Over the years, increasingly more people have added subtle touches of wood to the kitchen to make it more inviting. Wood can be incorporated into the heart of the home in all sorts of ways, from large cabinets to smaller pieces like cutting boards, as it’s easy to work with. The opportunities for adding wood to your kitchen are almost endless. If you think that solid wood kitchens feel too traditional, you better think again. A wooden kitchen can be warm, contemporary, and solid. Plus, the neutral tones of wood provide decorative freedom. In other words, there are different takes on the wood-filled kitchen.
Wood is the ideal choice for adding character and personality to your kitchen. Moving forward, these design ideas will inspire you to experiment with wood in your kitchen.
Combine Wood with Colour in A Way That Looks Cohesive Rather Than Chaotic
Traditionally, wood has been viewed as a necessity in the making of the kitchen, so it was often decorated with paint to hide it. It’s only recently that the beauty of solid wood has been acknowledged. Get more adventurous with mixing colours in your home. When mixing colours, the trick is creating continuity, i.e., a design conversation or a story. You must pay close attention to fine details such as undertones, finish, and wood grain, which can significantly impact the overall aesthetic. Lighter shades soften your space, while darker ones draw attention to its character. Of course, it’s up to you to decide.
It’s recommended to pick a dominant tone as a starting point to assist you in deciding what to do next in the room. Natural wood isn’t traditionally dark, which means it comes in different colours; each piece has its own grain pattern, adding depth to the kitchen design. If you have solid wood kitchen cabinets, your work here is done – those are your dominant tone. Staining the island or the floors in a completely different hue gives the impression that the pieces are new, even if they’ve been there from the very get-go. Not everything has to be entirely new and in bright shape when remodelling the kitchen.
Line Your Ceiling and Shelves with Wood
Wood is the first real building material, second only to stone. You could stock up on solid wood cabinets, but it’s not your only option. For example, you can line your ceiling with wood to enhance the ambiance of the heart of the home. It will make the kitchen appear bigger and better. In case you didn’t know, wood ceilings offer excellent acoustics and soundproofing performance. The background noise affects not only the atmosphere but also the way you experience what you eat and drink. A wooden ceiling requires little to no maintenance, but it’s a good idea to perform maintenance at regular, time-based intervals to prolong the structure’s durability.
Adding wood shelves can help you save valuable floor space and show off whatever you like. If you have beautiful dishes or pottery, let the patterns and colours show so they’re appreciated to their full value. The size and shape of the windows can serve as a reference for determining where to install the shelves. For instance, if you have large windows, you can place the wooden shelves across the top if you want to let more light into the room. When you get ready to install the shelves, look through your cabinets and purge duplicates, expired items, or stuff you haven’t used in years.
Go For a Wooden Kitchen Island
Any type of wood can be used to build kitchen islands, but some work better than others. Most freestanding cabinets or countertops are made from hardwood like cherry, walnut, maple, ash, oak, or whitebeam, to name a few. The kitchen island doesn’t have to be bulky to make an impact. As a matter of fact, it can be incredibly elegant, turning heads. Wood looks better as it ages and shows more character marks. Still, any liquid spills need to be dealt with right away. Be sure to finish the island top in food-safe mineral oil if you look forward to using it as a prep zone in the kitchen.
Swipe Metal Knobs & Pulls with Wooden Ones to Provide Extra Detail to The Room
It goes without saying that cabinet knobs and pulls are paramount to a functioning kitchen, pulling everything together. There are many features that can be customised, including but not limited to the size, design, colour, and finish. If you want to add more wood to your space, why not replace your metal knobs and pulls with wooden ones? They boost visual interest and make you love your kitchen a whole lot more. Wood knobs and pulls are elaborately and carefully designed, meaning they have a natural beauty, elegance, and sophistication that’s impossible to match. If you can match the knobs and pulls to some of the woods in the kitchen, even better.
Cabinet knobs and pulls are just as important as they help protect the finish. The oils from your fingers don’t get transferred to the cabinet fronts. You also need them to open the doors and drawers, and your fingers won’t fit in the reveals of the cabinet. The rule is there are no rules to follow when deciding whether to use a handle or a pull. You could use knobs for all the doors and pulls for all the drawers. It’s just an example. Knobs require one screw, while pulls require two. It’s important to try out the knob or the pull before making a purchase to ensure you can fit your fingers comfortably.
Stock Up on Wood Bar Stools
Finally, yet importantly, bar stools are fantastic for adding a little bit of style to your home. They can be used in the kitchen or the living room. The question now is: How many do you actually need? If you have an island bench that’s 2 metres long, you won’t be able to squeeze in more than four bar stools. You should limit yourself to three. Wood bar stools are more comfortable than metal ones, not to mention they withstand the test of time. Bar stools shouldn’t match the décor completely, but they should share some common visual elements.
Don’t allow water to remain in contact with the wood for too long because it may cause staining and warping.
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