Black White Kitchens feature a classic color combination that is timeless and sophisticated. Designers often use wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme.
Black White Kitchens with Wood Countertops
Here are some black and white kitchens including wood countertops and butcher blocks.
Stonington Cabinetry & Designs blends natural materials with modern finishes, using wood as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. A Walnut Butcher Block matches the floating shelves and kitchen island cabinetry.
Showcase Kitchens chose a Wenge Butcher Block for the end of the island in this elegant kitchen. This black and white design is crisp and clean, while providing drama and contrast.
For House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014, Steven Miller designed this mostly black kitchen. Featuring a Peruvian Walnut counter and matching shelves, the wood keeps the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark.
Grothouse was selected to craft a Sapele Mahogany butcher block for this black and white kitchen in the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show.
White kitchen designs have stood the test of time in beauty and popularity. However, reluctance to embrace a kitchen with white walls and cabinets is common due to the fear that the space will feel too cold. Wood countertops are a great way to create balance by adding warmth and texture into an otherwise all-white kitchen.
Wood in White Kitchen Designs
Starting with this transitional white kitchen design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs, a Walnut wood countertop matches dark wood flooring. The wood brings warmth, while white cabinets and perimeter countertops keep things bright.
Pine Street Carpenters, Inc. designed this contemporary white kitchen to feature a Peruvian Walnut kitchen island countertop. Matching drawer fronts and cabinet mouldings tie in the dark wood floors and countertop.
A Peruvian Walnut kitchen bar top complements the dark wood floors and provides contrast to this mostly white traditional kitchen. This design by Luxe Kitchens and Interiors was also featured on homebunch.com for interior design ideas.
Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed this contemporary white kitchen to feature a large White Oak parsons table. This kitchen won Second Place Large Kitchen in the NKBA Baltimore/Washington Chapter Design Contest in 2016!
According to Houzz, 1 in 4 homeowners combine two or more kitchen countertop materials when renovating their kitchens. Custom wood countertops are often paired with marble, engineered quartz, quartzite, granite and metal countertops. A popular design choice is to include a wood countertop in a food preparation area while using a metal or stone countertop for perimeter countertops. Another design used often is to select a stone, like marble or quartz, for the kitchen island countertop and select a wood countertop for the seating area.
Design Inspiration for Mixing Kitchen Countertop Materials
Taking ques from some of the best designers in the industry, here is some design inspiration for mixing kitchen countertop materials.
For this traditional chef kitchen with two kitchen islands, Venegas and Company, Boston chose a Zinc countertop for the seating area as well as a White Oak wood countertop for the food preparation work space. Photography by Michael J Lee.
Persa Avorio Leathered Granite countertops were chosen for the perimeter countertops and kitchen island. Designer Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens then selected a Wenge butcher block for the kitchen island end. The butcher block creates a perfect food preparation work space and adds a layer of texture to the kitchen.
Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio chose a Reclaimed Chestnut counter for a raised kitchen bar top. In addition, Quartzite Tempesta was selected for the kitchen island and perimeter countertops.
For more design inspiration, check out the Grothouse Image Library to see how other designers combine kitchen countertop materials.
Santos Mahogany Countertops are extremely unique because the wood specie is not seen often. One special characteristic of Santos Mahogany is that it has a wide variation in color. Santos Mahogany is a very dense South American species and is a mahogany alternative. Santos Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically crafted in Edge Grain Construction, which is shown in the diagram below.
Edge Grain Construction is extremely stable and makes for great kitchen surface countertops.
Santos Mahogany Countertops | Design
Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically designed to be used as kitchen surface countertops.
Modern Elegance designed the Santos Mahogany countertops shown in the image below. The deep red color of the countertop stands out beautifully against the white traditional cabinetry. The countertop is sealed with our Durata® Permanent Finish.
Quality Design Works, Inc. designed the Santos Mahogany Countertop shown in the image below for the kitchen island. The countertop has a Conventional Double Roman Ogee Edge Profile to prevail a traditional appearance. The countertop includes an undermount sink and one faucet hole. It also has one arc and is sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.
