A material that has seen a surge for kitchen Worktops is Neolith, replicating marble and stone. Neolith has a revolutionary manufacturing process using 100% natural materials, extreme heat and intense pressure. The end result is a porcelain material that is extremely durable.


Neolith kitchen worktops iron grey

Worktops & Fascia’s


This man made natural material has some desirable qualities including. Resistant to scratching, chemical cleaning agents and surface Colour fading to name a few. Offering a well thought-out range of finishes to suit the modern kitchen while also being very practical in a kitchen environment.

Neolith Iron Blue

Iron Blue




Finishes range from polished, to river washed. As this is a porcelain it can also be used in bathrooms, Interiors and even external facades. The surface adds another texture and interest in any Interior space and is one that as a Designer I get excited to use it within my schemes.

Neolith Flooring












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The Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

The humble sink – A key part of a kitchen and not to be over looked.

It’s surprisingly around your kitchen sink area that you spend the most time so it is important to consider which sink works best for you. Unlike many integrated products within the kitchen that can be hidden behind closed doors the kitchen sink is always on show. So Style and sophistication to suit the room is paramount.

Different styles and finishes of sinks can enhance a design and set a tone for many other additions within the kitchen. Key features to look out for when choosing your sink and taps are; longevity, robustness, do they evoke ease & comfort of use? Both not only need to work effortlessly together but need to be well paired in design and function.

Your sink should suit the way you prefer to use your kitchen. What’s becoming more popular if your kitchen size and style permits, is a secondary prep sink. Ideally located near the prep and cooking area. This can be a great advantage when preparing fruit, vegetables, or when multiple people are cooking in the kitchen.


Stainless Steel Sinks

Practicality works hand in hand with good design, stainless steel is one of the leading styles due to its low maintenance properties.


  • Stainless Steel sinks have great durability giving your sink longevity
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Resistant to chipping, cracking & premature wear
  • Easy to clean & does not harbour bacteria
  • Price, although some stainless sinks can be expensive in general a quality stylish stainless steel sinks are the most affordable option


  • There are not many cons to stainless steel sinks but cheaper options may be less aesthetically pleasing to the eye


Franke Kubus KBX 1.5 Stainless steel kitchen sink

Franke Kubus KBX 1.5 Stainless steel sink and cosmic black granite

Ceramic Sinks

Ceramic or porcelain sinks offer the wow factor and are available in porcelain, standard ceramic or fireclay with the latter being the most durable & expensive. A few points about fireclay ceramics.


  • Heat, impact, dirt & stain Resistant
  • Resistant to chemicals due to heavy duty glazed surface
    • The heavy duty glazed surface is also resilient to chips & scratches while also making the surface hypoallergenic.


  • Although white ceramic sinks can achieve the look within the kitchen it is worth considering that they will show more dirt and require a little more TLC when compared to stainless steel sinks.
  • The fireclay version is very resilient but if a chip or deep scratch does occur the coating will be compromised.


English Classic Kitchen Featuring Belfast ceramic kitchen sink

Belfast Ceramic Sink and Silestone Worktop

Corian Sinks (Acrylic)

Acrylic composites are becoming more popular allowing for seamless design where worktop & bowl are moulded as one.


  • Design flexibility allowing to be moulded into any shape
  • easily integrated into Corian worktops
  • No visible joints
  • Hygenic
  • If any damage does occur it can be easily repaired


  • Acrylic Sinks do not like excessive heat so boiling water taps and Corian sinks do not work well together
  • Corian can scratch easily and although it can be repaired this could be costly if you scratch the material on a regular basis
  • Sharp and heavy objects can damage Corian
  • needs to be cleaned everyday and be kept dry to avoid a surface haze as a result of water being left on the surface.


Shaped Corian Worktop & Kitchen Sink

Corian Sink and Shaped Corian Worktop





Pop Up Sockets

Pop Up Sockets Review & Information


Making the Right Choice:

With several pop up sockets on the market there is a variety to choose from offering a suitable solution to worktop power in the kitchen and other areas around the home. Acanthus have been installing pop up sockets for many years and they are far from a new invention. We have noticed that most on the market are cheap looking items made from thin plastic and are not so much pop up but more drag up manually.

