When renovating a kitchen, you'll have a wide range of materials to consider for your benchtop. One possibility, timber, brings a raft of advantages. Here are several of them.
Not many materials introduce a sense of warmth into the decor as wood does. With their beautiful, diverse grains creating multi-toned linear patterns, timber benchtops are a beautiful piece of craftwork in themselves. They help you to create a homey, welcoming feel in a kitchen that is typically filled with hard, cold surfaces. Wood creates the perfect foil for stainless steel sinks, ceramic tile splashbacks and natural stone floors.
Various hardwoods go into the crafting of a benchtop; each species brings its own range of colours and shades. Blackbutt adds creams and browns, while Tasmanian Oak adds blondes and tans. Alternatively, Jarrah or Red Gum impart various reddish tones. Thus, a timber benchtop can complement virtually any colour scheme. Select a cool, dark wood to create a dramatic contrast against pale cabinetry or juxtapose blonde timber against white for a Scandinavian look.
A kitchen benchtop needs to be sturdy and durable to endure the daily preparation of meals. Luckily, timber is the ideal benchtop surface. While it does require some care—always use a board for cutting and trivets for hot pots and pans, for instance—wooden counters can be sanded down to create a new surface. Thus you can periodically remove any scratches, dents or marks. In any case, the patina of a weathered piece of timber adds character, charm and additional warmth to kitchen decor. Rather than a factory-produced pristine surface, you'll have one that displays the dents and grooves of its particular life in your kitchen. Remember to oil or seal your installation regularly.
4. Timber Options
With a wooden counter, you'll not only have a range of new hardwoods to choose from, but you can go with recycled timber or else bamboo. Using recycled wood lessens the need to cut down further trees. Bamboo is fast-growing, renewable, and more resistant to heat and water than some timbers.
With their classic warm and charm, timber counters bring a timeless appeal to a kitchen. You'll have a variety of options: hardwoods, recycled wood or bamboo. As well, these benchtops are practical because they can withstand daily wear and tear. With some regular some care, maintenance can quickly become a habit in any case. For more information, contact remodelling contractors.