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Should you go for traditional or modern styling?

It’s a never-ending style battle between the classic look of traditional kitchens and the sleek, modern design of contemporary spaces—and with our new laminate worktops, we’ve given you a choice of both. In this blog post, we’ll explore our new décors and take a closer look at how and when to use naturally inspired materials compared to modern styles.

Classic and Traditional – Nature-inspired Surfaces

Natural materials are a timeless aesthetic for worktops as they effortlessly add beauty and wonderment to a kitchen and fit into a variety of colour schemes, either as a centrepiece or a muted background tone. With our new range of laminate worktops, this nature–inspired style is more attainable than ever thanks to their stunning wood and stone décors.

Perfect for those looking to create a rugged, earthy look inspired by Scandinavian kitchens or an organic appearance accented with greenery, these laminates beautifully replicate the natural world.

Rab Oak

Featuring a weathered and characterful grain pattern, our Rab Oak décor features a cool brown and grey planked wood effect for a rugged and classic aesthetic with a 22mm square edge profile. Combined with a wooden heart texture, this surface looks and feels like real wood combined with the practicality of laminate.

Pokhara Marble

With thin light-brown veins trickling through the stone effect surface, our new Pokhara Marble laminate worktop features a mix of beige and white to beautifully replicate the intricacies of natural marble. Complete with a smooth matt finish, this surface serves as a statement addition to your kitchen by adding a touch of luxury.

Minos Stone

The Minos Stone décor has been designed to look like cut mineral deposits of real stone with nude–toned veining snaking across the surface. These smooth matt grey stone effect worktops are a luxurious addition to any kitchen, fitting well with homes that feature plenty of natural materials.

Sleek and Modern — Sparkling Glamour

On the flipside of traditional comes sleek and lustrous modern colours, reserved enough to remain in the background yet still able to make a statement. Sparkling laminates are incredibly popular and with our new collection of Andromeda laminate worktops, we’ve added even more luxury to these already opulent surfaces.

Luxe Andromeda

Available in three colours–an elegant White, a stylish Black and a muted Grey–our new slimline 22mm Luxe Andromeda collection come with a contemporary square edge profile and a smooth matt finish. Aimed at those striving for a modern aesthetic, these laminate worktops feature large iridescent metallic flakes and sprinkled glitter to catch the light and make your kitchen sparkle.

Pair these surfaces with colour-contrasting handleless cabinetry and minimalist accessories for a clean and sleek design. Try matching the Luxe Black Andromeda worktops with light and bright cabinets and Luxe White Andromeda can be done with the reverse, charcoal cabinets and a black sink. Luxe Grey Andromeda opens up the options for you to experiment with a large range of cabinets and perhaps even add a pop of colour elsewhere in your kitchen.

For more styling tips, check out our Top 3 Colour Schemes to Complement a Black Sparkle Kitchen Worktop and How to Style White Kitchen Worktops style guides.

Grey Haze Andromeda

These worktops feature a white and grey mottled décor, embellished with the same light-catching metallic flakes as the Luxe collection. With their high-gloss finish, square edge profile and neutral tones, these worktops make the perfect centrepiece for any modern kitchen, allowing you to add a burst of colour via your kitchen cupboards and accessories.

What’s your style of choice? Do you prefer the traditional natural look or are you more taken by the sleek, modern styling? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for even more style tips and subscribe to our newsletter for updates and information about new products, special offers and competitions.

As our range of laminate worktops continues to expand, we have seen our range of sparkly worktops emerge as a clear favourite amongst customers. Whether you’re looking for a grey sparkle worktop, black sparkle worktop or white sparkle worktop, these continue to be some of the most popular choices for contemporary kitchens.

With a reflective gloss surface, these kitchen worktops are the perfect choice for modern settings, and feature real metallic flakes that sparkle against a grey background under both artificial and natural light.

We’ve picked out three stylish colour schemes to help inspire your new kitchen design using our grey sparkle Andromeda kitchen worktops:

Glossy white cabinets are a perfect choice for complementing a grey sparkle worktop.

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Glossy white cabinets are a perfect choice for complementing a grey sparkle worktop.

These grey worktops look modern against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.

These grey worktops look modern against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.

