This post is about grains and knots. What is the difference, which is most attractive and how the different types, sizes and patterns affect your worktops.
A wood grain is the straight across (longitudinal) fibres of the wood worktop surface, which occur as layers of timber are added to the trunk (and larger branches) as the grow i.e. grains are caused by the ‘rings’ that are seen inside trunks, often said to indicate the age of the tree.
Knots on the other hand are where branches have grown from the trunk and in doing so has caused a circular pattern resembling the width of the branch (or at least initial part of it) that has grown from the trunk (or large branch) that your timber has been cut from.
We hope that this helps explain the difference between the grain and knots. Some wood naturally has more knots because the species tree sprouts more branches as the norm. Often wood with tighter grain and fewer knots is preferred, but we think that if your aim is a rustic appearance, the number of knots and the tightness of the grain is irrelevant. Do not forget that it is perfectly fine to mix styles. A rustic worktop can work very well with contemporary kitchen cupboard doors and other fittings. After all, most kitchens also have to consider appliances and white goods. None of these tend to be finished in a rustic wood, but must still be incorporated.
Check out lots of different combinations before deciding upon what is most suitable for your tastes and the intended use/wear of your kitchen.
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