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Kitchen worktops buying guide

There are many factors to consider when buying a new counter, from the colour and material to the finish and cost. Read on to discover the features and benefits of each option to understand which one best suits your space. Or get started straight away, by exploring counters in our collection.

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What are the different types of counters?

What are the different colours?


Keep your space bright by opting for white counters. As well as expanding a neutral scheme, this shade reflects light around a room and can make it appear more open – great for compact or dark areas.

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Create a dramatic design by choosing black counters that bring bold tones to a room. The dark shade will span trends and helps to minimise marks and stains – making it easy to maintain.

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A popular colour within home interiors, versatile grey can complement a pastel palette or soften bolder hues. With grained, matt and gloss textures available, this shade offers plenty of options for a custom look.

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Adding natural accents to a space, oak counters can be tailored to suit many interiors and are a safe bet when designing a cooking area. Oak also offers several timber effects from ash to walnut.

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What are the different types of finish?


This high-shine and polished finish brings an opulent look to an interior. It is highly-reflective – great for bouncing light around to make smaller areas feel more open and inviting.

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Offering a sheen-free appearance, matt work areas work well in pared-back schemes or for softening dark tones. This muted finish also shows fewer marks, keeping it looking clean and tidy for longer.

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Some laminate counters come with wood or stone-effect finishes that replicate the feel of natural materials. This is a great way of creating a premium look for less and adding visual interest to a space.

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Smooth counters offer a stone-like finish to a work area. Its organic influence and slick surface is quick to clean, making it a sound choice for households who want a hygienic space.

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What are the different types of profile available?

What to consider when planning a new work area

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