If you are thinking about buying a new kitchen or even giving your current one a makeover, then there is seemingly an endless amount of factors that you need to consider, one of the main ones being the type of worktop you are going to use in your kitchen. Far from being just a surface on which to place things or prepare food, a worktop is an essential part of the aesthetic of your kitchen, so the choice must be made very carefully. Here are some things to consider when making the choice: Subtle Shades There is a huge variety of colours that you can choose for your worktop, and subtle shades can be a fantastic choice. The natural hues of materials such as quartz or granite can add an unassuming level of beauty to your kitchen. The worktop is a very striking and noticeable element of your kitchen, and as such it can either enhance the other colours of the room or it can also clash with them. Don’t underestimate the impact your choice of worktop colour can have on the overall theme of your kitchen. Patterns One of the features that makes quartz and granite worktops such a popular choice for kitchens is the unique patterns that feature in them. The flecks and lines that adorn the granite and quartz slabs are never the same between two pieces, so you can be sure that you are getting an extra element of individuality when you opt for these materials. White Worktops Minimalism is a very popular trend with kitchens, particularly those of a contemporary design. For smaller kitchens, it can create an impression of extra spaciousness, which is ideal for when you are entertaining guests and you don’t want them to feel cramped. White worktops can also serve as something of a canvas for other elements of your kitchen such as cabinets, appliances, sinks and taps. Easy to Clean Stone worktops bring with them a number of benefits, but aside from the aesthetic value of the material, they are also very easy to clean. Whereas laminate or wooden surfaces may soak up liquids, for example, a simple wipe down of a granite, quartz surface and it will be restored to a clean and sparkling condition. Couple this with the resilient nature of the stone and you will have a worktop that is easy to clean and very difficult to damage. Here at Touchstone Worktops, we are proud to supply our customers with the finest quartz, granite and natural stone surfaces from the world’s leading manufacturers. Stocking beautiful worktops from the likes of Silestone, Caesarstone, Dekton and Cosentino, we have absolutely everything you need to create the perfect kitchen or bathroom surface. For more information, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you.