Ideas For Using Natural Wood In The Kitchen

7 February 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Natural wood and the kitchen just seem to go together. Stained or even painted wood gives off a warm vibe that feels cozy in the kitchen. Wood goes well in almost any style kitchen, from cottage to shabby chic to contemporary. What's more, wood tends to be a long-lasting material. Utilize wood in your kitchen for an inviting and attractive effect.


Wood has long been the most popular material for kitchen cabinetry. Your choices range from composite wood to natural hardwoods. According to Home and Garden TV, cherry and maple are two of the more popular natural hardwoods for cabinetry. Red oak and mahogany are expensive options that nonetheless reveal beautiful graining. Pine also features pretty graining, though the material is far less expensive. This is also a good option if you're planning on painting the cabinets – no sense in paying extra for the graining if you're going to cover it up.

Wooden Countertops

The next big area for natural wood is the kitchen countertop. As with cabinets, there are many options for the type of wood. When it comes to wooden countertops, they can offer an approachable even rustic look. Cherry and pine are popular here, too. However, some homeowners opt for stronger hardwoods such as walnut or oak. A more sustainable option is bamboo. If you're going to opt for natural hardwood countertops, consider pairing them with painted cabinetry so the wood grains don't collide.

Butcher Block

Butcher block is very common for wooden countertops. Butcher block is made of strips of wood that are bonded together, making the surface more durable. You have different grain types to choose from. Face grain features the planks oriented with the wide surface upright, while edge grain positions the edges of the boards upright. With end grain, the ends of the boards are positioned upright for a checkerboard effect. You can have butcher block installed for your whole countertop or as an insert for a cutting surface.

Live Edge Slabs

If you love the natural look of wood, live edge slabs are the way to go. For this, woodworkers remove the bark from logs. They then cut slabs of wood with the outer ring – the live edge – of the tree exposed. The technique shows off the rough, thick texture of the tree. It's very naturalistic and beautiful. Live edge slabs can be used for countertops, as inserts or for separate tabletops.

Whether you go ultra-naturalistic with live edge slabs, fabricated with butcher block or somewhere in between, wood makes a gorgeous complement to your kitchen décor. For more information, contact companies like Dahlquist Construction, Inc.