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Wonderful worktops

Tips on how to jazz up an otherwise boring functional area — the kitchen.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:09 IST
Roma Arora

Choosing a kitchen worktop has never been so difficult. With so many choices in colour, material and appearance, it’s a task to find the right one for your kitchen.

Go natural
For those looking for something natural, durable and cost-effective, granite is the perfect answer for you. “Granite is classy and gives a rich look. It’s extremely hard wearing and difficult to scratch and stain,” says interior designer Priya Kakar.

The price range of granite starts anywhere from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000 per sq ft, depending on quality and thickness. Marble is available in a range of colours and is durable, heatproof and scratchproof. Solid wooden surfaces in oak and beech and glass tops are other options. But the problem with these is that the surface can wear off, go patchy or get scratched after a while.

Synthetic options
Laminate worktops available in matte, gloss and satin finish are becoming hugely popular. “They look fancy, fashionable and match any décor style, but unlike granite and marble, they cannot be used for chopping purpose. The price range starts from Rs 400 and can go up to Rs 1,600 per sq ft,” says Mukesh Kumar, managing director, Kanu Kitchen Kulture.

Corian is a synthetic material that comes in various colours, finishes and can be moulded seamlessly to any shape or thickness. But it loses its shine after two years. It’s cost can range from Rs 400 to Rs 1,200 per sq ft.

“Worktops are the most important feature for the kitchen. You have to live with them for years, so opt for basic and soothing colours such as grey, white, black or brown. Loud colours like red or yellow look good only in advertisements. You get bored from them very soon,” suggests Kumar.