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Metallic materials and finishes in the home - how the trends are changing

Metallic materials and finishes in the home - how the trends are changing

In this month's HPP Blog, Tina Crossley discusses the emerging trends of metallic materials and finishes...

Having a metallic finish to your interior décor is fairly commonplace in today's environment. Gone are the days when metals were viewed as too 'cold' or 'clinical'.

Metal and copper finishes are now seen as fashionably minimalist, cosy and rustic, as well as contemporary; even Apple adopted the trend, releasing their 2014 iPhones in gold shades and tones. So, in line with the release of our own metallic surfaces in the form of the Kronospan Trends 16/17 Collection, this blog takes a look at just how metals can transform your home and really create a 'wow' factor…

Using metal, copper especially, to decorate interior spaces goes as far back as the medieval period; uninspiring copper kitchens and bathtubs are probably springing to mind at this point, but nowadays, that couldn't be any farther from the truth.

Metallic surfaces add a whole new level of design, detail and interest to a living space, adding flair and style that is unique to most things currently in the market.

We've seen metallic finishes in handle design for many years but these are now being supported with a huge surge in demand for metallic appliances, light fittings and even metallised fabrics, which complement other pieces within the space and add a more cohesive feel to the design.

But the trend doesn't stop there either.

MFC board is now seeing a huge overhaul of its ranges, with the introduction of stunning new metallic faced boards that are vibrant, full of character and interesting to see and feel. A range of these are new to the market from the Kronospan Trends 16/17 Collection, and have the benefit of reduced dulling on saw blades and extremely clean, accurate cuts when installing.

We've seen metallic surfaces being used in the most unusual of places to add the finishing touches to the most contemporary of homes, and it's not just with predictable warm shades either… Cool metals such as aluminium, platinum, and steel are great for fulfilling a contemporary and minimalist design. Steel brushed staircases, aluminium shower curtains, platinum feature walls: metallic surfaces complement contemporary design like no other material.

But of course, metallic surfaces aren't only for the minimalist and contemporary. Warmer colours can transform any kitchen, living room, or even bedroom, into a cosy space. Covering a mantelpiece in bronze, copper, or gold instantly warms any room, and is perfect if you have a roaring fire burning. Adding smaller detailed metallic surfaces throughout bedroom spaces also gives a much warmer feel to the room, reflecting warm light on surfaces such as lamp stands, bookshelves, or decorative trinkets.

Metallic surfaces are also great for creating rustic looks, especially in country-style kitchens. Any metal, but especially coppers and bronzes, give kitchens a rustic flair when kept muted and natural. And traditional style kitchens aren't complete until they've got some suitably rustic handles - check out our handles selection which is very shortly to be doubled in size to give an even greater choice.

Minimalist, characterful, rustic or contemporary: isn't it time you introduced some metallic design flair into your installations?

Has Smart Home Technology really taken off yet?

Has Smart Home Technology really taken off yet?

In this month's HPP Blog, Mark Smith asks 'Has Smart Home Technology really taken off yet?'

The phrase 'Smart Home Technology' is an expression we have become more and more familiar with in recent years. But what does it actually mean, and where is it taking us?

There's pretty much an 'app' these days for everything but does this mean we're more attached to our mobile technology than ever before, instead of actively removing a repetitive task or making it considerably easier?

In theory, smart home technology is great. Smart homes are efficient, convenient and have increased comfort and security. You can control when appliances turn on and off, along with how much energy is being used; integrated sensors mean you can monitor your home no matter where you are; lighting can be adjusted according to the time of day, climate or mood; complex tasks can be made much simpler.

So, if this is the case, as promised by hi-tech companies and gadget start-ups, why isn't every home a 'smart home'?

The answer is simple: nobody really knows what smart home technology is offering right now.

According to industry analysts IHS Markit, 80 million smart home devices were delivered in 2016. Though most of these were home assistants, like the Amazon Echo, there is no doubt that smart home technology is simultaneously on the rise and at a crossroads. It has the power and potential to make 2017 the year of the smart home, providing it markets itself in the right way.

There is a danger of continuing down the route of being more of a 'fad' than a practical feature of the home. Recent smart home technology adverts show us more about how the technology helps us be lazy, rather than how it helps us day-to-day. Your smart home technology can turn on your light for you but is that really easier than just switching the light on yourself?

