Wood cabinets are always a classic choice for a kitchen, but white cabinetry has been winning the popularity contest for the past ten years or so. Painted cabinets in shades of blue, gray, and green have also dominated the culinary scene. But now, it looks like kitchen decor is trending back to wood finishes.
When I purchased my first home back in the 1980s, I don’t recall too many white kitchens. Everyone wanted wood – with the big question being the color of stain you chose.
Wood cabinets lend a certain amount of warmth to a kitchen perhaps people are feeling the need for comforting spaces in this day technology and social media.
Wood cabinetry pairs extremely well with painted surfaces, so if you can’t make up your mind, choose a combination of both.
Wood cabinets are no longer relegated to a smooth, waxed surface. Rough hewn cabinets prove just as classic and beautiful.
I’m not really noticing a trend more toward light or dark wood finishes. Light wood is a great choice for a contemporary or Scandinavian look, while darker wood lends itself toward a more traditional or industrial style kitchen.
To keep a kitchen light and bright when using wood cabinetry, simply use a lot of white in the room. It’s such a timeless look.
Wood cabinets that I personally prefer are ones that show the knots and grain of the wood. I love how the owner of this kitchen opted for a wooden cabinet base for the sink, while the rest of the cabinets are painted a soft gray.
What’s your preference when it comes to kitchen design? Do you like cabinets with a wood finish, or those painted in a favorite color?
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