Over the years thicker, more substantial bench tops have dominated the kitchen design style files, but it’s time for them to move over to make room for a range of THINNER benchtop styles! With recent advancement in technologies, stone tops are now available in a range of options …

Engineered surfaces from Caesarstone and Silestone offer a range of 12 and 13mm colours that are worth checking out, and Sintered Stone (Compact surfaces) such as Neolith and Dekton are fairly new bench top materials in Australia that also come in 12mm thick slabs. They come in a huge range of colours and finishes and quickly gaining in popularity.

Often these thinner benchtops will be complimented by a shadow line detail to the cabinetry. This lies just below the top to help emphasize its sleek, thin profile as shown in the image below.

Iron Corten

Neolith “Iron Corten” (12mm) with Shadowline

These thinner stones are also PERFECT for matching stone splashbacks, as their thinner profile will give you an extra 7-8mm of benchtop over using traditional 20mm stones.

Sintered Stone, or Compact Surfaces such as Neolith is also suitable for outdoor use (think Alfresco Kitchens and BBQ’s) and is heat and frost resistant, UV stable, scratch resistant and almost totally non-porous.

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