What we have already discovered with smart home technology is that it is primarily software. And as proved by the two main players of smart home technology, Nest (www.nytimes.com/2016/01/14/fashion/nest-thermostat-glitch-battery-dies-software-freeze) and Amazon Web Services (www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/01/amazon-web-services-outage-smart-homes), software is susceptible to severe malfunctions (even from scheduled updates), which in these two cases, literally left users in complete cold and darkness.

The biggest problem with smart home technology seems to be that in order to take full advantage, you have to integrate systems into your home in a way that is going to be costly - or already have the technology integrated during construction. For the average household to get on board with such technology, it would require being able to get multiple devices to work together at an inexpensive rate.

So there again we have a problem with understanding what a 'Smart Home' actually is. Is it a fully integrated, all-singing, all-dancing technological system that runs throughout your home? Or could it just be multiple, cross-platform devices that work together to make your home more efficient?

It seems that for 2017 to really be the year of smart home technology, companies need to be smarter in educating their customers as to what they're really offering, as well as providing robust systems that don't leaver users in the dark when a software update fails or when there's no Wi-Fi signal. Promoting a technology that makes their lives easier, than just one more gadget to add to the 'Internet of Things' will be key: how to make smart technology in the home affordable, easily integrated and future-proof, whilst selling it to consumers as a commodity that brings value to peoples' lifestyles.

What's Cooking In 2016 - Kitchen Trends From The KBB Market

XyloCleaf Dark Lady Tranche

Let's start 2016 with some good news, consumer spending is on the increase, there's a rising demand for new homes, and people are increasingly recognising the value of updating their homes in order to sell them - all positive news for the kitchen trade and retail industry.

The key kitchen trends for 2016 are strong colours, the use of different materials - merging contemporary with traditional styles, 'zones' divided by statement pieces, smart storage, bespoke designs, and personalisation. One big trend for 2016 will be the increase in the use of technology and advanced appliances to create clever storage solutions and smart, integrated 'zonal' living spaces that make kitchens the hub of the home.

Colour

Let's begin with colours and materials. The now well-loved grey and associated muted tones will continue to be a popular choice this year following its popularity in 2015, but we will also see darker grey tones and possibly muted shades of blue and green introduced.

The use of warmer metals like zinc, brass, copper, and bronze will build steadily as an alternative to cooler metals like silver and stainless steel.

As for worktops, technological developments mean that man-made alternatives to granite and marble such as quartz and gemstone worktops are now becoming increasingly popular; especially now that there is a wider variety of colours, textures, and patterns available on the market.

Solid oak worktops will also play a key part for those wanting to achieve either contemporary or traditional looks, thanks to such a wide range of finishes and profiles. Check out our kitchen worktop range here to see our new range, launched at the start of this year.

Bespoke and customised kitchens including flexible sizing and colour matching services are increasingly expected as standard, with the momentum to continue in 2016. Customers want to be able to choose and personalise the colour of their units. Our custom painted door service allows customers to choose colours from popular manufacturers like Farrow and Ball, helping achieve the exact look they require that is unique and personal to them.

Materials

Also predicted to be popular during 2016 is the use of different materials for merging both contemporary and traditional styles. A sleek matt finish kitchen with handleless doors (using Blum's TIP-ON for doors which allow them to be opened with a light touch), combined with a Nordic-style walnut worktop or even a natural oak worktop centre island will combine modern and natural materials well.

Layout

Dividing rooms into 'zones' seems to be the buzzword for 2016 – going beyond the now, well-known concept of open-plan living. Varying materials, styles, and colours can be used to distinguish different zones within the home and kitchen space, but other interesting trends are the use of statement pieces such as islands, metal range hoods, freestanding units, and open shelving – all great for this type of new layout as they can act as room dividers without making the space feel small or crowded. Curved edges on units, larders, and islands create smooth transitions between zones, giving them a more fluid and natural feel, helping to achieve a more flexible living space.

Storage solutions are still an important part of good kitchen design and as we go into 2016, consumers are demanding that they be both cool and clever. Storage is now more 'on show' within the kitchen space, so needs to look good as well as be technically clever and functional. Blum LEGRABOX is an intelligent drawer system featuring the latest runner system technology that gives a smooth close, looks stylish, and has slim drawer sides on the inside and outside, meaning your customers gain the maximum amount of potential drawer space. AMBIA-LINE fits perfectly with LEGRABOX to give stylish, smart storage and organisation solutions where contents are always easy to find.

