When you are considering adding a wooden work
surface to your kitchen, it can seem like an easy task.
With modern design features, many people opt for
a wooden work surface that physically looks appealing, incorrectly assuming
that all types of wood are the same. But, as any carpenter, woodworker or
wooden worktop maker will tell you, they aren’t.
Of course, different wood types offer different
hues, colours and grains as part of their finish, but the appearance is not the
only thing that should be considered when choosing the perfect wood for your
kitchen. Things like aftercare, durability and of course, price, should also be
factored in when you are choosing the best solution for your worktop needs.
at House of Worktops, our team can
help you choose the perfect wooden surface for all your kitchen needs. Our
knowledge of wood is unbeatable, and we offer every type from a beautiful beech
surface to a striking walnut
worktop, all custom fitted for your kitchen. We guarantee that you will be
pleased with any installation we make and that the wood we use is of the finest
But, what are the differences in the types of
woods we use? In this article, we will focus on key facts about our trademark walnut worktop, to help you decide if it is right for your
An interesting feature of walnut is that
depending on which part of the tree is used, the finished colour will differ
Indeed, renowned for its almost chocolate
colouring, walnut can also be found in a different range of hues, with some
even looking closer to a rich purple! As you can imagine, having a natural,
purple walnut worktop will certainly give any kitchen
a unique look!
A slow-growing tree, walnut comes in a variety of
types as well as colours.
The most sought after types in relation to
kitchen countertops include traditional English walnut, closely followed by
white and even black walnut varieties.
Of the different types of walnut, black walnut
from North America is the most durable, making it ideal for a kitchen that is
busy! While all types of walnut can withstand weight, height and spillages, you
must always remember to oil this wood regularly to keep it strong.
Another interesting fact about walnut as a wood
is its antibacterial properties.
Making it a perfect addition to a working kitchen,
a walnut kitchen top has natural anti-microbial properties, meaning it will
require minimal cleaning to keep it germ or bacteria free. Great stuff!
As odd as it sounds, one of the key features of
walnut is that it is a very ‘warm’ wood. Black walnut which originates from the
colder regions of North America has great heat retention, making it ideal for
most kitchens. However, if you regularly work with dough or bread making, a
colder type of wood, or even a stone surface will probably be more suitable for
your kitchen needs.