Adding wood elements to a painted white kitchen can add warmth, texture, and contrast and make the space feel much more liveable without sacrificing any of the clean, bright look that makes white kitchens so appealing. Here are some of the best white and wood kitchen design ideas.
Truthfully, most of the best white kitchens that we see have some kind of wood element in them, whether it’s flooring, trim, or wood used in the cabinetry itself. If it’s done well, you hardly even notice that the kitchen isn’t fully white and you still walk into the room and process it as though it’s an all-white kitchen, but it just feels a bit warmer, a bit bit more welcoming than others. It does happen that from time to time we see an all-white kitchen with no wood that works beautifully, but it’s not actually all that common. If you like the idea of adding a bit of wood into your kitchen design, but aren’t really sure where or how you want to do that, hopefully these ideas will give you some inspiration. Here are the best white and wood kitchen ideas that we’ve photographed recently. All photos are by Art & Spaces (us!), designers and cabinet makers are as listed below each photo.
White and Wood Kitchens
White with Walnut | Natural walnut is a striking choice for this island and one that we don’t see very often these days. Truly a modern traditional choice that will stand the test of time. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
Bright White with Dark Oak | This clever design pairs an entirely bright white kitchen with an almost-black oak built-in to define the different spaces and separate the dining area from the kitchen in this open concept home. Cabinetry by Windmill Cabinets.
Mid-Century White with Warm Wood | Glossy white cabinetry is paired with flat-front wood for the kitchen update in this mid-century modern home. Design by Jeannot Vilaranda Design, Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
Wood-Surround Open Shelves | Tucking your open shelves into a wood-lined cabinet is a way to be sure that they’ll stand out no matter how you style them. Cabinetry by IDSCCC.
Wood Range Hood Trim | This cooking alcove creates a beautiful focal point for this kitchen, with wood trim all around the opening and wood shelves tucked into little nooks on either side as well. Cabinetry by Heirlooms Cabinetry.
Wood Lowers Plus Matching Range Hood | The soft wood tone in this kitchens carries throughout all the lower cabinets and is repeated in the beautiful focal point range hood. The white uppers keep the kitchen feeling light and bright even with all the wood happening in here. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
Wood Island and Open Shelves | A wood island adds some warmth to this very bright white kitchen and the wood element is repeated in the open shelving to tie it all together. Design by Erin Vandersluis Design, Cabinetry by Windmill Cabinets.
Warm Oak With Black Hardware | A very warm wood tone was use on the lowers throughout this kitchen, which could feel a bit outdated, but the oversized black hardware used keeps it feeling fresh and new. Cabinetry by Oak Barrel Cabinetry.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.