Kitchen Islands for Gathering

Have you ever noticed where family and guests naturally gather in your home? I bet most of us would answer with, “around the kitchen island.” Today, kitchen island is the ultimate expression of the kitchen’s move from the back of the house to the center of the home. Often times, it acts as a replacement for breakfast nooks and kitchen tables. So what elements create gathering kitchen islands?

Gathering Kitchen Island Elements

First and foremost, the most gathering-friendly kitchen island countertop material is wood. Wood is a naturally warm material, and thus is also an inviting material to cozy up to.

Gathering Kitchen Islands with Grothouse Wood Countertops
Design by Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design

“There is no material that compares to the warmth and comfort natural wood surfaces give to a kitchen,” stated designer Lisa Brosius of Boxwood Design.

Huge Kitchen Island with a Butcher Block Top
Design by Nikki Trivisonno of Somrak Kitchens, Inc.

Another key element in creating an island for gathering, is having both standing and seating room. Incorporating both is important, so guests that would prefer to stand have plenty of room without those who want to sit getting in the way of each other.

Two Tier Kitchen Island Designed for Gathering
Design by Kitchenscapes

Did you know a kitchen island can be more than one tier? How clever is this two-tier kitchen island designed by Kitchenscapes? One area is distinctly for seating, more like the kitchen table, and behind it is more seating, with an adjacent counter for standing room, entertaining and more.

Two Tier Kitchen Island with Wood Countertops Designed for Gathering
Design by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design | Photography by Kaunis Hetki Photographer

“This is a family that loves to cook and entertain so we incorporated their large commercial range flanked by perimeter quartz countertops, and a gorgeous walnut butcher block end grain countertop section. This is matched alongside by flat grain walnut pedestal table with built-in seating and storage,” stated the designer of this two tier kitchen island, Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design.

Visit the Countertop Image Library on our website to see more gathering kitchen islands.

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A Coastal Home with Wood and Metal Countertops by Grothouse

A home designed by Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio was inspired by a Coastal palette and elegant styling. Ellen collaborated with Grothouse to design a series of wood and metal countertops and accessories for various rooms in the home. Ellen thoughtfully selected every detail to tell the story of the homeowner, the architecture and the homes location on the North Shore and the picturesque view of the Long Island Sound.

The Kitchen

A Coastal Home with Wood and Metal Countertops by Grothouse
Josh Goetz Photography

The homeowner is a cook, so the kitchen was designed not only designed for show, but most importantly functionality. The kitchen island features a custom stained Curly Figured Maple wood counter. Finished with Grothouse exclusive Durata® finish in matte sheen, this counter is completely waterproof and perfect for seating. A custom edge profile and two expanded corners add drama to the counter’s design.

“The custom-figured maple wood countertop by Grothouse with its rich, dark stain adds to the elegance and provides depth and strength to the space,” stated Ellen.

Argentum Anvil™ metal finished range hood
Josh Goetz Photography

A custom Argentum Anvil™ metal finished range hood sits beautifully above the island. The nickel silver tones of the Argentum metal finish complement the crystal chandelier above the eat in kitchen table.

The kitchen table was also crafted by Grothouse, composed of an Ash wood tabletop and an Argentum Anvil™ Metal Finished table base – designed to match the range hood.

The Pantry

Custom Stained Ash Wood Pantry Counter
Josh Goetz Photography

Built custom for the base shelf of the pantry was a custom stained Ash wood counter. The counter provides space for storage and is sealed with Durata® waterproof and permanent finish in matte sheen.

The Dining Room Buffet Server

Custom Stained Figured Maple Counter for the Dining Room Buffet Server
Josh Goetz Photography

The mood of each room changes subtly, while similar elements were woven together to keep the story connected. In doing so, a custom stained Figured Maple counter, matching the kitchen counter, was crafted for the buffet server in the dining room.

Click here to read Ellen’s blog to learn more about this home’s design. Visit our Countertop Image Library to see more designs with wood and metal countertops.

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Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious, contemporary kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design and Brenda Friday Design. The kitchen island features a custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers.

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Saxon Wood Island Countertop and Drawers

Saxon Wood is the first of a series of specially curated woods, hand selected and sourced exclusively by Grothouse. Custom designed for this island is a Saxon Wood counter top that features waterfall legs. Six drawers were also crafted in Saxon Wood for the kitchen island end. The drawer fronts were strategically built to ensure the grain matched from left to right, giving it a strikingly unique and beautiful appearance.

Custom Saxon Wood Island Countertop for Contemporary Kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry Manufacturer: Mouser Cabinetry

Cabinet Color: Blue

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Ultimate Granite / Black Pearl

Appliances: Sub-Zero and Wolf Stainless Steel

Flooring: Wood Floors

Contractor: Century Interiors, Inc.

