as well as the rest of your home.