Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops

All the experts agree on this one: black kitchens with wood countertops are making their mark in 2019. Yet another trend that has been climbing its way back from the eighties, black is bringing that sharp contrast to kitchens devoid of color.

Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops | Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Black hued kitchen designs quickly add an elegant sense of drama to any home, are easier to manage, and are an elegant alternative to standard ivories.

Designs of Black Kitchens with Wood Countertops

Black Kitchen with Reclaimed Wood Bar Top Subway Tile Backsplash Black Fixtures
Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro | Gordon Beall Photography

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this sleek, sultry kitchen. A warm Reclaimed Chestnut wood bar top combined with tall black cabinets and fixtures bring dramatic flair to the white subway tile walls and light-colored floors. This kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award!

Black Kitchen Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014
Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Rich, black enameled cabinetry reaches the ceiling in this kitchen designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.

Black Cabinets with Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop and Matching Wood Engraved Shelves
Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Accents of Peruvian Walnut can be seen throughout the sophisticated space, including a custom wood countertop with a cooktop and matching wood shelving. The shelving featured laser engraving of various words, such as “dessert” and “salad”. The look is completed with brushed metal hardware, white stone counters and geometric glass tiles.

Butlers Pantry with Black Cabinets and Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop with Drainboards
Butler’s Pantry Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

Extended off the kitchen was a butler’s pantry, featured the same black cabinetry and backsplash. A Peruvian Walnut countertop was crafted for the sink area, which included drainboards. With black covering just about every aspect of the space, the Peruvian Walnut countertop, as well as the light-hued countertop, made perfect, bright additions.

Wet Bar Design with Black Cabinetry and Peruvian Walnut Wood Counter and Geometric Tile Backsplash
Wet Bar Design by Steven Miller for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2014

In addition to the kitchen and butler’s pantry, Steven Miller designed a wet bar that features the same design elements: Peruvian Walnut wood counter, geometric black and silver metallic backsplash and black cabinetry.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs of black kitchens with wood countertops.

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2019 Kitchen Island Trends

2019 Kitchen Island Trends create gathering spaces for entertaining and increase functionality of space in the form of multi-level islands and movable islands.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Multi-Level Islands

Islands are being upgraded with dedicated dining space that is set apart by contrasting counters in different heights and materials, a table base and built-in banquette seating.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with wood countertops for dining and granite for food prep
Designed by Karen Schone of Designers Point | Visual Memories Photography

Karen Schone of Designers Point designed this multi-level island to include a Grothouse Walnut wood countertop as the table top and a granite countertop for the other section. The wood top is perfect for dining and the granite for food prep. If needed, the wood top can also be used for food prep.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends multi-level islands with banquette seating wood table tops and metal bases
Design by Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz for Liebherr Booth at KBIS 2018

Ahead of his time, Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz designed this space featuring a multi-level island for the Liebherr booth last year at KBIS 2018. This island features a built-in banquette dining area. The table includes a Grothouse White Oak Bleached wood countertop with an Anvil Ferrum finished metal table base. The countertops on the other sections of the island were supplied by Kelya – Natural Collection by Dekton.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends | Movable Islands

Islands are handy as prep surfaces and extra seating, but they don’t need to be set in stone. In 2019, movable islands will grow in popularity as they offer flexibility when entertaining, and can be designed perfectly for small spaces.

2019 Kitchen Island Trends Movable Islands with Wheels and Wood Countertops
Design by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017

This space was designed by Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2017. Grothouse American Black Walnut countertops and metal frames create the slim, movable island. The island ties in the matching Walnut wood shelves. and adds warmth to the white and black design.

Stay tuned as we release more 2019 kitchen island trends by following Grothouse on Houzz, Instagram or Facebook! View more designs including Grothouse wood countertops on the Countertop Image Library.

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Taking Home First Place

Congratulations to Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England – and her husband for taking home first place at the Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Swatched 2018 Event Design Competition!

Jeannine Price Grothouse Regional Sales Representative Taking Home First Place
Jeannine Price – Grothouse Regional Sales Representative for New York, New England

This was the third annual Swatched event. It took place at Stark Carpet in Syosset, New York on October 9, 2018. All proceeds from this event supported charities by the design judges. Among the sponsors, guests included kitchen and bath designers, exterior, interior, students and architects.

IDS Swatched Event Design Competition 2018
IDS Swatched 2018

All competition participants had one hour to put a swatch board together from a mystery bag of materials and a design library. The items in the mystery bag must be used for the design to qualify. The swatch boards included carpet, tile, paint colors, décor and more. At the end of the hour, the judges chose their favorite four boards.

