INFOGRAPHIC: HIGH-PRESSURE LAMINATES

Looking for durability in a laminate when dealing with commercial design? Look no further because featured below is an INFOGRAPHIC focused on High-Pressure Laminates which will assist in giving a variety of choices to consider. The possibilities are endless such as wood grains, stone & concrete, unique patterns, Uni metallic, metal, different hues, and worktop surfaces & synchronized surfaces, along with surface finishes in different variations and styles. 

HPL is one of the most durable decorative surface materials on the market. Also, HPL is made with special performance properties including chemical, fire, and wear resistance (HPL is directly made from the descendent of the original plastic).

Sit back, relax, and enjoy how versatile HPL can be as well as how to incorporate throughout a commercial building.

Kudos & Happy Monday!

Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules! 

GUEST POST: CREOGLASS DESIGN - KITCHEN WORKTOP COMPARISON

Kitchen worktop comparison

Trying to find the perfect kitchen worktop can be quite overwhelming at times and with so many different options out there it‘s hard to know exactly which is best for you, so we thought we would help. We have compiled a comparison on the most popular kitchen worktops available, from glass worktops to granite and everything in-between. We are hoping that by comparing all of these different kitchen worktops it will take away some of the stress and help you find the right one that suits you and your home perfectly.

Before we get into comparing each of the kitchen worktops it is worth thinking first about the following questions:

·         How big is your space – Whether large and spacious or small and busy, the size of your kitchen is important when it comes to the design. For example, a smaller kitchen would suit a glass kitchen worktop better as their reflective surfaces create an illusion of space.

·         Will it work with your current décor – If your kitchen has a more contemporary style then Corian might be the perfect choice as it fits so well within that style. However, if your kitchen is more rustic then a wooden or granite worktop might be a better choice.

·         Will children be using it – If you have little ones in your family then you might want to think about practicality over style. Kitchen worktops that are hard to scratch and mark could be the right decision for you, such as Quartz or a non-scratch glass worktop.

So now it’s time to find out which kitchen worktop is the best for your home. We have gathered as much information as possible to bring you a thorough comparison, one which we really hope will help.


Granite kitchen worktop

A granite kitchen worktop is strong, durable and boasts a polished, stylish finish. One of the most durable surfaces around, granite provides a home with both practicality and style. A popular choice for many people’s kitchens thanks to its hygienic abilities and stylish design. However, although a popular choice a granite kitchen worktop can actually absorb stains, chip easily and be damaged through heat.

Pros – Strong, hygienic, easy to clean and stylish.

Cons –Porous, Heavy, absorbs stains, can become discoloured, can be chipped from sharp objects.


Non-scratch glass kitchen worktop  

Arguably one of the most popular choices for all types of kitchens, a non-scratch glass kitchen worktop transforms a kitchen into a stylish, chic and contemporary room. Seamless and naturally hygienic, non-scratch glass kitchen worktops are long-lasting and extremely impact and heat resistant. You won’t get any marks from hot pots or any breaks from dropping cookware as it is extremely strong. Available in any colour, printed design or glittery finish. A non-scratch glass kitchen worktop provides a home with many different looks, all of which can suit any type of decor. The non-scratch glass worktops stain proof and are very low maintenance as they leave no fingerprints or smudges. They are very hygienic, chemically resistant and can be regularly cleaned even with strong detergents.

Pros – Can be tougher than stone, durable, versatile, scratch proof, water resistant, easy to clean, non-porous and stylish.

Cons – Joints might be visible due to the transparent nature of the glass material.


Corian kitchen worktop

Possibly one of the most well-known brands of solid kitchen worktops, Corian is a practical choice thanks to its strength, heat and stain resistance and scratch proof qualities. Not only this but it can be moulded into any shape to fit any type of kitchen and suits most styles of décor. However, Corian contains a timber substrate will expand and damage the worktop if water reaches it through the joints.

Pros – Seamless fitting, stain resistant, easily repaired and varied colour choices.

Cons – Not fully heat resistant or scratch free.


Staron kitchen worktop

A Staron kitchen worktop is 100% waterproof, hygienic and durable. A truly contemporary material that when used right can really transform the look of any kitchen. Thanks to its strength and practicality, Staron kitchen worktops are a fantastic combination of fashion and function. A drawback of the Staron kitchen worktop is that although it provides a fresh and clean feel to a kitchen it doesn’t suit an older kitchen. If you have a cottage or rustic type of décor, then sadly Staron might not be right for you.