The merging of technology with the kitchen space is now more popular than ever. High-tech appliances and smart workstations are becoming the norm in many homes, including anything from built-in coffee makers, multi-purpose water taps, ice machines, and hidden charging stations for mobile phones and other devices, right through to automated lighting and smart ovens that can turn themselves on as and when needed.

Technology

There is a huge focus on convenience to meet the needs of the technically-advanced consumer, and we are seeing hidden and integrated appliances being used in designs. LED lighting and auto-controlled devices are also at the forefront of new kitchen design. The SensioSound spotlights go one step further by combining lighting with music played via Bluetooth. These dual-purpose intelligent spotlights are ideal for kitchen-diners and open-plan living spaces as they let you stream music while socialising and cooking; bringing entertainment to the hub of the home as well as providing energy efficient lighting.

It's clear that we'll see some exciting kitchen designs in 2016, using different materials to create a unique and customised look with technology playing a very vital role. Kitchens will continue to be both multi-functional and convenient as they increasingly become the place to eat, work, relax, and entertain within the home.

We've got the power!

SensioPod DATA

Give your customers’ kitchen the power with a SensioPod, which is a three-socket pull-up power solution that also comprises of several other smart, additional design features that make it more than your average retractable socket.

Key features

As well as the traditional power outlets, the SensioPod is also a USB charging station with two USB ports integrated into the product (maximum allowance 2100mA). The really clever thing, however, is that it can be fully retracted even with products still plugged in, which is ideal for keeping surfaces clutter-free from unsightly plugs and cables. Because the SensioPod is fitted within the worktop, it can really add value to spaces and is ideal for open plan living where it’s important to have wires and sockets hidden from view. A lot of our customers like to integrate these into centre islands and bar areas where people are likely to sit whilst using a mobile device or laptop.

SensioPod has a nice, sleek profile and an aluminium effect that gives it a modern, contemporary look. It’s also very user-friendly with a specially-designed, neat chrome handle that makes it easy to pull the fitting up, and a quick-release catch to ensure it will always close securely. A neon green control switch tells you whether appliances have been switched off when not in use.

Installation & Maintenance

There’s lots of flexibility over where the SensioPod can be fitted. Because it’s designed to use space efficiently, it can be installed in areas that are often under-used. This flexible space-saving product can be fitted within worktops, on kitchen islands, under cabinets (pull down) or fitted into desks. Plus, it’s IP54 rated and designed to withstand splashes too, so there is no need to worry about it being fitted too close to sinks or food prep areas.

Maintaining the SensioPod is easy too - fuses can be replaced without removing the plinth as they are built-in just below the on/off switch.

SensioPod Range

SensioPod+ pull-up socket has all the same features and benefits of the original but with a die cast metal top in a choice of three finishes; Chrome, Black Nickel or Stainless Steel.

SensioPod Eco is an economical option if customers do not require the ability to charge USB devices. This version has three power sockets only with a red neon on/off switch and a quick release catch, which has a plastic top in a matt black finish.

SensioPod DATA is a perfect solution for the home office that has two RJ45 ports for PC/Laptop connectivity. Even if wireless internet is not available, the SensioPod DATA means you can connect your laptop through a home internet router or network.

SensioPod Bluetooth has a built-in Bluetooth speaker that can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled audio device or 3.5mm headphone jack. It is ideal for open plan living with its multi-use functionality – power, Bluetooth and USB.

All the SensioPod product information can be found at https://www.hpponline.co.uk/cat/1119/sensiopod

Bedroom Trends 2015

Hacienda White PVC Edged Furniture

With bedrooms becoming a more important space within modern living, consumers are wanting to inject more colour, personality and interesting materials into their place of slumber, generating an environment that is warm, relaxing and able to serve multiple purposes, such as rest, leisure, work and much more.

With this in mind, we're finding that the bedroom trends of 2015 are looking equally as vast and varied as those ever changing consumer needs.

2014 saw a bit of a battle going on between contemporary and vintage styles, but this year we are seeing that the two can work seamlessly together, in a way that enhances the finished bedroom design and creates a stunning, unique space.

This integration of two styles strongly reflects the diversity of modern day living.

Take a neutral looking bedroom of 2013 for example; likely to comprise of safer colour schemes and flatter textures and materials, this still works well for some, but it may be lacking in personality, character and depth for others.

Those who are interested in staying current and in line with existing trends are more likely to want to create a fashion statement with the use of bolder materials, textures, colours and combinations of materials.

