Mood Board Monday #44: Wood Works

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One thing we love about kitchen design is the opportunity to make a beautiful, yet functional space. Combining beauty and functionality enhances any room, and our favorite way to accomplish that in the kitchen is with a wood countertop. There’s something so striking about using wood as a focal point, and the kitchen in this week’s mood board successfully incorporates this dramatic feature.

Wood has an incredible presence in the kitchen. It’s warm and relaxing, especially when it’s contrasted with the stark white palette featured in this image. By choosing the right construction method, finish and thickness, you can customize your wood counter to match any décor and style. The durability of your counter is also determined by these properties. You can also personalize your counter by laser-engraving your favorite quote, initials or pattern directly into the wood.

A hefty benefit of a wood countertop is its inherent ability to act as a work surface for preparation of food. Wood is easier on cutlery than a stone countertop, making it essentially one giant cutting board. It’s also sound absorbing, so it’s perfect for hosting parties. The overwhelming clinks of china and stemware made on a stone counter are non-existent on a wood surface. You also have the option to match the flooring to your wood counter, creating a little more balance in the room.

Wood is also an extremely eco-friendly material. Sustainability has exponentially increased as a deciding factor in homeowners’ choices for everything from fixtures to flooring. The best option for an eco-friendly kitchen is a butcher block countertop. It’s composed of smaller pieces of wood, making great use of reclaimed or repurposed material. After it shows some age, all you need to do is sand the wood a bit and refinish it with food-grade natural oil.

Your counter is sure to be the focal point of your kitchen when you use wood. It’s the whole package: striking, sturdy and sustainable.

Get the look with Whitehaus:

  • WHKSDLV3-8104 Vintage III dual handle entertainment/prep faucet with short gooseneck swivel spout, lever handles and solid brass side spray in Polished Chrome
  • WHNU2318 Noah’s Collection single bowl undermount sink
  • WHKSDLV3-8101 Vintage III dual handle faucet with long gooseneck swivel spout, lever handles and solid brass side spray in Polished Chrome
  • WHNDA3016 Noah’s Collection single bowl drop-in sink
  • WH72 Decorative Cabinetry Hardware Medal Pull Handle in Satin Nickel

The base image’s source was created by San Francisco, CA based design firm Taylor Lombardo Architects and found through Houzz.com here.

 

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