Ash wood is an excellent choice for your custom countertops if you want a wood that’s naturally light in color and very hard. Ash wood countertops make exceptional kitchen countertops and island tops. While ash’s natural colors are beautiful, it also looks great stained.
Colors of Ash Wood Countertops
Hardwood countertops can vary dramatically in color, depending on what part of the wood is used. A tree’s layers consist of bark, sapwood and heartwood. The heartwood is the darkest, and sapwood can vary in shade depending on the wood species.
If you want classic grayish-brown ash wood countertops, we’ll use ash heartwood. If you prefer light brown ash wood countertops, we’ll build them from sapwood. The sapwood closest to the center of the tree is darker than the outermost layers, so countertops made from ash sapwood can have some variation in shades of brown.
Some of our clients have definite color schemes in mind for their custom wood countertops. Ash is one of the best woods to choose if you want your countertops stained a color close to the woods already in your kitchen. Ash wood is porous and takes the stain evenly.
Durability of Ash Wood Countertops
You might think of oak first when you think of very strong hardwoods, but ash is one of the strongest hardwoods you can choose for your countertops. Ash is a hardwood traditionally used to make baseball bats, so ash wood countertops are perfect if you need hard, shock-resistant countertops. We recommend ash as one of the best hardwoods for our clients who use cast iron cookware.
If you’re concerned about wear and tear to your countertops from your children or pets, ash is a great choice. Ash wood’s hardness makes it resistant to dents and scratches. If your ash wood countertops incur damage like a burn from a hot pan, we can easily sand and re-stain the damaged area.
Ash Wood Countertops and Your Décor
Natural gray ash wood countertops look great with blue walls or trim in your beach cottage. In fact, gray ash wood looks spectacular with any beach-themed décor. It suits any kitchen with a cool color palette, and it’s a perfect wood choice for a monochromatic contemporary kitchen.
Golden brown countertops built from ash sapwood suit traditional and farmhouse kitchens. The warmer brown shades of ash wood will give your kitchen a country ambiance without being too rustic. Brown ash wood is a popular choice to add soft warmth to a kitchen with white walls. Light brown ash countertops will blend into almost any kitchen with painted walls.