One way of achieving the perfect mix this year would be to incorporate innovative and highly textured materials such as the XyloCleaf range of boards, which offer interesting colours, patterns and textures that are tactile to the touch and very unique in their appearance.

This popular look tends to work well when mixed with both vintage style and clean-cut lines, incorporating bright glossy colours many might not think to usually include with a more vintage, timeless theme.

There are a variety of ways to inject some personality and colour successfully; whether this is done through vibrant wall décor, vinyl wrapped furnishings, sleek door panels, stylish handles, panelled walls or simple room accessories and soft furnishings.

Another trend to consider which has a cross over with vintage is the shabby chic look.

With its rustic feel, natural wood finishes that have a distressed or highly textured pattern easily compliment the whole shabby chic theme. Again, you don't have to commit wholly to a nature-centric style here as this design also works well with sparkling ornate light fittings and basic decoration such as floral or patterned wall décor. There is something very current about a bedroom that hosts a contrast between extravagance and nature.

Whilst your customer may want to achieve that timeless antique appearance, it's still paramount to integrate some modern luxuries to keep things practical and usable too.

With the hectic lifestyles of most British people, there is a growing need for organisation in the bedroom so that it can remain a relaxing and well-organised retreat.

This can be easily achieved with a behind the scenes storage system. For example, you could construct a wealth of contemporary wardrobe wirework but hide it behind visually pleasing door panels; complete with any combination of door handles to uphold the look your customer wants.

For more information and advice about our bedroom products, why not call in to our trade counter or check out our range online.

Perfecting Open Plan Storage

Open Plan Kitchen Design

Open plan living just seems to keep on growing in popularity, and why not. It creates a more sociable space, a more flexible living environment and a much better way of introducing light into your home.

But with this open plan scheme comes some challenges, such as storage. Where walls once would have existed to house shelves and cupboards, open expanses are visible instead, so this has brought about the need for some rather intelligent and space efficient storage designs, as well as a raft of new storage products and solutions that are more space efficient than ever before.

The key to effective storage in an open plan living kitchen is a well thought out design that utilises the space well, whilst ensuring the finished look isn't detracted from.

Space planning really does come into its own here, as the golden triangle has to be optimised, along with the right distribution of items such as pots, pans, cutlery and food storage.

A good designer will always look at the needs of the end user, the way they live, cook and use the space around them. This in turn offers an insight into exactly what products need to be integrated into the design, and what items need to be prioritised over others.

Keeping your fridge and dry foods within easy reach of your cooker just makes good sense, as does having your sink handy for draining hot pans or washing salad, so this should be built into the design, whether that's by using specially manufactured pan drawers, chef's pantry's or tall larder units, or another similar solution.

Drawers provide a much more ordered and usable space than many cupboards, so these provide a perfect solution to lots of smaller, fiddly items. Pans, cutlery, plates and dishes can all be stored neatly within a drawer unit, making them easy to access, and easy to organise too.

Split drawers, also known as a drawer within a drawer, offer a great use of space, as what would quite often be a wasted space higher up in the unit, becomes a perfectly usable, well organised compartment for smaller items such as tea towels, oven gloves or cutlery.

More modern drawers are now made to carry larger weights too, as are wirework solutions such as tall larder units and corner units, so sitting a lot of tins, fresh veg or drinks in a unit of this type won't be a problem.

Due to open plan living having little wall space, we are seeing a surge in demand for taller storage units, which maximise the use of what wall space is available, making up for the loss of units which would have otherwise been fitted to an apposing wall.

This makes accessing dry foods and other items quick and easy, and ensures that everything sits neatly within one space, making the experience of using the kitchen much more pleasurable and enjoyable.

Whilst open plan living doesn't lend itself well to clutter, it does lend itself nicely to a few open units or shelves which can be used to display certain items.

Bookshelves are becoming a more popular choice for centre islands and breakfast bars as they offer a handy space for relaxing after a long day, and look great when presented properly.

If space is that little bit tighter than you'd like within an open plan design, free standing furniture also offers a great alternative, as wheels can be incorporated into the design that will bare the weight being placed upon them, whilst allowing the easy movement of that piece of furniture, as well as the contents inside.

Worktop Profiles Explained

Worktop Profile Cross-sections

It's quite often thought that worktops come in only a few edge details, usually square edged or rounded edge, but the truth of the matter is that there are many options available, which can add that little extra design detail to your next kitchen project.

