The materials you choose for your kitchen should be practical, but they should also evoke that sense of ‘home’ we all look forward to at the end of a long day. Follow our pointers on choosing materials for your new modern kitchen.
Modern kitchens usually feature man-made components such as concrete and quartz to great effect, often set against the natural beauty of wood. Floors, kitchen cabinet doors and worktops need to be chosen to complement each other and any other furniture, whether you favour bold contrasts or subtle variations.
From super-slim granite countertops or quartz to chunky wood, it is worth investing in well-made worktops that make a statement. Always consider the durability and maintenance of materials before you make your choice.
Here are a few kitchen counter material ideas – each with their own unique benefits – to discuss with your builder and help you make your decision:
A new kitchen often involves new flooring. A wood floor can transform the look and feel of a kitchen, particularly if replacing a carpeted floor. Wide floor boards create a very modern look, while vinyl is a practical, attractive choice. Bolder contemporary options include poured concrete or resin floors, which work well with underfloor heating.
You can also combine different floor materials to define distinct zones in an open-plan kitchen – for example, wooden boards in the dining area and slate tiles where you cook. Alternatively, you can use a single unifying material throughout to maximise the sense of space.