Unexpected materials give this bathroom a modern feel. Designer Jillian Harris of Love It or List It, Too pairs a square vessel sink with butcher block countertops. Striped floor tiles ground the space and lead to a large walk-in shower.
A white cafe curtain and gray tile backsplash provide a white palette for the rich wood countertop. A stainless steel kitchen sink and brushed nickel faucet break up the brown countertop for an industrial touch.
This contemporary kitchen features a large island that is topped with a black walnut butcher block countertop, perfect for food prepping. This space is infused with natural light from the skylight placed above the kitchen island.
Combining two or more spaces can create a sense of flow that makes each individual room seem larger. Case in point: A tight galley kitchen that got a new lease on life thanks to a clever reconfiguration. The architect recaps the project: “Knocking out the wall of an attached storage unit transformed the dark and cramped kitchen into a clean and light-filled space complete with a dining room and garden view. A galley layout makes efficient use of the small kitchen and allows for plenty of worktop space. The kitchen walkway leads the eye to the dining room — which has the same width as the kitchen — and the garden end of the space.”
Wide walkways and multiple prep areas make this contemporary kitchen perfect for cooperative cooking. Both the sleek marble and butcher block counters offer ample space, while dual sinks make rinsing a breeze.
Cable railing doesn't inhibit views from the kitchen to the living room like wood or wrought iron railing would. Modern chrome light fixtures balance rustic elements like cowhide bar chairs and butcher block counters.
Butcher block counters are both stylish and functional, adding warmth and a cozy cottage look. A bohemian runner brings in muted color to the kitchen and also grounds the space. Rustic wood planks serve as sturdy open shelves for a trendy yet casual look.
Several clever strategies make the most of this small corner kitchen: An island with a butcher block counter makes for easy prep work as well as a casual dining spot; a wine refrigerator tucks neatly underneath. On the adjacent wall, cabinets fill the space floor to ceiling for maximum storage.
Hand scraped and hand stained white oak wood flooring and beautiful brown butcher block counters add details to the dining area. The open floor plan and modern minimalism highlight the functional and spacious design approach. The windows add more dimension and the outside becomes simply an extension of the interior space.
While butcher block may not be a popular choice for bathroom design, it's actually an excellent fit, especially for master bathrooms with high traffic. To ensure durability with a rustic, industrial edge, reclaimed butcher-block counters were first cut to size by using a template and a circular saw, then sanded, oiled and sealed to fit atop the existing cabinetry.
This design concept was created to incorporate a functional living space with modern minimalism. A custom butcher block counter has space for stainless steel chairs and includes built in storage. One end contains a refrigerated wine rack while the other contains custom shelving. A small tile backsplash features white and gray tones to match the brightness of the white room and stainless steel appliances.