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The Warmth of Wood

05-17-14

Mixing colors and textures in Kitchen design is the best way to create a functional and visually pleasing environment.  Too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing.  Paint colors, selected to blend harmoniously with other materials; countertops specified for durability; flooring that provides the backdrop to the whole space; and backsplash as the finishing touch.  One of our favorite ways to turn an ordinary space into a Kitchen that feels like home:  wood.  Here are a few examples:

Islands:  A stained wood Island, especially when surrounded by painted cabinetry, can be a warm and practical choice.  As the vacuum hose is dragged around the corners, and little feet tap their sneakers while sitting at the Island stools, stained wood cabinetry helps to hide these signs of “life.”  A damp cloth to remove the weekly dirt, a Magic Eraser for touch scuff marks, and annual touch up of any areas that really took a beating, should keep a stained Island looking in new condition.

Countertops:  No longer confined to “butcher block”, as we all knew growing up, we love to introduce a wood countertop somewhere in a Kitchen.  The wood choices are only dictated by the desired look and color, particularly in a natural finish.  Natural cherry creates a warm orange-red finish, mahogany gives a darker reddish finish, while walnut provides a deep brown color.

Dark Wood Cabinetry:  Click here to see a fabulous wood Kitchen that features a custom stain on cherry cabinetry, offset with Calacatta countertops, stainless appliances, and a customcutting board on the corner.  This Kitchen was already 7 years old when photographed for Cottages & Gardens last year!


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