Your kitchen work surface is so much more than a place to prepare meals and rest your coffee cup. The material, texture, colour, finish and edge detail can help set the tone for the whole room, so it’s important that you select something that is both hard-wearing and visually pleasing too.

Engineered stone, or quartz, is a great option due to its robust nature and also the vast number of textures and finishes available.

In recent years, the detail and quality of these surfaces has progressed to such a level that it can be hard to tell them apart from the natural stone that inspires them. Consider the Supernatural Collection by Caesarstone for example; first launched in 2012 this selection of products was infused with natural, organic patterns that evoked marbles, granites and limestones. The collection has expanded over the years and recent launches include Empira White, White Attica and the stand-out Statuario Maximus.

According to Caesarstone “Each of these products features extraordinary veined patterns that look hewed from nature itself and their appeal lies in the carefully considered variation that runs across the slab. The delicate veins and tones have been created to reflect the natural patternation in marble, granite and limestone, whilst offering the natural resilience and durability associated with Caesarstone.”

With such variation accepted as an important part of each design, it can be useful for clients to see more than just a small sample when making their selection. This is where showroom based kitchen displays can be hugely advantageous. Visitors to Rencraft’s Tunbridge Wells Design Studio can see one of the Supernatural Collection’s flagship stones, Statuario Maximus, in all its glory as the work surface and statement splashback for one of our ground-floor kitchen displays.

This stone has been described by Caesarstone as “a strikingly elegant design which features intricate warm grey veins that sweep across a soft white base, enriched by delicate details which fade into the background of the design.” For us, we felt it brought an understated elegance to our design, pairing perfectly with the bespoke grey cabinetry and the statement Sub Zero and Wolf appliances.

Of course, this is just one of hundreds of work surfaces available, and your designer will be happy to talk you through the various options as part of your kitchen design process.

To start your journey, give our design team a call on 01732 762682 or 01892 520730 or email info@rencraft.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.