Two of the most popular surface materials this season are concrete and timber.
Here’s a checklist of the pros and cons of both, for you to decide on which suits you best.
Concrete has a hard, industrial vibe to it, which is very in this season.
Additionally, it is incredibly hardwearing and long lasting.
If you want something that is going to stand the tests of time, then it should be concrete.
Unlike some work surfaces, you will be able to place hot pans and hefty equipment onto concrete and it will not chip, burn, stain or in other way be damaged. You can’t say that about all work surfaces.
Strong and practical, there is a lot to commend concrete and on top of this, it is easily cleaned with soapy water.
Not exactly a ‘con’, but any concrete surface is going to need proper sealing before it can be used. This because it is very porous and you have to stop cracks and bacteria from taking hold in it.
This is something that will need to be repeated approximately every year to three.
Concrete surfaces should also be expertly installed with someone who knows how to do the joins properly – it is not something to trust amateurs to or to try and do yourself.
Concrete is a classy look for any kitchen or bathroom surface.
It works well with a soft timber and neutral tones, to soften its hard edge.
Also, you could consider pairing it with a marble look or design, to tone down the harshness of its effect.
Alternatively, its industrial look could be played up with distressed looking wood surfaces and metallic lighting.
The choice is yours!
If you are hoping for a country style kitchen or even a modern looking kitchen diner, then timber makes an excellent choice.
Timber gives any room a warmer feel – something that you are not going to get with concrete or stone.
It also gives a warm ambience to the décor. It is natural and projects an earthiness and homeliness that might be lacking with concrete.
Wooden units and worktops make a particularly friendly and welcoming look to a kitchen and makes it suitable for a farmhouse or lively family home.
Wood can also be environmentally friendly and gives the option to use recycled materials. This can also make it cheaper than some other options available.
Timber is often something that you can do yourself, if you have the carpentry skills and the will to do it.
An old timber work surface can also be recycled after it has had its useful life in your kitchen and be used to make other items, such as window frames or shelving.
Because wood is soft, it is far more prone to damage.
This is naturally a concern for any kitchen surface. It is likely to be scratched or damaged by splashes and heat.
However, this does not mean that you should not choose it for your kitchen or other surface areas. It just means that it needs careful looking after.
The good thing about wood is that it can be sanded down to remove any flaws and then re glossed at regular intervals.
This is probably a job that you could take on yourself, if you wanted to do it. Since it is a task that you might find yourself needing to do fairly frequently (possibly up to three times a year) it is something you might decide to attempt.
Wood goes well with monochrome tiling – both on the walls and floors. This can create a bathroom or kitchen with a modern, but also homely vibe.
Alternatively, it works just as well with pastel shades.
Both concrete and timber make great choices for your new surfaces – which you pick depends on the look you are trying to create!Read More