Depending on the worktop being chosen, you may have well over ten or fifteen options to choose from, so we thought we'd explain a few of these in more depth to show what's available, and what might work with a certain style for your next kitchen design or installation.

Square Edge - Quite popular with wooden worktops, the square edge option gives a solid look and feel, with clean and simple lines to suit almost any kitchen design. The style is also suitable for stone and composite worktops, where quite often a very subtle chamfer will be created to provide better durability for the worktop.

Pencil Round - Pencil round is a very popular option for most kitchen worktops and is one of the most widely used styles currently on the market. This style is quite often referred to as quarter round or double quarter round and is clean in its appearance and not overly fussy, leaving the rest of the kitchen and materials to do the hard work.

Bull Nose - The bullnose, or rounded edge design is considerably more rounded than pencil round for example, and is rounded on either just the top edge or both top and bottom edges. The rounding over is usually around 25mm+ and creates almost a complete curve when used at the top and bottom of the worktop. Bullnose worktops are perfect for use on curved cabinets as they help create a more fluid design with softer edges, resulting in a look that runs seamlessly around the kitchen space.

Chamfered Edge - Chamfered edge worktops use a small bevel to either the top side or the top and bottom sides of the worktop to produce a sleek timeless look and feel that sits comfortably in both contemporary and traditional kitchen designs. The chamfered edge also adds a level of practicality due to the removal of sharp edges, which are often otherwise prone to chipping and day-to-day damage.

Ogee Bullnose - The ogee bullnose is quite a premium and classical look that offers chunky curved edges with a good level of detail to ensure the worktop makes an impression and acts as a design feature in its own right. The Ogee Bullnose is most popular in natural stone worktops.

Sharks Nose - The sharks nose edge detail offers a sleek rounded look that sees the underside of the worktop recess towards the cabinet to provide a striking overhang effect at the edge of the worktops. Sharks nose edge detail is quite often popular in granite and composite worktops and is becoming more widely used by the trade.

Single Imperial - Single imperial offers a subtle rebate above a half round-over to create a smooth and subtle edge detail to worktops that works well in both modern and traditional kitchen designs. The single imperial helps add a feeling of quality to the worktop design whilst not being so detailed that it detracts from the rest of the kitchen.

Waterfall - Less commonly used than many of the styles discussed above, the waterfall effect creates a subtle lip on the top edge of each worktop that is pleasing to the eye and works well with both modern and traditional designs.

Single Spanish - A timeless look that is well suited to more traditional and classical kitchen design, the single Spanish is a good option for those looking for detailed edging that adds a feature and element of craftsmanship to the overall design.

Single Ovolo - Very similar in style to the single Spanish edge detail, Single Ovolo is great for more traditional kitchen designs where softer, more subtle edges are required.

Creating a Home Office

Office Created with elements from the Egger Zoom Collection

Creating a home office is becoming much more popular in the UK as we are seeing more people working from their homes either full time or after the normal working day, so it goes without saying that demand for something a little more than a desk placed in the middle of a spare room is increasing, so we thought we'd go through a few helpful ideas to find the right spec for your next customer.

The home office comes in many shapes and sizes and can be found in the most surprising of places, from under-stairs cupboards, to hidden walk-in offices situated off a bedroom, practically anything is possible, and design ideas and styles can be injected into the finished furniture quickly and easily to meet the most demanding of consumer requirements. We find that with the right design, a space that seems totally un-suitable can be tailored to perfectly meet the consumer's requirements, and often exceed their expectations too.

The first step is to understand how the space is to be used. Is the office playing a practical role in simply being a small space for catching up on emails, or is it serving a greater purpose, possibly a place to meet clients out of hours. The way the work zones will be used is key too - we've found that by analysing the files, folders, in-trays and computing habits of the end user pays dividends in the long-run as it means the space can be totally tailored to them and the way they work, so if they're constantly getting up to grab files from a cupboard across the room, bring that closer to them in the new design so they don't waste time going back and forth.

The use of unique boards and decors is a great way to really make an impression with the home office too, just because it's a functional space doesn't mean it needs to look that way. The use of wood grained boards with texture and different finishes can set a unique ambiance in the office, and one that can compliment that person's personality and their home.

Try to also integrate clever storage ideas where possible. We've seen a few of our customers do innovative things with their designs, such as integrating a full computer screen into an electrically lifted mechanism, which hides it within the desk when not in use, but reveals it at the touch of a button. Whilst this option is quite elaborate, there are other simpler things that can make a huge difference, such as installing the right type of drawers, hinges that open out wider to provide better access in tighter spaces, or using wirework solutions for stationery, computer towers and larger, heavier files.

