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.

Butcher block countertops can add warmth and natural coloring to an all-white, modern kitchen.

A flat-grain butcher block tops an island creating the perfect streamlined look.

Edge grain butcher block countertops are strong, stable and best of all, virtually maintenance-free (just use soap and water to clean).

With its stunning grain and sturdy surface, prepare any meal in the kitchen easily upon a built-in butcher block countertop.

End-grain butcher block countertops are great surfaces for cutting because they camouflage knife marks and are gentle on blade edges.

Butcher block countertops are long-lasting, easy to maintain and make any kitchen a masterpiece.

A wood butcher block countertop mixes well with many other countertop materials, especially marble and granite.

Create a cottage-casual look in your kitchen with this butcher-block countertop that can double as a cutting board.

This long butcher block countertop and shelves makes the perfect work space that warms up the kitchen.

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