kitchen worktop ideas showing Caesarstone® worktop in Bianco Drift

Worktop ideas – 12 designs for a stunning kitchen

As well as being an everyday functional surface to prepare your meals on, your worktop is an integral part of your kitchen design. Or it certainly can be if you put some thought into it.

Most people opt for a worktop design that simply sits on their cabinets and blends in with the rest of the kitchen. But there are so many other things you can do with it that will significantly impact the overall look of the room.

Here are 12 worktop ideas you may not have thought about that will make your worktop stylish and practical.

1. Create a waterfall worktop

There’s no need to limit worktops to sitting horizontally on top of cabinets. They can be used vertically as well. So, instead of using cabinet side panels at the end of a run, why not use the worktop and create a waterfall effect instead?

Black and white kitchen with pale grey HI-MACS® worktop in Strato Slate
This HI-MACS® worktop in Strato Slate has been wrapped down the side of the kitchen island to create a stylish look.

Not only does this worktop idea look sleek and elegant, but it’s practical too. Because a worktop is more robust than cabinets, it can withstand the bumps and knocks those exposed ends are prone to. Especially if you choose a hardwearing worktop material like sintered stone, quartz or acrylic.

2. Mix and match worktop materials

Mixing worktop materials not only enhances the look of your kitchen, but it’s practical too. If you don’t want to mix the materials, you can mix and match colours instead.

In this kitchen, a Dekton® worktop in Sirius has been used in work areas, while a wooden worktop separates the island.

Choose a durable, high-performance material, like sintered stone, acrylic or quartz for the work areas and mix it with less durable materials, like wood, in eating areas.

3. Wrap the worktop around your kitchen island

If you have enough room for an island in your kitchen, make it stand out by wrapping your worktop around the sides. You can either extend the panels to the floor or stop part of the way down, leaving your cabinets exposed at the bottom to act as a plinth.

Cosentino Silestone® worktop in Desert Silver
This Silestone® worktop in Desert Silver has been wrapped around the kitchen island to break up the solid wood of the cabinets.

Sintered stone, acrylic or quartz are the best materials for this worktop idea because they’re available in thin, lightweight slabs. But if you prefer the look of wood or marble, there are sintered stone worktop colours and designs that look like those materials too.

4. Integrate a breakfast bar

When you’re cooking, it’s lovely for guests or family to have somewhere to sit and chat while you’re doing it. That’s where this breakfast bar worktop idea comes in. You simply have the worktop cut bigger than the cabinets so it extends out and allows bar stools to fit underneath.

Contemporary kitchen with an island with white cabinets and an acrylic worktop
This acrylic worktop has been extended over the edge of the island cabinets to create a breakfast bar.

You’ll need to use a robust and solid worktop material like acrylic, sintered stone or quartz to get this look.

5. Add a flush-mounted hob

This worktop design idea is a must if ultra-sleek and contemporary is the look you’re going for in your kitchen. A flush-mounted hob sits in a recess in the worktop, so the work surface and hob’s surface are level. It looks stunning, and it’s practical because grease and dirt don’t get trapped around the hob’s edges, making it easier to clean.

Black and white kitchen with a large island covered in a white and grey Durasein® worktop with a flush-mounted hob
The flush-mounted hob installed into this Durasein® worktop gives the kitchen a designer look.

You can install a flush-mounted hob with any solid surface worktop material, such as natural or sintered stone, acrylic or quartz.

6. Add curves

Curved worktop edging is popular in kitchens because it softens the overall look. It’s practical, too, particularly if you have kids because curves round off sharp corners that could be a hazard. Curves in worktops can be cut to mirror curved kitchen cabinets. Or you can create unusual shapes on a breakfast bar, for example.

White kitchen with white Durasein® curved worktops
This Durasein® worktop has been shaped to match the profile of the curved cabinets on the small island.

Choose any solid surface worktop material, such as natural or sintered stone, acrylic or quartz, to get the curves and shapes you want.

7. Choose a worktop colour that stands out

This kitchen worktop design idea also wraps the worktop around your kitchen island. But this time, it’s about going bold with your colour and design choice.

Silestone Eternal Marquina Worktop
This Silestone® worktop by Cosentino in Eternal Marquina makes a bold statement in this white kitchen/dining room.

To get this look, keep your cabinets and décor neutral, then pick a worktop that contrasts. Think about using bold colours and patterns to make it stand out and become the hero of your kitchen design.

8. Complement the worktop with an eye-catching splashback

Splashbacks are practical for protecting your walls from dirt and grease, and they look great too. Of course, you can always opt for a splashback that matches your worktop, but if you want to add the wow factor, why not go for one that contrasts instead?

Cosentino Dekton® backsplash in Trilium
This Dekton® splashback in Trilium looks spectacular and creates a contemporary feel to this kitchen.

Choose a design and colour with a random pattern that’s really striking. For example, this Dekton® splashback in Trillium looks like a piece of art.

9. Add a moulded sink and drainer grooves

The sink area takes up a lot of space on a kitchen worktop. And a conventional sink and drainer combo can stand out like a sore thumb. These kitchen worktop design ideas fix that.

Some worktop materials, such as Corian® and Silestone®, have integrated sinks available made from the same materials. And all solid surface worktop materials, such as acrylic, sintered stone and quartz, can have drainer grooves or a recessed drainer cut into the surface. This makes the whole sink area blend seamlessly into the kitchen. And it makes the area a lot easier to clean too.

You can get moulded sinks with Silestone® quartz and any acrylic worktop. Or buy a separate undermount sink and team it with any solid surface worktop instead.

White Cosentino Silestone® worktop with integrated sink
This Silestone® worktop by Cosentino has two integrated Silestone® sinks, which blend seamlessly into the worktop.

10. Add a steel-bottomed sink

Kitchen sink area with a copper 1810 Axix sink and tap and white acrylic worktops
This copper effect 1810 Axix sink with matching taps looks stunning against the white acrylic worktop.

This is another sink and worktop design idea, but we love it so much we couldn’t leave it out. Instead of a fully moulded sink, why not have a half moulded-half steel-bottomed sink?

The image shows an 1810 Axix sink in copper effect with matching taps. The sink forms the base, and the sides are made from the same material as the worktop.

As with a fully moulded sink, the area still blends beautifully into the worktop, but that sink bottom is designed to stand out as a stunning feature.

11. Add levels

Adding an extra piece of worktop to your kitchen at a different level from the main worktop is a simple worktop idea that has a significant impact. Use this design technique to separate out spaces, such as the preparation and dining spaces. You could also choose a different colour or material for the extra level that contrasts or complements the main worktop to make it stand out.

White kitchen island with a Corian worktop in white and a wooden breakfast bar
This Corian® worktop has been installed alongside a wooden worktop, placed at a higher level to create two separate areas.

To get this look, you can use any worktop material you like.

12. Add lights

Lighting can dramatically change the mood of a room. So, when thinking about what lights you want in your kitchen, as well as task lights, add some lights for ambience. This worktop idea involves having LED lights embedded around the edge of the worktop.

This worktop design idea can be achieved with any solid surface worktop.

White kitchen island with a white acrylic worktop embedded with LED strip lights around the edge
This acrylic worktop has an LED strip light embedded into its edge to create an ambience in the kitchen.

Do you need more kitchen worktop ideas?

Here are some more handy guides to help you choose the best worktop for you:

What is the best kitchen worktop material? A buyers guide
How to choose the best worktop colour for your kitchen
The top 4 things to consider when choosing a kitchen worktop

If you need help bringing your worktop ideas to life, we’ll be happy to offer advice. Contact us through our contact form or give us a call on 01937 222170.