The kitchen featured in the image below includes a Santos Mahogany Countertop, which served as a backdrop for a skit on the television show Saturday Night Live.Click here to view the skit. The Santos Mahogany Countertops in the kitchen were sealed with Durata® Permanent Finish. The Countertops have a custom edge profile to carry out the traditional and french flair of the kitchen.
Santos Mahogany Countertops are typically designed to be used as kitchen surface countertops. They are also typically crafted in Edge Grain Construction Style. Santos Mahogany Countertops can include any of the Wood Countertop Options and Featuresavailable. Most often than not, they are finished with Durata® Permanent Finish.
Durata® Permanent Finish is a proprietary finish exclusive to surfaces crafted by The Grothouse Lumber Company. Durata® makes the countertop a completely waterproof and chemical resistant surface after 30 days. Durata® is not only waterproof, but does not require any ongoing maintenance. Durata® is Green guard certified and has received the highest possible rating for durability from ASTM International, a worldwide standard setting organization. The finish is not affected by Lacquer thinner, Ammonia, Red Wine, Vinegar, Oil, Ketchup, Mustard, Bleach, or Soaps. Durata® is available in Satin Sheen or Matte Sheen. It is FDA approved for indirect exposure (i.e. Kneading dough), but not for direct chopping. Direct chopping applications should be avoided. For chopping applications, Grothouse recommends Grothouse Original Oil™.
Butcher Block Countertops have made an increasing lead in today’s Modern Kitchen Designs. This blog will give you tips and inspiration for designing your very own Modern Butcher Block Countertop crafted by Grothouse.
Designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops
At Grothouse, the term “butcher block” refers to a countertop surface crafted in End Grain Construction. End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. In End Grain Construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This is shown in the diagram below. This construction style is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles because it requires a level of craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.
Butcher Block Countertops are the perfect surface area for food preparation because they are self-healing and can be sanded to look like brand new. Butcher Block Countertops are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, which requires a renewal process of the finish to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and use. The refinishing process varies based on the frequency of countertop use.
When designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops, it is important to keep in mind all of the possible uses. Butcher Blocks can be designed for use as dining tables, kitchen countertops, and kitchen island tops.
Modern Butcher Block Countertops Inspiration
A colossal of award-winning designers have incorporated butcher block countertops into their modern kitchen designs.
Interior Environments designed the Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop for the large kitchen island in the picture below. The Checkerboard Pattern and the simple chamfer edge profile enhances the modern feel of the kitchen island.
Venegas + Company LLC designed the Modern Kitchen shown below to include a Teak Butcher Block Countertop for the kitchen island. Our teak has natural water repellent properties, and requires less oiling.
In Detail Interiors incorporated the Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop into the modern kitchen shown in the image below. The butcher block countertop is used as a kitchen island end rather than the entire kitchen island top. The lower height makes it comfortable for chopping.
T C Studios designed the Modern Kitchen in the following picture. The Brazilian Cherry Butcher Block Countertop was used for only part of the kitchen island for dining and seating purposes. Wood provides a warm place to rest your arms or enjoy a quick meal.
Modern Butcher Block Countertops can also be incorporated into designs as Dining Tables. Aidan Design designed a Walnut Butcher Block Countertop for the dining table in the modern kitchen shown below. The dining table can double in purpose as a dining table and a food preparation area.
Dark Wood Countertops have been the center of kitchens for years. Why? Because they are very easy to design, and fit into almost any kitchen style. This blog will discuss the various dark wood species we have available for wood countertops and the various kitchen styles dark wood countertops are typically found in.
Dark Wood Countertops | Wood Species
Grothouse has three distinct dark wood species available: Wenge, Peruvian Walnut, and American Black Walnut.
Wenge is a heavy wood that has an attractive appearance due to its strong grain and subtle color variation. The heartwood is a darker brown with black veins and white lines. Wenge Wood Countertops are very rich in color and are naturally the darkest wood countertops available.
Peruvian Walnut is lighter than Wenge, but it has a very rich, deep chocolate brown color. The dark brown hues are accentuated by the straight grains throughout the wood.
American Black Walnut is the lightest wood specie of the three. As Walnut gets older, it mellows to a chocolaty-brown. American Black Walnut is one of the most popular woods in the industry.
