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Quartz Splashback for the kitchen – Is it worth purchasing?

Kitchen Splashbacks – Why are they so important?

When we design our perfect kitchen, when we opt for the right cabinets, the worktops and flooring, we never forget to actually consider what should go on the walls. Indeed, most of the walls will be covered with paint, but what of the wall behind our sink/hob? These ought to always be covered with something other than a bare wall – something more durable. After all, we need to bear in mind that these segments will be constantly subject to liquid splashing. Whether it is grease or oil bouncing from your hot pan, or the water glancing off the dishes in your sink. What you need, in this situation, is a glass/acrylic or quartz splashback.

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The point is, the walls behind the sink/hob or cooker are continuously exposed to danger, and a wall covered with mere paint will not last long, and will need scraping/repainting within weeks. You need something stronger, something smooth and resistant that will withstand the scrubbing of your sponge, constant humidity or seething oil – in the end, you don’t want to be scraping the flaking paint off every time it comes to a clean.

That’s where the splashbacks come in – and as someone who owns one, I can guarantee that they are worth every penny. Not only will they save you cleaning time, they will also protect the wall, and most even embellish the kitchen! Their aesthetics can fantastically conform with the worktops or the cabinets!

Kitchen Splashbacks – What are the most popular choices available on the market? 

Glass Splashback 

These splashbacks have been commonly implemented into many households across the UK. They are reasonably priced, can come in various colours and are, of course, glossed. You can also purchase them in clear, therefore if you like the colour of your walls, now you can achieve just that. Many companies also offer them in vast thicknesses. The cool quality of these products, is that you can integrate virtually any image within them. A great example I found recently, is in one of my friends’ house – he purchased glass splashbacks but he had them done in an image of bricks. As a result, it looked as though his splashback wall was covered with nothing more but raw bricks. It was a fantastic effect, really cheating the eyes.

The only downfall to these products is that they can be easily damaged. It doesn’t occur very often, but if your pan slides out of your hand or you drop a mug and a ceramic shard hits the splashback, they can break – especially the thinner sizes.

Acrylic Splashback 

Acrylic Splashbacks are essentially products made out of plastic. They are durable and come in a wide palette of shades – therefore pairing them up with your cabinets or worktops is not a problem. Just like their glass equivalents, they are very hygenic, and all they require is a simple swipe with cloth to get off the dirt. They even leave behind less smudges than the glass products, so you don’t need special glass-cleaning detergents.

But above everything else, the production/fitting of these products is not laborious, compared to glass splashbacks, so not only you’ll be waiting less time for creation of custom-made acrylic splashbacks, but due to their light nature, you could have them fitted in an hour. This cannot be said for glass splashbacks, which require extensive man-power, carefulness and a lot of patience to install. From what I’ve read, the longest glass splashback installations for the bigger kitchens can last up to 3-4 hours.

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Another benefit of these products is that they can be amended at any point, if a need arises. So, if you suddenly decide that you’d like a cut-out for some plug sockets, it’s very much doable. Of course, you’d still have to ask for the service of specialist,  but it will take them very little time. A glass, in this circumstance would shatter. Once a glass splashback is in place, not much else can be done to ammend it.

In terms of price, they are much cheaper than glass splashbacks – but this depends entirely on the manufacturers and your bespoke demands.

Quartz Splashback 

Now, despite the above mentioned splashbacks having a lot of great qualities, there is one kind that we cannot recommend enough – a quartz splashback.

These products dominate on the present splashback market. I own one myself,  and after learning the benefits of these products I swapped my old acrylic for this one. But why are they so special? The reasons are many!

