Next up, aesthetics.
Like with any room in your home, there’s always a balance to be struck between function and form, but this balance is particularly true in kitchens and bathrooms. While the first point focuses on worktops and practicality, it’s true that mixing two types of work surface lends visual interest to the room too. It’s commonplace to have purely one material throughout, and so when you see quartz on one run and then oak on another, it’s unexpected, and so keeps your eye entertained.
“Sometimes, a client may be drawn to a bold, statement-making worktop, such as a dramatically veined marble, a jet black granite or a characterful piece of timber. As a designer, my role is to step back and imagine the effect this would have on the overall kitchen. Might it overwhelm? Might it detract from another lovely feature in a different part of the kitchen? Might the pattern or the colour give you a headache if it were used on a larger scale? If yes, I’ll advise they keep it to a small run, or just on the island, and then we pare things back with a more muted work surface elsewhere,” says Ashley from Neptune York.
Subtlety is equally as relevant as bold work surfaces though. The change in material need not be glaringly obvious, and in fact a discreet step change in texture and tone can make for an even greater surprise as it’s something you don’t immediately pick up on. This is something demonstrated in the Real Neptune Home pictured – Charlotte Marley’s Henley kitchen with quartz surfaces and a slim piece of oak atop of our potboard at the end of her kitchen island.