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Trends exist through a continuous pattern of innovation and emulation. With the growth of visual social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest alongside contemporary television makeover programmes, the want for aesthetic and current homes is very prominent. The kitchen, for many, is the beating heart of any home - a space where we spend a lot of time, which is why its design is so crucial. Desired attributes and aspects alternate yearly and sometimes even monthly as trends adapt and change. In today’s blog, we will be observing the kitchen trends predicted for this year - 2021


Dark Surfaces


The trend for dark kitchen worktops has emerged due to the demand and popularity of two-tone kitchens. Dark worktops can be offset by using light furniture to add a sense of luxury and urbanity. Dark shades such as black, charcoal, ebony and dark grey, when utilised on worktops, can often make a room feel inviting and fresh.



Embracing Solid Surfaces


Solid surfaces are at the peak of popularity going into 2021. The material boasts a timeless look and is a non-porous homogeneous product. Different types of solid surfaces include quartz and granite, which can be custom designed to suit specific design preferences. Positive characteristics of solid surfaces include -


  • Durability

  • Easily maintained

  • Scratch and stain-resistant

  • Heat-resistant


Standout solid surfaces for 2021 look to include white marble-like quartz counters in white, grey and other cool-toned hues with neutral undertones.



Waterfall Countertops


A waterfall countertop is characterised by their vertical drop down the sides instead of stopping abruptly at the edge of the island, creating a continuous flow which links the floor to the island in a fluid transition. Waterfall countertops can help tie a room together, by creating a sleek and elegant flowing look - if you’re a fan of clean lines a waterfall countertop is for you.


Waterfall countertops have been favoured for years, however, their rising popularity makes it onto our 2021 kitchen trends list.


Geometric Splashbacks



Splashbacks are a practical addition to any kitchen. They can often help bind any room together and also be personalised to suit design requirements. In recent months geometric shapes have dominated the interior styling world, allowing designers to be as creative or simple as they wish.


From simple monochrome triangles and squares to complex lines and patterns, these characteristics can make a significant difference in the kitchen. Intricate and bright mosaic tiles can make a splashback look unique and is perfect incorporation for a rustic style of kitchen.


We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our 2021 kitchen predictions. If you would like more information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 4477440 to chat with a team member. Or why not browse our portfolio to see some of our previous work https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio





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In recent years quartz has become a leading choice for kitchen worktops. Quartz worktops are manufactured by blending pulverised natural stone aggregate with a blend of polymers, the air is then removed, and the material is heated and shaped into slabs which have both the hardness and appearance of natural stone. The engineered material offers a lot of positive attributes, including durability and practically zero maintenance.


Whether you’re remodelling your kitchen or building a new one from scratch; choosing the right material for your worktops is crucial. Below we have outlined five benefits of incorporating quartz worktops into your kitchen, if you’re considering quartz but are unsure if it’s the right material for you, we hope this article can help.





Durability


Quartz is a human-made material composed of natural stone bound with polymer resins; the result of this manufacturing process makes quartz a nearly indestructible worktop material, which is built to last


When compared to other worktop materials, quartz is less likely to chip or crack and doesn’t require sealing or resealing overtime. Quartz surfaces have four times the flexural strength and double the impact resistance of granite, making them stronger and tougher. Additionally, engineered quartz is designed to specifically combat corrosion and imperfections, which can occur from cooking oil, cleaning products and other liquids.

Appearance


Another advantage of quartz is its wide variety of design possibilities. As it is an engineered material, quartz is available in more colours than both granite or stone. During the manufacturing process, pigments can be added to change the colour and achieve your desired look subtly.


Quartz also has an exquisite and sophisticated appearance. It consists of no less than 90% inorganic materials, and although human-made has the feel and weight of natural stone due to colour consistency.


Non-Porous


Quartz is a non-porous material which means that it is incredibly resistant to stains in comparison to other materials such as granite, concrete or marble. Classic quartz worktops will never hold onto any liquids, which makes it perfect for areas such kitchens where there is likely to be a lot of spillages during food preparation. The material stands up to juice, oil, wine, coffee and other sources of household stains which helps make cleaning easy and stress-free.






Hygenic


Quartz worktops are non-porous meaning that there is nowhere for bacteria to hide, the stone works at preventing the growth of germs and bacteria on the surfaces which results in an excellent and hygienic worktop for any kitchen. The material is also straightforward to clean - all is required to sanitise the surface is warm water, a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to wipe it down.


Although quartz is stain resistant, we recommend to wipe up any spillages immediately as highly acidic materials can discolour the stone.


Heat Resistant


Another bonus of having quartz stone for your kitchen worktops is that it is resistant to heat. The stone can withstand extreme heats as long as it does not exceed over 150 degrees. However, we still advise using heat pads when placing hot items such as pots or pans directly onto the surface to minimise the risk of permanently damaging the worktops.




Quartz worktops are a stylish and practical addition to any kitchen. Browse our portfolio to see some of our previous work https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio or contact us today on 0191 4477440 to chat with a member of our team.






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Solid surface countertops are a great addition to any kitchen. Given their adaptability, durability, and low porosity, solid surfaces are easily cleaned and restored, demanding minor maintenance compared to alternative materials.


Solid surface’s extremely low porosity keeps bacteria away. Therefore, they do not require excessive cleaning and preservation; however, the surface can become damaged over time if ill-treated. Below we have created tips that aim to help you maintain your countertops.




Maintaining Solid Surface Countertops


Scratches - To prevent countertops from damage, we recommend using a chopping board during food preparation. This will prevent any unwanted scratches from appearing on your surface.


Heat Marks & Scorching - Never put hot pans directly onto your solid surface countertop; such heat can damage any surface. Instead, use a heat protection pad when placing hot pans onto your worktops, or alternatively leave cookware to fully cool first.


Chemical Spillage - Accidental spills of strong chemicals such as paint stripper or oven cleaner should be immediately rinsed away with soapy water to steer clear from damaging your countertop. A non-acetone based remover and water can be used to treat nail varnish spills. However, undetected or prolonged exposure to chemicals may result in your surface becoming damaged.


How to Clean Solid Surface Countertops


Everyday spills and dirt can be effortlessly cleaned away with a damp sponge followed by being dried with a soft cloth, which helps prevent spotting. Although liquids cannot penetrate solid surfaces, it is best to wipe them up as they occur.


For basic household stains, repeat the above steps using a non-abrasive cleaner and microfiber cloth. Gently scrub the stained area in small circular motions and wipe dry with a cloth. A film layer can build up on solid surface countertops if the water is left to dry on the surface without being wiped up. This film will dull the surface and make the finish appear blotchy and uneven. Therefore, to prevent a film build-up, you must remember to wipe your countertops completely dry immediately to avoid unwanted damage.


Solid surface countertops are a reliable and practical addition to any kitchen. If you would like more information or advice, do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 4477440, to chat with a team member. Or why not browse our portfolio to see some of our previous works https://www.rosurfaces.co.uk/porfolio




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