The other night I had a dream about a kitchen. It was pale, light-filled and elegant. The cupboards were painted soft grey and there was a beautiful sweeping marble worktop. I think it might just be my dream kitchen.
Of course, when I came down to make breakfast in the morning the reality was quite different. Our kitchen was the same as ever: tired, messy and boasting a very old IKEA wooden worktop.
Marble isn’t something I’d ever contemplated in a kitchen, but this feels like a bit of divine inspiration. I was, and am, a big fan of wooden worktops. When we had our (former) dream kitchen installed in our old house, one of its main features was the solid oak worktop. It was really beautiful.
But that was about seven years ago, and I’m not sure wood would be my first choice again. Increasingly, I’m drawn to harder, shiner surfaces like granite or marble. It’s not for practical reasons – wood deteriorates, but marble is also very sensitive. It marks and stains just as badly as any bit of oiled oak. It’s a natural substance so it’s going to change as it ages – getting scratched and discoloured. In fact, it would probably be a very expensive and high-maintenance choice.
But I just love how it looks. Pale, polished marble is a wonderful, timeless look that is never going to date.
If the price (and the idea of caring for it) terrify you, then you could consider a laminate worktop in a marble finish. It might not be so sumptuous, but it’s a whole lot more practical! A great option if you’re looking for a cheap kitchen work surface.
I’m nowhere near getting a new kitchen. But I’m going to keep that bright, shiny marble-topped image firmly in my dreams.
This post was written in collaboration with Worktop Express. All thoughts and ideas are my own.