Add a decorative feature to your kitchen with matching a grey sparkle laminate kitchen splashback.

Add a decorative feature to your kitchen with matching a grey sparkle laminate kitchen splashback. “

This white and chrome Reginox Genesis tap can be paired together with our grey Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.

This white and chrome Reginox Genesis tap can be paired together with our grey Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.

A grey sparkle kitchen worktop can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to enhance an unmistakably modern look.

A grey sparkle kitchen worktop can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to enhance an unmistakably modern look.

Lighting is also key in a grey and white kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.

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Lighting is also key in a grey and white kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

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Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

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Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

If your looking for more inspiration for using a grey sparkle worktop – or any of the other glittering surfaces in our collection – take a look at our laminate worktops gallery. Alternatively, you can view samples of this surface at any of the Worktop Express showrooms.

There is a wide selection of laminate worktops to choose from in our collection, and whilst many have a smooth edge profile, we know a number of our customers are looking for a kitchen surface with a square edge profile to suit their interior aesthetic.

When our range was initially launched, we had the following three square edge worktop options available:

Grey Oak Laminate Worktops

Grey Oak Laminate Worktops

Cypress Cinnamon Laminate Worktops

Cypress Cinnamon Laminate Worktops

Black Gloss Constellation Laminate Worktops

Black Gloss Constellation Laminate Worktops

A square edge profile on a wood or stone effect surface will often enhance the realistic look of the décor, creating a more luxurious look at a much lower cost.

To expand our range, we have recently added three new types of laminate worktop with a square edge profile:

Black Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

Black Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

White Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

White Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

Rustic Oak Laminate Worktops

Rustic Oak Laminate Worktops

Both the black and white sparkle square edge worktop are additions that complement the existing options in our black Andromeda and white Andromeda ranges, featuring a 6mm post-form edge. Our new full stave rustic oak worktops, however are an entirely new laminate décor that is perfectly suited to kitchens with a traditional design.

If you’d like to see any of these laminate worktops for yourself, visit one of the Worktop Express showrooms or order one of our laminate worktop sample packs for just £5 including fast delivery.

Our range of laminate worktops is regularly expanding, however one of the original decors in our range – Black Sparkle laminate worktops – still proves to be one of the most popular choices in the collection.

These gloss kitchen worktops are the perfect choice for contemporary kitchens, featuring real metallic flakes that sparkle against a black background whether under artificial or natural light.

We’ve picked out the following three colour schemes to help inspire your new kitchen design if using our Black Sparkle Andromeda kitchen worktops:

The monochrome look is a perfect kitchen theme for complementing Black Sparkle laminate worktops.The monochrome look is a perfect kitchen theme for complementing Black Sparkle laminate worktops.

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Black Sparkle worktops stand out against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.Black Sparkle worktops stand out against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.
Glossy white cabinets are a perfect match for creating a high-contrast kitchen with our Black Sparkle worktops.Glossy white cabinets are a perfect match for creating a high-contrast kitchen with our Black Sparkle worktops.

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Chrome appliances and accessories can be paired together with our Black Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.Chrome appliances and accessories can be paired together with our Black Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.

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Our Black Sparkle kitchen worktops can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to create an unmistakable modern look.Our Black Sparkle kitchen worktops can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to create an unmistakable modern look.
Lighting is also key in a black and chrome kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.Lighting is also key in a black and chrome kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.

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Bold colours can look superb alongside Black Sparkle worktops. Consider dark blues, bold oranges or vibrant yellows on cabinets or a feature wall.Bold colours can look superb alongside Black Sparkle worktops. Consider dark blues, bold oranges or vibrant yellows on cabinets or a feature wall.

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Too much reliance on white and black can look sterile – don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour alongside Black Sparkle laminate worktops.Too much reliance on white and black can look sterile – don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour alongside Black Sparkle laminate worktops.
Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

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If you’re looking for more inspiration for using these glittering surfaces in your new kitchen, take a look at our laminate worktops gallery. Alternatively, you can view samples of this surface at any of the Worktop Express Showrooms.

At Worktop Express we now offer an enviable selection of laminate kitchen worktops including many stone, wood and quartz-effect surfaces. With such a large selection of colours, finishes and edge profiles, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favourite. This month we have chosen a wood-effect laminate as our ‘Worktop of the Month’: Coco Bolo.

