4 Benchtop Materials That Allow You To Incorporate The Popular Dark Colour Palette Into Your New Kitchen

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Dark colours are a big design trend for kitchen renovations right now. Black, dark greys and deep navy blues are featuring heavily in interior magazines and on interior design websites. If you're renovating your kitchen and want to incorporate some inky hues in your design, then a dark coloured kitchen benchtop is a great way to achieve this. Here are four different benchtop materials that will provide your new kitchen with this fashionable and moody look.

1. Granite

Solid granite benchtops will provide your kitchen with a stunning and natural dark grey accent. Granite is one of the most expensive options, but it will give your kitchen style and class that isn't able to be replicated using other less expensive materials. Although granite will cost you more initially, it will repay your investment with its strength, durability and the increase in value it will provide for your home.

2. Polished concrete

Concrete is an increasingly popular choice for use in interior design. It's strong, cost-effective and adds an edgy look to your home. A polished concrete benchtop is a great choice if you want to add some darker colours to your new kitchen's palette. Although concrete is normally a light grey, you can darken the hue by adding a black, dark grey or navy blue colourant to the concrete mix before pouring.

3. Acrylic

Acrylic benchtops are made from a combination of acrylic polymers and different natural minerals. The minerals used will depend on the finished look you're hoping to achieve. You can opt for an acrylic benchtop in virtually any colour so finding one that fits in with your vision of a dark hued benchtop will be a breeze. This type of benchtop is a very budget friendly option and has the added benefit of being very low maintenance.

4. Timber

Timber is an enduringly popular choice for kitchen benchtops because it's eco-friendly, durable, versatile and provides a warm and inviting surface on which to work. If you like the natural beauty of timber, it's possible to still achieve the popular dark look in your kitchen in two ways. Firstly, you can opt for a timber that has a naturally dark hue such as teak or spotted gum. Secondly, you can opt for a lighter timber and then add a wax, oil, stain or varnish in the dark colour of your choice.

Adding a dark-coloured benchtop to your new kitchen is a way of subtly embracing this design trend without creating a room that feels too dark. Contact your local benchtop supplier and installer to help you decide which style will be the best choice for your kitchen.


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