    1. A quartz splashback is more resistant and long lasting than glass or acrylics. Because of their quartz + resin blend, they are virtually indestructible. This isn’t just beneficial for accidental impact damage . . . no, these products will outlast glass or acrylic in terms of general longevity. When making research about the nature of quartz splashback, I reached out to a company called Polish Granite who sell these products on a weekly basis. They enlightened us that some of their earliest customers have purchased quartz splashbacks along with quartz worktops, and 14 years later they still remain in pristine condition. This cannot be said for glass or acrylic, which naturally degrade over time, de-colour, scratch or break.
    2. Contrary to belief, a quartz splashback does not fade in colour. Indeed! It’s properties are so well matched that the product will outlive your entire kitchen, and still retain its original hues or patterns.quartz splashback
    3. You can match a quartz splashback with your existing quartz worktop. That’s right, thanks to these products you can now create a seamless whole i.e. make it seem that your worktop essentially climbs up your wall! It’s often believed that because of its weight, a quartz splashback cannot breach a size of more than approx 80cm x 90cm – that’s absolute nonsense! The current trend is to cover the whole wall with the same product as your worktop. See the picture above of a full quartz splashback, which displays my point. Doesn’t it look great? You can finally get a product that’s made of exact same material as your main worktops. It looks seamless, it looks smooth and above all it’s fashionable. Many celebrities, architectures or interior designers opt for this solution in this day and age. It’s an unparalleled effect that cannot be gained with glass or acrylic – unless of course, you get worktops from that same products, which would be highly unpractical.
    4. They too can be amended at any point. So, if all of a sudden you require the whole piece cutting, or desire a socket put in place, that can easily be done. But once more, professionals will need to be involved who arrive at your property with special saws and grinding tools.
    5. Another positive point to mention is that they can be contrasted with your worktops. There are vast quartz varieties out there, so you can mix and match whatever you like. For example, you can choose the Calacatta White marble-lookalike worktops, but then opt for Nero Marquina splashbacks (it’s essentially calacatta veiny design, but in black) which will create a fantastic contrast.

Now, the only minor issues to these products are the following:

A quartz splashback is quite heavy, and it’s installation will require some time + at least 2-3 men. But worry not, I ordered mine along with the new quartz worktops, and the fitters installed everything in a matter of hours. So as long as you choose a reliable company, you don’t need to worry about time spent on fitting.

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Another minor drawback is that they can be more expensive than the glass or acrylic counterparts. But hey, if you’re going to pay £100 more for a product that will outlive glass/acrylic by two decades, then surely it’s money well spent? Think of it as an investment.

So, that’s all we have for today in terms of splashbacks. It may seem that I’m a little biased towards quartz, but I owned 2/3 of these splashback solutions. I also delt with glass ones when renting a flat during university, and did a lot of research to prepare for this topic. Trust me when I say this, nothing can equate to the great qualities of quartz splashbacks.

If you think that none of these suit your agenda, you can always opt for tiles! They have the same function as splashbacks, but are very time consuming to implement, and may cost even as much as a quartz splashback – depending on the type and theme you choose. Nonetheless, in case you want to indulge more in this subject, I’m attaching a link to an article we posted a while back on practical tips related to tiling: Tiles Practical Tips

I hope this guideline has been helpful! Please comment down below which splashback variety is your favourite. Likewise, if you have any questions regarding each type, don’t hesitate to ask.

ceramic worktops cost

How Much Do Ceramic Worktops Cost?

Have you ever wondered whether price for ceramic worktops exceeds that of granit and quartz?

Although all furniture in the kitchen must be made of high quality materials, a worktop should have the highest resistance. After all, we work on them almost every day, preparing meals, coffee, pouring drinks etc. Currently, various materials are used in the production of kitchen worktops, but ceramics deserve special attention. But how much do these sophisticated ceramic worktops cost?

Ceramic worktops for kitchens

Among all the materials used in the production of laboratory worktops, ceramics is considered the best. Ceramic worktops are suitable for the most extreme conditions, with excellent resistance to chemical cleaning products and very high temperatures.

The lack of sensitivity to chemicals makes it possible not only to work freely in the kitchen, but also to maintain a high level of hygiene in the worktop. Ceramics is a non-absorbent material, therefore it is easy to remove any dirt and discolouration from its surface. What is important, even prolonged contact with cleaning agents does not change the structure of the worktop surface.

Ceramic worktops cost – can the great functionality and interior fit excuse the price?

The kitchen worktop made of ceramic tiles offers many possibilities of colour and pattern combinations. A wide range of colours allows you to create a variety of design effects, such as harmonious adjustment to the rest of the kitchen equipment or the combination of individual elements on the basis of contrast. Depending on our preferences, we can also opt for a matt or glossy finish. However, high aesthetic values are not the only advantages of ceramic worktops. They are easy to clean and care for and resistant to scratches that occur during everyday use of the equipment.ceramic worktops cost

Appropriate dimensions will make the worktop functional and the preparation of meals on it – comfortable. Its width should be about 60 cm and its length should be 80 cm. You can also adjust the ceramic worktop to your height, determining its height 15 cm below the crook of the elbow.

