Modern Kitchen Countertops

Sleek, clean lines and simplicity make modern kitchens a popular design choice. Because modern kitchen designs typically have more of a cooler feel, designers choose wood countertops to add warmth. In addition to adding warmth, wood modern kitchen countertops can be custom crafted to feature a sleek and simple edge profile.

Wood Modern Kitchen Countertops in White Kitchen Design
Modern Kitchen design by John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode

Wood Modern Kitchen Countertops

Below are designs by some of the industry’s best featuring wood for modern kitchen countertops.

Modern Kitchen Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath
Modern Kitchen Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath designed a Peruvian Walnut Half Parsons Table for the 13 foot island in this modern kitchen design. The countertop includes a cooktop and a perfectly balanced overhang to provide space for seating.

Modern Kitchen Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro
Modern Kitchen Design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro

Photographed by Gordon Beall Photography, this gray modern kitchen design by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features a Stained Ash wood table top.

Modern Kitchen Design by Nicklas Supply features a Walnut Pastore Countertop
Modern Kitchen Design by Nicklas Supply

Nicklas Supply designed this cool-toned kitchen to include a Walnut Wood Pastore™ Countertop on the left side of the island. The warmth of the wood adds to the cool charm of this airy kitchen.

Modern Kitchen Design by Lukejohn Dickson of La Source with Wood Countertop
Modern Kitchen Design by Lukejohn Dickson of La Source

 Lukejohn Dickson of La Source designed a Peruvian Walnut Pastore™ Bar Top for this neutral modern kitchen.

Modern Kitchen Design by Griffey Remodeling
Modern Kitchen Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling also went with a Pastore waterfall countertop made of Walnut wood for their modern kitchen design featuring a fun green backsplash.

Want more modern kitchen countertops design inspiration? Check out our profile on Houzz.

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Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and inevitably you find family and friends gathering around the kitchen island. Here are three important elements to consider when designing the perfect kitchen island.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Design by Kelly Bailey of Coastal Cabinet Works

1. Function

The first step in designing the perfect kitchen island is to decide what the main function is going to be. Some kitchen islands are designed around food preparation, storage, entertaining guests, doing homework and even charging stations for devices. Islands are often designed to be used for a variety of reasons. The functionality of your kitchen island should be designed to fit your family’s daily kitchen activities. In addition to designing around what your family needs today, you also want to plan for the possibilities and create a kitchen island that can evolve as your family evolves.

Kitchen Island Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen Bath includes Wood Countertop
Design by Paul Bentham of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

2. Size

After choosing the main function of your island, you can then figure out the size of the island. The size of your island should be proportional to the size and design of your kitchen. Professionals on Houzz recommend an island to have a width of 2 to 3 feet. For length, professionals feel that 4 to 7 feet is best, depending on how much storage and how many appliances you plan to incorporate.

If your kitchen already has a lot of cabinetry space, island storage may not be a priority. Designer Steve Justrich explains, “Typically, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back will accommodate most under-island functions,” in this article by Houzz.

If the island will be used as a main food preparation area, a sink and other appliances may have to come first in priority. Should you choose entertaining as the main function of your island, then seating arrangements should be the main priority of your island.

An important factor to keep in mind is the aisle space between the kitchen island and any perimeter cabinets or appliances. According to decoist.com, experts suggest that an ideal aisle space would be 42 inches between the counters. If you have a smaller kitchen, they suggest a minimum of 36 inches.

3. Style

The next step in designing your island is choosing the style. Style includes the cabinetry finish, countertop material, lighting and seating arrangements. Typically the style of the island follows suit with the style of the rest of the kitchen.

When it comes to cabinetry finish, some choose a paint or stain color that stands out against surrounding kitchen cabinets. Others choose a matching finish to bring the design together.

Kitchen Island Design by Pine Street Carpenters features a Tigerwood Countertop
Design by Pine Street Carpenters, Inc.

It’s important to choose the right countertop that best suits the island’s activity. For food preparation, a butcher block countertop is most recommended. Waterfall counters have a sleek look that works for both modern and traditional kitchens. For seating areas, a wood bar top is a warm place to cozy up to.

