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Wood kitchen: Tips to create the perfect space at home

 

There’s something about entering a home and noticing its woodwork—be it on the floors, in the exposed wooden beams of heritage homes, in intricate heirloom furniture…the richness that wood adds to a space has been noted for centuries. And, because of its versatility and durability, you can use wood all over the house. In modern homes, the idea of a wooden modular kitchen isn’t a rare sight anymore, with wood panelling, cabinetry and kitchen islands installed in all sorts of grains, colours and finishes.


WILL A WOOD KITCHEN WORK IN YOUR HOME?
Many catalogues for modern kitchens showcase spaces decked out in shiny metal, stone and glass finishes. If you want a modern style kitchen but with a warmer, cosier finish, you can transform the space’s whole aesthetic just by adding a wooden cupboard or wooden cabinets.

Another factor to consider is the people who will be using the kitchen the most. While wood for the floors in a kitchen is tricky (they’re definitely not your friend when it comes to spillages) a countertop is a definite no-no, especially in Indian homes. With the pungent and fragrant spices and condiments we use in our cooking, a wooden countertop will absorb all the smells, colours and juices and end up being a memory block of each meal you created on it!


WHAT TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PLANNING A MODERN WOODEN KITCHEN
While each home is unique, with its own individual habits and requirements, there are some basic tips to consider before choosing the right wood and finish for a wooden modular kitchen.
-        Since wood is a natural and non-toxic material, it is highly absorbent when it comes to moisture, scents and stains.

-        The finish or paint on any wood fitting can get scratched easily with regular household items or common accidents.

-        However, a routine polish will leave a wooden cupboard for a kitchen or any other cabinetry looking as good as new.

-        If you’re on a budget, consider only using wood for the outer panelling of your cabinetry, and fitting the insides with more affordable
         materials, such as steel, glass or acrylic .

-        A regular wipe-down of any wooden surface will avoid build-up of grease or stains, and keep it looking new for longer.


 

1.    LET YOUR WOOD KITCHEN SPEAK FOR ITSELF

Keeping the design details minimal and simple, this wooden modular kitchen creates a statement with its uniform dark wood cabinetry across the entire room. Besides a muted white wall and earthy toned countertop, the rest of the kitchen—from the island to the drawers and cabinetry—are all fitted in the same wood to create a symmetric, clean-lined space.

STYLE TIP: Pick a clear and transparent lighting fixture, such as the one above the island in this modern kitchen, to avoid detracting from the wooden detailing. You could also pick a solid white or cream fixture, or any other singular shade from a light colour palette.

Sleek modern wood modular kitchen with all-wood cabinetry and island with beige accents

Image courtesy, KNS Architects

Wood kitchen with beige panelled drawers and white countertops, cream floor

Image courtesy, KNS Architects

2.    WOODEN CUPBOARDS IN A KITCHEN CAN SERVE AS MUTED ACCENTS

This modern wood kitchen mixes up its materials and colours so that wood cupboards are not the main event, but subtly enhance the room’s other features. The lush dark wood in the table attached to the island, the door and one side of the cabinetry, creates a uniform look without overpowering the room. Instead, there is a balanced feel, with the wooden elements as accent points alongside the cream walls, white countertop and griege panelling on the island drawers.

INSIDER’S EYE: We couldn’t help but notice the inset wood detailing on the ceiling on top of the kitchen hood that complements the rest of the wooden palette.

 

3.    HOW TO PICK A COLOUR THAT WILL WORK IN A MODERN WOOD KITCHEN

Since natural wood already lends a brown colour to a wood kitchen, how does one pair other colours with it? In this modern wood kitchen, for example, the lighter wood finishing on the cabinetry has been paired with a cream ceiling, countertop, backsplash and flooring, while for a change in colour, the wooden cupboards for the kitchen on one side are painted in a dark, matte grey. This mix of colour stays within the same muted hue and creates a colour palette that can work in a small space or multi-wood kitchen.

Simple wood kitchen in simple geometric design with white countertops and grey cabinets

Image courtesy, ADND

Cute wood kitchen design with light wood and peach splashback, white cabinets and granite countertop

Image courtesy, Sleek

4.    AN OPEN WOODEN MODULAR KITCHEN CAN BE THE FOCAL POINT OF THE ENTIRE ROOM

A wooden modular kitchen can work as a statement or focal point when it opens up into a living room. As the pièce de résistance,, the style of your wooden kitchen is up to you. You can either work with a wooden finish that complements the rest of the colour scheme in the living room, or a bolder style that sets the mood for the rest of the décor. This is a perfect place to also create a multi-wood kitchen, since you want to draw all your attention to this area in the room. 

