Step Aside, White Kitchens—Why Wood Finishes Are Becoming a Design Favorite

Updated 03/19/18

Bright white kitchens have long been a décor favorite—they're streamlined, understated, and demonstrate the beauty of clean design. However, we're asking you to consider another approach to kitchen design that is equally striking and timeless. Wood kitchens, boasting gorgeous woodgrain on cabinets, islands, shelves, and other surfaces, are becoming a design favorite. Wood finishes should not be associated with outdated kitchens with old-fashioned cabinets in desperate need of an update. Instead, modern wood kitchen designs offer a beautiful piece of nature—and the most elegant neutral—effortlessly integrated into your home.

Here, we've rounded up 11 examples of wood kitchens that cast a vote for natural finishes in lieu of color.

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The natural wood of the house's exterior is echoed in the wood finishes used in the kitchen, creating a cohesive space that breaks the barrier between indoor and outdoor.

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This kitchen design demonstrates how wood in similar finishes can still provide interesting contrast when showcased together.

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Here, the blonde-wood island pops against the red-toned cabinets of the surrounding kitchen. Wood accent bowls are the perfect touch to drive the look home.

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Everyone loves a kitchen island, but this wood-finished variation is especially striking.

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In this kitchen, the dark wood finish of the cabinets and island are balanced by the blonde wood ceiling accent and medium-finished floors.

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The rich woodgrain and its variants bring a cozy warmth to the space while the white countertops and walls keep the kitchen from looking too busy.

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Wood cabinets on the lower half only help to ground the space.

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For those who still like to keep things light and airy, the light wood cabinets and floors—paired with white cabinets and white marble countertops and backsplash—make for a perfect compromise.

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Floor-to-ceiling wood cabinets with no hardware makes for clean design that's bold but not overbearing.

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Even in narrow corridors, wood cabinets done right don't make the space feel smaller.

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Even more traditional approaches to wood cabinets can appear clean and modern if paired with the right hardware and backsplash.

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