How to Incorporate Wood Into Your Kitchen

By Sklar Furnishings

Designer Tips and How to Guides

May 5, 2016

Even just a touch of wood can bring a lot of warmth into a room and since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s a great place to incorporate the material.

Whether it’s through subtle accents, furniture, flooring or cabinetry there are many great ways wood can be infused into a kitchen’s decor.

Having a beautiful wood cutting board as a permanent fixture on your kitchen counter not only comes in handy, but adds an extra layer of texture to your countertop, especially if you have a cooler countertop made of marble, or stainless steel appliances. Wooden bowls and serving spoons are also a quick and easy way to add the material into the kitchen.

Having a wood kitchen table for the family to gather around is a classic option. For a modern take on this kitchen classic opt for a long, banquet style table with clean lines like the Versailles, Wolfgang or Spyder. For an ultra modern look, pair these modern wood tables with chairs from another collection like Kartell’s Audrey Armchair. Another wonderful option is a table made from reclaimed wood. Not only is this a highly sustainable option, but its already rustic finish means you won’t have to treat it as gingerly as you would a table with a finer finish.

In recent years we’ve seen wood re-emerging as an increasingly popular flooring option in kitchens. People are often apprehensive to incorporate it into their kitchens because of the inevitable wear and tear it will have to endure, but with proper installation and care, hardwood floors, even in the kitchen, can last a lifetime. By installing underlayments made of vinyl or plastic underneath the floor you can help prevent damage in areas likely to attract moisture.

A big trend in kitchens at the moment is open shelving. If you are considering this look for your kitchen, wooden shelving is one way to go – it looks especially sharp in an all-white kitchen. If you aren’t willing to take the plunge into fully exposed shelving, opt for two or three shelves in place of one set of cabinetry or a piece like the Estoril bookcase. It will not only add additional storage to your kitchen, but will allow you to display items you love like teacups, glassware and cookbooks without having to commit to a kitchen stocked with exclusively pristine and organized accessories.

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