2021 Wet Bar Design Trends

The beauty of wet bars is that they can be designed for nearly any part of your home. Is there a corner of the house that is not being used, a hallway between the kitchen and dining room, or perhaps an open area of your basement? A wet bar is the perfect solution and can be explained as a galley kitchen that meets a bar.

2021 Wet Bar Design Trends with a Wood Countertop

Most wet bar designs include necessities such as a countertop, cabinetry, sink, faucet, and under counter appliances, with the intention of serving family and friends alike. For inspiration, we gathered our top four 2021 wet bar design trends.

Trend 1: White Cabinetry with Dark Wood Top

White Cabinetry with Dark Wood Top Wet Bar Design Trend

A timeless, yet modern take on white cabinetry, Jesse Jarrett of Jarrett Design LLC designed this wet bar. The upper cabinets make the space feel open with glass front doors. Atop the lower cabinets is a Peruvian Walnut wood countertop. Aesthetically, the wood top complements the wood flooring. Functionally, the top creates the perfect surface to fix up a drink.  Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin sheen ensures the top will remain safe from red wine stains and spills.

Trend 2: Open Shelves and a Waterfall Wood Top

Wet Bar with Open Shelves and a Waterfall Wood Top

Open glass shelves, a mirror backsplash, and sleek white cabinets create this glamorous wet bar design by Bob Ostrowski of Allikristé Custom Cabinetry & Kitchen Design. Providing both functionality and beauty, the Walnut with Sapwood butcher block Pastore waterfall top frames the cabinets. The most luxurious part of this design? Without question, the glass wall wine rack, of course.

Trend 3: Glass Front Cabinet Doors and Stained Wood Top

Wet Bar with Glass Front Cabinet Doors and Stained Wood Top
Josh Goetz Photography

Ellen Lopez of El Design Studio created this beautiful wet bar for a coastal style home. Your eye naturally follows this design from left to right, beginning with the tall wine refrigerator. Glass front cabinet doors showcase the glass shelving and fine glassware inside. A Figured Maple wood counter grounds this design, personalized by a custom stain application that enhances the woods splendor.

Trend 4: Colorful Cabinets and Anvil™ Metal Finished Wood Top

Wet Bar with Colorful Cabinets and Anvil™ Metal Finished Wood Top

Gloss blue cabinets with under counter appliances were designed by Matthew Quinn for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2016. This design set the trend for gloss cabinets AND colorful cabinets alike used for wet bars in the years to come.  Another trend set with this design is the use of metal finished wood countertops. The White Oak Rift Sawn wood countertop is coated with Grothouse exclusive Anvil™ Metal Finish in the color Argentum. The application of the metal finish was done in such a way to show the wood grain.

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Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland

A Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design for a new kitchen. Darcy stated, “Packed full of charm to match the original house, this kitchen took months of planning and was worth every minute of it.”

Sapele Mahogany Kitchen Island Counter designed by Darcy Niland
Photography by Carrie Niland

About the Designer

Darcy Niland is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, proud Penn State graduate with a background in real estate finance.  She lives in Fayetteville, New York with her husband and three children.  Darcy discovered her passion for design while remodeling the Niland Family’s current home and lake house properties.  She spent months poring over design ideas, researching layouts, and sourcing materials which eventually led to the sketching of initial design layouts and meticulously overseeing the construction process to make sure every detail came to life.  It was the love of seeing a space with potential and watching it transform that led to the start of Darcy Niland Design.

Darcy Niland Design
Darcy Niland of Darcy Niland Design

Darcy Niland Design works with clients on projects of all budgets and sizes, commercial and residential, with a focus on layout and function of a space.  She brings the same passion and attention to detail to her clients’ projects as she does her own, actively collaborating while offering counsel and guidance in order to create beautifully designed spaces to fit each client’s individual style and needs.

Designer Tip

In the case of this project, the client felt very strongly about incorporating a wood countertop as a design element but often felt unsure of her decision.  I try to help the client focus on the details that are important to them at the start of the project and help them to navigate through the decision process while keeping the overall design in mind.  While going the more traditional route and carrying the quartz countertops throughout the kitchen would have simplified the process, we decided to focus on the wood countertop and make that the focal point of the design which truly elevated the space and gave the client the warmth she was looking for.

Traditional Kitchen Design with a Wood Counter for the Kitchen Island
Photography by Carrie Niland


Design Details

Contractor: DeBlois Renovate & Remodel

Cabinet Manufacturer: Showplace CabinetsKitchen Express

Cabinet Hardware: Assorted

Flooring: Oak

Wood Countertop: Grothouse Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Counter Distressed to Level 2 with Hand Rubbed Black Glaze and finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen

Complimentary Countertops: Calacatta Arno

Faucet: Moen Weymouth

Sink: Signature Hardware

Backsplash: Atlas Canyons Cobblestone

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

Stove: GE Café

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: Fisher & Paykel Integrated Panel Ready Refrigerator

Kitchen Island Counter made of Sapele Mahogany for a Traditional Kitchen
Photography by Carrie Niland

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Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

A beautiful cottage with a smaller, yet smart, layout for relaxed lakefront living was designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer of TruKitchens. The space features a Walnut Dining Room Bar Top custom crafted by Grothouse.

