Giving you the edge in the kitchen
By Gary Baker
The kitchen worktop is at the heart of every kitchen. It is one of the most visible features so it is well worth spending money here. When you take a look at the Furniture Industry Research Association’s (FIRA) website they state that –
“Kitchen worktops are a very important part of your kitchen; possibly the most important, as they will take the brunt of the wear and tear and come into regular contact with water, fats, juices, oils, hot pots and pans, as well as knives and other utensils. Buy the best and most durable you can afford. Note that not all worktops are equally durable and you may still need to use worktop savers such as trivets or chopping boards to prevent damage to them. There are numerous options not only in terms of construction but also in appearance.”
Good advice from an organisation that spends its time looking into the quality of furniture products.
Coming over all edgy
The choice of material used for your worktop will come down to many factors – price, visual aesthetic, importance of durability etc. but one of the key areas of design that is often overlooked is how the look and feel of the worktop can be affected greatly by the edge finish you choose. Some materials are more flexible in terms of being able to offer a greater variety of edge finishes.
Often luxury can be conveyed, for example, by having a very thick (70-100mm) downturn edge. There is a move in more contemporary kitchens to a minimalistic thin edge of 12-15mm that gives a completely different feel to the kitchen top.
In the photograph above, a sharp, shark’s nose edge cuts back from the surface to lend a sleek and modern feel to this Glacier White Corian® worktop from Holloways of Ludlow.
By contrast, in this kitchen above by Cimitree, Bone Corian® has been fabricated by Wharf Solid Surface with a thick, rounded edge that, combined with the colour scheme, lends a much softer feel to the whole kitchen.
A practical edge
A lot about of what we want to see in the kitchen comes down to the look and feel; however, the worktop, as acknowledged above, is at the heart of the work element that goes on in the kitchen. The worktop needs to be practical and help you cook and live in it. Below is an example of a waterfall edge which works well around the sink area to ensure that splashing water is retained on the surface rather than spilling all over the floor. As can be seen, just because it works well, doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice a nice visual look at the same time.
Raising your profile
There is a large array of edge profiles available, including using inlays to add colour variety to the look you are trying to achieve. Edging details do not have to be contemporary at all either – a country look for example can be enhanced by choosing a more intricate edge profile.
It’s a small part of the kitchen but one not to be ignored – the edge that you go for on your kitchen worktop can go a long way to ensuring that you end up with the look and feel you are after. Make sure you give yourself the edge in your own kitchen…