Saturday, 30 October 2010

Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops



It has been argued by kitchen design experts that kitchen countertops take more beatings from users than even the kitchen floor. While the kitchen floor takes abuse from stomping feet, pointy high heels, and occasional food spillovers, kitchen countertop are battered by sizzling hot pots, harsh cleaning solutions, abrasive hard scrubbing, and cold scratching from bottom of kitchen countertop appliances. As one of the largest single areas of kitchen d├ęcor, the look and feel of the kitchen countertop material also has a dramatic effect on kitchen aesthetics. Moreover, replacing the kitchen countertop is no easy task, even when compared to replacement of kitchen floors. There are much heavy lifting, in addition to proper cutting, setting, and support. Thus, the best value in kitchen countertop material must consider not only the price, but also durability, aesthetics, and installation/maintenance.

There are many available different countertop materials available:

Granite, marble, and soapstone are all extremely durable and have the beauty of natural stones. They also come in a variety of colors and patterns to match well with most kitchens. However, they tend to be expensive and require proper sealing to prevent discoloration over time.


On the other end of the scale, laminates and ceramic tiles are much more affordable. However, they have a decidedly more modest look and feel, when compared to the upscale granite, marble, and soapstone countertops. Furthermore, while they are fairly easy to clean, they tend to chip, scratch, and stain very easily.

There are also countertop materials for specialized applications, such as stainless steel and concrete countertops. Stainless steel is extremely durable and easy to clean. However, because it has an emphatically industrial look, it is most suitable for contemporary-looking kitchens. Stainless Steel also suffers from susceptibility to inadvertent dents and that occasional irritating metal-scratching noise. High cost is also an issue for stainless steel countertops. Concrete countertops are typically custom cast right in the kitchen, so they are especially good for creating custom-shaped countertops. Concrete are mostly heat- and scratch-resistant, but some cracking is possible. In terms of style, it has a distinctly exotic and unusual look, but the need for custom-casting put it beyond most people’s budget.

And, finally, there is the best value in kitchen countertop material -- the engineered stone. Not only is the engineered stone just as stain-, scratch-, and heat-resistant as the expensive granite and marble counters, it also requires minimal maintenance and comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures to match well with virtually any kitchen style. Yet, it is considerably more affordable than either granite or marble.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Cherry Kitchens

Cherry Kitchens

Cherry kitchen cabinets can give kitchens a rich and expensive look. Solid chery kitchen cabinets are long-lasting, yet they're often less expensive than other hardwood kitchen units.















Cherry Kitchen Photos

Cherry Kitchen Photos












Wenge Kitchens

Wenge Kitchens

Wenge is an extremely dense and dark hardwood with a close grain of nearly black separated by dark brown grains. It is a most beautiful wood and looks beautiful as both kitchen cabinets and kitchen worktops. A wenge kitchen says luxury and charm. Wenge modern kitchens look fantastic hence the growing trend in wenge kitchens.
















Walnut Kitchen Photos

Walnut Kitchen Photos

Walnut will inject a shot of sophistication into your kitchen design with its distinctive colour. Walnut Kitchens look great and can in various kitchen styles. Whether it is a modern or classic kitchen walnut kitchens are an excellent choice.














Walnut Kitchen

Walnut Kitchen

Walnut is a warm, beautiful material for kitchen cabinets. Walnut wood makes kitchen cabinets look not only classy but expensive and luxurious. Granite worktops complement walnut units delightfully.















Teak Kitchen Photos

Teak Kitchen Photos

Teak was never a wood that i was great fan of. I have always preferred walnut, wenge, pine and oak. However, in my hunger to learn more about kitchen designs and all things kitchen I found some of the most beautiful kitchen units made in this wood. Modern teak kitchens are some of the most beautiful kitchens in my humble opinion.

















Bamboo Kitchen Photos

Bamboo Kitchen Photos

Bamboo makes beautiful products and that includes Bamboo Kitchens. I really want a bamboo kitchen soon. I love the versality of Bamboo especially in kitchen design.