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Hide the knocksAll kitchens get their fair share of wear and tear, but some show it less than others. A dark kitchen is a good choice if you think your cabinets are going to need to stand up to frequent spillages and knocks. A dark surface can be more forgiving than a light one, and won’t instantly show up scuffs and stains. If you’re painting your cabinets, make sure you do a few coats, so the dark undersurfaces hide any scratches in the top coat.
Be aware wood needs careBefore you install a wooden worktop, it’s important to accept it will need looking after. “Wooden worktops are beautiful, but they do take a little bit of extra care, so be honest with yourself,” Helen Munro advises.Pia Rosling agrees, saying, “Solid wood is a natural product and it will require some maintenance and care for it to last well and continue to look beautiful.”Discover how to choose the perfect wooden worktop for your kitchen
Wooden worktops: the pros…Kathryn Manis of Model Projects recommends wood as a good-value alternative to laminate. It adds character to a contemporary or traditional kitchen, and it’s a hygienic choice because of its antibacterial properties. Timbers are available at various price points, so there’s almost certainly a wooden worktop for your budget. Plus, wood is a good return on your investment because it can last for many years when it’s cared for. “You have to be willing to put in the work to maintain it,” says Manis. “I recommend oiling a wooden worktop at least once a year.”Considering a wooden worktop? Be inspired by this ‘modern farmhouse’ kitchen with a stylish mix of wood, copper and dark blue