STYLE TIP: Since this space needs to blend in with the with living room, avoid cluttering the countertop, using this space instead to display your favourite kitchen accessories or heirloom crockery. A single small potted plant or herb will brighten up the room, too, especially in a small-space home.

5.    CREATE A COLOUR PALETTE TO COMPLEMENT YOUR WOODEN MODULAR KITCHEN

For the maximalist who loves to work with multiple tones, textures and hues, a wood kitchen is the perfect slate to work in and play with colour. In this kitchen, the wooden cabinetry is finished in a neutral tone—not too light, not too dark—with earthy tiles used for the backsplash and moss green paint on the walls.

STYLE TIP: As a rule of thumb, earth tones work well with wood’s brown colour family, so when picking a contrasting colour, it’s always a good idea to pick natural-looking shades.

Modern wood kitchen with tile backsplash and moss green walls

Image courtesy, Sleek

Bright modern wood kitchen with white walls and countertops, vibrant green tile splashback

Image courtesy, Tropical Trace

6.    A WOOD KITCHEN CAN BE CREATED ON A HUMBLE BUDGET

If you’re looking to build a modern wood kitchen on a budget, there are plenty of solutions for you. This versatile, natural material can be found at all price ranges. One idea would be to fit out your kitchen mostly in more affordable materials such as Indian stone, steel and glass, and adding wooden cupboards or drawers. You can further work within a budget by adding plywood doors or panels to your cabinetry, in a colour or finish of your choice, to achieve a modern wooden kitchen with a much lower price tag. This is also a great way to give the existing fittings in your kitchen a quick makeover!

7.    A WOOD KITCHEN CAN WORK WITH A MONOCHROME PALETTE

For a timeless kitchen with a fuss-free design, work with a palette that’s not too loud or ambitious. Dark wood works well in an all-white space to create a gorgeous tonal contrast, and the darker wood finish will be more forgiving over the years with stains and scratches.

STYLE HACK: A kitchen like this can also incorporate simple white tiles for its backsplash. If you’d like to go a step further and add some detailing, use black grouting within the tiles.

Stylish modern wood kitchen with white countertops and white brick splashback

Photography by Prachi Damle

Hyper modern stylish wood kitchen with clashing patterned cabinetry and granite

Image courtesy, KNS Architects

8.     CREATE UNIQUE DETAILS IN A MODERN WOOD KITCHEN

Multi-wood kitchens are a wonderful, daring way to mix up the look of your modern wood kitchen. To create this eclectic style, you can play with wood finishes in different colours—pairing light with dark, or adding eye-catching elements and details within your wood fittings. This kitchen has worked with narrow symmetric panelling to create a pattern in the entire space. The wooden cupboards for the kitchen have a mix of dark and painted wood, while the lighting incorporates light panels alternating between rows of wood to create a unique, modern design.

9.    MATCH YOUR COUNTERTOP STONE WITH YOUR WOOD KITCHEN

Another way to add uniformity in a wooden modular kitchen is to match the colour of the countertop stone with the wood you’re using in the space. This works especially well on a kitchen island as it creates the illusion of the same material being used everywhere.

STYLE TIP: If you’re not sure about using hints of colour but want to mix up the room’s look a little, work with moveable accessories in contrasting hues and textures that can easily be removed when you want to try a new style.

Simple wood kitchen with granite island and marble floors, pops of colour

Image courtesy, Plusch

Striking modern wood kitchen with geometric design and marble effect kitchen island

Image courtesy, Plusch

10. MULTI-WOOD KITCHENS CAN WORK WITH SEVERAL DESIGN AESTHETICS

Whether your style is minimalist, maximalist, brutalist, frugal, wabi-sabi or one completely personal and unique to you, the marvellous thing about wood is that it’s a universal material that works and pairs well with any design aesthetic or sense of style. You can pair it with concrete, stone, glass, steel, laminates, and more, and it will work well with them all. At the heart of it, when it comes to wood, or a wood kitchen, there aren’t any strict rules to follow. You can work with an infinite number of possibilities or create your own set of rules (and break them)!.

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