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Granite worktops – when light is right

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WorktopEnvy.com supplied and fitted this bright Angel Cream granite worktop for our friends at Hothe Fine Kitchens, Ruthin, North Wales
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to see the light in your granite kitchen worktops? Let our Angel Cream granite convert you. For nothing unites the beauty of natural stone with that fresh modern look quite like this magnificent Indian material. As an alternative to the sometimes clinical colours of engineered stone quartz worktops, Angel Cream and its cousins River White and White Topazio are tough to beat – in every sense. Not only is granite among the hardest materials in nature but each slab is different, guaranteeing a truly unique worktop statement. Here our first-quality Angel Cream granite, with its tight ivory grain and tracts of beige and grey, gloriously finishes a superb shaker kitchen crafted by our friends at Hothe Fine Kitchens in North Wales. Proprietor Sam Hothe told WorktopEnvy.com: “The brief was simple – create something timeless yet modern. And Angel Cream works brilliantly with the matte white of the units but also picks up the warm colours of the traditional fired-clay tiled floor. We’re very happy with the results.” As with all ‘highly-directional’ granite – that’s to say with lots of movement within its patterning – it’s vital to choose a granite supplier that will work sensitively to ensure that movement flows with your kitchen’s requirements (trust us – nothing looks worse than expensive granite fitted together with clashing grains). Equally, light-coloured granite should be factory-sealed to protect against staining, something we do THREE times as standard.  To see samples of our stones up close and personal, you can visit our North Wales factory showroom serving Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire, Chester and Greater Manchester, or our South London showroom serving London, Surrey and the South East – or just click here. Learn more about our expert processes here, inspire your kitchen worktop look here – or check out our world of natural and engineered stone and get a quick quote here. Alternatively, just Request a Call Back to discuss your needs.

Granite – What’s Trending?

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Gorgeous brown and graphite grey granite with matte antiqued finish installed for Hothe Fine Kitchens by WorktopEnvy.comWHITE quartz worktops and their black granite cousins are Britain’s best-loved kitchen stone work-surfacing – amassing more than 8,000 UK Google searches every month. But for all the beauty and durability of natural granite like Absolute Black or quartz brands like Silestone and Cimstone, there are myriad lesser-known alternatives. And here is one of WorktopEnvy’s top picks for something that little bit different – matte-honed Antique Brown granite. Of the hundreds of stones we supply, this is an incredibly tactile granite worktop that’s almost satiny to touch. Up close and personal, its understated yet vivid graphite-like patterning shimmers gunmetal-grey and silver. Here, this gorgeous Italian material looks timeless on cream Shaker units built bespoke by our friends at Hothe Fine Kitchens, who supply their superior hand-made products to the North West of England and North Wales. Director Sam Hothe said: “We wanted contrast between our units and granite worktops in this kitchen but were keen to avoid anything too stark. When we supply a kitchen we’re always thinking about adding textures for interest, so the Antique Brown was a natural choice. It fulfils the role of black granite but with a more gentle overall finish. We specified softened corners around the ceramic Butler sink and we’re really pleased with the results. It goes without saying that we have high expectations of our quartz and granite suppliers and the guys at WorktopEnvy meet those expectations.” WorktopEnvy’s aim is to provide a web-leading selection of natural and engineered stone for customers across the country to enjoy. In the past month we’ve installed quartz and granite worktops in London, Surrey, Essex, Kent, Merseyside, Northamptonshire, Manchester, Birmingham and Dorset – with our commercial work also nominated for a prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards gong. Add to that our website’s extensive Inspiration and independent style guide and it’s easy to see why WorktopEnvy.com is truly Britain’s granite and quartz worktop specialist. We make our worktops with love – and sell factory-direct. To learn more about our ordering processes or to get a quote click here – or Request a Call Back for a chat.

