These days, a lot of thought needs to go into the planning, designing and development of the kitchen area. The primary cause behind this is that the modern architecture that is used in houses these days emphasizes on space rather than the separation of rooms and so you will have noticed that homes that are built mostly have an open kitchen.
When you have an open kitchen, you need to focus on design as much as the functionality and this is why an idea for countertops or the kitchen on the whole is to use wood panels as a design element. You can easily transform your boring marble slapped kitchen into something really elegant and stylish simply by adding the wood panels and subtracting the marble.
You should also know that if you want to combine the seating area with the kitchen, then it imperative that you keep the combination in such a way that everything matches perfectly.