Custom Saxon Wood Countertop and Matching Drawers
Tom Little Photography

Follow Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath on social media to see more of their kitchen designs! Houzz | Facebook | Instagram

Visit our website to find a Grothouse dealer near you.

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Grothouse KBIS 2020 Recap

The Grothouse team had a blast at KBIS 2020. There was no shortage of inspiration, remarkable products, outstanding booths and talented designers. Not only did Grothouse craft pieces for two renowned booths, one booth even won best of show!

The Wellborn Booth

Grothouse crafted a Wenge half parsons table for the classic contemporary, sleek kitchen display designed by Darcie Miller in the Wellborn Cabinet booth. The inspiration for this design was trendy, basic and affordable. Frameless cabinets combined with glossy and matte finishes and wood accents.

Grothouse KBIS 2020 Wellborn Cabinet Half Parsons Table
KBIS 2020 Wellborn Cabinet Booth

The parsons table served as a peninsula in the kitchen display. At 3 inches thick, it was finished with the exclusive Durata® Waterproof permanent finish.

During the show, Wellborn hosted a presentation by master designer Matthew Ferrarini, who spoke about this year’s hottest design trends.

Grothouse Wood Countertop Representatives at KBIS 2020 Wellborn Cabinet Booth
Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse at the Wellborn Booth

Pictured are Jeannine Price and Jennifer Kell of Grothouse.

The Monogram Booth

Industry Rockstar and renowned designer Richard Anuszkiewicz brought a fresh take on cutting-edge design in kitchens for Monogram Appliances. The booth featured four distinct spaces, each with their own themes and all with one goal: to challenge the status quo. A big element in the kitchens was the return of the kitchen table married with cooking elements. Learn more behind the design on Kitchen & Bath Design News. It is with much sincerity we wish Monogram and Richard a huge congratulations for winning Best of Show!

The Grothouse Table

Grothouse Wood and Metal Table Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram's Booth at KBIS 2020
Table Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram’s Booth at KBIS 2020

Grothouse crafted a custom table; featuring a handplaned Wenge base. The tops, however, were split. One side featured a handplaned Wenge top.

Custom Table in KBIS 2020 Monogram Appliances Booth designed by Richard Anuszkiewicz
Table Design by Richard Anuszkiewicz for Monogram’s Booth at KBIS

The other side features stainless steel countertops that are integrated with two brand new appliances Monogram introduced at the show. The apron is also stainless steel.

Half Metal Half Wenge Table in Monogram's Booth at KBIS 2020
Half Metal Half Wenge Table in Monogram’s Booth

There are Anvil™ metal finished accents on the apron and between the two surfaces. Overall table size was a massive 5’ x 12’-6”.

Charcuterie by Board & You on Custom Wenge Wood Table at KBIS 2020
Charcuterie by Board & You

During the show, Monogram had the table decked out with beautiful charcuterie by Board & You.

Grothouse Wood Surfaces Team gets together with customers from the northeast and midatlantic
Grothouse Team Get Together with Customers

The Grothouse team had a great time and enjoyed a get together with customers from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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2020 Kitchen Design Trend: Metal Accents

One of the hottest kitchen design trends in 2020 will be incorporating metal accents into designs. Grothouse makes it easy to add metal accents on any piece we craft with our Anvil™ line of metal finishes.

2020 Kitchen Design Trend is incorporating Metal Accents
Design by New Ravenna

What is Anvil™?

Anvil™ is our proprietary line of metal finishes. In other words, we take any solid surface, wood or composite substrate, and coat it with a finish that consists of real metal particles. When the metal finish is applied to the surface, it looks as if the surface is made of real metal. Just like real metal countertops Anvil™ is a real living finish and will naturally patina over time like real metal should.

Why is Anvil™ the preferred choice over real metal countertops? Sheet metal products cannot be designed for curved profile applications and complex shapes, however, when a surface is made of wood or composite substrate, the design possibilities are limitless.

Another perk to Anvil™ finished surfaces is that they are naturally warm to the touch, since they are made of wood, and comfortable to lean on, have a cup of coffee or enjoy a martini. Metal countertops are naturally cold to the touch. In addition, wood helps to quiet a room. Real metal countertops tend to add to the noise.

Anvil™ Metal Finishes

There are 8 different colors available in the Anvil™ line, each representing different metal types: Axel, Kratos, Ferrum, Medallion, Exodus, Magnum, Palladium and Argentum.

Grothouse Anvil Metal Accent Color Options
Grothouse Anvil Metal Finishes

Brass and copper will be especially popular metal colors this year. For a copper look, you’ll want to go with Kratos. It even oxidizes like real copper. For a brass look, Magnum has the perfect luxe warmth.

