By Frida Trevisano. Kitchen. At Monday, August 06th 2018, 02:56:52 AM.
Wood is a great surface for cutting boards, so why not an entire countertop hardwood such as maple, beach and bamboo are ideal for wood countertops? Smaller pieces of hardwood are alt-impressed and glued together to form butcher block. Wood is great for an island or as an inset next to a sink. The surface is forgiving on small cuts. Wood countertops benefit from an application of mineral oil every 4 to 8 weeks. Glass is gaining a presence in kitchens. It's often used as an accent such as a snack bar or serving ledge. Glass manufacture for countertops is thick and crack resistant.
Countertops crowded with cookware, cabinets, and collectibles overwhelm a small kitchen and cramp work space. To enlarge the room, clear off counters, windowsills, and cabinet tops, and stash as much as you can behind closed doors. To take decluttering further, opt for minimalist European-style cabinetry with sleek, flat-panel doors.
For retro-style countertops, check out diner- or vintage-look laminates with fun and funky patterns like boomerangs, elongated diamonds, and mod geometrics. If laminate doesn't suit your tastes, stainless-steel countertops meld beautifully with retro styles. Certain types of stones work well, too, especially terrazzo, which comes in colors as varied as pink and turquoise. Kitchen backsplashes can be retro cool, too. Re-create the classic look of simple white subway tiles with gray or dark grout. Other retro backsplash choices includes beaded board, decorative tile, and laminate that repeats from countertops.
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