A wooden kitchen is a great investment for your home, but the idea that solid wood is only suitable for outdated traditional designs or farmhouse stylings can put many off. Wood kitchens can be transformed easily with up-to-date touches, and there are a number of ways to achieve a modern look.
Due to the necessity of considering a variety of aspects in order to design a kitchen, the opportunities to create a more contemporary feel are extensive. We have compiled this list of suggestions to help you put together a kitchen that benefits from the use of solid wood whilst staying current.
Colour is a great way to bring wood kitchens up to date. This example features Traditional frontals hand painted in Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray and – although a number of the individual components in this kitchen are arguably more classical in design – the brightness of the colour selected really lifts the room. The modern look is continued through the use of complementary accessories in a more vivid blue, which add a little fun.
Pastel colours are particularly popular right now but brighter colours could also be used to create a modern-retro style. Greyscale or monochrome themes are also currently on trend. The neutral pallet looks very sleek and chic on its own, but can provide a fantastic backdrop for an accent colour to be dotted around.
Walnut offers a more striking contrast between the worktop and cabinetry, which in this example has been painted in Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle. The Shaker frontals provide a sleeker, more streamlined option with minimal detailing, whilst polished chrome handles and pulls add a nice finishing touch and really complete the look.
Using a worktop to make a statement is a great way to create a modern theme in your kitchen. Paired with frontals in pretty neutrals and small, neat accessories, this looks great any way you style it.
Modern tubular brushed chrome handles, frosted glass and lacquered oak frontals make the glossy red splashback in this display really pop. Minimalistic features, such as Shaker frontals and sleek handles, combine to create a very contemporary feel. Mixed with the more traditional look of oak, this display in our Gloucestershire showroom balances itself well. Using wood kitchens to make a feature out of a simple glossy splash of colour adds a gorgeous twist on a classic design.
Traditional design elements such as spiral pilasters and oak plate racks combine with fresh Shaker frontals in Farrow & Ball’s New White, and are accessorised with beautifully bowed handles in a satin stainless steel to construct a clean look. Accessories are a fantastic way to keep wood kitchens up to date; just by changing the cupboard and cabinet frontals and handles you can give older wood kitchens a new lease of life.
Light cream or white is a kitchen classic, but there are a few design features that can keep modern wood kitchens on trend. We’ve already spoken about using streamlined frontals in fresh colours – with minimalistic handles – but this kitchen also incorporates some additional contemporary design features.
Functional storage is currently a big trend, and the tall cabinets in this kitchen show that you can enjoy both form and function. Counter-height ovens are another feature that are growing in popularity, with many choosing to use appliance housing cabinets to integrate all parts of the kitchen fully. Breakfast bars are also seeing an increase in popularity, following the trend for combining living spaces with kitchens; this design opens up both rooms to create the illusion of additional space.
These are our top ideas for keeping wood kitchens modern. If you have any additional suggestions or comments, or would like to share images of your own modern solid wood kitchen, let us know by leaving a comment below or by getting in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.