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top designed by Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens
Design 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.

Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens designer of Walnut Dining Room Bar Top
Todd Wiley, Senior Designer, TruKitchens

Designer Tip(s): “The dining area bar sits along an interior wall that faces out to a beautiful lake. The mirrored backsplash below eyelevel feels like a window pulling natural light into a potentially dark corner of this open main floor layout.”

“The inset cabinets in a clean line door style and unique custom paint color paired with the wood countertop blend cottage and contemporary.”

Walnut Dining Room Bar Top with Blue Cabinetry and Gold Hardware
Edge Grain Walnut Bar Top for a Dining Room

Cabinet Manufacturer:  Grabill Cabinetry in custom paint match on inset Lacunar door style

Cabinet Hardware: Champagne bronze

Flooring: Medium hardwood

Countertops: Edge grain Walnut with sapwood

Backsplash: Mirror

Other Appliances: Sub-Zero panel ready ice maker, Perlick panel ready wine storage, Perlick panel ready undercounter refrigerator

Other Items, Comments, Advice: Interior design by Vision Interiors, Builder is Devries & Onderlinde Builders, Architect is Visbeen Architects, Photography by Ashley Avila Photography. Click here for additional project information!

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Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark

Grothouse custom crafted five butcher blocks for Aramark global headquarters building in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Grothouse crafted Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark Global Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jen Kell and David Hagerty of Grothouse with Walnut Butcher Block at Aramark Global Headquarters

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across foodfacilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 19 countries around the world every day.

Aramark Global Headquarters in Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aramark Global Headquarters | Photo via Phillymag

Situated along the Schuylkill River, the existing structure of where the headquarters are now, was originally built as a Hudson Motor Car Company plant in the 1920s. It was transformed into a modern, 600,000 square foot, nine-story building with an emphasis on innovation, sustainability and green space. Aramark occupies the top five floors and nearly 300,000 square feet as the building’s anchor tenant.

Large Custom Walnut Butcher Block Tables by Grothouse
Large Custom Walnut Butcher Block Tables by Grothouse

Each floor has an industrial tables, where the long part is almost 18 feet by 4 feet and the short part is 127 feet by 40 feet for ADA.

Five Butcher Blocks for Aramark | Details

Five butcher block tops were custom crafted in end grain construction style out of Walnut with Sapwood. The tops were designed by Boyertown Planing Mill Co. Each butcher block countertop is three inches thick and features a 1/8 inch Roundover edge profile. Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish was applied to each top before installation. This finish does require ongoing maintenance, however it is food safe and is the preferred finish for food preparation.

Five Two-Layered Industrial Tables with Walnut Butcher Block Tops
Five Two-Layered Industrial Tables with Walnut Butcher Block Tops

The butcher block tops were shipped in pallets, each weighing approximately 1600 lbs. Each butcher block top had to be delivered by crane to each of the five floors.

Walnut End Grain Butcher Block Tops for Industrial Tables in the Aramark Global Headquarters Building
Walnut End Grain Butcher Block Tops for Industrial Tables

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Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed by Eva Andersen

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 Countertop Room Divider designed by Eva Andersen of Teakwood Builders.

Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed by Eva Andersen
Eva Andersen

Design Details

To serve as a divider between the kitchen and living room of this home, Eva designed white cabinetry with a Grothouse Walnut wood countertop. The countertop features a Small Classical Bead and Cove edge profile and stain application (stain # 03004). It was finished with Durata® permanent finish in matte.

Walnut Countertop Room Divider designed for a traditional kitchen and living room area
Walnut Countertop Room Divider

Cabinetry: Signature Custom Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs

Flooring: Porcelain tile in herringbone pattern

Other Countertops: Taj Mahal Quartzite

Backsplash: Walker Zanger

Stove: Wolf Cooktop

Dishwasher: Bosch

Other Appliances: SubZero Paneled Fridge

Other Items, Comments or Advice: We brought this luxurious stone and glass mosaic to the crown molding, functioning like a beautiful wallpaper behind the sink and the range. Often it’s better to continue one material versus having choppy delineation between areas. While this is usually a more contemporary way of treating the backsplash in this case it worked beautifully in this traditional kitchen because of the materials.

Room Divider with Walnut Countertop and Wood Beams for traditional white kitchen
Room Divider with Walnut Countertop and Wood Beams
Walnut Countertop Complements the Wood Kitchen Island
Walnut Countertop Complements the Wood Kitchen Island

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Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops designed by Marcus Otten

Custom Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops designed by Marcus Otten of Exquisite Kitchen Design are like the “cherry on top” of this classy, modern kitchen.

Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops designed by Marcus Otten for a modern kitchen design
Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops

All of the colors throughout this kitchen are complimentary. The tones in the Bolivian Rosewood countertops match the wood grained cabinetry. The dark stripes in the Bolivian Rosewood match the dark brown cabinets.

About Bolivian Rosewood

Bolivian Rosewood Pastore waterfall countertops for a modern kitchen island
Design by Exquisite Kitchen Design

Bolivian Rosewood is a rare, exotic, very dense and rich colored wood originating in Bolivia and Brazil. Other common names are Pau Ferro, Santos Rosewood and Morado.

It offers a variety of colors from medium to light browns to almost black brown and purple with black striping. Medullary rays are often visible in sawn lumber and furniture.

Bolivian Rosewood makes a nice choice for acoustic and electric guitars but is also used for anything from high end veneers for corporate jets to jewelry boxes and everything in between.

About Pastore Countertops

Bolivian Rosewood Pastore Countertops also known as Waterfall Countertops
Pastore Waterfall Countertops

Pastore countertops are also known as waterfall countertops. They are often crafted so the grain of the wood falls with the design of the top. As you can see in this design, the dark rays in the Bolivian Rosewood follow the countertop horizontally across the surface, and then downward on the leg. Pastore countertops make for a great seating area, as shown in this kitchen, while adding a level of luxury.

See more of the award-winning spaces by Exquisite Kitchen Design on Houzz, Facebook and Instagram!

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Walnut Desk Top designed by Jillian Clark of Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc.

The perfect home office was designed by Jillian Clark of Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc. featuring a Walnut Desk Top.

Walnut Desk Top for a Custom Built-In Home Office Desk with Walnut Cabinetry
Photography by daveclarkphotography.ca

This home office features cabinetry by DeWils Custom Cabinetry, Lakewood door style in Walnut stained “Nutmeg”. Grothouse crafted a beautifully matched radius Walnut wood countertop for the office desk top.

All together this customized built-in desk design provides a large work are, creating storage opportunities with the book shelves and the space underneath the desk. The area underneath the desk also offers a place for trash cans, paper shredders and other various items that should be tucked away.

About the Designer

Jillian Clark specializes in designing and creating uncommon kitchens, baths, and home spaces that completely reflect an individual ‘s discerning tastes and style.

The kitchen is not just a place to prepare food, it’s a family gathering spot, entertainment hub, homework area, the list can go on!” – Jillian Clark

Want to see more designs by Jillian? Like Kitchen Studio of Monterey Peninsula Inc. on Facebook and follow them on Instagram! Visit the Image Library on our website, glumber.com, to see more designs with a Walnut Desk Top.

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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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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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Counter Intuitive

A kitchen counter has long been a anchor of kitchen design, and can offer a dramatic focal point, splash of color, textural interest, sense of warmth or visual contrast.

Counter Intuitive Surfacing Material Traits and Trends
Counter Intuitive | Design by Sarah Kahn Turner of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Kitchen & Bath Design News magazine recently surveyed over 500 kitchen dealers and designers across the U.S. and Canada. The survey looked at material trends, including most desired surfacing traits, views on the importance of surfacing regarding design and functionality of the kitchen, and what percentage of their kitchen remodeling budgets dealers’ and designers’ clients devote to surfacing.

The growing role of the kitchen has expanded the functional role of countertops from durable food prep surfaces to multi-functional places for cooking, eating, entertaining and more.

77.6% of designers/dealers rate the importance of countertops to the look of the overall kitchen extremely important. 58.3 of designers/dealers rate the importance of countertops to kitchen functionality extremely important.

52% of the kitchen remodeling budget is spent on counters, as they are  increasingly being viewed as a worthwhile investment, particularly if they are beautiful, durable and long lasting.

What adds value to a countertop? The top three desired aspects are durability, beauty and ease of maintenance. Other desired countertop qualities cited included fits with overall design, color pattern options and a classic look that won’t get dated too quickly. Most desired aspects of surfacing materials include:

  • • Durability
  • • Beauty
  • • Low maintenance
  • • Affordability
  • • Fits with overall design
  • • Color/pattern options
  • • Classic look/won’t get dated quickly
  • • Fits with overall kitchen
  • • Unique look
  • • Trendy
  • • Creative fabrication options
  • • Flexibility


Clients’ top concerns with choosing counters:

  • • Price
  • • Damage from stains/scratches/heat/wear and tear
  • • Maintenance requirements
  • • Color/pattern going out of style too quickly
  • • Not getting something that looks unique/personalized
  • • Not looking “real”
  • • Natural imperfections
  • • Fabrication concerns


Wood is Counter Intuitive

Wood is counter intuitive because it contains all of the most desired aspects of surfacing materials including durability, beauty and low maintenance. Wood is trendy and classic at the same time. No matter how old a wood counter is, it looks right in the design. Durata® Finish can be applied to wood counters so no maintenance is required. Each wood countertop is custom made to the clients’ specifications, so each top is something unique and personalized. Visit glumber.com to learn more about wood counters.

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