Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wood Kitchen Cabinets, Revisited

Last month I was hired by Blu Homes to photograph (for promotional materials) one of their latest construction and installation projects in St. Helena, a small town in the Napa Valley with world famous wineries. The home is located on a quaint street, and it was delightful once more to get a peek at another Blu Home. (See the Sonoma Blu Home tour here.) These are a few shots of the kitchen I photographed.

blu homes kitchen 1

 blue homes kitchen 2

This kitchen is modern and lovely, with its shaker front cabinets and blue glass tile backsplash. I love the upper cabinet doors with their framed brushed metal trim, the change in those glass front doors lightens the feel of the kitchen more so than using solid wood doors.

Wood kitchen cabinets were less appealing to many during the last decade for two reasons, because of the dated look of oak builder grade cabinets, and also because of the soaring popularity of white and gray painted kitchen cabinets. After photographing the kitchen above I was reminded just how warm and inviting wood kitchen cabinets can be.

Take a look at the following kitchen wood kitchen cabinets below, I spy contemporary clean lines and Scandinavian influences but most of all simplified design. Notice the details that make these spaces with wood kitchen cabinets feel fresh: 1) shaker style or flat contemporary door fronts; 2) white surfaces for contrast (backsplashes & countertops); 3) modern hardware or cutout pulls; and 4) the use of white cabinetry mixed with wood cabinets.

 wood and white kitchen

ikea kitchen cabinets

 dark contemporary wood kitchen cabinets

wood lower cabinet peninsula

wood kitchen cabinets cutout pulls

  mod wood kitchen cabinets

 modular wood kitchen cabinets

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image sources:  deane inc / ikea / domateaux + baggett architects / jason good cabinets / remodelistameme design / ws workshopagent bauer (tina hellberg)

I believe we will continue to see more wood kitchen cabinets appearing in featured kitchen remodels in the future (hooray!) especially incorporating the elements listed above.

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