We’re well into 2017, and some of the kitchen worktop trends that started the year are already fading away. Here are 5 trends with staying power.
1. Solid coloured stone
Natural stone has natural variation, so it’s rare to find a slab of granite or marble that looks entirely uniform. In fact, the variation and patterning is what makes those stones so sought after, so it’s perhaps a little ironic that solid colours are a hot trend in stone worktops. Whatever the reason, manufacturers like Consentino are leading the way. Dekton worktops, which are made using sinterised particle technology, come in a range of solid and textured neutral shades.
2. Quartz worktops
In fact, engineered and processed stones of all kinds are on trend right now, from the neutral-hued Dekton worktops mentioned above to stones that mimic marble or granite and ones with their own unique look. Quartz kitchen worktops are typically made of 95-98% quartz with a small amount of resin and perhaps dye to bond it together. Quartz is one of the toughest materials in the world and is also abundant, so it’s ideal for creating durable yet affordable kitchen worktops.
Sleek black and white kitchen are a big trend this year, and there are dozens of gorgeous stones which can highlight or soften the effect. A warm white marble can add a touch of softness to the look while a midnight black granite will enhance the starkness. If you prefer shades of grey, stone is an ideal choice as every type we offer has at least one grey, from solid warm Dekton shades through mottled Quarella to delicately veined marble.
4. Mixed materials
Obviously as expert stone workers, at Surrey Marble and Granite we’re biased in favour of the hard stuff but it’s hard to ignore – or argue with – this great trend. Designers are using mixed materials to create kitchen worktops that move from one function to another in open plan or multi-use areas. For example, one kitchen may have granite or Dekton worktops on the cooking and preparation areas, then a lovely piece of oak for the breakfast bar. Alternately, a kitchen may have a wooden counter and a marble butcher’s block or island, ideal for baking and food prep.
5. Kitchens to live in
It may seem odd to say this is a trend, but there are some years when fashionable kitchens seem to have been designed more as art than as part of a home. In 2017, even top designers have been talking about combining living spaces and bringing daily life into the kitchen. In practical terms, this often ties together some of the trends we’ve already discussed, such as creating a breakfast bar with a different worktop material, but it also means creating kitchens that match the aesthetic of the rest of the home. That means if you’re a cosy, farmhouse chic type, you might choose a natural limestone worktop, whereas if the rest of your home is more sleekly modern, you might choose a grey Dekton and hit half a dozen trend points at once!