My favorite kind of kitchens often involve a sense of natural beauty and an inviting, open brightness. One way to reach that feeling is with light wooden design work functioning as both a natural ingredient and a visual anchor for the room. Natural, of course, doesn’t have to mean old fashioned.
There’s a certain pleasure in witnessing one of our oldest natural resources being turned into something spectacularly modern. Whether it’s in contrast with futuristic materials or the wood itself shaped into intriguing new shapes, the mingling of styles brings an undeniable freshness to this, the most important room in any home. Kitchens are the gathering place, the central hub of any living space.
They need to function equally well for cooking and social interaction. The best of these combine that ability with a pleasing aesthetic that makes anyone want to stay for a while. We hope these examples can inspire you in your search for a new kitchen design.
Here we have an example of open kitchen design with light wood keeping up in brightness with the large open window.
This old fashioned tile floor kitchen’s wide open design is complimented by light wood cabinetry and marble topped island.
Black countertops contrast with brightly toned smooth wood cabinets and white tile floor in this kitchen featuring a glass wall patio view.
Another exercise in contrast, this kitchen is part of a large open central home design. Black molding on the ceiling reflects the black floors, with very light wooden cabinets and shelving throughout.
The wood tones in this kitchen accent the modern, clean look with thin handles, curved bar stools and jet black countertops.
Recessed lighting helps keep things minimal in this bright, large kitchen. Light colored wood covers every surface except black countertops.
Featuring a wide open floor plan, this kitchen is highlighted by cupboard doors on every usable surface, including the matching refrigerator.
Matching the tone of the hardwood floor, this kitchen contrasts brushed aluminum appliances with a multitude of light wood cabinets.
Both the unvarnished and painted wood styles in this kitchen compliment the natural light tones of its hardwood flooring. Granite countertops add to the earth tones.
The light wood used in this kitchen features a unique tone that fits perfectly between the white ceiling with sky light, and the darker hardwood floor.
Here’s another kitchen featuring treated wood cupboards and shelving. The Red granite countertops compliment the light wood and white ceiling.
The unique L shape of this kitchen allows for light wooden wraparound cupboards and white painted island over a natural toned hard floor.
Spacious kitchen contrasting brushed aluminum and black appliances with natural, light wood tones on the cabinetry and flooring.
Here we have a an example of the high contrast between reflective metal surfaces and natural looking wood tones. This kitchen features drop lighting and a unique glass stove hood.
The tile flooring in this kitchen mirrors the bright ceiling with recessed lighting, with lighter, rich wooden tones adorning every surface in between.
This is an example of a more traditional looking kitchen using lighter wood colors and an open floor plan.
Rustic wood tones give this minimal kitchen setup a traditional look.
This kitchen features a handful of lighter brown tones from the wooden flooring, cupboards, and wall spaces. Island and countertops are black marble.
Soft archways lead into this spacious kitchen with natural wood and glass cupboards.
Traditional kitchen featuring a range of textures on every wooden surface, unified by light natural hardwood flooring.
Jet black backsplash and cupboards bisect the natural tones of the wooden cupboards in this modern kitchen. Glass brick and drop lighting feature in the center.
Uniform lighter natural wood tones unify this kitchen. Stone fireplace and round nook complete the large, open area.
This kitchen features a tile backsplash sandwiched between white countertops and light wood cabinets, as well as a large dark island at the center.
Employing a stone backsplash, sand colored tile flooring and a naturally light wood tones, this bright kitchen also features a constellation of recessed lighting.
Painted wood contrasts with small patches of natural tones on the sink and backsplash, along with a darker wooden floor. Reflective metal appliances feature prominently.
Here we have a kitchen featuring both very light and very dark wood tones on the cabinetry, along with a cherry hardwood floor and granite countertops. The open space leads into a white dining area.
Long kitchen highlighted by natural light wood cabinets and drawers, along with matching stone backsplash and flooring.
Rounded kitchen highlights light treated wooden cabinets with recessed lighting over dark tile floor.
Here’s a second angle on the same kitchen, seen from the dining area.
This kitchen features a white drop ceiling over black countertops, with light wood and glass door cabinetry.
Another example of a kitchen employing the natural wood tones on the refrigerator, creating a seamless wall of cabinet doors.
Dark wooden island with marble top stands out in this kitchen featuring lighter wooden cabinets and medium colored hardwood floor.
Example of a modern, minimalist kitchen using smooth natural wood surfaces, white tile flooring and ceiling, and brushed aluminum appliances.
This kitchen is awash in natural warm wood tones, punctuated with light granite countertops.
Another kitchen unified by the use of natural wood tones on the majority of its surfaces, complimented by light granite countertops and a white ceiling.
The treated light wood tones in this kitchen lend a traditional look while the modern tile flooring compliments the color throughout. Low hung chandelier lighting floats over the large island.
With cabinetry similar to the prior kitchen, this example features a dark stained wooden island with a secondary sink and granite countertop.
This kitchen features unique open-view doors with internal lighting on top of standard light wood tone cabinets and a light sand colored floor.
Here’s another example of a large kitchen featuring the upper, open-view cabinets with glass doors. Dark hued island with glass-door wine rack sits atop light tile flooring.
The natural exposed wooden beams in this spacious kitchen compliment the wooden tones on the doors, island, and flooring. Painted cabinetry stands at the far end.
This kitchen features a wide array of cupboards and colors. Light stone flooring meets light wooden cabinets, chairs, and island.
This kitchen features a bright mixture of modern and traditional looks, with exposed beams and cabinets in natural wood, while space age metal chairs and stove hood reflect the aluminum appliances.
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