Dark Wood Countertops | Kitchen Styles
Dark Wood Countertops can be found in a kitchen with any style. One of the best qualities of Grothouse Wood Countertops is that they can be designed for any desired look.
The Wenge Wood Countertop shown in the image below was designed by The Shadowlight Group for this traditional kitchen. The decorative edge profile on the Wenge Countertop enhances the traditional look of the island.
Below is an image of a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop in a Transitional Kitchen designed by Venegas + Company LLC. The countertop was crafted to be a Parsons Table. The clean, sleek look of the table compliments the kitchen island and perimeter counter spaces.
An American Black Walnut Wood Countertop completes the Modern Kitchen shown below. This kitchen was designed by John Troxell, Director of Design of Wood-Mode. A strong attention to detail was put into the design of the wood countertop to create a very modern, luxurious impression.
A Wenge Wood Countertop was chosen for the Contemporary display designed by Venegas + Company LLC in the image below. The Wenge Countertop fits the display perfectly.
Dark Wood Countertops by Grothouse can be found in almost any kitchen style. To see more Dark Wood Countertops, visit the Countertop Image Library.
End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. End Grain surfaces are commonly referred to as Butcher Blocks. Brazilian Cherry Butcher Blocks are not limited to being used as a food preparation area. Butcher Blocks are often used for dining areas as well. This is seen in the modern kitchen pictured below.
Flat Construction is generally preferred for an aesthetic furniture surface that enhances the grain of the wood. Flat Grain Construction is commonly known as Wide Plank. When Brazilian Cherry is crafted in Flat Grain Construction you can see the beautiful orange-red-brown tones of the wood.
The Brazilian Cherry Flat Grain Counter pictured below is used as a residential basement bar top. The wood bar top compliments the stone nicely and the natural light brightens the space to a lively gathering place. Instead of a traditional bar with stools, the designer opted for comfortable leather club chairs. The carpeting keeps the space warm and cozy. A wall mounted television is placed for easy viewing by bar patrons. The bar is a simple and elegant design that was very tastefully done.
Brazilian Cherry Flat Grain Counters are typically used for kitchen islands. The traditional style kitchen pictured below boasts a large kitchen island with a Brazilian Cherry Countertop. The countertop is protected with Durata Permanent Finish that is scratch resistant and waterproof. The counter is not stained, and is the natural color of the wood. The color truly stands out, making the countertop the first thing you see when looking at this kitchen.
Another kitchen island with a Brazilian Cherry Countertop is shown below. The simple edge profile of the countertop emphasizes the natural color tones in the wood. This kitchen island countertop makes for the perfect seating area.
If you would like to view more photography of Brazilian Cherry Countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.
Custom Wood Countertops by Grothouse can include a matching WoodBacksplash. Wood Backsplashes are typically crafted in the same wood specie to create a uniform look. They are included in all types of designs.
Wood Backsplashes | Uses
Wood Backsplashes are typically found in kitchen designs. The traditional kitchen shown below includes a Custom Cherry Wood Countertop with a matching Cherry Backsplash.
This kitchen also includes a matching backsplash around the stove.
The backsplash continues to another part of the kitchen.
By adding the backsplash in multiple locations throughout the entire kitchen, a uniform look has been created.
Another traditional kitchen design includes a matching Backsplash, Wood Countertop, and Cabinetry.
Backsplashes can also be used to add the effect of connecting one countertop with another. The rustic kitchen shown in the image below has a raised wood countertop and a lower wood kitchen countertop. Between the two countertops is a matching wood backsplash that makes them look connected.
Wood Backsplashes are not limited to kitchen designs. Echelon Custom Homes designed this Wood Bathtub Surround with a matching Backsplash.
Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.
American Cherry is one of the most well known furniture hardwoods. Cherry Kitchen Countertops darken to a deep red brown color over time, a natural color that is notorious in today’s kitchen designs.
Designing Cherry Kitchen Countertops
The first decision to be made when designing Cherry Kitchen Countertops is the construction style. Cherry Countertops manufactured by Grothouse can be crafted in three different construction styles: End Grain, Flat Grain, and Edge Grain.
End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation, for example direct chopping. End Grain surfaces are commonly referred to as Butcher Blocks. The picture below is a Cherry Butcher Block used for a Kitchen Island Countertop. This traditional kitchen was designed by Cabinet Tree Design Studio.