“Grothouse Anvil™ metal finished surfaces are ideal for designers looking for a high end, unique product,” states President, Paul Grothouse. “With designs trending towards a marriage of varied materials, the Anvil line offers unique and versatile new design options.”

Ideas for Incorporating Metal Accents

Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Design with an Anvil Metal Kitchen Countertop
Tom Little Photography

Designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath in collaboration with Wildman Chalmers Design, the kitchen island features an Anvil metal finished countertop on one end. This countertop is made of Cherry wood and coated in our Anvil Palladium finish.

Floating Shelves

Butlers Pantry with Floating Shelves featuring Anvil Metal Finished Edges
Photography by David A. Land

Riftsawn White Oak wood shelves were designed by Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria for this butler’s pantry. To make the shelves stand out, Matthew selected the Anvil Magnum metal finish for the shelf edges. (And now we want floating shelves with metal edges, too!)

Range Hoods 

Anvil Metal Range Hood in an all white kitchen design
Scott Bergmann Photography

How classy is this Anvil metal range hood designed by Michael English of Teakwood Builders? It stands out beautifully against the white cabinetry, creating a focal point.

Bar Tops

Anvil Metal Finished Curved Bar Top with Rivets
Design by Distinctive Design LLC

Who wouldn’t want to cozy up to this curved bar designed by Distinctive Design LLC? A composite substrate coated with Anvil Ferrum metal finish. It also includes 22 faux metal rivets to give the design some edge.

Tables

Walnut Wood Table with Anvil Magnum Metal Edges
Design by Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn designed a Walnut wood table to feature Magnum metal edging around the table top and the table base. By adding a metal accent, this table radiates luxury.

Want to see more designs with Anvil metal accents? Follow @grothouseinc on Instagram and like our Facebook page! Interested in Anvil metal accents for your own home? Contact us to find a Grothouse dealer near you.

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Walnut Island Top designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath

A spacious kitchen designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath for cooking and entertaining – that even has space for the family pet – features a Walnut Island Top.

Walnut Island Top designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Design Details

Cabinetry: Mouser

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Complimentary Countertops: Primo Marble & Granite / Allure Leathered Quartzite

Faucet: Brizo

Sink: Franke

Backsplash: Ceramiche Tile & Stone

Stove: Thermador

Refrigerator: Sub Zero

Walnut Counter for a kitchen island designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

Walnut Island Top Details

The Walnut Island Top designed for this kitchen was crafted in edge grain construction. At one and a half inches thick, this top features a 1/4″ Roundover edge profile. It is sealed with the Grothouse exclusive Durata Finish in Matte sheen.

Walnut Top crafted in Edge Grain Construction with a Quarter Inch Roundover Edge Profile
Tom Little Photography
Kitchen Island with Built In Pet Bowls designed by Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath
Tom Little Photography

A matching Walnut counter was crafted for this little nook in the kitchen, creating the perfect place for the toaster oven, liquor and more.

Matching counter for pantry nook area of the kitchen
Tom Little Photography

Follow Jacob Evans Kitchen and Bath on social media to see more of their stunningly spacious kitchen designs! Houzz | Facebook | Instagram

Visit our website to learn more about meeting a Grothouse dealer near you and designing a Walnut Island Top for your kitchen.

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Anvil Metal Shelves

Anvil Metal Shelves are a unique way to differentiate any design. Shelves can be designed for any space, any style, any application.

Anvil Metal Shelves Exclusively Available at Grothouse
Anvil Metal Finished Shelves

Most often shelves are designed to be used as open shelves. They can also be designed to add some sparkle inside of cabinets with glass doors.

Anvil™ is a luxurious and versatile metal finish exclusively offered on Grothouse solid wood surfaces. The finish is applied to solid wood or a composite substrate. Anvil™ line finishes allow the natural grain and imperfections of wood to show through. Just like real metal countertops, Anvil™ surfaces develop a rich aged patina over time, and slight imperfections and variations in color are inherent in the finish process.

Some shelf designs feature Anvil metal on the entire shelf, while other designs highlight portions of the shelves with a metal finish. There are eight different metal coating colors available, including Magnum which is brass/gold in color, Kratos which is copper in color, Medallion and Exodus which are more bronze in color, and Axel, Ferrum, Palladium and Argentum which are more silver in color.

Anvil Metal Shelves | Design Inspiration

Anvil Metal Open Shelving
Anvil Metal Finished Open Shelving

Matthew Quinn designed Anvil™ Argentum metal finished shelves for the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016.

Open shelves with Metal Edging
Open Shelves with Anvil Metal Finished Edges

Matthew Quinn also designed shelves for the House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House with Anvil Magnum metal finished edging.

To learn more about Anvil Shelves, visit our website www.glumber.com.

