As open-plan kitchens gain popularity and entertaining becomes increasingly more casual, it's imperative to have a cutting board that's both stylish and functional. That way, you can bring the board straight to the table after you've sliced a loaf of rustic bread and whipped up a creamy avocado spread. Besides, your cutting board is always on display—why not opt for one that's too pretty to put away when you invite guests over?
In search of cutting boards that serve as both kitchen essentials and serving platters, we scoured our favorite shops to bring you the ones that are a cut above the rest. Ranging from a modern walnut design to a wood-and-marble version, we've compiled a collection of cutlery companions that'll make you want to channel your inner Ina Garten. Trust us, julienning never felt so possible.
Click through the gallery below to shop nine of the best cutting boards.
These beautiful walnut cutting boards are ideal for chopping on meal-prep Sundays and for serving cheese and charcuterie on Fridays.
Crafted by Proteak, these teak cutting boards are strong enough for everyday use yet gentle on knife blades.
Cutting boards can be the most important element of décor in your kitchen (after all, you leave them out all day). Make a stylish statement with this round wood board with gold and marble accents.
Why settle for a conventionally shaped rectangular cutting board? This hexagon version also features an eye-catching chevron pattern that'd look great on a marble countertop.
These mini marble cutting boards do double duty as pretty serving trays. Use them as plates for your morning coffee and croissant, or chop a fresh apple on their durable surfaces.
Hawkins New York is known for stylish and functional home goods like this simple round oak cutting board. The classic material and modern shape make this a kitchen tool you'll use day in and day out.
If you're looking to kill two birds with one stone (or board), this olive wood kitchen accessory is for you. Slice and serve on the same board. Trust us—the rustic design will look great on your dining table.
This round butcher block is made from end grain, which exposes the rings of the tree, resulting in a beautiful board you're going to want to leave out on your counter.
Chopping feels so much less tedious on a gorgeous cutting board. To make the task less monotonous, we're stocking our kitchen with this two-tone walnut and sycamore version.
This story was originally published on September 3, 2014, and has since been updated.