Kitchen designs have been changing rapidly over the last several years. Today’s kitchens put a big emphasis on blending form and function within the space. This means not including anything in the room that isn’t going to be functional or add to the use of the space, but at the same time, ensuring that each piece that is added enhances the style and aesthetic at the same time.
For some kitchens, this means including a table within the room. Whether you have a built-in banquet, a breakfast table, or the kitchen holds the main eating area of your home, the table is an increasingly popular and necessary feature in the design.
This also means that the table in general needs to match the style of the room, and in some cases even become the focal point of the space. This is particularly true for centrally located tables and larger tables.
One way that you can meet this goal of creating an aesthetically pleasing focal point with your kitchen table, is to use a reclaimed wood top as part of the design.
What Is Reclaimed Wood?
Using a wooden tabletop for your kitchen table is nothing new, and neither is reclaimed wood. In fact, most reclaimed wood is natural wood that has been taken from old structures such as farmhouses and barns that are more than 100 years old. The wood is cleaned, denailed, milled, and transformed into new products such as table tops.
The wood used to create the table will have a natural patina and may potentially have character marks such as wear, nail holes, or saw marks as well. This gives the wood a naturally rustic appearance that brings more interest and dimension to the tabletop than new cut wood will.
Reclaimed wood is just as durable, long lasting, and easy to care for as new cut wood as well. So, you’ll be able to enjoy your new table for many years.
Ways to Create a Focus With a Reclaimed Wood Tabletop
Just like new cut wood, reclaimed wood comes in many species and can be shaped and stained in many colors. So, you can use these tops to complement a wide range of different kitchen designs. Check out these 5 kitchen tables to gain inspiration and ideas of how you can capture these looks for yourself.
1. Butcher Block Style
The butcher block style tabletop is iconic in its appearance. And a top that shows a lot of natural wear can help enhance that look. This tabletop has a natural patina that shifts over the course of the table, so it both complements the other wood in the room, and still has its own depth as well. The thickness of the table helps to provide a substantial look for the room as well.
2. Rustic Modern Design
It’s becoming more frequent for spaces to combine elements of different designs into one, cohesive style such as rustic modern. This room shows the look of beautifully with a lot of brick and rustic surface textures, along with some crisp, smooth lines.
The walnut tabletop helps bridge the gap between the two styles. The rich dark color and grain of the wood along with its smooth edges is the natural complement to both styles present in the room.
3. Matching Style
Sometimes when creating a focus in the room, you need to do so by quietly matching the other elements in the room first. In this setting, rustic oak flooring is used throughout the space. The table has similar wear and patina, creating a match for the rest of the room. Because the table is centered and higher than the floor, it creates emphasis and draws attention to both at once.
4. Color Contrast
One way to bring the focus in the room onto the wood top is to use its color to contrast the rest of the space. This island top has the same rustic look as the cabinets, but while the cabinets are a creamy white, the top is a rich, dark color. The contrast in tone between the two draws the eye to the wood, rather than to the cabinetry, centering the room and making the design pop.
5. Creating Depth
There’s a lot going on in this kitchen, from the blue color of the island table to the rustic beams running through the ceiling. Quietly taking centerstage, however, is the rich wood top on the island. The dark color and smooth grain of the wood both complement and contrast the other materials in the room. This creates some interest for the space, while also giving the eye a quiet place to rest and take in the rest of the room.
Create Your Own Focus with Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood is beautiful, durable, and more environmentally friendly than new cut wood. Used on the kitchen table, it’s sure to provide years of use and quiet beauty. Consider creating your own unique focal point with a reclaimed wood kitchen table top and capture these benefits for yourself.