For those working in the hospitality industry, the kitchen worktop can be the hub of the business. Fit out an industrial, commercial, or smaller-scale kitchen with a slick, contemporary design that provides a focal point.

1. Butcher Block Countertops

It’s hard to think of a more classic look than the wooden butcher block. This is one of the most popular types sold by kitchen equipment wholesalers like ikea for a reason. This top of worktop provides a solid surface for all your chopping needs. Give it a modern edge by sealing the top with a material like polyurethane, which keeps it hygienic and durable at the same time. Play around with different types of wood, like rich mahogany or cherry, for a warm and striking appearance.


  1. Metallic Designs

Another option is to opt for sleek metallic designs. Whether it’s the cool edge of stainless steel or the warmth of copper, a metallic kitchen countertop looks polished. Zinc is one of the latest trends. It reacts with substances like citrus or oil, which creates a unique patina over time. For commercial kitchens, stainless steel is often preferred because it is easy to clean, durable, and hygienic.

  1. Contrasting Colors

Another design option is to choose multiple countertop surfaces. You’ll see this in many larger kitchens in hotels, where one section may be marble for ease of rolling out dough and another might be easy-to-clean stainless steel. Yet from an aesthetic standpoint, this can be interesting as well.

  1. Sturdy Glass

If you want an architectural look to an open kitchen, there’s no better way to bring in this element than with the use of a glass countertop. The end result brings to mind a drafting table, and glass is both easy to clean and durable. There’s the option to choose clear glass, or you could get more creative with swirls and stains of color, beveled textures, or glossy finishes.