Surface design ideas for your next project

Kitchen worksurfaces are available in a variety of materials from premium natural finishes, to solid surface composites that emulate the look and feel of real stone without the maintenance.

A variety of textures such wood grains, stone or slate make it easy for designers to offer contemporary, timeless designs. The versatile nature of solid surface composites means they are not only durable and stain-resistant, but are easily cut to any size or shape so installers can achieve a custom fit. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the need for hygiene-enabling products in hospitality venues, the workplace and the home. Antibacterial surfaces such as those manufactured by Staron and CTD Architectural Tiles are both non-porous and durable, impervious to moisture and suppress mould and germs.

Surface Trends

Urban designs such as plaster effects, or concrete, deliver an elegant feel and this trend will continue into 2021.  There is also an emphasis on natural styling – Nina Bailey, Formica Group Design Manager – tells us they have harnessed both trends with their new Axiom collection. 

“The new Axiom Collection perfectly captures the key trends of kitchen design for both now and the future, with an emphasis on nature and the outside world clear to see.”

Simon Boocock, Managing Director, CRL Stone agrees and tells us contrasting colours and accents will also distinguish kitchen surface design this year, as the trend for darker design elements develops.

“The trend for dark surfaces in the kitchen has emerged as a result of the shift towards two-tone kitchens and bathrooms. Dark worktops and countertops can be offset by lighter furniture and bright ‘colour pops’ to ensure they work in any sized room and create an air of luxury and sophistication.”


Splashbacks can be used to add a note of colour, texture or pattern to your design. Sleek and contemporary, they create a hygienic, clean finish and although ideally suite to the wall behind the kitchen sink they can be positioned along the entire length of the work surface.

Traditionally manufactured from glass or tile, the Alusplash collection offers a greener alternative, certified as Green Label its aluminium based interior wall panel uses less energy and water than glass and its material suppliers are also located within a 500 miles of the factory.