Wood is always the most popular material for our kitchen cabinets, whether solid or veneered. So, how to choose wood for kitchen cabinets is often a problem that many people face to. Here 9 ways to choose right wood, let's start!
1. Go beyond the pale
The tall unit in this kitchen is design in white structured oak. Its pale appearance helps the tall bank of units to blend into the wall and feel unobtrusive, while still bringing lots of lovely woody character to the space.
2. Choose something rustic
The base cabinets in this industrial-inspired kitchen are made from flooring timber and have an uneven, varied tone. The wood is treated and sawn, so it has lots of rich texture and, for further detail, the grain runs vertically.
3. Pick honey tones
Kitchen cabinets made from pine used to be all the rage, but today’s designs often use woods such as birch or ash instead. They have the same soft brown colour, but none of the sauna associations! The built-in cabinets here are made from ash and tone in with the exposed brickwork behind, for a subtle and warm look.
4. Mix finishes
Mixing solid wood with painted wooden cabinets is a nice way to create variety of tone in a kitchen. The kitchen cabinets in this room is made from solid bleached oak, with the Shaker-style tall cupboards painted in a warm pale grey.
5. Darken for drama
Classic and dramatic, dark wood brings a sophisticated feel to any kitchen. This super-stylish design is made from oak-veneered cabinets with a wenge wood stain. Many kitchen companies offer stains in a range of timber colours to be applied to veneered cabinets.
6. Add wooden accents
Dark wood makes quite a bold statement when used throughout a kitchen, so if you love its deep tones but don’t want it to dominate your room, try using it as an accent. This kitchen in matt lacquer in a soft grey colour has a breakfast bar and worktop made from whole-stave American black walnut to bring some definition.
7. Make it reclaimed
This worktop looks fantastically chunky and robust, and it’s combined with a timber-clad wall, too, for extra rustic points. All the materials in this kitchen are reclaimed, to give this property, constructed in 2012, a sense of age and authenticity.
8. Create a contrast
This striking kitchen has doors made from a mixture of solid walnut and solid tulipwood, with the tulipwood doors hand-finished in ivory-coloured paint. To complement the contrast between the walnut and ivory doors, two handle types were used, with simple chrome T-bar handles on the walnut and designer handles wrapped in bridle leather for the ivory doors.
9. Bag some bamboo
Although technically a grass, bamboo is wonderfully woody in appearance and makes a good alternative to timber. The units in this kitchen are made from strand-woven bamboo plywood teamed with painted cabinets.
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