Kitchen Island Design by Karen Kassen of Kitchens Unlimited features a Waterfall Countertop
Design by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited

Lighting above your island is a way to express your personality, while adding to the overall functionality of the space. Some designers choose recessed lighting, others choose pendant lighting. Some also choose to use a combination of both. Designers often use three pendant lights above an island, depending on the light design.

Kitchen Island Design by Denise Quade of Denise Quade Design features a Wood Countertop
Design by Denise Quade, CMKBD, of Denise Quade Design

Seating is another way to add to the style of the overall kitchen and island. Some designers choose backless bar stools, while others choose a chair style stool.

Visit the Countertop Image Library to see more perfect kitchen island designs.

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Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

According to Houzz, subway tile backsplash is one of the best options to pair with wood countertops – and we couldn’t agree more.

Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks
Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops and Butcher Blocks

Designs featuring Subway Tile Backsplash with Wood Countertops

Much like custom wood countertops, the classic look of subway tile is extremely versatile, permitting it to be easily paired with just about any kitchen style.

Farmhouse is one of the most common kitchen styles featuring subway tile and wood counters. Farmhouse style is often mixed with other kitchen styles, such as industrial and modern.

White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops
White Subway Tile with Maple Countertops

Griffey Remodeling designed this small farmhouse industrial style kitchen to include a white subway tile backsplash and maple wood countertops.

White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop
White Subway Tile with a Reclaimed Oak Countertop

Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works mixed modern and industrial farmhouse style in this white kitchen. A large Reclaimed Oak counter was designed for the kitchen island. The subway tile backsplash is continued all the way to the ceiling, making the room feel larger.

White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top
White Subway Tile with Reclaimed Chestnut Bar Top

Designed by Shawna Dillon of Studio Snaidero D.C. Metro, this transitional/modern kitchen won the Kitchen & Bath Business magazine’s Showroom of the Year 2016 Award. This award winning kitchen features walls of white subway tile and a Reclaimed Chestnut kitchen bar top.

Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Countertop
Gray Subway Tile with Walnut Countertop

White subway tile is a popular choice, but colored subway tile is often used as well. Stonington Cabinetry & Designs chose a light gray subway tile for this transitional kitchen. The kitchen island includes a large Walnut countertop.

Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block Countertop
Blue Subway Tile with Wenge Butcher Block

Kate Connolly of Homestead Kitchens went with a soft, dark blue subway tile backsplash that continues along the wall under the cabinets. Conveniently located across from the range is a Wenge butcher block.

Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter for a Wet Bar
Tan Subway Tile with Sapele Mahogany Counter

A distressed Sapele Mahogany counter was paired with a tan subway tile for this traditional style wet bar designed by Wood-Mode Inc.

Due to their design versatility, subway tile backsplash and wood countertops make the perfect pair. To see more designs featuring this pair, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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American Beech Countertops designed by Archipelago Hawaii

The Grothouse Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This week, we are featuring a Kaimuki Bungalow kitchen that includes American Beech Wood Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto, CKD, Allied ASID, CGP, of Archipelago Hawaii.

American Beech Countertops for a kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

About the Designer: Tiare is the Co-Founder and President of Archipelago Hawaii. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), Certified Green Professional (CGP), and holds a certification from the Allied American Society of Interior Designers (Allied ASID). Tiare’s unique background includes kitchen and bath as well as interior design. She has extensive savvy in both ground-up construction and remodeling. Tiare has served as a designer in the fields of graphic design, furniture, fabrics, kitchens, bathrooms, high-end residential and commercial design.

American Beech Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
American Beech Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Design Craft

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas A836-BN

Flooring: Bamboo and Antique Wire Scraped Beech Wood

Countertops: American Beech Countertops crafted in Edge Grain Construction by Grothouse

Faucet: Grohe Elberon

Sink: Stainless Steel

Backsplash: American Olean Urban Canvas in Ice White

Stove: Jenn Air Slide-in Electric Range

Dishwasher: Jenn Air

Other Appliances: Jenn Air Refrigerator and Hood

American Beech Countertops for a white kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
White Kitchen designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
White Kitchen with American Beech Wood Countertops designed by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii
Design by Tiare Noelani Pinto of Archipelago Hawaii

Check out Archipelago Hawaii on the following platforms for further design inspiration: website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. To see more kitchen designs with American Beech Countertops, visit the Grothouse Countertop Image Library.

