Butcher block countertops are everywhere right now. In cozy Brooklyn kitchenettes and backcountry cottages, we’re noticing designers and homeowners choosing the warmth and texture of wood over the sophisticated—but sometimes-sterile feel—of stone countertops.
Whether you like it distressed or carefully oiled, butcher block is—compared to granite and marble—a low-maintenance, versatile choice that lends itself well to cabinetry of all kinds. Got dark under-counter cabinets, or traditional white shaker-style uppers? Wood works well with both. Also, it’s a great way to warm up a modern vibe, or accentuate an island.