Set the tone with a surface texture and specie that is the backdrop for meals, homework, family gatherings, everyday comfort. Integrate a bar or cutting surface. Enjoy meal preparation and family or friends time together.
Consider the location. Is it a work surface or for entertaining and dining? Is it a wet location or dry? A built in bench or base cabinet top in a library can be dark walnut, rosey cherry, or rustic oak. Determine a specie that will compliment your color and decor. Looking for contrast with dark walnut and its sapwood highlights? Cherry is warm red, orange, and tan tones. Maple is bright with blonde, tan, and beige tones.