Pros – Waterproof, hygienic, durable and stylish.  

Cons – Doesn’t suit all types of homes and is not as heat resistant as natural stone counters.


Hi-Macs kitchen worktop

A Hi-Macs kitchen worktop is completely non-porous which means it doesn’t harbour germs and bacteria providing you with a clean and hygienic kitchen worktop. Boasting a modern style, this solid surface is very popular throughout the U.K thanks to its versatility, durability and easy to clean qualities. However, although very strong a Hi-Macs kitchen worktop can be scratched and damaged and is not as robust as other available worktops.

Pros – Waterproof, strong, hygienic, easy to clean and modern.

Cons – Can be damaged and might not suit an older style of home.


Tristone kitchen worktop

A Tristone kitchen worktop has the ability to provide a seamless design which can transform the look of any kitchen. High quality and highly hygienic, this kitchen worktop is resistant to moisture and bacteria and has passed the NSF food preparation safety certification. Unfortunately, Tristone worktops are not fully heatproof so it is possible to damage the surface if you leave a hot pan on it for too long.

Pros – Seamless design, hygienic, clean and stylish.

Cons – The surface is susceptible to damage, both from heat and sharp objects.


Quartz kitchen worktop

Quartz kitchen worktops are blended with a resin and colourings to create a very strong and very durable surface. Easily cleaned and non-porous, Quartz is a hygienic worktop option that can breathe new life into a kitchen. Unfortunately, this option is expensive and can be damaged by heat.

Pros – Extremely strong, waterproof, hygienic and easy to clean.

Cons – An expensive option, not as seamless as other worktops and susceptible to heat.


Wooden kitchen worktop

A wooden kitchen worktop can add a certain warmth to a kitchen that some other worktops simply can’t. Suiting a cottage or farmhouse style of kitchen perfectly, its rustic and natural quality provide a cosy charm to any kitchen it calls home. However, a wooden kitchen worktop can absorb stains and be scratched so care must be taken when cooking near it or preparing food on it.

Pros – Durable, unique, hygienic and comes in a wide range of styles and grains. 

Cons – It can stain, requires more maintenance and can expand, contract and warp through time.


Laminate kitchen worktop

Laminate kitchen worktops are the least expensive on the market, costing as little as £15 a linear metre. Although cheap they are surprisingly durable and highly resistant to scratches and heat. Thanks to the advancements in 3D printing, laminate kitchen worktops can now fantastically mimic the look of wood and stone. However, water damage is always a possibility. Due to their timber joints if water filters through and makes contact with these then this can cause huge damage to the entire worktop.

Pros – Cheap, durable and comes in a wide range of styles.

Cons – Susceptible to water damage which could ruin the entire worktop.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules! 

SLAYIN' MOOD BOARD: SCREAMING GRACE JONES

Well, we all know how Grace Jones captured people hearts back in the day and she is still strutting her stuff and making a fabulous statement. Yes, she is still slayin’! I hear this superb beauty is going to be the headliner for Standon Calling 2017 music festival in Hertfordshire. I hope that no one is surprised because she is bold & beautiful, daring, and not afraid to be seen with her natural gift of uniqueness. With that said, it's Friday and I am going out with a bang! I am about to close out a super busy week with one of my favorite SLAYIN’ MOOD BOARDS that is screaming Grace Jones! This space would be characterless and lack major personality without the amazing art that is used as a backdrop for the overall space. 

COUCHOID LARGE SOFA - SF DARK BROWN

WENDY MIRRORED CONSOLE

JILL ROSENWALD FALLEN FAL-1050 SLATE BLUE FLAT WEAVE AREA RUG

CANTON IRON/GLASS 9L CHANDELIER

UNTITLED GRACE

CALDWELL SOLID WOOD ACCENT TABLE

FILLMORE GLASS LAMP

JACK LARGE ANTIQUE BRASS SCULPTURE

WILLA GRAY SUEDE LAYERED DISC SQUARE PILLOW

OCEAN BLUE GEOMETRIC SQUARE

DUSK BLUE CHEVRON SQUARE 18" x 18" PILLOW

I love nothing more than using a fabulous piece of art as the focal point. Just by incorporating a daring piece of art featuring Grace Jones, her presence brought the entire space together beautifully along with all the other detailed pieces. OMG, you just can’t go wrong with art and I can’t stress enough on how there is nothing like using unique art to make a powerful statement throughout an interior space.

XO XO,

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules!