Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters.
About the Designer:Julie completed her education in Interior Design in 1998, achieved a CID licensure and became a professional ASID member in 2002. With an eye for spatial relationships and problem solving, Julie’s interiors bring functional sensibility and tremendous flow while achieving beautiful proportions. Not afraid to mix color, texture and scale, Julie’s homes provide unique and unparalleled “livable luxury”.
About Design Matters:Design Matters provides unique, detailed and client focused design solutions. From architectural development, space planning, material selections, color and furniture specifications and more, Design Matters’ approach threads together comprehensive designs down to the last threaded detail.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry
Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs in Medium Bronze
Flooring: Arto Brick – Normandy Cream, 14″ Hexagon
Countertops: Kitchen Island – Grothouse End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block finished with Grothouse Original Oil; Perimeter – Raw Concrete
Sink: Native Trails Farmhouse Quartet in Ash
Backsplash: Blue Slide Art Tile
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Twisted Oak Path in Matte
Stove: Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Range
Dishwasher: Thermador Built-In Dishwasher
Other Appliances: Thermador Professional Series Wall Mount Range Hood
A kitchen designer typically chooses a dark wood kitchen countertop when they are using the countertop as a statement piece or focal point. Dark wood countertops exhibit a striking beauty, especially contrasted against light colored cabinetry.
The two naturally darkest wood species available for countertops are Wenge and Peruvian Walnut. Peruvian Walnut wood is a deep chocolate brown in color and look great in any kitchen, commercial or residential. Peruvian Walnut is fairly easy to work with and polishes very well, which is why it is great for making wood countertops.
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 has a high resistance to abrasion and a high bending strength. Wenge Wood Countertops are available FSC certified.
Lighter woods can be stained to look like a darker wood. Grothouse offers over 40 stock stains, which include an assortment of dark colors. Countertops can also be custom stained to match the dark wood on something else such as flooring.
Dark Wood Kitchen Countertop Designs
A Wenge wood countertop was designed by Janice Teague, CKD/CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio for this gray kitchen island with white perimeter cabinetry. The dark wood complements the flooring and makes the island the focal point of the space.
Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design went with a Peruvian Walnut for the kitchen island in the white traditional kitchen pictured below. Offering plenty of food preparation space and room for seating, this dark countertop grabs all the attention.
Luxe Kitchens and Interiors designed a Peruvian Walnut kitchen countertop as a bar top that wraps around a marble counter to create the kitchen island. The contrast of the marble and white cabinetry against the dark wood is stunning.
House Beautiful is celebrating its tenth annual Kitchen of the Year 2017 at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. This year’s 625-square-foot kitchen was designed by Jon de la Cruz of DLC-ID. This being a 1904 historic home, the kitchen features amazing architectural details: 12-foot ceilings, open pantry shelves, a beautiful mix of new and old materials and many windows.
For the kitchen, de la Cruz focused on beautiful functionality by combining his expertise in cooking with his deep knowledge of design history. The space features multiple stations for cooking, baking, breakfast and family dining — as well as innovative storage and display ideas. This was a necessity for the family of 10 that live in this home.
Featured in the breakfast nook are vertical ceiling-high, open pantry shelves made of American Black Walnut Wood crafted by Grothouse. The Black Walnut Wood Shelves capture the ethos of timeless elegance, serving as a dramatic accent for custom labeled jars and superb pantry organization by Blisshaus – also referred to as The Pantry Detox.
Taking customization even further, the shelves feature laser engraving on the front. Jon de la Cruz’s favorite part of the kitchen is the s’mores section, and we happen to agree!
This dream space was unveiled on April 29, 2017 and was open to the public until May 29, 2017. Click here to take a tour of the kitchen with Jon de la Cruz and House Beautiful’s Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson.
Be sure to pick up the October issue of House Beautiful to see the full kitchen. Join us on Instagram to see more of House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2017 and the San Francisco Decorator Showcase home via #HBKOTY and #sfshowcase.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes an Oil Finished Walnut Countertopdesigned by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.
