Natural materials and warmer finishes have become super-trendy kitchen elements. One way we're seeing this natural-material idea play out, thanks in part to the popularity of minimalism, is with unpainted, unfinished wooden cabinets. The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood — and we can't get enough of it.
Just check out these examples to see the beauty of unfinished wood for yourself.
1. Light and Scandinavian
The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. The result is minimalist yet warm and inviting. See the rest of the room on Bungalow5.
2. A Mismatched Trifecta
We love the beauty of mismatched kitchens, and this one from Shoot Factory (featured on DecorPad) is no exception. And now we're convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen.
3. Butcher Block
It's no surprise that this relaxed kitchen is nestled inside a quaint 1920s storybook-style home in Oakland Hills. If you're a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don't have to stop there — extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Tour the rest of this fairy-tale home over on Domino.
4. Chic Cabin Style
If you're looking to channel cozy cabin vibes, draw inspiration from this Norwegian kitchen found on Nordic Design. All wood everything looks great with a long horizontal window that seriously improves your view while washing dishes.
5. Sleek and Simple
Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tile keeps the look fresh. To maintain flat-front cabinets' sleek appearance, pair them with recessed hardware that blends in seamlessly. Every single room of this home styled by Tina Hellberg for Elle Decoration deserves a spot on your Pinterest board — explore them all on Oracle Fox.
6. Totally Industrial
The reclaimed wood, substantial metal hardware, and stainless steel range hood in this kitchen from The Style Files will make fans of warm industrial style happy.
7. Perfectly Pale
8. Smooth and Slatted Cabinet Doors
In this deVOL kitchen, slatted cabinet doors sit beside smooth ones with a dark wood stain. Consider skipping the hardware altogether and cut holes in the cabinet fronts for a minimalist alternative.
9. Rustic Wood with Jewel Tones
While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in this kitchen from Swoon Edition's showroom.
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Next Wave Natural: The New Way to Do Wooden Kitchen Cabinets