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Grothouse Solid Surfaces in Whole Home Concept House

Grothouse was thrilled to partner with the prestigious Matthew Quinn to craft custom solid surfaces for House Beautiful’s Whole Home Concept House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grothouse Solid Surfaces in House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House in Nashville, Tennessee
Photography by David A. Land

House Beautiful teamed up with forward-thinking designers from across the country to build a house from the ground up and craft its rooms with a family’s total joy in mind. The result of this 6,201-square-foot haven is more than a home – it’s an experience.

The Kitchen | Whole Home Concept House

When dreaming up a new kitchen, it’s tempting to focus on the “pretty bits”: cabinet colorsquartz-versus-natural-stone surfaces, hardware finishes. But kitchen-and-bath expert Matthew Quinn starts with what’s practical.

Grothouse White Oak Wood Countertop for House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House
Photography by David A. Land

An easy-clean Caesarstone quartz countertop is paired with a Grothouse Flat Grain White Oak Riftsawn countertop. The wood countertop features an arc and a custom stain. In addition, it has a charging pad built right in (meaning no tangled cords cluttering up your kitchen).

Butler’s Pantry | Whole Home Concept House

To make sure this smaller space didn’t feel too tight, Quinn used open shelving on one wall, flanking the window and sink—and on the other side, upper cabinets have mesh screen inserts.

Grothouse Wood Shelves with Anvil Metal Finished Edges in House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House
Photography by David A. Land

Grothouse crafted the open shelves in Flat Grain construction out of White Oak Riftsawn wood to match the kitchen countertop. The shelves feature a notched radius corner and Anvil™ Magnum metal finished edges.

If you are in Nashville, you can take a tour of the house! Or you can visit House Beautiful‘s YouTube channel to watch every step of the journey. Learn more about the House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House by clicking here!

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Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by TruKitchens

A Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed by Todd Wiley of TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design creates a favorite gathering spot for family and friends. Their bold Mid-Century Modern design perfectly suited this client’s home and style for this kitchen renovation.

Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop designed for a Mid Century Modern Kitchen
Design by TruKitchens in collaboration with Jennifer Butler Design

Designer Tip: “We chose Peruvian Walnut and Color Quartz Oyster Shell. Changing the counter material allows the top to feel grand without feeling overly long.”

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop and Quartz Oyster Shell Countertop make the kitchen island
Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop combined with a Quartz Oyster Shell Countertop

Project Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Shiloh Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Atlas Hardware

Countertops: Grothouse Peruvian Walnut Island Countertop

Complimentary Countertops: Quartz Oyster Shell

Flooring: Original White Oak Flooring Refinished

Faucet: Moen Align

Sink: Kohler Cault Double Bowl Undermount

Backsplash: Porcelanosa

Wall Color: SW7022 Alpaca

Stove: Jenn Aire White Glass Cooktop

Dishwasher: Jenn Aire White Glass

Other Appliances: Jenn Air White Glass Fridge; Stainless Zephyr Hood

Other Items, Comments or Advice: “We took the adjacent eating area and incorporated it as part of the kitchen to maintain an eating area, but also allow the kitchen to feel bigger by extending the island while taking full advantage of the view.”

Project Credits

Designer: Jennifer Butler Design
Kitchen Designer: TruKitchens
Appliances: Bekins Appliance
Photographer: Bill Lindhout Photography

Click here to learn more about Peruvian Walnut wood countertops. See more designs by following @jenniferbutlerdesign and @trukitchens on Instagram!

Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island

Don Hodkoski of Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath designed this Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island, making this space the perfect fit for a chef.

Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island in a chef's kitchen design
Walnut Countertop for a Kitchen Island

About Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath: Where design, craftsmanship, functionality and service come together. At Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath they design and build kitchens, bathrooms, closets, laundry rooms, mudrooms, outdoor kitchens and unique spaces. They specialize in creating quality environments which reflect your taste and lifestyle. Their team of master designers and craftsmen provide innovative designs and create positive experiences.

Design Details

The Perfect Chef Kitchen with Walnut Countertop
The Perfect Chef Kitchen

Cabinet Manufacturer: Homestead

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Island Countertop: Grothouse Walnut 3 inches thick Edge Grain Countertop

Complimentary Countertops: Betlan & Custom Stainless Countertops

Faucet: Waterstone

Sink: Stainless Steel from C-Tech

Backsplash: 2×6 Subway tile

Range: Wolf

Dishwasher: KitchenAid

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero Fridge and 2 Wolf Ovens

Walnut Countertop for a kitchen island provides the perfect place to prepare food
Walnut Countertop for Food Preparation

To see more designs by Litchfield Hills Kitchen and Bath, follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Houzz. Visit their relaxing showroom overlooking the East Aspetuck River, to get fresh ideas and discuss your goals and needs.

Read our previous blogs by visiting wood-countertop.glumber.com.

For weekly wood countertop design inspiration, follow @grothouseinc on Instagram.

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