Wood on Wood (on Wood)

According to Houzz, one of 32 home design trends that will rule in 2019 is wood on wood kitchens.

“Many of the most popular kitchen photos in 2018 featured lots of wood, and it’s easy to see why. Wood adds loads of warmth and character, and it pairs well with whites and grays, two of the most popular colors for kitchen cabinets and walls,” stated Mitchel Parker.

Designer Jennifer Ott noticed an increase in interest for medium-tone woods, rather than super dark or super light woods. Medium-tone woods include Grothouse exclusive species Kensington™ wood and Saxon Wood™, Sapele Mahogany, Teak, Walnut and Zebrawood. To achieve a medium-tone you can choose a lighter wood, like Ash or Maple, and then select a Grothouse stock stain. Custom stain matching is also available.

Wood on Wood Kitchens

Using different elements of wood is also used to add charm to kitchen designs. The farmhouse kitchen style trend that has been gaining popularity every year for the past three years, according to the recent Houzz kitchen trends report.

Wood on Wood Kitchens Farmhouse Style Designs This Old House Idea House 2018
Nat Rea Photography

This farmhouse style kitchen was part of the This Old House® Idea House 2018 in Narragansett, Rhode Island. A Grothouse Walnut wood countertop was custom crafted for the kitchen island. In addition, Walnut wood shelves were crafted by Grothouse to match the island countertop. Stools with wooden seats and wood floors tie in this wood on wood kitchen.

Visit the virtual Grothouse Image Library to see more designs of wood on wood kitchens. Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and @woodcountertops on Pinterest for daily wood countertop inspiration!

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Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops, also known as Pastore™ counters, can be designed for use anywhere in the home. Most luxury designers choose to use them as a kitchen island, while some use them as a peninsula or bar top.

Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops for luxury kitchen designs
Custom Waterfall Wood Countertops. Design by Venegas + Company in Boston, MA

Designs with Waterfall Wood Countertops

Zebrawood is one of the most popular wood species designers use for waterfall countertops. This is because the wood grain naturally exhibits strikingly beautiful and exotic lines and striations. Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited designed a Zebrawood waterfall counter for the kitchen island, offering plenty of food prep space and room for seating.

Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited
Zebrawood Waterfall Countertop designed by Kitchens Unlimited

Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc. designed a Zebrawood waterfall bar top to serve as a divider between an entry way and kitchen. The bar top adds warmth and visual interest to this otherwise white space.

Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.
Zebrawood Waterfall Bar Top designed by Neena Corbin Kitchens Inc.

Another popular wood choice for waterfall countertops is Walnut. For KBIS 2017, Wellborn Cabinet designed an American Black Walnut wood waterfall countertop for their modern display. Serving as a peninsula, the countertop also camouflages extra storage cabinets.

Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet serves as a peninsula
Walnut Waterfall Countertop designed by Wellborn Cabinet

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed two Wenge waterfall wood tops, one for use as the bathroom vanity top and one for use as a bench seat. The mirror frame was also crafted out of Wenge wood for a uniform look in this contemporary master bath.

Wenge Waterfall Countertops for a master bath designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
Wenge Waterfall Countertops designed by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

If you would like to see more designs featuring waterfall wood countertops, be sure to visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library on our website. For daily design inspiration, follow @grothouseinc on Instagram!

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Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops
Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Gray cabinets in kitchens are nothing short of classic, elegant, and timeless – no matter the kitchen style. To keep gray from looking too dreary, designers often pair the cabinets with a warm material like a wood countertop or butcher block. Wood countertops and butcher blocks add warmth and texture to the cool tones of gray kitchens.

Designs featuring Gray Cabinets with Wood Countertops

Ash Wood Countertop with Modern Gray Cabinets
Stained Ash Wood Countertop for a Modern Gray Kitchen

Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro designed this award-winning modern kitchen with glossy cabinets. Awarded Showroom of the Year 2016 by Kitchen & Bath Business magazine, this kitchen exudes a sense of sophistication and glamour. The kitchen island features a Stained Ash wood countertop, crafted to exhibit a simple and sleek look.

Distressed Walnut Countertops for Gray Cabinets
Distressed Walnut Countertops for a Small Gray Kitchen

A custom distressed Walnut countertop brings warmth to this small gray kitchen designed by Stefan Hurray of Architect Design. The countertops feature a Standard Roman Ogee edge profile finished in a hand rubbed black glaze.

Saxon Wood™ Countertop for Gray Cabinetrs
Saxon Wood™ Countertop for Gray Cabinetry

Wood-Mode designed a Saxon Wood™ countertop to grace the gray cabinetry in this mudroom space. The dark streaks in the wood compliment the dark gray color of the cabinets, while the lighter tones provide warmth and comfort.

Zebrawood Butcher Block for Gray Cabinets
Zebrawood Butcher Block for a Gray Cabinet

A Zebrawood Butcher Block sits perfectly on this gray cabinet with open shelving. Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed this display for the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. The dark gray mixed with warm wood tones create an intricate appeal.

Walnut Butcher Block for Gray Kitchen Island
Walnut Butcher Block for Gray Kitchen Island

Karen Swanson of New England Design Works added a Walnut butcher block to the light gray kitchen island in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Adding warmth to the kitchen, the butcher block also provides a food preparation work space.

To see more designs with wood countertops and gray cabinets, visit our Countertop Image Library.