A FRESH LOOK AT TIMBER KITCHENS

Thought a timber kitchen was too traditional? Think again...

Wooden kitchens have been a classic option for decades, but it’s not just about homely styles with Shaker shapes or pretty painted colours, there’s a new generation of timber kitchen styles that are turning up in cool homes around the globe.

Sawn oak is given a luxe look when contrasted with beautiful Carrara marble worktops and splashbacks, while reclaimed scaffold boards are transformed into cabinet doors and teamed with concrete for a richly textured, rustic vibe.

The humble school science lab gets a clever revamp in two brilliant leaps of creativity and imagination. If you’re repurposing second-hand or vintage cupboards and there aren’t enough to fill your room, work with what is available and build up the rest of your kitchen with off-the-shelf cabinets and carcasses from the high street.

Timber isn’t just for cabinets, worktops and floors, either. If you fancy the warmth of wood in your kitchen, why not clad the ceiling too for a cosy, cabin effect? Keep the look fresh and modern by mixing it up with different tones of timber, and some eye-catching tiles or cupboard doors in rich green, as a refreshing foil against the natural materials.

If the natural hue of the timber doesn’t quite work with your floor or other materials you have in mind, take it up a shade or two with a darker stain, and bring out the richness of the grain at the same time.

Don’t be afraid to mix different types of wood – pale boards look beautiful contrasted with darker tones. A patchwork herringbone parquet floor works particularly well with other types of wood, as the natural variations in the colours can be drawn out and highlighted in the cabinetry or countertops. Add touches of brass, classic designer pieces and rich stone to take it to the next level.

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