So, how much do ceramic worktops cost?

In order to receive a near exact price for ceramic worktops cost, you would have to contact specialists. I highly recommend Polish Granite LTD. I’ve corresponded with them before regarding many stone worktops and they’ve been very helpful, but most of all, informative. Their knowledge is great and they are the true experts when it comes to price. I would say it all depends entirely on the type and size of your kitchen, the material you choose and your specific demands.

Ceramic materials are industrially manufactured, but unlike quartz, ceramic worktops are 100% natural. The production process of ceramic worktops is more complex and time-consuming, resulting in higher prices. As a result, the ceramic worktops cost can be really steep. The following page is a blog that Polish Granite released of late. It is a step-by-step guide to their Online Quote calculator which in a matter of 5 minutes can generate your ceramic worktops price. I think having a go at this will be able to define your question, because like I mentioned above, it all depends on the material you choose and the size of your individual kitchen.ceramic worktops cost

As a general rule of thumb though, ceramic worktops usually start at 350 pounds per square meter, so they are about 20% more expensive than granite or quartz worktops. Please note, however, that the prices of materials are subject to constant fluctuations, so it is advisable either to contact the kitchen worktop manufacturer or suppliers directly, and enquire about the correct prices.

Choosing the right kitchen worktop has a huge impact on the comfort of daily use of this space, but also on the aesthetic reception of the interior. Ceramic worktops, which are characterised by high resistance to scratches, stains and high temperatures, are becoming more and more popular. Their final price and properties depend, however, on the selected tiles, the quality of workmanship and the finish of the entire worktop.

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All about stone window sills

Natural stone is mainly used to make worktops, tiles, stairs and wall cladding. However, it is also suitable for window sills. Why? Because it is extremely durable and resistant to high temperatures, moisture or mechanical damage. We will discuss which grades of window sills should be made of, whether their assembly requires the use of brackets and what thickness they should be, in the further part of the article. So, we invite you to read it!

Stone window sills – useful information

  1. Internal window sills should be made of durable granite. It is the most resistant and the least absorbent of all those on the market. There are no stains on its surface, so for a long time it retains a wonderful appearance. You can use marble instead. It will perform equally well, but remember that it is much easier to stain and absorbs water, so it is worth increasing its resistance by impregnation. The same applies to travertine. It has a higher porosity, so it is easier for water to penetrate deep into its structure. Because of this, we also advise to protect it with an appropriate impregnation.
  2. The thickness of the window sill should be min. 2 cm for narrow and min. 3 cm for longer windows. Of course, these are not fixed standards and the products may be much thicker, but you have to be aware that then their price will increase significantly.
  3. As a rule, the installation of stone window sills does not require the use of additional brackets. They are used only when the product protrudes 2/3 of its width beyond the window niche. Only supports can provide stability. Of course, the product should be inserted under the window frame and wedged on both sides in the side openings of the window niche. If the situation requires it, the wall should be forged in appropriate places.
  4. On properly fixed stone window sills you can stand e.g. to hang curtains. The weight of an adult person should not harm them if 2/3 of their width is adequately supported by a wall or supports.
  5. There is no reason not to place flower pots on stone window sills. All you have to do is make sure that they do not have sharp edges that could scratch the perfectly smooth surface of the stone. What’s more, it should also be avoided prolonged contact with liquids, so any spills should be wiped off immediately. A very good solution is to use special mats and washers, which will minimize the risk of damage to the product, which could occur while moving the pots.

 

Granite worktops online quote

Granite worktops online quote

Granite worktops online quote – the most important benefits

Have you renovated your kitchen and decided to replace your old worktop with a new one made of natural stone? It’s a great idea! However, before the moment of its installation, you must first place an order for its execution. In order to do this, you should contact the stone company and present the details of the project so that it can evaluate the implementation of the order. A great solution is also granite worktops online quote. This is an excellent option, which will give you an idea of the estimated costs of the product, but not only. Why is it still worth to use it? You will find the answer in the further part of the text.

