4 wooden worktops you really should consider
There’s no doubt about it. Wooden worktops are absolutely stunning, giving any kitchen a warm and welcoming feel.
Although it might need a little more care and attention than, say laminate worktops, you really can’t beat the feel of solid wood, to create a homely kitchen that you’ll enjoy spending time in. Wood is the perfect starting point for many a different interior style, including traditional farmhouse or rustic kitchens.
If you have decided to choose wooden worktops for your new kitchen design, you’ve probably considered the standard types of wood available. Whilst oak is a popular worktop material, thanks to its abundance, price and warm colouring, there are many different types of wood to pick from; some with names which don’t readily trip off the tongue!
You may well have heard of walnut, beech and teak, but in this blog post, we’re going to take a look at some of the more unusual and exotic wooden worktops, which each have their own merits when it comes to choosing the look of your kitchen.
No, we’re not talking about the longstanding French manager of Arsenal Football Club, but another type of foreigner that has found success on these shores over the years.
From the Millettia laurentii tree, found in Central Africa, wenge (pronounced “when-geh”) is a deliciously dark wood, which, when used in worktops, appears almost black. Some people have described the colour as espresso or near black, but, as with most wood finishes, the grain gives it a slightly irregular appearance.
Wenge is a brilliant wood finish for contemporary style kitchens with monochrome colour palettes. It’s an especially good choice if you like the look and feel of wood, but desire something a little darker.
Check out the Wenge worktops available from HCSupplies.
The humble cherry tree may be better known for yielding the fruit which bears the same name, but did you know it also produces a very marvellous wood, and is one that is often overlooked when choosing kitchen worktops.
Its colour can range from reddish brown to a light gold producing a warm appearance that is slightly less formal than some other woods. It polishes up brilliantly with a deep, rich finish that looks simply superb.
The cherry on the cake for your kitchen? Find out more about the cherry worktops on offer at HCSupplies.
Iroko may have a slightly odd sounding name to us English speakers. That’s because it is native to West Africa, and there are many local superstitions that surround this tree species that can live up to 500 years. Whilst it may seem strange that a wood species that doesn’t grow on these shores should become popular as a worktop material, you only have to take one look at the finish to see why.
The reddish brown colour is warm, rich and is often used as a substitute for teak. In fact, it is often referred to as “African Teak”.
Iroko is extremely durable and requires very little in the way of oiling or maintenance to keep it looking spick and span. So it’s no wonder that it has become a popular choice for UK homeowners.
Find out more about Iroko worktops at HCSupplies.
Probably better known for the syrup of the same name, and the leaf which adorns the national flag of Canada, the Maple tree is common throughout the Northern hemisphere.
Creamy and light in colour, maple worktops are much sought after for their tough durability, being one of the hardest woods around.
Another great thing about maple is that it can be stained to give the appearance of slightly pricier hard woods, such as mahogany or even the aforementioned cherry, meaning you can save even more cash on your new kitchen.
Discover more about Maple kitchen worktops at HCSupplies.
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