Popular Again: Wood Kitchen Cabinets
June 23, 2014
Our oldest daughter is finally back home and over the weekend we unloaded the moving truck with all of her college bedroom furniture and the memorabilia from four years residing in San Diego. It’s so good to have her home even if it’s only for a year before she continues on with her education. We spent Sunday evening laughing, eating, and watching the grapes grow, I am reminded how blessed we are to be together, healthy, happy, and in such a wonderful place we call home.
Topic change: I’m fascinated with kitchen design, I never ever grow tired of talking about it with friends and also with you! So can we talk today about a design movement? I won’t call it a trend because I think this one really is here to stay. In a world where we’re turning more to organic looks and eco friendly finishes, the appeal of wood cabinetry in the kitchen is on the rise. Again! How history repeats itself…
For years we’ve all been on a mission to rid the world of 1980s builder grade grainy oak kitchen cabinets, and as a budget solution we’ve painted them for the better. However, natural and stained wood cabinets in the kitchen are surging in popularity and it’s to be expected, how can you deny the warmth of wood in the home?
via Greige Design
The modern look embraces drawer and door fronts with clean lines, reclaimed or sustainable wood products, and often open shelving above instead of upper cabinets. Some are taking a very rustic approach, using barn or rustic wood on the cabinet fronts.
In the painted v. wood kitchen cabinet debate, some designers have labeled the all white kitchen trendy but I disagree. I believe a kitchen with white cabinets will always feel fresh and clean and is therefore timeless. I have a white painted kitchen too and I love everything about it. Am I biased? Perhaps, but you can’t argue with a classic. White, gray, or black paint on cabinetry will always look good; mixing white and wood is another fresh approach.
What I think is happening is that the interior design community is growing bored with the all white kitchen look and is in search of something different despite the fact that the rest of America is still very much in love with the all or mostly white kitchen. (Or gray, we love gray!)
Frankly, I’m one who cares little about trends, especially when it comes to kitchens since the choices made for that space need to look good for at least a decade or more. I prefer to leave the “new and next” kitchen trends to the architects and designers who seek features in shelter magazines.
Wood cabinetry has returned as a top request in new and remodeled kitchens for its organic appeal. Man made metal cooktops, hoods, and appliances offer sanitation and easy clean up but alone can leave a kitchen feeling cold. Partnering cool metals with warm wood brings beautiful contrast and balance to a modern kitchen space.
If you have a kitchen with wood cabinets and you’d like to make it feel more modern without painting your cabinetry or suffering through a full renovation, instead consider replacing only the doors and drawers with full overlay contemporary flat fronts in a coordinating stain. Shaker style cabinets offer clean lines, and upgrading the hardware also goes a long way.
Wood lovers unite! Think of it in all its different forms, walnut, maple, alder, chestnut… the list goes on. Wood is rich, cozy, and elegant in these contemporary kitchens.
What is your cabinet preference in the kitchen, painted, stained wood, or a mix of the two?