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Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by TruKitchens

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 Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens.

Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of 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.”

Oil Finished Walnut Countertop for a kitchen designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens
Oil Finished Walnut Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Grabill Cabinetry in Glacier White and Nut Brown Walnut

Cabinet Hardware: Polished Nickel

Flooring: Refinished Maple

Countertops: Grothouse Walnut Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, Natural quartzite, Etched stainless steel

Faucet: Riobel Fuego kitchen faucet with spray

Backsplash: Full slab natural quartzite

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

Stove: Wolf

Dishwasher: Miele

Other Appliances: Refrigerator: Sub-Zero, Coffee Machine: Miele, Steam Oven: Miele

Additional Comments and Advice: Fidler furniture – custom stainless steel work; builder is Insignia Homes.

Walnut Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil for a transitional kitchen
Walnut Kitchen Countertop with Grothouse Original Oil Finish
Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Bar Countertop finished with Grothouse Original Oil
Walnut Wood Kitchen Island Bar Countertop with Original Oil Finish
Walnut Countertop with Oil Finish for a transitional kitchen island designed by TruKitchens
Walnut Countertop designed by TruKitchens

See more designs by TruKitchens by checking out their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more kitchen designs including an Oil Finished Walnut Countertop.

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Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Custom Counters by Grothouse Complement Decorative Backsplashes
Custom Counters Complement Decorative Backsplashes

Some of the industry’s best have designed Grothouse custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes to create unique and outstanding designs. Whether it be a solid wood surface or an Anvil™ metal countertop, it can be designed to complement even the most drastic backsplash.

Designs featuring Custom Counters and Decorative Backsplashes

White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble Backsplash
White Oak Bar Top with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish Complements Gold-striped Marble

Matthew Quinn designed House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016, which included this wet bar. Quinn covered the wall in gold-striped Calacatta marble tiles by AKDO arranged in a sunburst pattern around the window. A White Oak Rift Sawn Blank with Anvil™ Argentum Metal Finish bar top was designed to bring out the gray tones in the marble. Also designed for this space were custom floating shelves to match the bar top.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings
Peruvian Walnut Countertop and Shelves Complement a Wall Covered in mica shavings. Photography: Nikki Ritcher for House Beautiful.

A Peruvian Walnut countertop and matching shelves stand out against Phillip Jeffrie’s Quartz wall covering made of mica shavings. This kitchen was designed by Steven Miller for the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in California. This kitchen also featured an extraordinary backsplash composed of Black and Silver Iridized Chrysalis tiles by Ann Sacks.

Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles inspired by the Mediterranean Sea
Walnut Butcher Block Complements Handpainted Tiles

This rustically elegant kitchen boasts a myriad of textures and materials. Designed by Peter Cardamone and Lynne Kaltman of Blue Bell Kitchens, a custom Walnut butcher block and leathered quartzite countertops complement the Mediterranean Sea inspired handpainted by Tabarka Backsplash.

See how other designers use custom counters to complement decorative backsplashes by visiting the Grothouse Countertop Image Library. For even further inspiration, follow our profile on Houzz.

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1 in 4 Homeowners Combine Kitchen Countertop Materials

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.

Combining Zinc and White Oak Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Zinc and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

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.

Combining Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Persa Avorio Leathered Granite and Wenge Kitchen Countertops

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.

Combining Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Polished Marble and Zebrawood Kitchen Countertops

A kitchen designed by Karen Kassen, CMKBD, ASID, of Kitchens Unlimited features a Zebrawood Pastore™ Waterfall Countertop. Polished Marble countertops flank the perimeter of the kitchen.

Combining Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Kitchen Countertop Materials
Quartzite Tempesta and Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Countertops

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.

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Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms for extra counter space
Custom Wood Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms

Custom wood countertops are designed for use in many rooms throughout the home, including laundry rooms. They can be designed for the wash station area or for extra counter space. Wood countertops provide a naturally warm surface for folding and switching the wash. Some designers choose to combine an integrated mudroom and laundry room. For integrated spaces like that, a wood bench seat is often crafted for a warm place to sit.

