Nothing completes a country-style kitchen like a solid oak worktop. Wood adds warmth to a scheme, and chips and stains can be sanded out so it’s a practical choice, too. But what if you want something different to oak, something a little more unusual? This very question got me thinking, and I think I’ve found some alternatives.
First up is zebrano. It’s a popular choice for cabinetry, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work just as well for a worktop. It’s a lovely golden brown colour with dark, rich grain running through it – ideal for creating interest.
Next is wenge. Such a deep brown colour it looks almost black, so you may want to use it sparingly (to top an island unit, for example). It can have a silky appearance that creates a sense of luxury – great for creating drama. Find both this and the zebrano at Worktop Express
Lastly, and a little paler this time, is bamboo. Straw-like in colour, its distinctive knots are what makes bamboo strikingly beautiful – that and the fact that it’s a naturally water resistant material and perfect for the kitchen. Emily
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