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Top Kitchen Design Trends For 2018

If you think the new year may bring a new kitchen for you, you may now be thinking about exactly what you want that to look like. What style should your new kitchen be? What should it be fitted with? What themes are popular right now and what’s going out of style? In this blog we discuss some top trends to give you a touch of inspiration.

1- Think Eclectic. A trend that looks set to continue into the new year is the use of lots of different themes and concepts to create a sense of homely variation. There’s no need to stick to one style rigidly – mixing it up a little will bring your kitchen to life and make it feel more personal to you. Using different materials and finishes can be a great way to do this, as long as you don’t go too mad and end up with different elements clashing. Try creating a mood board first for inspiration – this will help you then settle on what styles you’d like to incorporate.

2- Get creative with your worktops. There’s a reason why granite and quartz are so popular as materials for worktops – they look great, they’re resistant to heat and scratches, and they stand the test of time. But just because you use these materials, doesn’t mean your worktop needs to look the same as everyone else’s. A good supplier of worktops will be able to provide a range of colours and patterns to ensure your worktop fits with the themes present in your kitchen and around your home.

3-Darker furniture. It’s now becoming fashionable to use a lot of grays and blacks in kitchen furniture. They’re flexible, working with various different styles of worktops and cabinets, and give a distinctly modern feel to a kitchen. Blacks and grays work especially well as part of two-colour items of furniture, and are commonly used as part of a wider trend of making home kitchens feel a little like professional or industrial kitchens.

4- Metal touches. Rather than polished steel, copper, gold and brass features are increasingly being used as a way of adding a bit of an industrial feel to kitchens. Copper or bronze faucets in particular are becoming more and more widespread and effectively add a flash of colour and brightness to a kitchen, especially if you’ve got dark coloured furniture or worktops.

 

So there you have it – our top kitchen trends for 2018. We hope these give you a little bit of inspiration heading into the new year. And if you feel like a new worktop or countertop would be a nice addition, please get in touch.

Can Quartz Imitate Marble?

Everyone likes the appearance of a marble worktop, but not everyone likes the price tag and upkeep that comes with it. This is why quartz can be such a fantastic alternative; it looks similar, but it’s much lower in maintenance, meaning you’ll never have to worry about marks or spills in your kitchen. Marble is prone to staining, and even simple liquids such as water can mark your counter.

White countertops have been creeping ahead in popularity compared to black worktops over the past few years, most noticeably with the introduction of the upscale kitchen farmhouse style. A popular white worktop is Carrara Marble, and people often don’t realise that quartz can look exactly the same, if not better.

Another, often overlooked benefit is that each quartz slab can be made to look exactly the same – so you can avoid the seams and divisions often found in naturally occurring slabs of granite or marble.

Take a look at some of our quartz that resembles white marble, Bianco Carrara is certainly our favourite; the light grey textures add to the marbled effect:

Not only are they durable and maintenance free, the whites and greys of these styles are brilliant at reflecting the natural light in your kitchen to really brighten it up. That’s just one of the reasons it is such a popular look these days with house buyers and interior designers alike. For an even more striking effect, try combining it with dark coloured cabinets or walls.

And it’s not just farmhouse kitchens that suit this style of white worktop. The colour works well in all types of spaces, including the ultra-modern, traditional and classic kitchen looks.

At Modern Worktops we have a range of over 150 different types of quartz worktops for you to choose from, with products from Cimstone, Arenastone, Diresco, Technistone, Compac, Silestone and other affordable ranges.We are passionate about our work and would love to talk to you about our products and services, so for more information or queries on pricing please get in touch with us today.

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How To Pick Kitchen Hardware To Match Your Worktop

So maybe you’ve just had a new granite or quartz worktop installed, or you’ve picked a worktop and are waiting for it to be completed, or you’re in the early stages of planning a kitchen re-fit. You’re likely to want to choose the right cabinets and fittings, and you’ll certainly want them to complement your new worktop. How are you supposed to know what might work?

This article is a compilation of a few of our top tips from our experience.

1 – Match the pulls and handles to your worktop

Most of the time when you install new cabinets they do not come with handles or pulls. You need to think about the style of your worktop – whether it is a natural, muted tone or something more jazzy, and begin to consider how this will set the style of your entire kitchen. Is it giving it a warm, traditional foundation? Or is it setting up a new contemporary look? A good worktop is often the centrepiece of a kitchen so it can be the foundation for the overall style.

Once you’ve decided what direction your worktop is taking you, carefully look at different types of handles and pulls to match. They could be minimalistic stainless steel or ornate, decorative brass – it all depends on the overall feel of your kitchen.

2- Consider how ‘busy’ your worktop looks

If your worktop has lots of movement/swirls in the stone, it automatically will become more of a focal point and you’ll generally want to pick cabinets that are slightly less active. Simpler designs will allow your worktop to stand out much more and will avoid clashing.

Conversely, if your countertop/worktop is more minimalistic and relies more in smooth colours, you can be a little more creative with your cabinet design.

3- Dark on light or light on dark?

This is an area that really depends on your own taste. You may automatically feel that a dark worktop works best with light cabinets and vice versa, but there is more room for choice than that. For example, a dark quartz worktop with white swirls may work very well with very dark cabinets.

Conversely, a light coloured worktop with dark movement patterns can work really well with light coloured cabinets.

And without wanting to over-complicate things, not all cabinets need be the same style. For example your worktop may be on an island in your kitchen. You may then want to pick cabinets for the island which contrast the colour of the worktop, and pick cabinets for the rest of the kitchen which complement the worktop.

Overall, it is important to get a variety of samples and try them out under different lighting environments and in different combinations.

We hope that these quick tips are helpful. Please let us know if there are any other subjects you’d like us to cover.

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