Custom African Mahogany Countertops designed for Laundry Rooms
African Mahogany Counters for a Laundry Room

Collaborative Interiors designed this Seattle, Washington laundry room to include an African Mahogany wood countertop above the washer and dryer. Also designed was an African Mahogany bench seat for the built in cabinetry on the parallel wall. The warm, red tones of the wood compliment the cabinetry in the wash station area, as well as the wood ceiling beam.

Custom Wood Counters designed to complete Laundry Room Tasks
African Mahogany Counter for a Laundry Room

Standing out against the white wall of paneling and cabinetry, the counter makes for the perfect area to fold and stack clothing. It also provides extra counter space for laundry related items to be in reach.

Long Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room runs the length of the wall
Long Custom Wood Countertop designed for a Laundry Room

A bright laundry room with lots of efficiency was designed for this Hawaiian home. Archipelago Hawaii designed a countertop to run the entire length of the wall, offering plenty of counter space to complete laundry-related tasks. This large laundry room also offers an expansive run of custom cabinetry.

Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room with an expansive run of cabinetry
Custom Wood Countertop designed for an Ultimate Laundry Room

Interested in seeing more wood countertop designs for laundry rooms? Check out the Grothouse Image Library for more inspiration. Like us on Facebook for daily wood innovations.

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Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

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 Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works.

Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Phoebe Steinhoff-Smith of Coastal Cabinet Works

About the Designer: Phoebe really enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to life. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and her goal is always to create a space that the homeowner is excited about, so they are happy to share it with family and friends. Aesthetics are very important, but a kitchen design is only successful when it is functional. As a designer my goal is always to create a beautiful space that feels effortless.

A Tip from Phoebe: Play with symmetry. A symmetrical layout is the foundation of any good design, but try making a statement with a glass cabinet that is a different size than all the rest, use asymmetry to create focal points.

Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop in a modern farmhouse kitchen designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop in a modern farmhouse kitchen designed by Coastal Cabinet Works

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Fieldstone Cabinetry

Countertops: Perimeter countertops – Quartzite; 1 3/4″ thick Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop by Grothouse

MModern Farmhouse Kitchen with a Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop designed by Coastal Cabinet Works
Large kitchen island with Reclaimed Chestnut countertop creates a seating area and food prep space
Large Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Countertop
Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop, sink, copper faucet, wine fridge, and microwave
Kitchen Island with Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop

See more kitchen designs by Coastal Cabinet Works by checking out their website, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Visit our Countertop Image Library for more design inspiration including a Reclaimed Chestnut Kitchen Island Countertop. Love this design? Save it to Pinterest!

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Powder Room Vanity Countertops

During the 18th Century, a powder room referred to a tiny room where people went to have their wigs re-powdered. Powder rooms were still used through the Victorian period as well, but the definition of powder room changed to mean a general bathroom. Women would discretely excuse themselves from company by going to “powder their noses” in the powder room. Though the uses for a powder room have changed over time, the exclusive privacy they provide has remained the same.

Powder rooms in today’s homes offer a myriad of design possibilities. Unlike historical powder rooms, they can include design elements of furniture such as decorative vanities. Vanities offer storage space for towels and other toiletries. However, they can also serve as a design statement.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design Ideas

Powder Room Vanity Countertops can be designed to stand out or to bring balance to the space.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design by Teakwood Builders
Stained Cherry Powder Room Vanity Countertop

In the Asian-inspired powder room pictured above, the stained cherry wood countertop does both. Teakwood Builders designed the vanity to balance with the dark wall trim, although a custom edge profile on the countertop makes the vanity stand out.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design by Collaborative Interiors
Sapele Mahogany Powder Room Vanity Countertop

Vawn Greany and Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors designed Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to serve as the vanity for a vessel sink. The simple color palette mixed with the rich colors of the wood create a statement.

Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design by Echelon Custom Homes
American Beech Powder Room Vanity Countertop

Each component of this powder room only reaches its full potential when combined with all the components as a whole. The lovely wallpaper has flecks of colors that pick up the balance of design elements and the bright red vanity base adds a vibrant pop of color. The American Beech wood vanity top is accented with the bright and neutral tones of the wall paper.

For further powder room vanity countertops inspiration, visit the Grothouse Photo Gallery. Like a design? Save it to your board on Pinterest!

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