Note: Photo above taken by Tania Blake Photography and featured in a Mackie Home.
The heart of the home, the kitchen, has witnessed an exciting resurgence of natural elements in recent years. Natural wood has taken centre stage, infusing kitchens with warmth, character, and a timeless appeal. Incorporating natural elements into your kitchen design can help create a peaceful sanctuary in a room that brings a family together.
As you begin your kitchen design plans, consider the benefits of bringing natural materials into your kitchen using these four simple design techniques:
1. Natural Wood Cabinets
Natural wood cabinetry provides unique grains and textures and is a safe complement to traditional and contemporary design kitchens. Gone are the days when oak was the only choice for wood kitchen cabinet materials. Today, a diverse array of wood species is being utilized to create unique and personalized looks.
Some natural woods exquisitely reflect light, like cherry and walnut. They provide a warm and organic contrast to some of the harder edge surfaces in kitchen design. For instance, pairing a stunning natural wood kitchen island with sleek quartz countertops or marble surfaces can introduce a captivating juxtaposition and add layers of texture and depth.
You may also be interested in wooden countertops to maintain that consistent wood theme. Designers are experimenting with various cabinet colours and finishes, such as distressed, whitewashed and live edge, to add depth and character to the wood. Your wood cabinets will be the focal point of your kitchen—especially when combined with the right cabinet hardware.
2. Earthy Colour Palettes
Earth-toned colour palettes, including beiges, greens, and browns, can also be used to add a natural vibe to your kitchen.
Homeowners are moving away from the all-white minimalist kitchens and more towards the calming earth tones. The beauty of earth-inspired hues is that they can be diverse and fill the neutral base colour role without being one-dimensional.
You can incorporate these natural tones in many ways, including painted cabinets or earthy backsplashes and countertops. For cabinetry, a lighter contrasting colour like sage green or cream for your overhead kitchen cupboards will break up an all-wood look. Opting for a matte finish over gloss also helps to keep things feeling and looking rustic.
3. Wooden Shelving
Wood accent shelves are perfect for herbs, plants or organic art pieces to warm up your kitchen. Consider removing some upper kitchen cabinets and adding shelving with or without soft lighting features.
Wood accent shelving allows the beauty of the wood to shine and promotes a functional, accessible and practical space. Live edge wood shelves embrace natural shapes and create a naturalistic look that can showcase beautiful millwork. Open shelves are perfect for displaying curated collections of spices, cookware and greenery, creating a harmonious blend of nature and utility.
4. Natural light
Incorporating abundant natural light and sunshine into your design plan will illuminate your kitchen organically.
Consider wood blinds and light curtains to invite daylight into your modern kitchen. Natural light will bounce from reflective surfaces, making your kitchen feel brighter as well as bigger. Frameless large windows help fill kitchens with natural light and can provide views of garden spaces and outdoor yards.
Natural light enhances the colours in your kitchen and is one of the cheapest and most beautiful natural elements your entire family can enjoy.
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Embracing nature in your kitchen design is like a breath of fresh air. Colours and textures found in nature bring a warm feeling of comfort to your space and will ensure that your kitchen truly is the heart of your dream home.
Are you ready to bring nature inside? Contact one of our expert designers today and start designing the kitchen you’ve been dreaming of.
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