How to Use Wood to Create a Natural, Tactile Kitchen
When it comes to kitchen materials, wood is possibly the most flexible, adaptable and durable you could choose. The combination of a natural finish and tactile surface makes wood one of the most popular materials for worktops, cabinets and all means of finishing touches.
However, there’s more to using wood in your kitchen than you might think. When complemented with touches of nature, stark contrasts and plenty of natural light, using wood can turn your kitchen from an average room to exquisite space.
Here’s how to use wood to create natural, tactile kitchen space:
Pair with Nature
Firstly, as a natural material, pairing your wooden worktops floors or finishes with natural objects and produce can really bring out the best in it.
Try adding plenty of plants, flowers and all manner of fauna to your kitchen space, drawing out your natural wooden finishes and creating a serene space. Placing herbs on your kitchen windowsills is both a practical and visually pleasing way of bringing nature into your kitchen and showing off wooden finishes.
You could even do something as simple as placing a wooden fruit bowl in your kitchen to further emphasise the link between food and nature.
Using wood in your kitchen is also a fantastic technique for blending your indoor and outdoor spaces, providing a link between your garden and kitchen. This can help to create the perfect country kitchen atmosphere for your space.
Bathe in Light
The use of wood, particularly dark woods like maple and walnut, can darken your space if you aren’t careful. Which is why bathing your kitchen in natural light can really help bring the best out of your wooden materials and surfaces.
Further deepening the natural and airy feel of your kitchen, making the best use of any natural light is essential.
As a tactile and textured material, enveloping your kitchen in natural light will help to accentuate the contours and impurities in your wood. This can emphasise the unique and weathered nature of the material.
If your kitchen is lucky enough to have access to plenty of natural light, you can more easily use darker woods without darkening your space. This opens up more options for creating contrasting tones and materials.
Add Exquisitely Crafted Cabinets
Wood is a material that allows for incredible craftsmanship and creativity. Tapping into this by commissioning unique and personalised kitchen cabinets can help you create a kitchen like no other.
A skilled cabinet maker will be able to craft something truly personal to your kitchen and based on your exact taste. They’ll be able to fit cabinets perfectly into your kitchen space and customise them to your needs.
Wood allows you to be expressive with your kitchen cabinets in ways no other material can achieve. You could opt for ornate and detailed doors that blend perfectly into a classic home, or minimalist, modern fronts that complement an open space.
You could even opt for painted wooden cabinets, creating a rustic, country home feel.
Wood is a raw, natural material. This means you shouldn't be expecting a pristine finish that stands the test of time.
Instead, embrace the natural wear of your wooden surfaces and accessories. The look and feel of your wooden worktops will evolve over time, bearing the results of every evening’s cooking and every successful dinner party.
You should embrace this change and love the worn, textured nature of your wooden kitchen. A wooden surface is a constantly changing, living material, and will make your kitchen truly unique.
Using an oil or wax on your kitchen worktops can make them resistant to spills and food stains, but you can never totally protect wood in your kitchen.
Another great way to use wood in your kitchen is to create contrast. Place wood next to more modern, sleek materials to create interesting variation in texture.
For example, you could combine a natural wooden worktop with pristine, white cabinets. This contrast of natural and modern will help to craft a more interesting and visual space, turning your kitchen into a pleasurable place to spend time.
You could also contrast dark wood with pale walls and floors, creating a sense of drama and a focal point the eye will be drawn to.
When using contrast in your kitchen, be sure to tie the whole space together and ensure it does not become disjointed. Using small, simple touches like wooden handles and finishing touches is a great way to weave wood across your whole kitchen and bring together one space.
Wood is a natural, tactile and flexible material, perfect for creating a beautiful kitchen space.
As long as you embrace the limitations of using wood, you’ll be able to create a kitchen that’s light, airy and embraces nature. Wood can help you craft a totally unique kitchen that perfectly fits your needs, and evolves as you use it.
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