George Oliphant George Oliphant of George to the Rescue with IDS Swatched 2018 First Place Winner Jeannine Price
George Oliphant of George to the Rescue with Jeannine Price

With over 200 attendees, and about 50 designers participating in the competition, Grothouse is proud of Jeannine for taking home first place! Click here to watch a video of the event.

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How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying high quality wood can be difficult with many furniture pieces looking great in the store, only to prove flimsy and cheap once you purchase them and use them over time. Here’s how to identify whether or not wood furniture pieces are high quality.

How to Identify High Quality Wood Furniture, Countertops, Desks, Tables
How to Identify High Quality Wood

Identifying High Quality Wood

The highest quality material for wood furniture is solid wood. Solid wood furniture is made from single pieces of wood or wood boards that are glued together to make panels. Trees, after all, are only so wide.

Solid wood comes in hardwood or softwood. Hardwood comes from trees that grow slowly. It is more dense and resistant to dings. Common hardwood species include Walnut, Ash, Maple and Cherry. Softwood comes from trees that grow fast. It is less dense than hardwood. A common softwood specie is Pine.

Why Choose High Quality Wood

When made with high quality wood and built with a solid construction, wood furniture can last for decades and sometimes even centuries. Solid wood furniture can be refinished and repaired easier than furniture made of other materials.

Solid wood furniture is typically sealed with a high quality finish, which helps the furniture to last even longer. Grothouse solid wood surfaces are either sealed with our exclusive Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish or Original Oil™. Both are high quality finishes that keep the surfaces looking like new and protect them from everyday use.

Finding out if the furniture is made of solid wood is the best way to identify the quality. Be sure to find out if the solid wood was used to craft the entire piece or just certain parts. Another way to ensure you are purchasing a high quality piece is to shop at the right places, like Grothouse for example. Every piece crafted at Grothouse is made of high quality wood.

Learn more about the high quality wood surfaces custom crafted by Grothouse on our website www.glumber.com.

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Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round Kitchen Counter Corners are an easy way to make your design unique, add a sense of smoothness to your space. In addition, they make the counter safe for families with young children in the kitchen.

Round Kitchen Counter Corners | Wood Countertops, Butcher Blocks, Bar Tops, Tables
Round Kitchen Counter Corners

Round corners can be achieved by designing a counter with a round shape, such as a circle, oval or with an arc or curve. Another way round corners can be achieved is by selecting a round edge profile for the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners. The roundest edge profiles available at Grothouse include: ½” Roundover¾” Roundover1” Roundover1 ½” Roundover and Full Bullnose.

Designs with Round Kitchen Counter Corners

The designers of these kitchens found creative ways to ease the transition from counter to walking zone. It’s pretty standard for kitchen island cabinets to run in a straight line. But sometimes, that isn’t the smoothest route. These two kitchens employ clever usage of wood island countertops with round corners. Though the solutions vary, each makes the nearby passageway feel a little more smooth. Could this be a solution for your kitchen?

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Island Countertop with Round Corners
Walnut Butcher Block with Round Corners

Haile Kitchen & Bath designed this transitional kitchen. Its large island features a Walnut end grain butcher block with an arched end. The edge profile selected for this design is an 1/8″ Roundover on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges.

Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Island Counter and Dining Table with Round Corners
Peruvian Walnut Counter with Round Corners

Kitchen counters with round corners are perfect for dining tables, like this one designed by Wendy Danziger of Danziger Design. This Peruvian Walnut edge grain wood countertop features a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top horizontal edges and bottom horizontal edges. Click here to learn more about this countertop design.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more designs with round kitchen counter corners.

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Breakfast Bar Tops

Breakfast bar tops are a brilliant way to add extra living space into the kitchen. They are the little perch where you start, and often finish, the day. Most designers choose a solid wood countertop for breakfast bars. Unlike stone and metal, wood is a naturally warm surface that is perfect for sipping morning coffee or enjoying ice cream.

Despite its name, a breakfast bar isn’t just a spot for morning coffee and a bowl of oatmeal. This handy feature, which can be as simple or ornate as your kitchen is, fulfills multiple roles: a cocktail party buffet, a kids’ homework station, extra dinner party seating and more.

Most breakfast bars are designed to sit higher than the kitchen countertops, but they have been designed to align with kitchen countertops as well as even sitting below them.

Designs with Breakfast Bar Tops

Custom Wood Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Walnut Breakfast Bar Top

The cooking and eating zones on this kitchen island designed by Todd Wiley of Tru Kitchens have been ingeniously divided up, thanks to different worktop materials. It’s a simple trick that makes it instantly feel less like a workaday kitchen and more like a multi-functional space. For the breakfast bar, a Walnut countertop was designed to fit perfectly around the other countertop material.

