So you’ve decided on wood countertops. Whether freshly cut live-edge walnut, reclaimed-pine floorboards, butcher block from Ikea or something else, congratulations. You’ve chosen a material that’s a depaCupboard Cabinet rture from today’s most popular choices, and you’ll be adding warmth and texture to your kitchen. Did I mention that I’m biased? My kitchen countertops are reclaimed-wood floorboards from my attic and I love them. Wood countertops used to be more prevalent in traditional homes, but today they warm up many contemporary and modern kitchens, presenting a strong contrast to sleek surfaces like white lacquer cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The deep archive of European photos on Houzz showed me that wood is a Cupboard Cabinet go-to material for Europeans, and they use it with aplomb. Whether in a traditional London townhouse, a simple Scandinavian cabin or a sleek German apartment, Europeans make great use of wood countertops and offer many wonderful backsplash pairings. Because wood shows up in such a wide range of kitchens, I’ve organized the options below by style.What to know about wood countertops "Traditional
Beadboard. Wood countertops and beadboard painted white are a classic traditional Cupboard Cabinet pairing. It’s an apt choice for a cottage kitchen look. Here the owners opted for hickory because of its hardness and density, then stained it dark to look like walnut. Bradley Van Der StraetenPainted brick. This look lends itself well to farmhouse, cottage, transitional and industrial looks. However, if you are someone who gets your kitchen really greasy or splattered, this is not the best option for you. Neither are the previous wood options — something more wipe-able like ceramic tile or glass will work better for the way you cook.British Standard by Plain EnglishHand-painted tile. In this traditional London home, the lively pattern in Cupboard Cabinet the tile picks up on the cabinet color and the colors in the wood. The backsplash appears only on this one accent wall; the rest of the counters are backsplash-free.
Subway tile. In my search, subway tile was by far the backsplash that showed up the most with wood countertops, no matter the style of room. However, the tiles are arranged, colored and grouted differently to suit different styles. Here the softer off-white biscuit hue lends a more aged look to a Cupboard Cabinet cottage kitchen.
Stacked stone. A range of tones in this rough-stacked stone works beautifully with the dark sipo mahogany counters. They both bring in natural elements that are balanced by stainless steel and white paint. thejoinery.comMatching wood. A coordinating cherry wood backsplash is a wonderfully crafted addition to this Craftsman kitchen. Note the way the edge was curved around the undermount sink.Spark Interior StyleEclectic
Colorful penny rounds. In this kitchen, handmade penny tiles add a liveliness Cupboard Cabinet via the backsplash. This tile is deceiving. Though it’s full of bright color, a close-up look reveals that the grout and colors in some of the more earthy-toned tiles pick up on the colors in the wood grain.
Antique tile. This resourceful homeowner added a mix of white and handpainted antique tiles to her eclectic kitchen. On the right side, she used beadboard.
Stainless steel. This home, in a converted woolen mill, has wonderful original Cupboard Cabinet elements like the exposed brick wall. Stainless steel (along with glossy cabinets) adds a sleek contrast to the solid maple countertops and aged brick.
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Calacatta marble. The large vein patterns typical of Calacatta make a wonderful impact when paired with wood. The marble is cool and elegant while the wood is warm and rustic.
Colored mosaic tile. In this likewise mostly white home, the backsplash and cabinetry offer a prime opportunity to add color, while the countertop is a chance to bring Cupboard Cabinet in the wonderful warmth of oak. IFUB*Here’s a closer look at the mosaic tile. Penguin Random House, LLCModern Mediterranean
Back-painted glass. We saw earlier how well this works in color in the midcentury modern home. White back-painted glass with white cabinets add gloss over the counters and enhance the contemporary look. In a sleek kitchen like this, it’s hard to imagine a better choice than Cupboard Cabinet wood countertops. They inject a natural texture and color in the sea of glossy white.
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