When it comes to kitchen worktops and counter-tops, most people immediately think of materials like wood and granite. These are gorgeous, natural materials that help to give any kitchen a premium look and finish but there is, however, much more to be seen when it comes to worktops.

While wood and granite are great, there are also plenty of wonderful, unique and individual worktop materials that you’ve probably never even considered. Using one of these materials can make your kitchen design feel truly unique.


Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a material often associated with industrial and professional kitchens, but it can look incredible in the home too.


Stainless Steel Kitchen

As a material, stainless steel is bacteria resistant, durable and easy to clean. This makes it a great choice for anyone who prefers a low maintenance kitchen.

Like wooden worktops, stainless steel will also wear over time. It will develop scratches and kinks that might be perceived as unsightly, but styled in the right way, could actually create a unique, lived in feel in much the same way as distressed vintage furniture.

If you want to add a a touch of the industrial to your kitchen, stainless steel could be the way to go. Perfect for modern kitchens that need a unique feature to make them something less ordinary.


Copper

Like stainless steel, copper has also been used in professional kitchens. It’s warm yet industrial feel has made it a favourite of high end restaurants and expensive eateries across the country.


Copper Kitchen

Copper is also a brilliant choice for your kitchen worktops at home. It gives you the warmth of a wooden worktop but with the heat resistance of steel. You don’t just have to limit this material to modern spaces either as it looks fantastic in a more traditional or country kitchens as well, adding a touch of modernity and conjuring up nostalgic images of old copper pots & pans.

Like other natural materials, copper will wear over time, so expect the look of your worktops to change and evolve.


Concrete

At first thought, concrete may seem like a very strange material for a counter-top. It can be cold, harsh and is more widely thought of as a rather lifeless construction material. However, due to some truly exceptional finishing and sealing techniques, concrete is actually perfect for your kitchen worktop.


Concrete Kitchen

Far from being cold, concrete is a textured, tactile and durable material that works well in modern kitchens. It’s adaptability means it can be moulded into any shape, giving you clean, flowing worktops with an exquisite finish and very few joints.

Any joints that are needed are not as easy to hide as with other materials, but if you’re searching for a raw, unique worktop, concrete could be the material for you.


Ceramic

Ceramic is a material that’s been used around the home for a long time, but only now is it beginning to be used for kitchen worktops.


Ceramic Kitchen

The fact that ceramic can withstand heat of up to 1000 degrees means it’ll handle hot pans without a problem. It’s also scratch resistant and available in many different colours and finishes. You can even use ceramic to mimic other materials like concrete or copper. Ceramic worktops are thin and sleek, perfect for a minimalist look. Their thin nature can make it difficult to add grooves for a draining board though, so your sink area is a consideration with this option.

If you’re looking for a beautiful and unique material, but don’t want to handle the maintenance associated with raw, natural materials, ceramic could be a fantastic choice for you.


Dekton

Dekton is a material you’ve probably never heard of. That’s because it’s a relatively new, man-made material, perfectly constructed for kitchen worktops.

Dekton is an incredibly durable material, resistant to stains, scratches and heat. It’s not just reliable though as, being man-made, Dekton is available in a range of colours and finishes. This means you can give your kitchen a truly individual look, creating something that’s personal to you.

You could go with a modern, gloss finish or a more classic and subtle mat. Opt for muted colours or be a little extravagant. It’s all totally in your control.

It’s unlikely you’ll come across anyone else with a Dekton worktop any time soon, but we think this could be a material that explodes in popularity; definitely one to watch.


In Summary…

If you begin to look beyond the usual, there are some truly amazing materials to choose from when it comes to creating your kitchen worktops. Taking a leap and opting for a less conventional material such as copper or concrete could be the one thing to elevate your kitchen design to new heights and introduce a real wow factor.

Are you thinking of including a feature worktop in your new kitchen? Get in touch with us and find out how we can help.