Time was when I could look at a picture of a kitchen and say without a shadow of a doubt what certain elements of it were. Granite worktops were a cinch and I could spot travertine tiles at 10 paces.
However, these days, it’s not that simple. The rise of the lookalike worktop and floor has changed the game.
A perfect example is this Crystal Cream worksurface by Bushboard.
Crystal Cream from the Encore range, from £178 per linear m
While it looks like natural stone, it’s actually a solid surface made from acrylic with random opaque chips. More stain-resistant and warmer than stone, it’s ideal for large islands as any joins aren’t obvious.
Flooring is another area where lookalikes are gaining ground. Solid wooden flooring needs a fair amount of TLC to keep looking its best, whereas engineered boards, while more stable, are pretty pricey.
The solution? Either a good quality vinyl, such as Amtico, or the latest composite planks from Trend. Made from quartz, granite and recycled glass, the result is Trend Teak – a timber-effect floor that can even be continued from the kitchen outside onto a terrace.
Trend Teak planks look as good as wood. From £135 ex VAT per sq m
The planks need no adhesive as they clip together, so can even be laid on top of an existing floor, which is great for a quick kitchen refresh. Here’s one we made earlier…
Trend flooring is easy to lay thanks to its Clip2Go system
Have granite and wood had their day? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.
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