While bathroom worktops must ideally remain uncluttered if guests are to be impressed with your spotless bathroom; they are an important part of the functionality of the room. An important point to keep in mind when choosing a worktop is the material of which it is composed. Wooden may look well as a part of your bathroom, but they are notoriously difficult to keep clean. Even varnished wood can become worn over time, allowing liquid to seep in between cracks, holes, or dents in the varnish, thereby encouraging permanent staining of the wood underneath. For this reason, more and more people are opting for granite or marble work surfaces in their bathrooms. Although these materials may be slightly more expensive than their wooden counterparts, you will reap the rewards in terms of a reduced cleaning effort, enhanced durability, and fewer worktop replacements in the long term. Some even choose to use glass as a worktop surface due to the modern and cutting edge look of this material; however glass is notoriously difficult to keep looking clean, and can look out of place in some bathrooms.
Design Tip: Worktops can also be installed with metal consoles.
A worktop can be made to compliment and contrast the design of your sink and fittings in order to add to the look of the bathroom. Black worktops contrast well with white fittings, for example, and bowl shaped sinks work well in the centre of a square work surface. An interesting design idea which is becoming more and more prominent is that of integrating sinks into the worktop surface itself (making it a recessed installation). This continuous surface is much easier to keep clean, since any splashes or spills are able to run directly into the sink once again, and there are no tight corners or inaccessible pockets at the interface between the sink and worktop which would otherwise trap dirt.