About the Designer:Todd Wiley, TruKitchen’s Senior Designer, has been working in the industry for the past 25 years. His passion ignited in college when he started working for a builder and cabinet shop owner. Realizing that he had to immerse himself in the industry to learn, he took a job at local shop on the Lake Michigan shoreline. As his passions grew, he moved on to Standard Kitchen Distributors where he continued to master the trade. This experience gave him the exposure to the systems and process that he was searching for. Feeling like there was more to learn on the design-end of the business, Todd then spent 7 years at a Cascade based design shop. For him, this experience gave him what he needed to further pursue his passion and open his own design shop, which is where he is today.
A Tip from Todd: “The client was looking to maximize counter space to accommodate multiple cooks in the kitchen as they like to entertain often. The homeowner had a completely different kitchen design in mind when they first came to us that didn’t take advantage of the space that was occupied by a window seat. By bumping up the window seat to convert it into a bay window, we added a second sink and more prep space. Also to avoid seams in the stone but also allow for a large island, an inverted an L-shaped slab of natural quartzite was paired with a custom L-shaped walnut with oil finish wood countertop.”
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design.
About the Designer: Denise is especially known for putting her degree in interior design and 38 years of experience to work creating highly personalized and functional kitchens. Her bathrooms, home offices, family rooms, and bedrooms have garnered recognition as well. In 2010 she earned her CMKBD, one of only three in Wisconsin holding the esteemed certification. Through every project, large or small, Denise maintains her commitment to giving each client her best. Each client benefits from her talent, her time, her expertise, and her dedication to incomparable service.
A Tip from Denise: If you select a beautiful stone for the countertops, consider bringing it up the splash so you can see it from any view. This stone is such a show stopper and carrying up the walls really impacts the space.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Brookhaven Frameless Cabinets by Wood-Mode
Additional Comments and Advice: If there is an element you love, find a way to use it and don’t be afraid to compromise. This client wanted a zinc countertop on her island originally, but the sticker shock of the price caused her to hesitate. She was originally thinking of having a walnut table, but by switching the two and finding a table with a zinc top, she was able to have both!
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCIDQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths.
About the Designer: Chip Tiber is a certified designer with Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths located in the Greater Cleveland area. He has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design, lighting design, construction, and interior design. His experience enables him to fully comprehend the relationship between excellent design and functional spaces. Chip’s certifications include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).
A Tip from Chip: A well-defined kitchen uses a mixture of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts of texture. Contrast is defining and distinctive, but the blending character is balance. It is this harmonious balance which says “there is something so inviting about this space.”
Additional Comments and Advice: When designing an over-sized island, consider warm materials such as this 1 3/4″ thick wood countertop fabricated by Grothouse. The distressed and glazed Walnut wood, which includes some sapwood, invites family and friends to gather for meals and conversations. The warmth of these materials encourages guests to linger and the generous expanse of the counter provides ample space for enjoyment.
Matthew Quinn is one of the leading experts in kitchen and bath design. He has worked around the world to provide original, memorable spaces. In his designs, function is amply addressed, as well as aesthetics and comfort.
His work is seen in applications and publications worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous national design awards and he serves on multiple design boards for high-end kitchen product manufacturers.
Matthew observes the environments, lifestyles, and desires of his clients to inform his custom design solutions. His innovative and creative concepts highlight his keen awareness of the synergy between design and lived experience.
This is not the first time Grothouse has been privileged with the opportunity to work with Matthew. Matthew designed the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House Kitchen. Grothouse crafted a custom Walnut Wood Pastore™ Table for the kitchen, pictured below.
The kitchen was featured in House Beautiful magazine’s November 2014 issue as Kitchen of the Month.
Stay tuned to see Matthew Quinn’s design for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016 #HBKOTY!
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.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Custom Walnut Countertop designed by Deborah Dyste of Souris River Designs.
About the Designer: Deborah Dyste is the recipient of five ASID Design Excellence Awards for kitchen and bath design and historic preservation/adaptive use. Aside from the weather, returning to her home town of Minot, North Dakota, after twenty-five-years as the owner of her residential-design firm in Atlanta, was not as much of an adjustment as she thought it would be. “Interior design provides opportunities to have dynamic relationships with clients while suggesting solutions for their three-dimensional puzzles. Every client is unique and every puzzle presents different challenges. This project is a perfect example. How many clients require bar seating for eight?”