This attractive laminate surface is reminiscent of a lighter version of our solid wood zebrano worktops, and has an extra matt textured finish that makes it feel more realistic than some other wood-effect laminate worktops.

Coco Bolo laminate kitchen worktops are textured to recreate the feel of real timber

Like the other laminate kitchen worktops in our collection, these Coco Bolo worktops are made in the UK and have received the FIRA Gold Award for product excellence. This mark of quality recognises that these surfaces have been independently evaluated and tested by furniture industry experts.

Our laminate worktops are made using sustainable composite fibreboard, which is then wrapped in a decorative sheet and a clear laminate overlay. These layers are bonded together to create an extremely hardwearing surface that is also highly resistant to water and stains.

These affordable laminate worktops are a great fit for a variety of contemporary kitchen settings, but if you can’t decide whether they might be the right choice for your new kitchen, why not order our laminate worktop sample pack? This pack includes each of the laminate surfaces in our collection and is priced at just £5 with fast courier delivery. Furthermore, if you go on to purchase any of our worktops, we will happily refund the sample pack cost.

Following the launch of our new range of laminate worktops, we wanted to remind you that – alongside these superb new decors – there are many other 4 metre worktops in our collection.

Whether you are looking to create an extra-large kitchen countertop, breakfast bar or a desk for the home or office, these 4.1 metre laminate worktops create a vast, seamless surface that is both hardwearing and incredibly affordable.

There are many other 4 metre worktops in our collection, including our entire range of solid wood worktops. Whichever style of kitchen you possess – big or small, contemporary or traditional – Worktop Express has a surface to suit your needs.

If you’d like to take a closer look at any of the worktops in our collection, simply head to your local worktops showroom, or order one of our worktop samples.

Worktops are needed in many areas throughout the home – not just the kitchen! Our new collection of laminate bathroom worktops features a variety of surfaces that have been chosen specially to suit a range of bathroom themes.

These laminate bathroom worktops are manufactured to very high standards, and are hard-wearing, low maintenance, and resistant to both water and scratches.

All laminate bathroom countertops measure 2 metres in length and are 28mm thick, though these can be cut to size by our worktop fabrication team, who can also make tap hole cut-outs and much more besides.

Visit our laminate worktops page to see the great additions to our range

In addition to this comprehensive range, we offer an impressive collection of high-quality laminate kitchen worktops, which features a wide selection of colours and designs. Four new designs have just been introduced:

Our Black Quartz worktops are a highly-affordable alternative to real quartz worktops.
These Glacial Storm laminate kitchen worktops are perfect for brightening a modern kitchen
Ipanema Grey recreates the look of natural stone with a semi-gloss finish that’s easy to clean.”
These brushed steel laminate worktops replicate the look of stainless steel at an affordable price

Our expansive range of laminate worktops has been collated to provide options for any taste, budget and style of home. These surfaces are both highly durable and easy to clean, making them a particularly low-maintenance worktop choice for any setting.

Laminate worktops in a range of sizes are available with next-day 2Man delivery. If you’d like to take a closer look at the items in our range, we recommend you purchase a laminate worktop sample pack before placing your order. These are priced at just £5 – a cost that can be refunded if you go on to order a worktop from us.

Transform your home for less with laminate surfaces from Worktop Express®.

Over the last year we have introduced many laminate surfaces, including a variety of gloss worktops that are a superb choice for contemporary kitchens.

Today on the blog we have put together some perfect style sets for utilising high-gloss kitchen worktops in your home.

Black Sparkle Andromeda

Consider glossy black appliances against bright, white cabinets to create a high-contrast look.

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Our black sparkle laminate countertops are among the most popular gloss worktops in our collection. These deep black surfaces feature flecks of real metal that shimmer under bright lighting, and are a superb match for kitchens featuring ultra-modern stainless steel appliances. Mix this high-gloss contemporary worktop with a trendy shade of grey (such as Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray) to create a truly modern kitchen theme.

Black Gloss – Constellation

Add a splash of colour to your contemporary white kitchen by including a range of red appliances and accessories.