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Worktops for a gong

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Kenyan Blackwood Marble gorgeousness produced by WorktopEnvy.com for our commercial partners

WHETHER it’s white quartz stone worktops or black granite in a residential kitchen, or a high-end commercial project, WorktopEnvy loves to deliver. So today we’re enormously proud to announce that our superior stone-work is up for TWO gongs at the prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013.  It’s not every day that one enjoys a champagne moment, but it’s easy to see why the inverted waterfall edge-detail of this expansive bar in the Luggage Room at London’s Grosvenor Square Marriott Hotel caught the RABD judges’ attention. And now we’re on a shortlist of just seven to win the Best Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel category. Crafted by our expert masons from Kenyan Blackwood marble, this five-tiered worktop is now being enjoyed by the discerning denizens of one of the capital’s hottest nightspots. Each layer, bonded precisely together, has a delicate rounded bull-nosed edge finish to create a functional piece of art. Our chairman William Evans worked alongside one of the best design outfits in the world, Fabled Studio, to produce this fabulous example of our trade. He said: “It’s great to be nominated but the truth is it was just another day’s work for us. We apply exactly the same standards of quality and attention-to-detail in every project we take on. Most of all I’m delighted for the stonemasons on my factory floor and the fitting teams who worked through the night to complete this project for Fabled Studio. Like us, Fabled Studio has high expectations of its work and insists its contractors exercise the same level of craft and care. They were a delight to work with.” The full Luggage Room project involved far more than simply making this beautiful bar. We also fabricated and installed a truly stunning art-deco-style fireplace and staircase and laid metre after metre of Turkish Lilac marble flooring, book-matched to radiate natural symmetry using techniques preferred by the finest violin makers. Our work has also helped another of our valued clients onto the Awards’ shortlist, this time in London’s Best Multiple Restaurant category. To learn more about the Calacatta Oro marble we installed at Piccolino Cicchetti, check here. for Best  weighed in with a second nomination To discuss your private or commercial stone-work needs just Request a Call Back or email info@worktopenvy.com. And wish us luck!

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Silestone Chrome grey sparkly quartz

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Silestone-Chrome-grey-sparkly-quartz-worktopSILESTONE Chrome is the ultimate sparkly grey quartz worktop material – beflecked with zinc chips to add bling to your kitchen or bathroom. The Spanish market leaders use special Bacteriostatic silver technology (along with loads of lovely sparkle) to make their quartz worktops hygienic by design, inhibiting the growth of bugs and giving added peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Because this engineered stone is vibro-compressed into high density slabs it is scientifically stain-proof, guaranteeing spectacular looks and performance. Silestone Chrome quartz captures the modern kitchen industrial-chic look perfectly and, when installed by trusted Approved Fabricators like WorktopEnvy, will provide years of hassle-free use in your home. And as with all Silestone products, Chrome quartz comes with its own 10-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in the material. Not that you’re in any way limited to one brand with our web-leading range of quartz worktop materials. We’ve built-in filtering functions to our Products pages to help you get an easy and informed view on more than 200 striking styles, types and colours – all carefully sourced across a wide range of affordability. You can also check out more pictures of Silestone Chrome here, learn how to get a factory-direct price, or scroll through our other Inspiration posts for more awesome ideas to help you achieve your dream kitchen worktop look. Or you can pick up tips from our independent interior design expert Mhairi Coyle about the hottest kitchen looks for 2013 – and learn how to add timeless elements to any kitchen scheme. The best way to get an accurate price is to email us a drawing of your kitchen plan to info@worktopenvy.com so feel free to drop us a line. Alternatively you can Request a Call Back to discuss your kitchen worktop needs with one of our experts over here >>>

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Cimstone Kromit

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Cimstone Kromit quartz worktops have inclusions of glass and slivers of polished metal to give your kitchen surfaces real visual depth and sparkle. Like all Cimstone’s products Kromit has a 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.

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Cimstone Antrasit

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Cimstone Antrasit quartz worktops shimmer with tiny metallic filings within a deep grey base colour. Ore-some in a contemporary kitchen.

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Cimstone Olympos

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Cimstone Olympos is good value for the higher end of the marble-effect quartz worktop market. Its design nods toward the classic Carrara ‘C’ marble look, yet Olympos enjoys all the performance benefits of a premium engineered stone. A heavenly worktop material!

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Cimstone Smyrna

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Cimstone Smyrna is a warm grey ‘marbled’ quartz worktop with light cream ‘cat’s paw’ faux veining.  A smart way to get the look of natural stone with the benefits of man-made composite. Decent value for this type of finish.

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Cimstone Gharma

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Cimstone Gharma is a dark greige – that’s grey and beige folks! – quartz worktop that gives contemporary cool to modern kitchens. A great alternative to the usual ranges of grey quartz on the market; Gharma is just that little bit different.

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