Bench-top Materials to add Style, Function and Value to your Kitchen
Your bench-top is arguably the most attention-grabbing piece in your kitchen, and it fulfills an essential day-to-day purpose, too. Nail the look, and you can make your bench-top can work wonders for you. Miss the mark and you could be left with a drab centerpiece that does nothing to match your needs.
These days, you have the freedom to choose from a wide range of materials, finishes and styles when it comes to designing your space. But this wide range of options can also be overwhelming, as you struggle to pinpoint which material is right for you. In this post, the team at Apollo Kitchens have put together a list of materials for your kitchen bench that don’t just look brilliant but are incredibly durable too.
Stone is an elegant choice for your bench-top and, depending on the type of stone you choose, can be a showstopper in your kitchen. Natural stone gives you a feature people won’t forget in a hurry – and when it’s cut from real stone, it’s a unique piece you can’t buy off the shelf.
The major drawbacks when it comes to natural stone are the cost and maintenance. Because it’s a one-off, stone can be pricey – and naturally porous materials absorb spills and stains quite easily. If you prefer a cheaper option that’s easier to maintain (but still just as classy), an engineered stone bench is sealed against stains, making cleanup easy.
A popular option in industrial kitchens, stainless steel is perfect for people who prefer modern, industrial design. There’s a reason the material is a firm favourite in the commercial world (and homeowners alike): stainless steel is a breeze to clean, absorbs no odours or germs, and can be cut to the right size for your space.
The one downside? Stainless steel makes scratch marks obvious, so if your knife skills need a bit of work, it might not be the right material for you (unless you want your slippages to stand the test of time). Choose a brushed aluminium instead to get the same sleek look without the risk of marks.
Opting for a hardwood or timber bench provides a natural look that suits period or traditional styles. The material comes in a wide range of finishes ranging from dark to light so you can customise your benchtop nearly endlessly. Choose a stain or finish to match your existing cabinetry, or speak to an Apollo Kitchens consultant for tips on how to create a stunning colour palette for your kitchen renovation.
A bold design choice in modern homes, concrete is an excellent option for a durable bench-top that doesn’t just play the part but looks stunning too. Not only is the material heat-proof and resistant to chips and scratches, but it can be poured to your precise specifications too. Our biggest design tip? Pair your concrete bench with brighter accessories to add some warmth to an otherwise cold material. Some careful design considerations ensure your kitchen remains a welcoming space for your family and visitors.
Feeling inspired? Sit down with our design experts to find out how the Apollo Kitchens team can select materials to create a functional, stylish kitchen that’s perfect for your needs. Contact us today.