Granite worktops online quote – the best advantages of the solution:

  • Convenience – in order to know the approximate price of worktops you don’t have to leave the house. Just sit in front of the computer and go through the next steps of the valuation. The wizard is very intuitive. All you have to do is to indicate the product parameters by selecting them from the given information. Easily, quickly and comfortably.
  • Saving time – sending a dozen or several dozen inquiries with a request for valuation of the project may take a lot of time. Therefore, if you want to save it, use the granite worktops online quote. You will find all the information in one place. In addition, you will be able to compare the prices of products made of different materials, and this will give you more choice and make it easier to make the final decision, especially if you have a limited budget.
  • Variety of colours – in the application for table tops pricing there are photos of particular materials, so you do not have to choose them blindly or search the photo database on the Internet to find out what shade of stone is hidden under a given name. This is a great help, especially if you don’t have much knowledge of the subject. Photos will also make it easier for you to match the shade to your interior design, because you have to remember that worktops are an integral part of the whole composition, so they have to harmonize with the style of the room and the color of walls, floor and furniture.
  • You will know the costs – using a valuation tool will allow you to determine the estimated cost of making worktops from different varieties of granite. You will be able to compare the amounts obtained and on their basis decide which products meet your requirements and fall within the price range you have set.
  • Huge knowledge base – using the granite worktops online quote you will learn what information and technical parameters should be given when placing an order. Thanks to this you will not forget about anything and gain knowledge, which may prove useful in the future (e.g. when placing another order or advising friends on the selection of work surfaces in the kitchen).

As you can see, the benefits of granite worktops online quote is quite a lot, so it is worth using this solution. However, bear in mind that the results obtained through the application are only approximate. Therefore, in order to get to know more precise costs of order execution and possible assembly, it is necessary to contact an employee of the company, who will take into account all aspects and on the basis of their analysis will prepare an estimate of the cost of the service.

Granite worktops Liverpool

Granite worktops Liverpool – hard class

Sooner or later, when designing furniture, you come to the moment of choosing the type of worktop that will be used in them. In this area we will have to choose from a very wide range of products. Nowadays, countertops are made of many types of materials, starting from laminated chipboards, through wooden countertops, composite materials or stainless steel. This range of materials also includes granite, a quartz rock of natural origin.  When properly treated, it gives you a granite worktops Liverpool, a luxury product that we will have the opportunity to take a closer look at today.

Granite kitchen worktop – general characteristics

Granite is a magma rock composed of quartz, orthoclaz, plagioclaz, biotite. It takes different colors from grey, through white pink, green, red to black. Its physical properties perfectly predispose it for building applications, one of them is to make kitchen worktops in these cases should be properly impregnated. As a very hard material it has excellent resistance to abrasion or drawing, another important feature is its total water resistance equal to that of composite worktops only.

Granite is also characterized by its resistance to high temperatures, accidental leaving a hot pot or pan on it will not leave any traces. A properly protected granite worktop is also relatively resistant to chemical reactions, but it is important to make sure that it is impregnated before use, because without this it can react to acidic or oily substances with a change in shade.

Visually, the granite worktops Liverpool look very solid and elegant, adding a luxurious character to the kitchen. With the help of special machines at the disposal of granite manufacturers, granite can be cut in many different ways and shapes, which gives a lot of room for manoeuvre when designing furniture. One of the most interesting possibilities is the use of grooves creating a natural drainer at the sink.

Visually, the granite worktop looks very solid and elegant, adding a luxurious character to the kitchen. With the help of special machines at the disposal of granite manufacturers, granite can be cut in many different ways and shapes, which leave a considerable margin of manoeuvre when designing furniture. One of the most interesting possibilities is the use of grooves creating a natural drainer at the sink.

One of the few drawbacks that it has is the fact that as a stone it makes a cold impression to the touch and visually does not warm the room. Therefore, it is best suited for applications where it will be able to contrast with warmer materials such as wood. Or, for example, in kitchens connected to living rooms with appropriate carpets. It fits perfectly with all types of wood. In combination with which it forms a very elegant furniture. Prices of marble start from about 700 PLN per m2 upwards. This is certainly an interesting solution for many years, which brings with it excellent physical properties and also looks decent.

