In the past, the kitchen was the last thing one would ever think of designing, as it was mainly used for cooking and serving meals altogether at the same spot. Fast forward to 2019 and today we can see many different kinds of kitchen transformations and emphasis on the kitchen design especially it is on the rise for trendsetting and demands. Kitchen has become a place of the “heart of the home” where everyone starts off their daily living from the moment they step into the kitchen to just fetch a drink and ending the day by switching off all lights especially the kitchen lights.
With greater demands in utilizing space and fulfilling a spectrum of requirements as we all advancing with the technology and social dynamics, a far bigger focus has been placed on the kitchen in our current day and age. Here are some kitchen inspirations to get your ideas started:
Choices of work-top to consider such as Quartz, Granite, Kompacplus, Solid Surface and many other options available.
Quartz – High resilient, fabricated from natural quartz (one of the hardest minerals found on earth), usually can be distinguished with the visible small amounts of glass or metallic flecks that is being added to create different variety and designs. It is a non-porous material, its texture does not allow bacteria to grow and resists against stains.
Granite – Commonly used as kitchen worktop, high resilient, natural rock material that is cut out in its natural state and polished for use in homes. Need a bit of maintenance by using warm water and soap to help keep its shine after usage. Granite itself is a porous material, but most fabricators will apply a sealer to granite countertops before they are installed which will protect them from absorbing liquids too quickly. Color choices are limited as it is a natural stone, hence laminate and finishings of the entire kitchen cabinet is recommended to be planned carefully before deciding on the piece of granite worktop.
Kompacplus – Uniquely known for its thin profile, such as 6mm thickness and the panels are highly resilient to wear and tear, are water and steam-proof, and non-porous, making them extremely durable and a hygienic surface. Various selection offers stone-look finishes, wood grains for more natural look, and it can be installed over existing surfaces, thus eliminating the need to hack, saving time and money.
Solid surface – Another type of work-top that is worth considering if you intend to have a custom made work-top that incorporates a kitchen sink which creates invisibly seamed countertops. Solid surface is a non-porous low-maintenance material that can be fabricated as sinks, also can be joined to the countertop surface with no gaps, which eliminates areas for water to collect and bacteria to grow.
There is a plenty of choice when it comes to selecting the suitable flooring to match the work-top, cabinetry finishing and wall color.
Ceramic tiles: Moving fast with technology, ceramic flooring now comes in a wide variety of designs and styles and sizes that look exactly like hardwood flooring, even the wood grains look almost identical to a real wood pattern. Ceramic tiles are only recommended for interior walls and floors, or areas with light foot traffic.
Porcelain tiles: Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are gaining popularity due to its flexibility in application. It is the choice for floors that anticipate heavier traffic such as kitchen floors, hallways and even car porches as they are relatively more resistant to scratching and chipping. Porcelain tile is denser and less porous than a ceramic tile. This would mean porcelain tiles are much more durable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The extra density is a result of a slightly different manufacturing process.
Homogeneous tiles: This is a type of porcelain tile (full body porcelain tile). Porcelain tile is denser and less porous than a ceramic tile. This would mean porcelain tiles are much more durable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The extra density is a result of a slightly different manufacturing process.
Vinyl flooring: Affordability, durable and fuss-free installation. This is one of the more popular options for homeowners with no plans of hacking the existing floor tiles or have a tighter budget yet wish to create an extra depth in the kitchen or entire house. It comes in many choices in colors, patterns, and textures. Another benefit of having vinyl flooring; if it is laid correctly, it will last for many years with very little maintenance. It also handles heavy foot traffic excellently, without wearing and it resists stains very well. Durable and resilient, vinyl flooring can be overlaid over existing floors via a glueless click and lock system, installation can be completed faster than traditional flooring installations. This helps to save time and cost for the homeowners.
Vinyl flooring overlay
Porcelain pattern tile
Homogeneous herringbone wood-effect tile
Homogeneous matte polished wood-grain tile
Kitchen backsplash, to complement the work-top and flooring, kitchen backsplash is up next to create that eye-catching focal point in your kitchen, while its primary purpose is to protect the wall from liquids, usually water hence its name – backsplash.
Tempered glass backing: A popular choice by many homeowners, as it is easier for daily maintenance, there are several choices as well such as crystal white, normal glass with a natural green tint, or some opted for black to match the overall color scheme. The only downside is that we do not recommended to install any accessories holder as the glass material is not advisable to drill onto, but there is alternatives to this, that is to mount accessories holder that comes with suction caps.
Tile: A wide variety selection to choose from, peranakan pattern tiles, herringbone tiles, subway tiles, default homogenous tiles that comes in a standard HDB BTO provision. In a way or another, tiles that can be overlayed on the area in between the counter-top and top-hung cabinets to create that focal point and contrast. While it can be used to be layed across the entire kitchen wall, making it stand out as a whole kitchen.
Kompacplus: You can now opt for a more durable and resilient material choice for your backsplash or backing, which is non other than Kompacplus as it will help create a seamless look. The material is also scratch-resistant, waterproof and non-porous. Plus, they can be mounted over your existing finishes e.g. tiles so you won’t need to hack them away first. Selection of various Kompacplus designs tend to steer towards a woody-theme or industrial theme and joint lines are also rather visible, if you’re extending your backsplash to an L-shaped.
We hope that you find this article useful and have gained insights on what type of materials to choose for your kitchen. And ultimately, it is all about the affordability (budget) versus the compatibility (preference) and making the right choice for a better liveable, and sustainable home.