As leaders in kitchen & furniture design we always seek out the best products on the market to use in our installations offering you the very best the market has to offer while still taking into account the cost of such items. One of our top items we highly recommend are these pop up sockets. 

An intelligent design offering not just a reliable durable product but a piece of kit that ticks all the boxes!

Pop Up Sockets

  • Reliable
  • Durable
  • Motorised
    • A Membrane switch included which hides neatly under the from edge of your worktop.
  • Available in 2 powder coated finishes (Black or White)
    • Custom colours available on request
  • Option of Additional Remote control
  • 1 double socket or 2 double sockets (1 front & 1 Back)
  • Matching Lid (Not included, to be made from the same worktop material as the work surface your mounting into)

Full range Of Pop Up Sockets Are Available with Most Furniture Purchase’s From Acanthus Design.

If you are interested in Purchasing A Pop up Socket As part Of A New Kitchen Or Furniture Installation. Please Contact Us For Your Free No Obligation Quotation.

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Acanthus English Classic Kitchen Featuring Quooker Boiling Tap

Which Instant Boiling Tap To Choose?

Instant Boiling Taps

So What is an Instant Boiling Water Tap?

In essence the boiling water tap is not really a new invention. Most are based around commercial boiling water systems found in many restaurants, hotels and alike around the world.

The Boiling Water taps currently on offer are simply Water tanks to keep water hot and a faucet to dispense the boiling liquid. However Zip does offer a Tap that does everything! from boiling to sparkling water. Zip offers more versatility with just a single tap if you’re willing to spend a bit more.

What Taps Are Available?

There are several taps on the market now with some of the more well-known brands such as Quooker & Zip becoming common household names with programs like The British Bake Off featuring The Quooker Tap. Here is just a few of the instant hot water taps available at the moment worth considering:


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Why Buy A Boiling Water Tap?

There are many reasons to buy a boiling water tap & good reasons to consider keeping your kettle. Boiling water taps can save you money but in general the cost of these taps to buy and maintain will out weight the ability to ever save money!

Save Money?

Andy Smale, technical director at Expert Energy (a Group of independent energy consultants). Calculated that the difference in savings were in fact minimal. Mr Smale said that the amount of energy it would take to make six 250ml cups of tea/coffee on six occasions. With a kettle would cost 5.46p per 24 hrs. When compared to the Quooker Tap Mr Smale found that the same six cups. Would be equal to 5.27p per 24hrs. Showing very little if any savings when you consider the Initial cost of a Quooker tap.

Although his calculations show very little difference in savings. You have to consider very few of us boil just enough water for a cup of tea with our kettles. Quooker have estimated their tap gives you a saving of a hundred litres of water per year! With what would normally have been wasted in over filling kettles. Sounds good but the average 1.5litre Kettle costs around 2.5p per boil according to Npower. So that only equates to a waste saving of £25.00 per year.


So if there are very little savings to be made once you have your boiling tap then why invest in buying one to begin with? For most people there are many reasons for having an instant hot water tap & top of the list has to be practicality! Once you have your tap fitted you have instant hot water 24-7 meaning no more standing around wasting time waiting for a kettle to boil whether your making a cup of tea or filling a pan to boil your veg for an evening meal. Having a Boiling Tap Also free’s up valuable worktop space & with most models having a child safety feature built in they can also offer a safer kitchen environment for your family.

Our Recommendation

We have installed a host of various boiling water taps over the years in our clients Kitchens & we always recommend Quooker & Zip with Quooker being our all-round favourite on Price, Size of Unit & Reliability.

The Quooker Tap for us offers good value compared to other taps on the market and the Quooker fusion offers both a high quality Tap and Great design incorporating a child safety feature for those of us with young children at home.

We would also recommend Checking how hard your water is? Although we have never had an issue with hardness of water in the area’s we have fitted these taps we have however heard many reports of taps failing after just a year due to hard water issues so bear this in mind.


In conclusion Buying a boiling water tap is not going to greatly reduce your electricity bill. However most boiling water tap owners will agree that these taps are almost life changing. A lot of technology is making life more complicated but a boiling tap simply saves time without complcation! Whether you choose the most expensive unit on the market or opt for the budget option having a boiling tap is for us a must have.


