During the planning of your home remodeling, one of the most important, and equally exciting, decisions is choosing the benchtops. Benchtops are frequently used and are immediately noticed by any visitor. They complete the look of your home and you want them looking fabulous! How then do you go about choosing the right benchtops or countertops? Can you use the same material in the bathroom and in the kitchen and which one is most suitable?
You can certainly use the same bench material when designing your wet and dry areas. This can also include the laundry room. It really just depends on your budget and style. Some homeowners use the same material, but in different colors, whilst others choose to use different materials, but in the same or similar colors. There are also homeowners that elect to stay within the same color scheme throughout their home. For a uniform design throughout the home, some people make use of all the same material in their wet rooms.
Some of the factors that you may want to prioritize would be the durability and waterproof properties of the material you decide to use. Furthermore, your final choice needs to complement your design and style. We have compiled a list of considerations to help you make your decision on which benchtop will be best suited to your needs.
Popular Benchtop Options
Granite is a natural stone that, with proper care and maintenance, will continue looking fantastic for years to come. It is available in a wide range of natural colors and styles and is a very popular choice amongst homeowners.
Marble represents luxury and certainly gets noticed for all the right reasons, no matter where you install it. Keep in mind that marble is porous, therefore does require some maintenance, unlike granite. It is susceptible to scratches, stains and can crack, therefore it is not the most durable material on the market.
Engineered stone is another popular option as it combines natural material (like quartz or marble) with resins or polyesters. This fashionable option is incredibly durable, requires minimal maintenance and looks amazing!
Timber is a lovely option for adding warmth to any space, but it does require frequent maintenance. Timber lends itself to scratches, stains, and heat damage. Damage can also occur from use of knives when used as a butcher’s block.
Laminate is great value for money as it’s well-priced and practical. It doesn’t scratch easily and requires little maintenance. Keep in mind that if damage does occur, it’s difficult to fix. Laminate is one of the most popular benchtop materials because of the staggering variety of colors and designs available. This option is often used in bathroom remodeling projects.
Colors and Designs
When it comes to choosing the color and design of new benchtops, you can take your pick, regardless of the material you settled on using. You can decide to get creative and choose a different design and color for each space. Alternatively, you can remain consistent with your benchtop choices throughout your home. No matter how you choose to design your home, you will not have any trouble finding the perfect benchtop material to suit your budget and style. One of the important choices you will need to make is whether to go with a light or dark material. Pairing dark benchtops with dark cabinetry can be quite tricky, so make sure you choose complementary color schemes.
Size and Formations
No matter what kind of material you choose for your counters, you need to take into account the size of your kitchen, especially if it has an island. This is crucial because the material’s dimensions can restrict your ability to use the same material in all your wet rooms. The reason for this is that natural stone can be found in different sizes.
The natural formation of your chosen material may also cause some restrictions in the sizes that are available to choose from. Therefore, if you want a custom-sized benchtop, you may need to consult with a specialist who can advise you on the best method to realize your vision.
Ultimately, the remodeling of your kitchen or bathroom is very exciting and will renew your home and uplift your lifestyle. Regardless of the materials you choose for your benchtops, it will be perfect!
Contact one of the best kitchen remodeling contractors in your area for professional advice and great customer service. Contact Darek & Sons Remodeling to assist you with your home remodeling design.