Custom Wood Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Tops for Kitchen Islands
Reclaimed Chestnut Breakfast Bar Top

Designer Alicia Saso, AKBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio used Reclaimed Chestnut for this raised breakfast bar top. The wood has tons of ramshackle character and adds organic charm to the space.

Custom Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top
Walnut All Heartwood Breakfast Bar Top

This half-wall could easily have languished as wasted space. However, Kitchenscapes saw an opportunity and put it to work with a simple Walnut All Heartwood counter, fun blue tile and bar stools that creates the perfect spot for coffee or cocktails.

Custom Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top
Cherry with Sapwood Breakfast Bar Top

This large Cherry with Sapwood breakfast bar top designed by Kubik Builders provides plenty of room for sitting and gathering out of the main food prep space on the opposite side of the kitchen island.

Want to see more designs featuring breakfast bar tops? Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library by clicking here.

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Kitchen Island Shapes

The most common kitchen island shape is a rectangle, but incorporating unique kitchen island shapes into your kitchen design can provide better traffic, more seating, entertaining, food preparation space and, of course, add style.

When designing a kitchen island with a unique shape, the materials used for countertops need to be considered. The luxury of incorporating a wood countertop into the kitchen island design is that wood can be crafted in any shape, style and design. Wood is not restricted like other materials, such as solid metal countertops.

Kitchen Island Shapes | Design Inspiration

L-Shaped Kitchen Island Design | Kitchen Island Shapes with Wood Countertops
L-Shaped Kitchen Island

An L-shaped kitchen island design takes the common rectangle kitchen island and adds some edge. Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed this modern kitchen to feature an L-shaped island. One part of the L is a White Oak Half Parsons Table, creating efficient seating space away from the busiest area of the kitchen. A Cambria Torquay countertop was designed for the other part of the L in this island, creating a food preparation space conveniently located near the range and other appliances.

Geometric Kitchen Island Design | Kitchen Island Shapes with Wood Countertops
Geometric Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can be designed in geometric shapes, which can take the form of pentagons or octagons or some variation of the two. Auer Kitchens designed this kitchen island to make the most of the space while following the shape of the kitchen itself. The Sapele Mahogany wood countertop was designed for seating along one side of the island and food prep space on the other.

Unique Kitchen Island Design | Kitchen Island Shapes with Wood Countertops
Unique Kitchen Island

Richard Thomas Anuszkiewicz designed this truly unique kitchen island with three different sections creating the ultimate kitchen island. A custom White Oak wood table with an Anvil™ metal base creates banquet seating on one side of the island. Across the top of the bench is another counter, creating a bar area that may be used for food preparation or serving space. Adjacent to that is another countertop with a sink, which can also be used for food preparation. This kitchen was on display at KBIS 2018 and features Liebherr appliances.

Visit the Grothouse Image Library to view more designs with unique kitchen island shapes.

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Countertop Design Trend: Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks

A current countertop design trend is pairing a wood countertop with an apron sink. This is a timeless combination that is popular in any style kitchen, especially in traditional and transitional kitchens.

Wood Countertop Design Trend Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks
Countertop Design Trend: Wood Countertops and Apron Sinks

The type of wood selected for the countertop varies, but the most popular species is Walnut. Various types of apron sinks are used, from a classic white to copper and patterned sinks.

When sealed with Grothouse exclusive Durata® permanent finish, the countertop is completely waterproof and safe from water damage. Durata® is available in different sheen levels, and the sheen level chosen varies based on the look the designer is striving to achieve.

Durata® Satin finish is a sheen level of 35 and has an appearance similar to common household furniture and dining tables. Satin sheen is the most popular selection. Durata® Semi-Gloss finish is a sheen level of 55 and is the best application for a kitchen countertop with a glossy finish. Durata® Matte finish is a sheen level of 10 and has an organic appearance similar to natural oil finishes.

Countertop Design Trend Inspiration

Countertop Design Trend Cherry Wood Countertop with Copper Apron Sink in Farmhouse Traditional Style Kitchen
Cherry Countertop with Copper Apron Sink

Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works designed a Cherry All Heartwood kitchen island countertop to feature a copper apron sink. The countertop is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte sheen.

Countertop Design Trend Walnut Wood Counters with Apron Sink in Traditional Style Kitchen
Walnut Counters with Apron Sink

Walnut wood counters were designed by Chris Black-Puckett Design for the perimeter of this traditional kitchen. The walnut counters include a white apron sink with beautiful detailing on the front. The counters are accentuated with Level 2 Distressing and finished with Durata® Permanent Waterproof Finish.

