“2020 has seen a monumental shift in the way we use our kitchens. For many they’re now multipurpose, a space for cooking and eating, a make-shift office, school/nursery and a meeting room.
“As kitchens become the modern hub of the home, it’s essential they are built to be robust yet stylish. Not only do the designs need to emulate the owner’s preferences, the material specified must also be able to withstand the intense, daily activity within this room.
“Given the ongoing pandemic, good hygiene is more important than ever. Low maintenance, waterproof and easy to clean surfaces are becoming increasingly popular, especially when applied in conjunction with new mod-cons, such as hands-free taps.
“Aesthetically, neutral tones remain popular, particularly for surfaces. These muted tones provide an unfussy background on which the homeowner can inject their own style tastes and playful pops of colour.
“Furthermore, sustainable materials, manufactured to faithfully replicate the appearance of natural stone, continues to entice customers. These offer an ideal design solution, delivering the same look and feel, without a hefty price tag or the constant upkeep required of less resistant, porous surfaces such as marble and limestone.”