Solid wood has a number of advantages in kitchen design when compared to engineered wood alternatives. Solid oak kitchens are a popular choice due to the attractive grain patterns and natural durability of the timber. They’re also very well suited to a more traditional theme, which can be achieved without sacrificing a sense of modern style; indeed, classic doesn’t mean dated, and there are a number of ways to make an oak kitchen your own. Our list below includes some of our favourite ideas for styling your oak kitchen to help give it the right personality and feel for your home.
This example illustrates how colour can be used to give classic solid oak kitchens a 21st century makeover. In this modern monochrome twist on a well-established farmhouse look, Traditional All White frontals with pewter handles and knobs contrast with black appliances and ultra-modern white gloss subway tiles, bringing together a room that mixes classic and contemporary seamlessly.
Our frontals are available in a variety of Farrow & Ball colours, but for those who really want to make a statement, we also have a bespoke option. Solid wood kitchens look great with a pop of colour, and this Lulworth Blue example is no exception. The bright pastel combined with the wooden worktops lives up to its namesake (a picturesque cove in Dorset) and creates a beachy feel in this light and airy kitchen.
Even the accessories used in a kitchen can have a huge impact on the overall look. Plate racks are ideal for smaller solid oak kitchens, freeing up more cupboard space and allowing you to utilise all available areas. Whilst providing a practical solution, this traditional space-saving option also produces a classically-styled country kitchen look.
If you choose to create a minimalistic feel in your kitchen, selecting the right accessories helps to complete the look. Matching door and drawer knobs to appliances – whilst keeping them small and simple – means that the natural beauty of the worktop really stands out. Opting for furniture and appliances that keep work surfaces clean and clear from clutter also creates an innate focal point: the views from the kitchen itself. This design truly makes the most of its stunning natural setting.
Classically-styled handles and knobs help to create a traditional look. The bright white of the handles used in this kitchen (which can be found in our Camden showroom) contrasts against the Traditional frontals to create a classic look. The colour for the frontals – Farrow’s Cream – was selected to create a cosier, more intimate feel, which suits the small space perfectly. Twisted pilasters under the sink enhance the timeless design.
Using solid oak worktops in wooden kitchens allows the natural beauty of the timber to speak for itself. Glazed doors with unobtrusive, cast iron knobs provide a great highlight for the wood, too: you can clearly see the grain and the traditional detailing on the frontals.
These are just a few examples of ways that you can style solid oak kitchens. If you have a stunning solid oak kitchen you would like us to feature, why not get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? We would love to share your beautiful kitchen with our community.