Look We Love: 12 Ways to Use Live Edge Wood Tables in the Kitchen

published Jun 5, 2015
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If your taste runs more rustic than modern — or if it’s a mix of the two, raw or live edge wood is a trend you’ll want to pay attention to. Adding a beautiful wood feature can go a long way to warm up an otherwise sterile modern kitchen.

Most frequently you’ll see it in countertops and dining tables, like we’ve shown here, but if you’re not ready for such an investment, you can always incorporate it with smaller tables or serving pieces as well.

  • Bark Edged Counter – Remodel West: This might be the best example of the live edge we’ve seen. Not only does the wood show through on the counter itself, but the edge of the counter still has bark on it!
  • Live Edge Counter – The Brooklyn Home Company: We’re completely envious of this stunning wooden counter. It’s a great use of space in this studio apartment, serving as both a cooking and dining space.
  • Kitchen Table – VGZ Arquitectura: The kitchen table in this stunning Mexico City home is beautifully polished, but still has a rustic feel to it.
  • Wood & Steel Island – CCS Architecture: This expansive island is perfect for the somewhat rustic retreat house it’s in. Plus, we love just how many people can be seated around it.
  • Island Counter – Madson Design: You might not expect to see a raw edged wood countertop like this one in such a traditional kitchen, but it works well to add some contrast.
  • Bar Counter – Devin McNally Construction: Without the addition of the wood bar counter, this kitchen would be a touch too sterile for our taste. Adding the warm wood with the live edge really warms up the space and makes it more welcoming.
(Image credit: Dorlom Construction)
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Bark Edged Counter – Remodel West (Image credit: Remodel West)
  • Square Table – Dorlom Construction: There’s so much we love about this dining table. Not only is it a great example of natural wood, but we’re also big fans of square dining tables. And the pairing with the wire chairs is on point.
  • Counter Addition – DCD Doran Construction: This extra addition to the marble counter provides the perfect contrast. The marble is cool and sophisticated, and the wood is warm and welcoming. (And that view isn’t too shabby either.)
  • All Wood Kitchen – Little Branch Farm: There’s almost too much in this kitchen to choose our favorite example of live edge wood. But the island and stools might win out.
  • Console Table – Unique Wood & Iron: If you aren’t ready to replace your countertops or your dining table, consider adding a live edge console table like this one to your dining room instead.
  • Fold Over Counter – Workstead: This might be our favorite counter of the whole bunch. Not only does it have a beautiful wood top, but the countertop extends down the side of the island, ending in a live edge. And that butterfly patch is the perfect detail.
  • Cabinets – Mud & Wood House: Lest you think tables and counters are the only things that can be made of live edge wood, check out these cabinets and shelves in this beautiful, rustic home.