The Best Materials to use when upgrading your kitchen in 2022

If you are considering upgrading your kitchen to give it a new lease of life or even a complete renovation, then you will want to use materials that are hard wearing and stylish. The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home and as a result it can quickly start to show its age if you do not use suitable materials in its construction. Modern materials offer both hard-wearing qualities but also appeal to today’s design and style themes.

Here are just some of the materials that you should consider incorporating into you upcoming kitchen designs.


As with kitchen units wood is another good option for flooring but engineered wood is preferable to solid wood floors in the kitchen. Solid wood can warp when exposed to spills and liquids. The durable top layer of engineered wood makes it more stain resistant and less prone to warping. Laminate flooring is also a firm favourite in kitchen floor design due to its durability and pricing that ranges from budget to more expensive. Ceramic tiled floors are also a good option for strength, ease of cleaning and their inexpensive price.

Kitchen units

The most common material in modern kitchen cabinet design is still wood. Higher price cabinets tend to be made of hardwood as its greater density and weight make it an exceptionally durable material that offers excellent resistance to scratches and dents.

Units made of hardwood tend to have an exceedingly long lifespan as a result. The only real downside to this material is that significant changes in room temperature can cause the wood to warp and bend. Stainless steel has been used in the catering industry for many years now for both kitchen units and countertops. It is also an exceptionally tough material and is easy to clean. Spills and stains can be spotted and removed quickly on such kitchen units which makes it an ideal choice in professional catering. It is less popular in the home though where woods still tend to be the materials of choice.

Ultimately your choice of kitchen unit material depends on your tastes and budget but it is worth contacting a kitchen design company such as who can help you decide which material is right for your design, taste and budget.

Consider your countertops

Your kitchen countertops and work surfaces will experience use several times a day and as a result must be exceptionally hard wearing. Granite has been the material of choice for many years due to its high durability. Whilst it is quite expensive, the costs have lowered in recent years due to new manufacturing techniques allowing the use of engineered stone which uses a mix of stone and resins in its manufacturing process. Engineered stone (of which quartz is a variety) also has the added benefit of being lighter than conventional granite. If you have a higher budget for your countertops and worksurfaces it is worth considering marble in your designs. Whilst it is extremely expensive in comparison to other stones the main feature of it is its hard-wearing properties and especially its beautiful looks. No two pieces of marble are the same so you can guarantee that your marble surfaces will be unique.

If you are on a budget but really want to have marble in your kitchen, consider using it solely in your kitchen island design to limit costs.