Wooden countertops. We're seeing more and more of them being installed in kitchens. It can definitely cause one to do a double take when you see wooden countertops paired with tiled flooring versus the more traditional look of non-wooden countertop paired with wood floors. When it comes to wood countertops, people are excited at the possibility and the look may appeal to them, but they are hesitant as to the downsides of what having these countertops could mean. We brought in a Design Guide Texas expert, Lynley Serratt, Palmer Todd, Inc., to give us some insights on the pros and cons of wooden countertops.
· Wood countertops offer a wide range of choices because you have the option of choosing the species of wood, the color and stain and the grain orientation. You can even choose to use reclaimed wood to bring some eco-conscious choices into your kitchen design.
· The popular assumption about wood countertops is that they are installed for “show” and that the people who want them in their space must not really use their kitchen. This is not always true. Many large families with heavy activity install and enjoy wood surfaces.
· It is true that wood surfaces are softer than stone or quartz surfaces. Little nicks and scratches are going to inevitably happen as part of life with a wood counter, but it is no different than your wood kitchen table.
· If you have a real wood kitchen table that gets its share of beating up, is scarred and has a few little dings, that is exactly what’s going to happen to a wood countertop over time. I feel those “battle wounds” add character and charm to the space; however, others may not feel the same. If you’re one of those that want the counter to look pristine and have showroom-quality perfection, you really shouldn’t be buying a wood countertop. A wood countertop should be used, enjoyed and have life happen to it. Love it and roll with the punches.