Gorgeous good looks and proven durability are equally important when choosing benchtop surfaces for your kitchen. We ask Kate Deakin-Bell from leading producer and supplier Cosentino how to avoid common design mistakes
1. What are the most important things to consider when choosing benchtops?
Think about your family situation and how you use your kitchen. In busy family homes, kitchen benchtops must be highly resistant, hygienic and easy to maintain, as they have to face many aggressions during the day, including accidental impact, heat and grease. That’s why Dekton by Cosentino is a no-brainer. Made from 20 natural minerals compacted into a sheet, it’s pretty much indestructible and can withstand 300˚C direct heat, plus the scratches and dings of busy family life.
2. What are the biggest mistakes people make when choosing benchtops?
The most common regrets we hear are from people who choose natural stone, such as marble or limestone, and then find that, though they look beautiful, they don’t last. It’s important to invest your money wisely when renovating or building your kitchen. You need to make decisions that will withstand the test of time.
3. How can benchtops change the look of a kitchen?
The trend is moving towards thinner benchtops, which give a room a clean, modern look. A lighter-coloured island also helps make a kitchen feel airy and spacious. Light concrete grey is very on-trend at the moment, and what’s also trending is to have the bench and island different colours. If you’re having trouble choosing from the wide range of colours available, take a sample home so you can look at it in different lights.
4. What’s new in benchtop design?
Marble and materials that simulate marble are undoubtedly on-trend, offering timeless appeal. Previously seen predominantly in luxurious or traditional homes, the marble look is now commonplace in many of today’s kitchens and bathrooms. Dekton by Cosentino has mastered the hyperrealism of natural marble, combining the timeless trend with unbeatable durability.
5. What’s new in benchtop technology?
N-BOOST is a revolutionary technology that allows for maximum resistance against stains. This innovative technology improves the DNA of Cosentino surfaces Silestone and Dekton, preventing the adhesion of liquids, enhancing shine and intensifying colour.
For more expert advice visit cosentino.com