Designing with Wood Countertops
June 11, 2019
Wood countertops are incredible!
They’re marvelous to look at, adding a natural look and feel to your home.
They’re also visually complex in subtle ways, the tones and grain of the wood adding depth to the palette of your kitchen.
Matching colors with wood can seem like a tricky business, after all, which colors you should match with varies significantly depending on what kind of wood your countertops are made of.
Fortunately, there are quite a few ways of going about this. When you have deep, dark woods, like cherry and walnut, you can try to contrast with lighter colored paint on the walls. That will make the wood pop.
Conversely, strong, deep colored walls will make light woods pop. Light walls will also make the wood grain patterns stand out, so if your countertop has a grain you love, opt for light yellows or greens to show it off. Yellow is a particularly nice kitchen color – it’s said to stimulate hunger.
One of the most celebrated design trends right now is industrial chic. You’ll probably see it in classy, talk-of-the-town restaurants and other hip establishments.
You can use it to wonderful effect in your home, too. It takes the organic, raw feel of wood, and mixes it up with metals and exposed brick.
The contrast between organic and inorganic, of man-made and natural, works so well – in part because the reflective sheen of metal contrasts well with subtle colorations of wood.
Modern farmhouse is another popular style that works great with wood. Here, the emphasis is on comfort, with neutral walls and warm undertones. You’ll want to lean towards darker woods, here, so they stand out against the fabric and walls, which are likely to be lighter and brighter.
When your countertops are heavily grained, it’s best to go with solid color fabrics around them. Too much patterning can feel like overload, especially in this comfortable style.
You might already have hardwood floors. You can absolutely match these with a wood countertop, but you don’t want to match too much. Make sure the undertone is the same (cool to cool, warm to warm), but you can opt for a different type of wood.
A deeper colored countertop will match well with a lighter floor. When your countertop and floor are wood, it can be a good idea to paint the cabinets below a contrasting color, in order to create a visual separation of the two blocks of wood.
Wood Is In!
It’s withstood the test of time, it matches with all kinds of different decor and colors, and it’s depth and complexity grows the longer you’ve owned it.
Sustainability initiatives have become an essential ingredient to doing business responsibly and successfully. Caribou, FLOFORM’s butcher block supplier, is proud to partner with OneTreePlanted to fulfill our Reforestation Efforts. For every countertop sold, Caribou will plant a tree!
We can’t recommend wood countertops enough!