This Is Happening: Butcher-Block Countertops
Butcher-block countertops are often associated with shabby chic rustic cottages. And for the past few years, stone—particularly marble—has dominated kitchen countertops. We love the sophisticated look of an all-white kitchen with Carrara marble countertops, but we’re noticing designers returning to tried-and-true butcher-block countertops to add textural interest and warmth to refined, modern, and eclectic spaces alike. Whether used throughout for the entire kitchen, or as an accent piece on an island, butcher block is a versatile alternative to costly and often high-maintenance stones. Read on to see our favorite kitchens with these enduring countertops.
This navy-and-white kitchen is forward looking, thanks to the dark cabinets, simple, streamlined brass hardware, and luxe stove. Pairing these elements with a sleek yet classic butcher-block countertop gives the space a sense of warmth echoed in the reclaimed wood beams and shelves. The earthy kilim rug, worn wood floors, and stainless steel accents make this kitchen feel de rigueur and timeless all at the same time.
We are eternally drawn to the pairing of bright-white walls with dark under-counter cabinetry. It creates a slightly masculine contrast that is also versatile, pairing well with modern, traditional, or globally inspired schemes. The vaulted ceiling and minimalist pendant lamps give the space an open, airy feel, while the butcher-block-topped island grounds and delineates the space.
This small kitchen proves that gray can be beautifully warm and inviting. The successful pairing of dark gray with rich wood is not an easy feat. It works well in this space because of the saturated tone of the gray paint coupled with the white focal point at the end of the room. The light-gray diamond pattern painted on the floor provides a seamless transition between the dark cabinetry and white walls.
We’re so used to seeing butcher-block counters in lighter hues, which is why we’re so enamored with this dark wood version. The farmhouse sink, traditional drawer pulls, and beadboard give this space an inherited vibe. But it’s the mahogany-toned countertop that makes it feel pastoral and sophisticated. The silver pendant lamps are nicely complemented by the Moroccan lanterns, and make the kitchen feel collected.
It’s rare to find a room that can contain so many types of worn wood and still feel fresh, as this kitchen does. The kitchen feels crisp and bright, thanks to the generous use of a brisk white throughout. But the butcher-block countertops and island give the space a homey, cabin-like feel.
This kitchen is a testament to the versatility of butcher-block countertops. The safe choice would have been to use white marble in this nearly all-charcoal kitchen; it’s a classic combination of dark and light that we’ve seen work to stunning effect, especially in modern spaces such as this. But with a seemingly disparate set of jaunty vintage chairs and modern white barstools, using a butcher-block top for the island with the same tone as the floor creates a cohesive kitchen and prevents the space from feeling overly styled.
This kitchen with rich wood accents pays homage to classic American design with a subway tile backsplash and a classic blue-and-white color palette. The gorgeous butcher-block countertop adds a third surface to this small space, but instead of making the room feel disjointed, it adds an historic accent that flawlessly ties everything together.