2018 Kitchen Design Trend: Timber Kitchens

For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where families come together every evening for dinner, and on the weekends to socialise and entertain friends. It’s often where you’ll find kids doing their homework after school, or where impromptu meetings are had across the kitchen island. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a cooking space in a home. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen, consider some of these tips and ideas, as influenced by timber and wood this year.

The use of the raw or bare wood look in kitchens is something that is being seen more and more frequently in kitchen design trends. Wood and timber can add an ‘edge’ to your overall design, but can also bring warmth and texture through it’s earthiness and connections to nature. There are many ways to make it a design feature in your kitchen without going ‘all out’.

The Clarks decided to stick to the original white theme with white glossy floor cabinets (Jag Acrylic Arctic White) and a white engineered stone bench. Contrasting colours were introduced with the island bench and tall cabinets in a dark wood colour (Melteca Burnished Wood) and the laminate floors in a medium brown colour.

Contrasting Wooden Colours to Add Tone and Warmth:
Over the past several years, one colour has completely dominated kitchen design – white. The reasons for this are generally that white is clean, timeless and versatile, but sometimes a white-on-white look can create less dimension and more starkness than intended. This year, designs are moving towards a natural look as well as a warmth that the likes of timber kitchens (or kitchens designed with timber veneers or laminates) can bring.

Introduce Just a Touch:
Timber accents can be utilised as more of a supporting role – but still make its presence felt. Exposed shelving, handles, bench tops or furniture can add touches of timber and wood to your new kitchen, without going to the extent of having a top to the floor timber look, which some may find a little overwhelming.

Choosing a Tone that Works:
Depending on other design features in your home including other wooden features and flooring, choosing a wooden tone that ties seamlessly into the rest of your home can be key. Natural wooden tones can also brighten a kitchen space when matched with darker cabinetry and bench top spaces.

Mixing Natural Textures:
Natural textures and combinations of various materials matched with wood create a modern and trendy kitchen look. Engineered stone, concrete, granite and glass are all natural textures that can enhance the look of and complement a timber designed kitchen.

Colour Pops:

The Van der Wees chose timber cabinetry with stainless steel waterfall benchtop, and pops of ‘Dutch orange’ and silver in the furnishings to keep the look contemporary and fresh.

Timber paired with pops of colour is a fantastic way of steering clear of looking “too rustic” or woody. If a rustic kitchen design is not your intention, then consider pairing a timber look kitchen with pops of colour and metals such as stainless steel to keep the look fresh and contemporary.

Timber Benchtops:
A carefully crafted, elegant solid wood benchtop is a stylish addition to your kitchen design. Whether you prefer a modern or traditional design style, timber benchtops add a natural, authentic look to your finished kitchen. The individual nature of the timber grains and colours add warmth and uniqueness. Solid wood benches add value, warmth and charm as well as a unique finish to your individual kitchen vision.

Whether you’d like to opt for touches of timber in your upcoming kitchen renovation or dive head first into a fully fledged timber design, there’s a lot to consider when planning your new kitchen. Hopefully we’ve given you some things to think about when it comes to implementing this new trend into your kitchen design planning.

Jag Kitchens can help you design a custom-sized timber kitchen to suit your space and needs. Take a look through some of our case studies mentioned above which feature the timber kitchen trend, or our Pinterest boards for more inspiration, and then book your appointment for a free quote at the Jag Kitchens showroom.

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