White kitchen worktops
Whatever trends may come and go, there’s one element of the kitchen that has remained consistently popular amongst homeowners, designers and architects alike and that’s white kitchen worktops. Their sleek, seamless look is the epitome of clean, uncluttered styling and they are ideal for uplifting a tired kitchen scheme, refreshing outdated cabinets or even bringing a sense of light and space into a compact or gloomy room.
According to a 2017 UK Kitchen Trends Study by Houzz, worktops are top of the leader board in upgraded products and materials with 93% swapping existing surfaces for something new. The material of choice is quartz, with 24% choosing this hardwearing natural mineral. Reasons for buying include its look and feel, durability and easy cleaning. White comes out as the winning colour with 27%, beating grey (17%) and black (15%) and it’s easy to see the appeal.
Calacatta Nuvo quartz from Caesarstone is a sophisticated and delicately veined white material that can be used for worktops, splashbacks, cladding and flooring for an elegant finish to a clean, contemporary scheme.
White kitchen worktops are the perfect choice for a modern scheme. This pure, simple finish is ultra-versatile, as it can be teamed with an infinite combination of cabinetry and colour schemes. For a contemporary look, stick with a sophisticated palette of white then add a slick of graphite, teal or charcoal for a touch of drama. High gloss lacquered units work well with white kitchen worktops and have the added benefit of reflecting light around the room, which makes them a great choice for spaces with limited natural light.
Caesarstone has a wide selection of white quartz surfaces, which are ideal for enhancing a sleek, seamless scheme. From the marble veining of White Attica and Montblanc to the urban feel of Fresh Concrete, there’s something to suit every interior style. There’s also the Classico collection with its realistic granite effect, all of which offer durability, easy maintenance and resistance to stains, scratches and spills.
Caesarstone’s Dreamy Marfil looks stunning in an industrial kitchen scheme with exposed brick walls, steel appliances and white lacquered cabinetry
Traditional kitchens also look striking with white or off-white quartz surfaces. Painted in-frame cabinetry with a simple Shaker style can be topped with a granite inspired work surface such as Caesarstone’s Moorland Fog, which offsets pebble, charcoal or pale pebble grey furniture beautifully. Team with open shelving to display your favourite ceramics and glassware and finish with a statement sink and tap. Another current trend is for a monochrome scheme and this suits both modern and traditional kitchen designs.
Moorland Fog from Caesarstone’s new 2017 granite inspired Supernaturals collection looks stunning set atop classic Shaker-style cabinetry
The great thing about white kitchen worktops is their versatility. The perfect complement or contrast to a surrounding colour palette as well as gloss or painted cabinetry, it’s a surface material that combines practicality with aesthetic appeal. Timeless and elegant, white worktops will never go out of fashion. And with worktops being a big investment piece in any kitchen design, it’s certainly something to consider.
Appliances, large and small, can also be chosen to offset a white worktop. Think flush-fit black glass induction hobs and stainless steel or matt black built-in ovens, warming drawers and coffee machines. Small appliances can also add interest to the worktop surface. Retro designs are popular for kettles and toasters, as are professional-style blenders and mixers that wouldn’t look out of place in a top restaurant kitchen.
To create a unique finish for your room scheme, why not add a feature wall in a bold wallpaper print? It’s a great way of adding a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral scheme and can be as subtle or as striking as you dare. You could also paint or tile a feature area, or why not continue your white kitchen worktops up the wall with a matching quartz splashback for that seamless finish that lends any kitchen a luxury look that’s functional as well as eye-catching. Caesarstone is perfect for splashbacks and wall cladding as well as worktops, flooring and island units.
Farrow & Ball’s Arcade BP 5307 is an art deco inspired wallpaper with tactile scalloped design. It works beautifully with an all-white island unit