It is worth remembering that every granite worktop Liverpool is the only and not repeatable element, fully natural and ecological, which in the era of ubiquitous plastics is its next advantage.

How to take care of granite worktops Liverpool?

  • Although granite is a hard material, it can always scratch, use cutting boards and saucers for heavy pots and pans.
  • Any stains and dirt should be removed as soon as possible, and left too long may cause discolouration.
  • For cleaning, it is best to use special agents designed for the maintenance of stone.
  • Granite worktops should be impregnated regularly with designated agents, which will improve its visual properties and resistance to dirt.
  • Cleaning agents containing all kinds of acids, purified soda, silicone oils should be avoided.
  • In the absence of dedicated cleaning agents, the worktop can be cleaned with warm water or soapy water, but it is particularly important to wipe the worktop thoroughly so that no soap or liquid residue remains on it. This can later cause stains.

How to check if granite requires impregnation?

As we mentioned earlier, granite worktops Liverpool should be impregnated regularly in order to serve us for many years, maintaining its aesthetic and physical properties. How to find out if a worktop needs impregnation? The easiest way is to leave a damp towel on the worktop for about 5 minutes. If a dark stain remains on the worktop after lifting the towel, we know that the stone has started to absorb and it is time for the next impregnation.

Before impregnation, clean the worktop thoroughly and wipe it dry. The impregnate should be spread evenly with a brush or cloth, and after some time polished with a dry cloth. It is important to read how to use the impregnate, which you will buy, because they differ, e.g. drying time.

Granite worktops Liverpool are an interesting alternative to furniture made in modern and classic design. polishgranite.co.uk) is a website of a Manchester company Polish Granite LTD. On their website you can gain access to almost all varieties of granite/quartz that can be used in kitchen development.

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Granite worktops Wigan – what is worth knowing about them?

Worktops made of natural stone, mainly granite and marble, have become very popular in recent years. The natural material is spectacular, giving the kitchen a timeless, exclusive look. Kitchen worktop must be durable, functional, and also fit into the interior and its composition. When choosing a material for kitchen worktops, it is also important to consider the costs, ease of maintenance and the possibility of possible repairs and renovations. The two most popular materials are granite and marble.

Granite worktops Wigan

Granite kitchen worktops are very popular and willingly used by investors. This material is famous for its extraordinary durability, which is why it is used in interiors to create window sills, worktops, floors or fireplace casings. It is an expensive material, but at its price goes high quality and functionality. Granite is a rock of natural origin, formed as a result of crystallization of magma that cools deep below the surface of the earth. It has an open-crystalline structure (with the naked eye you can see individual components of the rock) and takes on different colors. You can choose from granite in deep black, many shades of grey, or beige and salmon. You will also find white granite in dimmed green and spicy blue. Due to the natural origin, there may be differences in the colouring of individual elements of the ordered worktops or even within a single board. The granite texture is slightly porous. Granite worktops Wigan can be sanded to a high gloss or a smooth, matt surface. Its tops are made of cold in structure and reception – they heat up very slowly and are cool to the touch.

Standard kitchen worktop is made of 2-3 cm thick hob. Larger thicknesses are not recommended due to the high weight of the elements. In order to get the impression of a thicker worktop, edge banding is usually used. The edges of the worktop are usually finished with a phase, i.e. a slight cut of the edge, or a rounding. The choice of the shape of the board and its edges is almost unlimited and depends only on the assumed visual effect. The kitchen design must take into account the heavy load on the worktop. Installation of granite worktops Wigan is also difficult and long-lasting, and is unlikely to be possible without the help of a professional. It is only possible with the use of special tools.

Granite is a material that is ideal for use in the kitchen. Granite worktops are resistant to impact, scratches and abrasion. You can cut or roll out the dough on them without worrying that the surface will be destroyed. An additional advantage is that it is insensitive to acids, so that it does not become discoloured, as kitchen worktops made of other materials are exposed to – for example under the influence of acids contained in lemon juice or vinegar. The material is also resistant to water – it is impermeable and does not absorb moisture and does not allow dirt, grease and bacteria to penetrate. Thanks to its high resistance to chemicals and dirt, it is very easy to keep clean. Possible damage to the surface of the top made of granite can be regenerated without having to remove the entire top. Small scratches are removed by polishing the worktop with a sanding stone. Large damages require disassembly of the damaged panel and its repair in the stone workshop.

