Kitchen Worktop Ideas: Mixing Materials
Whilst our main trade is in wooden worktops, using traditional timber doesn’t mean you can’t team up wood with other more contemporary materials in your kitchen.
In this information guide, we have collated some kitchen worktop ideas to help you combine the right materials from our range.
Combining Wood and Laminate in a Kitchen
If you are considering laminate worktops for your kitchen, but want an alternative surface for a kitchen island or breakfast bar, we recommend considering a wood worktop to complement almost any type of laminate decor.
In this combination, it is usually recommended that laminate is the primary surface, whilst wood is used as an attractive feature. You may, however, have other kitchen worktop ideas, and prefer to have solid wood worktops throughout the majority of the kitchen, whilst laminate worktops provide your kitchen’s centrepiece.
We recommend the following laminate worktops for a striking contrast against wood worktops:
Add Colour to Your Kitchen with Painted Doors
Whilst our wooden worktops are innately beautiful, thanks to their unique grain and natural colouration, it’s important to choose the right colours for your kitchen so that you do not end up with a sea of brown shades.
The easiest way to add colour to your kitchen is to paint your kitchen doors. Pastel shades of grey, green and blue are all popular hues that complement the look of solid wood, but some of these colours can leave your kitchen feeling a little cold.
Instead, consider richer colours such as deep yellows, purples, dark blues and reds to bring some punchy colour to your kitchen. These bright choices don’t have to adorn your entire kitchen – they can be used as a feature on kitchen island doors and drawers, wall cabinet doors or on other features such as end panels, pilasters or upstands.
Accessorise to Add New Materials to Your Kitchen
When looking for new kitchen worktop ideas, the addition of new materials in your kitchen doesn’t have to mean changing the worktops or cabinets. You can add style and distinct character with the help of accessories such as appliances, kitchenware, lighting fixtures, handles and knobs.
Copper has become a very popular material for use in contemporary kitchens, and combines especially well with darker kitchen worktop choices such as black American walnut, wenge or black oak.
Alternatively, use a dark timber alongside chrome or stainless steel fittings to create a high-contrast kitchen with a timeless theme. There is a huge variety of kitchen appliances and other stainless steel accessories to choose from, so this is one of the easier ways to mix up the materials in your kitchen.