Clients say it best! “We recently had Deborah Dyste and Souris River Designs do some significant kitchen and bathroom remodeling for us. With Deborah’s design expertise and ability to view “the possible” we were able to turn an outdated cramped kitchen into a space that is easy and fun to cook in, and works great for entertaining our friends and family. She also was able to find a way to translate a master bath in need of serious work into an extremely convenient laundry/walk in closet and bathroom suite. Throughout the design process Deborah was very attentive to our tastes and what we wanted, and was always able to offer a range of good options for us to choose from. During the construction phase we really appreciated having Deborah as our “go to” person for coordinating schedules with builders, plumbers, and electricians. She was always very accommodating and easy to work with, and truly seems to love what she does.” (Tom and Barb Groutt, Minot, ND)
A Tip from Deborah: Lighting can elevate a good design to a brilliant design! The possibilities with LED are limitless. ‘Don’t scrimp on the electrical for two reasons: safety and it’s more expensive to add it later.
Cabinet Manufacturer: Dura Supreme – Lynden Panel – Cherry with Peppercorn Finish for the ‘L’ and desk plus Moda Vertical, Cherry, Cashew Finish for the island
Cabinet Hardware: HDL – Key Largo – Oil-Rubbed-Bronze
Painting above desk – by Walt Piehl, entitled Weatherly Square Skirt with Coloring Book: Cowboy Stuff.
Flooring: Columbia Flooring – Walnut
Countertops: Island – Grothouse – Custom Walnut Countertop
Kitchen ‘L’ – Caesarstone – Mocha
Faucet: Delta – Trinsic – Champagne Bronze
Sink: Elkay – E-granite – Brown
Backsplash: DAL Tile – Urban Metals
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore – Bennington Gray, HC82
Stove: Kitchen Aid
Dishwasher: Kitchen Aid
Other Appliances: All Kitchen Aid except for the Sharp microwave drawer.
Electrical: Task Lighting
Additional Comments and Advice: Provide your interior designer with visuals of spaces in which you think you could live comfortably. Be prepared to answer many questions. Then, utilize your designer’s skills and experience as an editor to tailor what you like to your space and budget.
Peruvian Walnut Countertops are used for many different countertop surfaces, including bar tops, kitchen islands, and tables for commercial and residential use.
Designing Peruvian Walnut Countertops
Woodwork Specialties Co. designed the Peruvian Walnut Wood Bar Top pictured below. This Wood Bar Top includes a Drink Rail. Drink Rails are used to protect the rear of the wood bar countertop from spills. They also provides a suitable space to set glasses and other materials.
Peruvian Walnut Countertops are commonly used for kitchen islands. One of the largest countertops ever made by Grothouse is pictured below, designed by Chervin Woodworks. This top is 2-3/4″ thick x 5 feet wide x 18 feet long. This top was shipped safely from Pennsylvania to Ontario. It weighed about 1,300 pounds. It took every man in the photo to carry the Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop into the home.
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertops are used as the entire kitchen island top, but they can also be used as part of the kitchen island. The Peruvian Walnut Countertop seen below is used as a seating and dining area attached to the kitchen island. This modern kitchen was designed by Exquisite Kitchen Design.
The kitchen island seen below was a collaboration with Rutt Custom Cabinetry and Hafele. It includes Hafele’s Frontino Sliding Door Hardware, LED Lighting, Mechanical Lifts, Decorative Hardware and more. The center of the island raises to reveal space for appliances and computers. The Peruvian Walnut Countertops were designed by Jason Artus of Rutt Custom Cabinetry Group.
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertops can also take form as a Parsons Table. The Peruvian Walnut Parsons Table shown in the picture below was designed by Venegas and Company for this transitional kitchen.
Peruvian Walnut Countertops Facts
Peruvian Walnut is also known as Tropical Walnut or South American Walnut. It originates from Central and South America. Peruvian Walnut can also be used for cabinetry, musical instruments, trimming, and flooring.
See what customers have to say about their Peruvian Walnut Countertops on the Wood Countertops Reviews page.