The image below from Country Living shows an amazing use of different materials in the kitchen. The wood adds an element of warmth against the coolness of the marble countertop and dark grey cabinetry. Be careful though. When installing a wood surface in the kitchen, using the right sealer is key. If you plan on using it for a cutting surface make sure you use a sealer made for contact with food. Otherwise, use a good wood sealer to keep out moisture and bring out the color.