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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.

How Granite Worktops Are Made

Granite is a beautiful, relatively rare stone that has incredible heat and scratch-resistant properties making it a desirable material for kitchen worktops. The stone is found in the continental plates of the Earth’s crust, in tors or outcrops. While it exists all over the Earth, the biggest exporters are India, China, Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Germany and Canada.

Quarrying & Slicing The Raw Granite

Granite is formed from a matrix of interlocking mineral crystals (predominantly quartz and feldspar). These crystals are complemented by an array of varying minerals, which help make every slab completely unique. The white you see in the stone largely comes from the feldspar, while the light grey streaks are quartz and the black is mica.

It is mined in a process that has not changed much in centuries. Huge blocks, up to 3.5 meters long, 2 meters wide and 2.5 meters thick, are chiselled and blasted out in quarries. These enormous blocks are then moved to a facility where they are sliced by a massive diamond-edged saw into thin slabs (around 2-3 cm thick). Diamond is used because the stone is so hard that diamond is all that will reliably cut it. It’s an incredibly impressive process – a marvel of engineering.

Cutting & Finishing The Granite Slabs

Diamond is also used on pads to polish the granite to a shiny, brilliant finish – at first using rougher pads and gradually getting finer.

This raw stone is then turned into a granite worktop using special tools, and is cut precisely by a stone mason into the required shape. Computer-operated stone routers, in combination with hand routers, are then used to shape the edges of the worktop into dupont, waterfall, ogee, bullnose or some other granite edge shape. They then polish the edges until they, like the stop surface, are beautifully luminescent.

Finishing & Installing The Granite Worktops

Sink, cooktop and water pipe holes are cut using similar machines, and then the various pieces (if there are more than one) are transported to the kitchen and glued down. Often a little extra polishing or shaping is done on site to make sure they look absolutely perfect.

The fabrication of granite worktops is part art, part precise science. It requires high levels of expertise and very specialised equipment, but the result – stunning, long-lasting worktops – is worth it. There’s a reason they have remained in fashion for so long – granite worktops are beautiful, practical and anything but a fad. If you’re interested in one for your home, you can see our range of granite worktops here.

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Why Choose Granite Worktops

One of the first places to start for many people looking to give their kitchen facelift is the worktop – but where to start? What materials and styles would work for you? In this article, we lay out some of the reasons why we think granite worktops are an excellent choice.

-Their Look

A granite worktop’s natural stone look is an attractive one for many people. It immediately stands out, giving an impression of luxury and offering visual interest to an aspect of your kitchen that may normally get overlooked. The interesting colours, patterns and mottled look offer a rustic feel that catches the eye.

Of course, it is all a matter of taste and opinion. But the sheer variety of different colours and patterns available with granite is very difficult to ignore. From deep, dark black/blue colours to brighter gold, grey and white the range is remarkable. Whether you’re after a subtle worktop to blend in with your kitchen, or would rather something that stands out on its own, in all likelihood you’ll find something you like in granite. What’s more, every slab is unique. See a collection of available our available colours here. 

-Their durability

Most people are aware that granite is hard-wearing, but perhaps are not aware of the full extent of its durability. Consumer Reports magazine has tested granite, and found that it is all but impervious to heat, cuts and scratching – perfect for kitchen use. It’s true that it is possible to chip the corners, but it requires a huge amount of force to do so and it is repairable if it happens.

Granite worktops do need re-sealing from time-to-time, but not often. You can test whether you need to have your worktop re-sealed by putting a few drops of water on the granite near a sink or other high-use area. If the granite doesn’t need re-sealing, the water will stay in a bead. Typically, granite worktops may need re-sealing every 12 months but it varies widely.

-Their desirability

Granite worktops are still very much in demand, and this means good things for your house price if you have one. A survey by needaproperty.com, which was also published in The Times, found that a third of house buyers would offer more than the asking price on a property if it had a granite worktop, making it the second biggest property turn-on after a fitted kitchen. Kitchens are the most expensive room in the home, and they have a big impact on how potential buyers view your property.

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