By Yulia Yevgeniya. Kitchen. Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 10:58:35 AM.
Wood counters, naturally, also work well in spaces that already feature wood cabinets – that is, if you’re a true wood lover and don’t mind it dominating the palette. Notice in several of these examples how wood only dresses the island counters. Wood in general is an excellent material to use for an accent counter (often on an island or a small "chopping zone" in butcher block), contrasting with nearby stone or solid‐surface counters in a pleasing way.
Recycled Paper‐Based Kitchen Counters. Recycled paper sounds like the worst possible material for a kitchen countertop, but this ecofriendly choice has surprising durability. When blended with resins and pigments, it has the look and feel of soapstone – but at $40 to $80 per square foot installed, it's a fraction of the cost.
Rather than miles of counterspace, this kitchen has a freestanding custom‐designed china cabinet at the end of the L. Sometimes a square island is better than a rectangle. If you don't have the room for a main sink in one of the legs of the L, then put it in the island. This makes for a very tight work triangle and still allows for entertaining. This island has seating on two sides which makes for good conversation as well. If storage is what you're looking for, the L‐shaped kitchen can be the best option for the maximum amount of wall cabinets.