Chalon handcraft their range of hardwood worktops at their Hambridge, Somerset workshops. Few things compare with the look and feel of natural wood. Hardwood worktops blend into almost any kitchen design – be it traditional or contemporary – and are a durable and versatile worktop solution.
Chalon’s hardwood worktops are available in Maple, Oak, Teak and Walnut. Each material has its own characteristics and qualities. Below we will examine some of the virtues of each timber.
Maple is a light hardwood with an elegant grain pattern. As maple kitchen worktops are a pale colour (see image 1) they are therefore very good at reflecting light.
Chalon’s most popular worktop choice, oak (see image 2) is a very attractive timber with a tightly structured grain providing a rich, warm tone. It is a very durable and tough hardwood. Like any hardwood worktop, providing it is looked after properly (see ‘Maintenance’ below for), it will easily withstand the demanding use expected in a modern family kitchen.
Teak is predominately darker brown in colour (see image 3), but it also has some golden tones. Teak worktops would work well in both modern kitchen design schemes and more traditional spaces. Teak’s oily content is helpful in terms of the waterproofing it provides – for this reason, Chalon designers often specify teak around the sink area.
Walnut is the darkest colour of the 4 hardwood worktops (see image 4) that Chalon offers. As a material, it is recommended by furniture makers for its colour, hardness and grain. Walnut typically is a chocolate brown colour and provides a real warmth to the kitchen.
Suggested Colour Choices
Chalon is well known for its use of colour and combining different colours within the same room. Here are some Chalon paint suggestions to combine with each of the worktop materials:
Maple – works well with Mortar Grey or Vintage Cocoa.
Teak – combines with Petrol or Burnt Umber effectively.
Oak – why not try Monsoon Mist or Vintage Chalk.
Walnut – Seal or Vintage Artichoke are 2 recent additions to the Chalon colour palette.
The full Chalon Paint Colour Palette be viewed at: http://www.chalon.com/portfolio/paint-finishes/paint-swatches/
All wooden worktops should be oiled before they are installed – Chalon’s Finishing Department will ensure all hardwood worktops are oiled with several coats as part of the finishing process.
It will also be necessary for the customer to oil hardwood worktops at regular intervals over the duration of its lifetime. Chalon’s After Care Kit will provide instructions and finishing oil to cover how this very simple but essential maintenance should be carried out.
It is recommended that the first such oiling should take place within the first two weeks of installation – and in particularly warm environments, once a week during the first month.