Granite is a non-flammable material, resistant to high temperatures. This feature is particularly useful in kitchens – it can be used near gas cookers and hot pots or sheets from the oven can be placed directly on the worktop.

Granite or marble worktops?

For kitchen worktops it is recommended to use granite, which is to a lesser extent destroyed in everyday use. The marble worktop will quickly scratch and become discolouration and stains. This is due to the properties of marble, which is a limestone rock – soft and sensitive to degradation. It is even damaged by organic acids, which are contained in everyday food products.

Granite worktops Wigan will be a real decoration of any kitchen, matching both traditional and modern interiors. It is worth deciding on it, despite its high price. It is characterized by durability, functionality and beautiful appearance. It is an investment for many years of use.

Proper use and care of granite worktops

Regular impregnation of granite worktops in the kitchen is extremely important. This will reduce the absorbency of the stone, so any spilled liquids will be more difficult to penetrate its structure. What is more, proper impregnation will make granite much easier to clean later. The first impregnation should be planned directly after the installation of worktops, and then the treatments should be repeated every year.

Although granite is a relatively resistant stone, cleaning preparations containing acids, such as phosphoric or hydrochloric acid, should be avoided. There is a risk that they may damage the polisher on the surface of the worktop, making the stone dull and even more susceptible to later damage. For cleaning granite it is worth to use preparations with a safe pH of 7-9. The enemy of granite are also various bleach agents, i.e. agents containing chlorine in their composition. They may leave unsightly discoloration on the surface of the worktop.

For cleaning granite worktops Wigan, other standard preparations used in homes, such as glass washing liquids, preparations for cleaning wooden furniture, preparations for cleaning fittings or agents based on silicone oils, are also not suitable for cleaning granite worktops.

If wine, tea or even lemon juice is poured onto the granite worktop, you should immediately wipe off the surface. Although they will not damage the tabletop, but after a few hours in these places, slight discoloration may appear. Such a risk is very possible especially when the worktop has not been impregnated before.

Arrangement of each room requires attention to the smallest details. After all, they often determine the success of the whole project. In the case of kitchen projects, worktops undoubtedly play an important role. They perform not only functional but also decorative functions. Granite worktops Wigan are becoming more and more popular because they combine these two factors.

Granite worktops Wigan

5 reasons to invest in granite worktops Wigan

Kitchen is increasingly becoming the focal point of the house, where not only culinary but also social life takes place. When designing and manufacturing the kitchen, the choice of material for the worktop is of great importance. Today we can choose from really many materials. Among them are granite worktops Wigan – elegant and practical for every home.

Granite

Granite is a material that has been growing in popularity for years. Its unquestionable advantages are noticed by designers and architects, who eagerly place it in their projects, as well as investors, who want to have elegant, unique interiors.

Granite is a natural material, very hard, which makes it can be successfully used both in building stone and decorative stonemasonry. Kitchen worktops made of this material are characterized by above-average appearance, resistance to the passage of time, damage and the action of e.g. detergents. Why is it worth investing in such worktops, although they are not the cheapest solution? There are at least a few reasons for this.

Durable granite worktops Wigan

Granite is one of the best and hardest materials that can be used in the production of kitchen worktops. It is worth bearing in mind that the worktop is not only an interior decoration, but also plays a very important role – it is a working place where we prepare meals. For those who like to cook, often use the kitchen and a lot of granite will be the best solution, mainly because of its durability.

Granite worktops are completely resistant to temperature changes and it takes as much as 1000°C to melt them! Thanks to this you can easily put on it cakes taken straight from the oven and very warm soups. A big advantage of granite worktops Wigan is that they are non-flammable, so that they can be safely located near gas and electric cookers.

Another advantage of granite is that it is completely resistant to acids used in the kitchen, e.g. lemon juice, vinegar. Their spillage on the worktop does not cause discolouration or matting of the worktop surface, which ensures comfort during cooking. In addition, it is a stone that can be easily kept clean and does not require special care or maintenance. Granite also hinders the growth of bacteria. It is also a completely ecological material and extremely durable compared to other materials used in the production of kitchen worktops. The beauty hidden in the natural stone granite cannot be overlooked either.