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Which Kitchen Worktops To Choose?, Corian? Granite? Neolith?

Kitchen worktops

Choosing Kitchen worktops can be a minefield of too many choices. Our Clients often ask what is the best choice of work surface in a kitchen?. The easiest answer to this is divided between a client’s personal Preference to colour & style, Usage, Design & Budget.

However each work surface does carry its own pros and cons. Highlighted below are a few of the more popular surfaces available, to help you in making the right purchase.



Granite has probably been the most common material when people talk about Kitchen worktops.

Positives, Granite is an extremely hard wearing material formed over millions of years under extreme pressure. As such it is a wide varying and beautiful material, which dependant on the variation can have many natural features.

Negatives, Granite can be a porous material, (some more than others). Granite can be sealed to limit its porous nature & helps to prevent staining.


Pictured Below is a Recent Contemporary English Classic Kitchen. Featuring two variations of Granite, Cosmic black & the complimentary stone being Super white, (actually more of a grey) but we felt the two materials complimented each other perfectly when designing this Kitchen.

Acanthus Design kitchen Featuring Cosmic Black & Super White Granite Kitchen Worktops




Quartz is quickly becoming the most commonly used work surface throughout the industry. A man made material made from combining granite’s and quartz crystals, mirror chips and resins. Quartz does actually fall into lots of brands, Silestone, Ceasarstone, Polarstone & Decton. Branded as almost unique products but all share similar qualities in their production.

Positives, Quartz like granite is a hard wearing material ideal for Kitchen Worktops. However unlike natural stone Quartz is non porous due to the introduction of the resin during the manufacturing. It is also mould, mildew and heat resistant for the same reasons.

Negatives, The biggest downfall of Quartz is you just don’t get the effect of it being a natural material. There are brands such as Polarstone are producing surfaces that mimic a natural stone (which they are doing quite well). Quartz still does not have the edge if you like that natural beauty found in Granite.


Pictured Below is a project where the client wanted a flat even colour which would not distract from the kitchen. For him Silestone Gris Expo did just that, quite a subtle and understating look.

Acanthus Design English Classic Kitchen Featuring Silestone Gris Expo Kitchen Worktops & Quooker Tap



Although I’m labelling as Corian, this surface is actually a composite & Corian is the leading brand. Corian is made up of various resins, fillers and pigments (Basically plastics). Predominately used in a lot of dental surgeries and any of your local fast food takeaways. However this material does have a lot going for it when we think about kitchen Worktops.

Positives, Corian is a very versatile material, it can be produced as one seamless top by bonding together individual tops & sanding them in position. Corian can be heated & Shaped, so when we think of curves we have to consider Corian.

Negatives, for as many positives Corian has there are just as many negatives, cost wise it can be more expensive than Granite and Quartz, it can scratch quite easily and for the overall look it can seem a bland option for a kitchen.


Looking at the negatives you wouldn’t use Corian, however when you see what Corian can do you can almost forgive its negatives and just admire what is possible.

Pictured below is an Acanthus Milano Kitchen Featuring Corian Kitchen Worktops.

Milano Kitchen By Acanthus Design Featuring Corian Kitchen Worktops



Neolith is a porcelain material that comes in a thickness of 4 or 6mm, it is then mitred up to form a thicker top with the use of packers. As a material porcelain is extremely touch material. To the point of being virtually scratch resistant.

Positives, has to be its toughness, no other material is as scratch resistant as or as tough as Neolith. From initial testing it is virtually indestructible. Neolith can also be used as wall panelling, door panels & flooring, so its versatility has to be a plus point.

Negatives, Neolith is one of the most expensive worktop materials available making it a negative for many people. It also lacks the feel of both Granite and Quartz.


For the right client with the right design this material can look amazing, very modern and even leaning towards industrial.

Neolith La Boheme Kitchen Worktops

In Summary

Your work surface is often a reflection of your design and your personal taste. Whether it is natural beauty, sleek even tones, quirky curves or ultra-modernist industrial. None of the above are ever a wrong decision & that is the reason we use all of them for individual merits.


Thanks for taking the time to read this short insight to types of worktops available & that it may help you in making the right selection for your next project.


Mike Skarratts