There are numerous benefits to having this large Cherry Kitchen Island Butcher Block Top. For one, you can prepare food safely directly on the countertop. Butcher Blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, which is a completely food safe finish. The Cherry Butcher Block is a warm and comforting surface to enjoy breakfast in the morning, or dinner in the evening. The color of the Cherry compliments the brick around the stove. The Cherry Butcher Block easily becomes the center piece of the entire kitchen.
Cherry Kitchen Countertops can also be crafted in Flat Grain Construction. Flat Grain Construction is commonly known as Wide Plank and is generally preferred for an aesthetic furniture surface that enhances the grain of the wood. The Cherry Wood Counter pictured below was crafted in Flat Grain Construction. This counter is a wonderful example of the beautiful grain of Cherry. The white under mount sink and white cabinetry compliment the rich red tones in the Cherry wood and create a warm space. This counter is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, allowing the counter to be used as a food preparation surface if desired.
Cherry Kitchen Countertops are also available in Edge Grain Construction. Edge Grain Construction is extremely stable and makes for great surface countertops. The Cherry Wood Countertop shown in the picture below was crafted in Edge Grain Construction.
The next step in designing Cherry Kitchen Countertops is to decide if you would like any features added to your countertop. Countertops manufactured by Grothouse can include features that add function to your kitchen. The Cherry Kitchen Countertop pictured below takes opportunity of a couple features.
First, the countertop is sealed with our Durata® Permanent Finish. This finish is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces and makes the countertop completely waterproof. Next, the countertop includes a Drainboard. A drainboard is a series of routed channels in the countertop that are sloped so that water will drain off the countertop naturally into the sink. This countertop also includes a Cherry wood back splash to match the countertop. A Drop Leaf Extension is located at the end of the countertop. The client requested this Drop Leaf Extension to allow for an increase in the available counter space when desired. The picture below demonstrates the Drop Leaf Extension in the upright position.
Grothouse Cherry Kitchen Countertops can be designed in any of the three construction styles available, and can include a numerous amount of features that add function to your kitchen. Visit the Countertop Image Library to view more Cherry Kitchen Countertops.
Expanded Corners are a popular feature for Wood Kitchen Island Countertops. Clients with a refined taste typically choose wood countertops with expanded corners for their cultivated kitchen designs. This feature can only be accomplished at the hands of the most skilled craftsmen.
This feature is typically added to wood countertops to accent a decorative corner corbel or post. When combined with a decorative edge profile, this feature provides visual interest and texture to the kitchen design.
Designing a Wood Countertop with Expanded Corners
Expanded corners can be crafted with any edge profile. The vertical edges of the corners can be rounded to soften the appearance, or left square to enhance the crisp edge details.
Edge profiles continue seamlessly throughout the entire perimeter of the countertop. The ending result is an impressive architectural detail that brings an air of elegance to your custom wood countertop.
Designing wood countertops with expanded corners require careful consideration to the dimensions. Typically they follow the same overhang as the balance of the countertop.
Installed Wood Countertops with Expanded Corners
In the Countertop Image Library, you can view various designs with installed wood countertops. Below are a few of the wood countertop designs with expanded corners.
This Walnut Wood Countertop has all four corners expanded. This traditional kitchen designed by Artisan Kitchen and Bath evokes southern charm. The kitchen island has architectural columns that are enhanced by the corners of the wood countertop. The edge profile, Medium Roman Ogee, runs continuously through out the expanded corners. This enhances the three dimensional appearance that is mirrored in the custom cabinetry.
This Wenge Wood Countertop was included in the Bremtown Custom Cabinetry display booth at KBIS 2014. Four corners are expanded. The 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile runs continously throughout the entire countertop. The corners enhance the classy cabinetry. Below is a closer picture of one of the expanded corners.
Expanded Corners are a popular feature for countertops in refined, cultivated kitchen designs. They provide visual interest and texture to the kitchen design and cabinetry. They can be crafted with any edge profile, which can continue seamlessly throughout the entire perimeter of the countertop. Further details about the corners can be found in the Countertop Design Guide. Click here to request a quote for a Grothouse Wood Countertop with Expanded Corners.