Resistance to temperature changes and acids is not the only plus granite. Its widespread use in interior design is also determined by the fact that it is very difficult to obtain mechanical damage on it. Deciding on granite worktops Wigan you can be sure that you choose a material that will not be easily abrasive. So much so that you can cut directly on it. Nothing will happen with it, even if a pot or other heavy-duty dish falls off.

Timeless stone worktops

Deciding to buy kitchen furniture, which will be made to order, we want them to be unique and meet our expectations. Natural stone is a finishing material that will provide our kitchen with timelessness. By installing such a worktop in your kitchen you can be sure that in 10 or 15 years it will still be equally popular and will retain its original properties.

It is also important that in the case of kitchen renovation: changes in the color of walls and their decoration, change of floor, installation of new lighting or replacement of household appliances, granite worktop will be the central point in the new arrangement.

Unlimited arrangement possibilities

Granite worktops Wigan are also a good example that this material has great arrangement possibilities. The worktop can be installed in a kitchen that has a traditional, classic look, as well as in those that are dynamic and avant-garde.

Granite itself is also a diverse material. This means that we can choose from a wide range of materials with a very different structure, colours and patterns. Thanks to this we can freely choose the solution which is the most beneficial for us.

Universal granite worktops Wigan

If you want to have a material that fits perfectly with other materials in the kitchen and the rest of the house and apartment, let’s choose granite. If we want the tabletop to be not only a place for preparing meals, but also a decorative function (e.g. in combination with good lighting under the pillowcase), let’s choose a stone, which will look great in such a configuration.

Stone in the form of beautifully prepared and processed granite will make the interior will delight with its beauty.

Elegant appearance

Stone tops are undoubtedly beautiful. By choosing this solution, we can be sure that our kitchen will gain in importance and will impress all visitors. Thanks to granite (also present on the floor and wall, between cabinets), the room will take on an almost luxurious character.

Fabrication of a worktop in front of an experienced stonemason will allow for aesthetic adjustment to the size of the interior, cutting holes for taps and sink, as well as an induction hob. Granite worktop will fit perfectly into the whole environment, enriching them.

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Sandy yellow worktop – beautiful ideas

Sandy yellow worktop – colour scheme

Worktop is very often the very centre of people’s homes. It serves as the very central point where all the most important actions take place. What’s more, worktops can be used for a variety of different types of actions. Think for example about such things as: preparation of food, cutting your vegetables or fruits, cooking, cleaning but also don’t forget about such things which aren’t strictly related to kitchen activities, for example about children playing board games or doing their homework. In case of playing it’s actually possible when you have the so called extended worktop installed. In such a case there’s an extra space that can be effectively used for a variety of actions.

The satisfaction coming from having a nice worktop installed stems mainly from the way your countertop is designed, what shape it has, what’s its size etc. Yet, don’t forget about colours. Worktops colours can play a really huge role and it’s important to be aware of this simple fact. For example, sandy yellow worktop can make a huge difference in a variety of interiors, especially the ones which are dull and somehow dark. Sandy yellow worktop is a special kind of colour. It’s not particularly vivid or intense, it’s not like a juicy lemon yellow or the colours of the sun. It’s something entirely different. Sandy yellow worktop as its very name suggests is the pale yellow shade of the sand. It’s yellow but it’s not particularly bright and it’s rather pallid.

Inspirational ideas

Sandy yellow worktop is rather pale colour and as such it doesn’t look well in all kind of interiors. There are places which are simply too bright to have nicely looking sandy yellow worktop. In such cases it’s really best to carefully think of your choices when it comes to furnishing your kitchen. First of all remember that sandy yellow things don’t look well when surrounded by whites or other rather bright colours – in such surroundings they are simply lost. Second of all, they don’t fit into spaces which are dominated by vivid and intense colours – they are simply overwhelmed there. Finally, let’s not forget that the best interiors that can accommodate sandy yellow worktops are the darker ones, with greys, blacks or browns. In such interiors your sandy yellow worktops can really shine and make a huge difference.

It’s definitely a good idea to think of your colours scheme in advance. After all, you don’t want to go round and round and change your room’s colours all the time. It’s rather best to have everything planned a way in advance. In this way you can avoid troubles later.

