5 tips for choosing a modern worktop

Choose the perfect worktop for a contemporary kitchen using these professional tips

Fenix contemporary kitchen worktop
Image: Grigio Efeso Solid FENIX NTM
(Image credit: Worktop Express)

If you're redesigning a kitchen this year, then a brand-new kitchen worktop is on the cards, especially if you're switching from a traditional to a more contemporary kitchen style. The worktop is the largest surface in your kitchen, and its look and feel will set the tone for the whole room, so you will want it to be spot-on in order to achieve a cohesive and streamlined modern look. Kitchen worktop experts from Worktop Express offer their top tips for choosing modern FENIX NTM worktops. 

1. Decide on the right look for a contemporary kitchen

Fenix contemporary kitchen worktop

Image: Grigio Bromo Solid FENIX NTM

(Image credit: Worktop Express)

Before you can dive deeper into the technical specifications of your chosen worktop, you'll need to get the modern look right. While there is no single 'correct' modern look for kitchen worktops, some worktop designs just work so much better for contemporary design schemes. Marble, granite, and patterned stone tend to work better in classic or traditional kitchens, luxurious as these materials are. Monochrome, solid-colour finish designs tend to work much better; geometric and angular shapes are also better than rounded worktops with ornate detail. 

2. Opt for an ultra-matt finish

Fenix contemporary kitchen worktop

Image: Nero Ingo Bonded FENIX NTM

(Image credit: Worktop Express)

If there's one element you should go for when choosing a contemporary worktop, it's an ultra-matt finish with low light-reflecting properties. This is especially important if your kitchen gets plenty of light – you want it to illuminate the kitchen without blinding you with too many reflections. The ultra-matt options from FENIX NTM worktops minimise reflections more effectively than those made from other materials. They also feature a soft-touch texture that gives the worktops a premium feel that is perfect for a luxurious centrepiece for a kitchen.

3. Consider how much maintenance your worktop will need

Fenix contemporary kitchen worktop

Image: Bianco Kos Solid FENIX NTM

(Image credit: Worktop Express)

A successful modern kitchen design is always a low-maintenance design, so you should always do research into your worktop material and just how appropriate it actually is for heavy daily use. The FENIX NTM worktops are made using an innovative technology that create anti-fingerprint worktops that are resistant to superficial micro-scratches, and even gives you the ability to repair such scratches at home using thermo-healing. 

4. Match the colour of your worktop to other kitchen elements

Fenix contemporary kitchen worktop

Image: Bianco Kos Solid FENIX NTM

(Image credit: Worktop Express)

Colour matching is the easiest way to achieve a striking contemporary look, so consider using the same material for your worktop as you'll be using for your backsplash, or match the colour of your worktop and your sink. FENIX NTM, for example, is a material that be used to match your worktop and splashback panels, upstands, and sinks, in several modern neutral shades. 

5. Order samples before committing 

Fenix contemporary kitchen worktop

Image: Piombo Doha Solid FENIX NTM

(Image credit: Fenix)

Most importantly, you need to be certain that the look and feel of your worktop material appeals to you personally before you commit to having it installed in your kitchen. A good worktop manufacturer should provide you with samples and answer any questions you may have about installation and maintenance of your new worktop. 

FENIX NTM worktops are available in five elegant colours and two unique constructions, Solid and Bonded, allowing customers to choose the perfect worktop for their home. You can learn more about FENIX NTM worktops and order samples at Worktop Express.