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Consider our black gloss laminate worktops in a high-contrast, ultra-modern kitchen design. These gloss worktops have a contemporary square edge profile, are highly reflective, and are a perfect choice alongside brilliant white cabinet frontals, black appliances and walls painted in a clean shade like Farrow & Ball’s All White.

White Sparkle Andromeda

Add a splash of colour to your contemporary white kitchen by including a range of red appliances and accessories.

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Combine shiny black and white subway tiles on your kitchen walls to complement white gloss worktops.

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Want to achieve the high-contrast look whilst retaining a light and bright feel in your kitchen? Consider our white sparkle laminate worktops. These surfaces feature real metallic flakes that sparkle in bright lighting or natural daylight, and look superb alongside splashes of colour and other gloss kitchen décor such as black and white subway tiling.

Have you used laminate gloss worktops in your kitchen? We’d love to see the results. Share the photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll display the very best to our followers.

To take a closer look at these gloss worktops – or any of the other surfaces in our collection – head to one of our worktop showrooms or order one of our worktop samples today!

Since their introduction, our range of laminate worktops have been positively flying out of our warehouse; and with such a wide selection of colours, finishes and edge profiles on offer, it’s certainly difficult to pick a favourite. This month – for the first time ever – we have chosen one of these laminates as our ‘Worktop of the Month’: black gloss laminate worktops.

Constellation black gloss laminate worktops novembers worktop of the month

These attractive laminate worktops have a subtle, mottled appearance known as ‘Constellation’, which is covered in a glossy laminate overlay: a finish that is incredibly easy to clean with warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

Like the other laminate kitchen countertops in our collection, Constellation worktops have received the FIRA Gold Award for product excellence. This recognised mark of quality shows that these black gloss worktops have been independently tested and evaluated by furniture industry experts.

Our laminate worktops are made in the UK from sustainable composite fibreboard, which is wrapped in a decorative sheet before being covered in a clear laminate overlay. These layers are bonded together under high heat and pressure to create an incredibly robust and hard-wearing surface that is highly resistant to water and stains.

If you think these affordable laminate worktops might be the right choice for your new kitchen, why not order our laminate worktop sample pack? This pack includes a sample of each laminate surface in our collection and costs just £5 with next-day courier delivery. Furthermore, if you go on to order one of our laminate worktops, we will happily refund the cost – an unmissable bargain!

You may already know that a few months ago we launched a brand new range of laminate worktops; what you may not know is that this new collection of low-maintenance kitchen worktops has proven to be extremely popular – so much so that we’re now delighted to announce its expansion to include a variety of attractive new styles and finishes!

This exciting new product launch includes laminate worktops with wood-effect, granite-effect and marble-effect designs. You will also find cutting-edge AEON™ worktops in our latest offering: this is a brand new way of making laminate worktops, using enhanced-performance technology to produce surfaces that have three to five times the resistance to wear, scuffs, and scratches when compared to the industry standard. These premium surfaces are extra resilient, and are designed to look new for longer.

Marble-effect surfaces have rocketed to the top of the list when it comes to current interior trends, and we are delighted to now offer a beautiful selection of Calcutta Marble laminate worktops, which are part of our hard-wearing AEON range.

Colmar Oak - oak effect laminate worktops.
Calcutta Marble – marble effect, AEON laminate worktops.
Winter Carnival – Brazilian granite effect, AEON laminate worktops.

Other styles – such as our Winter Carnival granite-effect worktops, which features a large-scale Brazilian granite design – have a high-definition ‘mirage’ finish that combines matt and gloss finishes for an even more realistic effect.

If you fancy updating your kitchen with a wood-effect work surface, our beautiful Colmar Oak worktops and Coco Bolo worktops leave nothing to be desired – they are very durable, and feature a high-definition wood-grain design.

Like our existing collection of laminate surfaces, all new styles are available with a 900mm-wide breakfast bar option and are supplied with two coordinating edging strips. We have also launched a laminate worktop cutting service, allowing our customers to order their laminate kitchen surfaces with customisations such as cut to size, hob cut-outs, sink cut-outs and tap holes.

Don’t forget, this fresh collection of quality laminate surfaces are all made with FSC-certified chipboard and have been awarded FIRA Gold certification for product excellence.

If you simply can’t decide which style is your favourite, why not order our laminate worktop sample pack?