The other thing to remember is that people need to enjoy being in the space they're working in, so consider other elements such as Audio / Visual. Integrated TV's and sound systems are becoming a top seller to the higher end of the home office market, along with different lighting schemes to suit different moods and times of the day or year.

The possibilities for the home office design are endless, from the board and fixings that make up the general theme, to the finer details such as lighting, technology and handles which embellish the design; anyone can achieve the exact home office look and feel they want, and quite often within the budget they've got available.

Designing The Right Worktop Theme

Designing The Right Worktop Theme

Worktops are a paramount part of any kitchen design and layout. They not only offer a practical function for the end user, but have significant aesthetic value that can often complete the overall kitchen design perfectly. When chosen poorly however, the wrong worktop in the wrong setting can often detract dramatically from the desired outcome or effect, so it's key to ensure the selection of the right worktop for the job.

With curved cabinetry becoming much more popular in recent years, worktops are becoming much more curved too, and with this new trend we are seeing the wider use of more interesting edge profiles such as shark nose profiles, waterfall profiles and everything in between.

Solid stone and many composite worktops are offered in a wide range of these profiles and can add value to the design when carried out properly, as well as adding a feeling of luxury and quality.

The use of the right profile with the right worktop choice adds an extra element that shows the process has been thoroughly thought through by the designer, and well executed by the installer.

But using the right profile for the right design and material is key.

The use of the well loved and more traditional ogee profile is commonly used with premium marble in traditional country style kitchens, a perfect combination most would agree, whereas the sleek sharks nose profile often lends itself better to more contemporary, curved kitchen designs.

The use of break-fronted furniture, integrated seamlessly with a solid stone, wooden or composite worktop adds a real feature to the kitchen space and allows for that portion of the kitchen to be a feature in its own right.

Combining worktop materials is also becoming a very popular choice for many consumers, which often sees more durable, easily maintainable materials such as granite, laminate or composites within the main work areas, and then more tactile materials such as oak or timber worktops in the breakfast bar, centre island or counter areas.

This combination of materials helps to create not only clearly defined zones within the kitchen space, but also design features that are pleasing to the eye too, adding value to the finished kitchen design.

If you're unsure of which combinations work best and what's possible, why not pop into one of our trade counters to see what's available and get some impartial advice on what might work well for your next project.

Forget Natural, Use Laminates!

Synergii Lunar Night

There's no doubt that people love natural stones such as granite or marble, but not everyone has an infinite budget and quite often a more cost effective solution is more suitable as it allows your customers to change the look of their kitchen more often without wasting very expensive items every time.

Wooden worktops are another popular item at the moment as consumers lean more towards the cosy, warmer tones in cabinetry, but again, these can often be expensive and not the easiest to maintain if you have a busy lifestyle.

So what's the answer?..... Laminate

Laminate worktops have come a long way in recent years, and can now offer a stunning range of styles, finishes and even textures to suit individual needs. Laminates are available in granite effect, wood effect and many other natural materials, and these days look much more realistic than you might think.

Texture is becoming big for laminate too and adds a sense of luxury and uniqueness.

Textured laminate worktops are very practical, easy to clean and wipe down, and don't cost the earth to buy. They're also much easier to fit and quicker to maintain, which is perfect for people with busy lifestyles or a family.

Another great thing about laminated worktops is that there are options to suit almost any budget. Our Fusion Laminate worktops for example are a superb and durable kitchen worktop product that caters to the standard price ranges expected for laminate worktops. These come in two thicknesses (28mm and 38mm) and are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles and finishes.

For those looking for something a little bit more premium, but still at a reasonable price, the Fusion Synergii range is a great option. With 38mm thick worktops being the norm, and a wide variety of finishes from black pearl, granite effect, marble effect, riverstone, wood block effects and 'Fizzy Beton' which provides a little sparkle, consumers are sure to find the right product for their requirements, and one that really looks and feels the part too!

The beauty of laminated worktops is that they are also perfect for heavy use areas, such as breakfast bars and centre islands, and can take the strain that everyday living often puts on kitchen worktops.

If you're in need of a little worktop inspiration, why not view our worktops online or visit our trade counter to see sample packs, which are also available to buy for demonstration purposes.

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