Ceramic worktops

Ceramic worktops – possible arrangements

Modern kitchen worktops – qualities

Kitchen is  a very important part of our houses. Very often kitchen is the very centre of all day’s works and activities. Sometimes, it’s even the gathering place where family meetings take place. Of course, kitchen’s look depends on many factors. Consider for example the following: wall paint, windows’ seizes and frames,  general layout, furniture and appliances, worktops and finally general style.

Modern day kitchens tend to move toward simplicity, minimalism and high practicality and in this way lose a little of their individual character. Contemporary sleek materials and smooth surfaces make kitchens appear sterile and soulless. What’s more, sometimes there’s no kitchen at all, only open space nook with electric kettle and tiny stove to cook at leisure. There’s no such a thing as worktop.

All in all, it appears there’s some kind of paradox with regards to modern kitchens. On the hand, kitchen still remains the very centre of our daily lives, and then on the other it’s somehow lost its personal touch and warm welcoming atmosphere. How can you feel good and perform all your actions in  a sterile, white washed and too smooth place? The answer is to keep your kitchen worktop at all cost. How can you do it and what kitchen worktop materials are best?

Ceramic worktops – design

Kitchen worktop is a simple answer to a difficult questions. Although, it’s not a perfect solution for all kitchens, think of smaller ones, it’s best to try. First of all, you should think of kitchen worktop’s materials. There’s plenty to choose from. Basically, there are two options, natural stones or engineered materials. With regards to natural stones the most common choices are marble and granite. With regards to engineered ones it’s quartz and ceramic.

Granite and marble have plenty of advantages, yet for some people they aren’t suitable. Due to natural stones’ relatively high prices, specific texture and limited set of colours, it’s sometimes best to choose something different. Ceramic worktops are gaining momentum now and are proved to be a good choice for kitchen worktops.

Ceramic worktops are a perfect combination of practical ceramic qualities and technological achievements. Ceramic worktops are known for their high resistance to many harmful factors, relative thickness which makes them resistant to scratches and heavy impacts, high durability and interesting texture. Ceramic worktops can really make a difference in modern day soulless kitchens. They can add a little personal touch and allure that can set off even the bleakest kitchen.

Kitchen workspace

Kitchen workspace – practical tips

Why kitchen workspace is important

It very often happens that kitchens are the very centres of everyday life. After all, they are bustling with activities all the time – there’s time to prepare breakfast in the morning, and there’s time to get a glass of water at midnight. There’s simply no stopping. Therefore, it’s only understandable that you want to have your kitchen look as best as possible and at the same time keep it practical and easy to maintain. With carefully planned and organised kitchen workspace it’s really easy.

Kitchen workspace is the essence of your kitchen. After all, as the very names suggests it’s the space where the most of action takes place. Workspace, so there’s a lot of everyday work going on. As such kitchen workspace needs to be organised efficiently and divided into separate areas allowing to fulfil different task. Moreover, it needs to be organised in line with your everyday kitchen activities. How can you achieve this and create truly effective kitchen workspace?

Efficient kitchen workspace

Efficient kitchen workspace means it’s divided into separate areas. Yet, these areas can’t be random. They need to be planned in detail and take into account all the kitchen practicalities. Basically, it’s best to divide kitchen workspace into three parts, First one is devoted to food storage and food preparation. In this area you can easily reach all the products you need at the time, and then you can start preparing them. Sometimes it’s possible to divide this area even further – you can have separate parts for food storage and food preparation.

Second kitchen workspace area should be devoted to actual cooking. There should be enough space for kitchen cooktop, microwave or oven – basically it all depends on your needs and cooking habits. Anyway, this part should be organised around various processes and stages of cooking. Finally, third part should be devoted to cleaning. Very often it’s the sink that’s the very centre of cleaning – it’s normal since water is the best cleaning method available. In case of clean up area it’s best to remember that water tends to splash and spill but it doesn’t necessarily mean that this area can be a little messy. No, it’s just the opposite – since it’s cleaning area it needs to shine and be really clean.

Finally, don’t forget about your guests. If they see that your kitchen has carefully planned kitchen workspace you can be sure that they will appreciate it. After all, it’s much easier to fully enjoy your meal while you’re surrounded by clean and meticulously arranged spaces. Separating kitchen workspace is also a great idea since it’s easier to set up dining area later.