Countertop Design Trend Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with Apron Sink
Walnut and Cherry Checkerboard Butcher Block with Apron Sink

Showcase Kitchens designed a Walnut and Cherry checkerboard butcher block for the island in this traditional style kitchen. Although this is a butcher block, an apron sink was still able to be incorporated into the design. The wood butcher block is still safe from water damage.

Want to see more kitchens featuring this countertop design trend? Visit the Grothouse Image Library! Be sure to follow @grothouseinc on Instagram to see more design trends.

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The Ultimate Combination of Beauty and Brawn

Walnut Counters with Cove Edges are the ultimate combination of beauty and brawn – a strong, durable wood complete with a bashful edge profile. We have seen this combination used time and time again in different style kitchens. This combination is one of the preferred choices of leading design professionals worldwide, especially for white kitchens. Kitchen styles including this combination vary from traditional to transitional and even modern.

Why Walnut Counters with Cove Edges?

Walnut Wood for Custom Solid Surfaces crafted by Grothouse in Germansville, Pennsylvania
Walnut Wood

Walnut wood counters are naturally rich in textural details and produces a large variety of figure types. Walnut is a prized wood that is noted for its beautiful grain and warm, chocolaty brown color. The sapwood in Walnut varies in color from white and yellow-brown.

Cove Edge Profile for Custom Solid Wood Surfaces crafted by Grothouse in Germansville, PA
Cove Wood Countertop Edge Profile

The Cove edge profile is a simple edge profile that is typically selected for the top horizontal edges of counters. Not only is it bashfully beautiful, but the Cove edge profile is also very easy to keep clean. In order for a countertop to include a Cove edge, it must be at least 1-1/2 inches thick.

Designs Featuring Walnut Counters with Cove Edges

Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs in Madison, New Jersey
Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

This white transitional kitchen was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs for a home in Madison, New Jersey. The large kitchen island features a Walnut with Sapwood edge grain countertop with a 3/4″ Cove edge profile on the top horizontal edges. The bottom horizontal edges and vertical corners feature a 1/8″ Roundover profile. The simplicity of the Roundover enhances the detail in the Cove on the top edges.

Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs
Walnut Countertop with Cove Edges designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

The natural Walnut wood characteristics are magnified and protected by  Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen.

Walnut Counter with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio
Walnut Counter with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio | Photography by Tara L. Callow

The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio designed a white traditional kitchen for a home located in Hingham, Massachusetts. A large kitchen island takes the focus of this space, featuring a flat grain Walnut with Sapwood counter with a Cove profile on the top horizontal edges.

Walnut Counters with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio in Hingham, MA
Walnut Counter with Cove Edges designed by The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio | Photography by Tara L. Callow

The rich browns in the wood contrast beautifully against the antique white cabinets and creates the perfect seating area for four. The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio selected Durata® permanent finish in Matte sheen for this counter.

Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library in the Countertop Design Guide on our website to see more kitchen designs featuring Walnut Counters with Cove Edges.

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Wenge Raised Pastore Counter in Home & Design Magazine

Home & Design magazine featured a simple and serene condo renovation in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Written by Julie Sanders, the renovation included a kitchen design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd. that features a Grothouse Wenge Raised Pastore Counter for the kitchen island.

Wenge Raised Pastore Counter in a Kitchen in Alexandria, Virginia featured by Home & Design Magazine
Kitchen Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Ltd. | Image Source: Home & Design Magazine

Celia Welch, the interior designer, had a goal, given by the client, to make the condo comfortable, elegant, chic and urban. The client’s main priority was to have one flowing, light-filled space. Welch and kitchen designer Sarah Kahn Turner collaborated to redesign the outdated kitchen. To achieve these goals, the first step was to remove the wall that separated the kitchen from the open-plan living and dining room.

The open-plan created space for a long kitchen island featuring a quartz counter, over which the Grothouse Wenge Pastore counter hovers with waterfall sides and room for four stools.

Welch stated, “We didn’t want the traditional look of a two-level countertop. This adds a little extra dimension.”

Wenge Raised Pastore Counter

Wenge is a heavy wood that has high resistance to abrasion and high bending strength. Its strong grain and subtle color variation creates its dark, sleek attractive appearance.

The Wenge counter for this kitchen was custom crafted to feature a Roundover edge profile. The Roundover edge profile exhibits a simple look to contribute to the simple and serene feel of the rest of the kitchen. The counter is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Click here to see the rest of this townhouse renovation. Visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs with a Wenge Raised Pastore Counter.

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