By Roelf Nel

How to choose a Kitchen Worktop

Are you planning a makeover for your kitchen? You have the design configured, the finish for the cupboards selected, but you are still considering what worktops you could use. There are so many options available including stone, quartz composites, corian and glass, and some old favourites like wood and stainless steel. Here are 3 options to consider.

If you are considering a traditionally styled kitchen, then consider oak, maple and beech. Bamboo, wenge and Iroko helps create a more contemporary style. Since it is a natural material, each piece will vary in grain and tone. Wood worktops develop a patina and character with use. Wood requires more high maintenance than other materials, as it will require regular oiling (at least every three months), but the results are certainly worth it. Wood surfaces are best used for food preparation and dining areas, for example, islands and breakfast bars. Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink as they have a high oil content and are water resistant.

A popular choose is Granite worktops because they are both strong and durable. For the keen bakers, these cold surfaces are perfect for pastry making. Each slab of granite will be unique, as it is a natural stone, so expect different veining and colour from the samples you see. Granite tops are best used in any area of the kitchen, including next to the hob or oven and around the sink. It’s a luxury material that never falls out of fashion and suits traditional and modern styles. Choose from a classic polished finish, or a honed matt for a more contemporary look.

Consider using glass countertops if you want to create a clean, modern feel. The reflective surface makes it useful as a feature worktop in small kitchens to increase the feeling of space. Glass tops are durable and are extremely sanitary because glass is nonporous and easy to clean. It is best used around the sink or for focal-point breakfast bars.

Kitchen tops finish off the style you are creating. You want a top that is durable, attractive and easily maintained.

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By Roelf Nel

The Laundry Room

The laundry room is the new bathroom, an essential room, the workhorse space in our homes that gets used every day.  The only purpose is not just washing clothes, but also as a craft room, kitchen pantry and maybe even an office?

So should this room just look functional or can you create a stylish room and a happy space?

  • The laundry room is the perfect place to take a style risk with a bolder hue than you might choose for a kitchen appliance. Have fun with it. Go beyond basic white and indulge in a bright red, orange, or blue washer and dryer set. The splash of colour will make the room more inviting, and doing laundry won’t seem quite so tedious. Alternatively, stick to white or metallic appliances and add colour to the walls using wallpaper and colourful paint.
  • To save on space, use stacking kits to safely attach your front-loading washer and dryer. You’ll free up space for other laundry essentials like a folding table, ironing board or a drying rack.
  • Have a dedicated cabinet or cupboard to house laundry detergents and supplies, so that they are easy to get to when needed. Include a cabinet that allows you to fold down or pull-out the ironing board.
  • Cut down on ironing by installing a hanging rack or rail – or even hooks – where freshly dried washing can be hung to prevent creasing.
  • Create a cool environment using backsplash and floor tiles.
  • One last thing to consider is if you have enough light in your laundry room. It’s preferably that you have at least one window for natural lighting. If that’s not enough you should consider installing under cabinet lighting.

Change the wash days to fun days by creating a room that inspires work.


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How to choose a Kitchen Worktop
The Laundry Room