The benchtop breakdown

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marble waterfall countertop on this kitchen island--image via Amy BentonCreating the perfect kitchen for entertaining involves establishing the right layout and the best materials and appliances. Whether you’re renovating or updating your home, choosing a new benchtop will impact on both the look and feel of your kitchen. Let’s look at some of the most popular choices.

Laminate

Laminate is the budget benchtop option and is the perfect option for updating a property or holiday home that doesn’t rely on needing the most sophisticated finish. Durable and affordable, laminate comes in hundreds of colours that will match any kitchen interior.

Like the stainless steel benchtop and marble splashback - different cabinets thoughStainless steel

Fancy yourself the next MasterChef? Then how about adding a chef-style stainless steel benchtop to your home? As well as being easy to keep clean, stainless steel is great if your kitchen lacks light and can create a lovely textural contrast against dark cupboards or stone flooring.

Caesarstone "Black Rocks" for kitchen benchtops (no waterfall edge though)Caesarstone

With a diverse colour range that varies from buttermilk to vanilla noir, Caesarstone is a durable investment that will stand the test of time. Prices vary depending on the finish – Classico, Motivo and Concetto are all priced differently and each one has a distinctive look. Although it’s not your cheapest option, Caesarstone provides a classic finish that will look as good in 10 years as it does today.

Marble versus granite

Both these options are hard-wearing and will last a lifetime. Marble is known to stain, although sealing it can help; if you opt for a darker colour, you won’t notice anyway. Granite tends to have a more one-dimensional tone, so the main difference between these two stone tops is the effect – marbled and classy, or solid and dependable. The choice is yours!

Medium Plenty introduce warmth with wood countertop in kitchen island, RemodelistaTimber

If you have wooden flooring, a matching benchtop can add a rustic or Balinese touch. Although timber benchtops do require a bit of maintenance (ideally you should oil them annually), they make cutting a sink hole relatively easy compared to stone. If you shop around, you should be able to pick up a good piece of timber at a reasonable price.

Adding a new benchtop can transform the entire vibe of your kitchen. Make it an investment that you’re happy with by selecting a benchtop that accentuates the style of your home and suits your budget.

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