Go with the Grain

Living Etc - - DESIGN ⁄ PROJECT -

Wood has many charms. It can add warmth to a pale scheme, in­tro­duce tex­ture to smooth sur­faces, or dial down the drama of bright­coloured cab­i­netry. It can even set the tone of a space: white­washed woods have long been as­so­ci­ated with Scandi sen­si­bil­i­ties, while richer, darker tim­bers are the back­bone of a dra­matic scheme. The cur­rent trend is for ex­posed grain, which adds in­stant tex­ture to a kitchen. The more pro­nounced the grain, the bet­ter.

Project de­tails

the own­ers of this Round­house kitchen chose the deeply tex­tured grain of river-washed black wal­nut ply to com­ple­ment the ex­posed brick­work and orig­i­nal tim­ber struc­ture. a smooth con­crete work­top in­tro­duces a tex­tu­ral shift still very much in keep­ing with the aes­thetic, while a black­board splash­back adds a play­ful touch. swap­ping out cab­i­netry for shelves made from scaf­fold boards keeps cooking essentials close to hand. uten­sils and cafetières are hung from hooks to keep work­tops clear, cre­at­ing a ca­sual café vibe. Be­spoke kitchens from £35,000.

Project de­tails

Get the nat­u­ral wood look for less with lam­i­nate, avail­able in many guises in­clud­ing sch­midt’s mur­phy wood-ef­fect door fronts. us­ing a sin­gle ma­te­rial or colour for cab­i­nets was once de rigueur, but rules have re­laxed and mix­ing and match­ing has be­come the norm. sch­midt nails the look by off­set­ting mur­phy’s prom­i­nent grain with an oh-so-sleek nano Black fin­ish. sch­midt’s ex­pando ta­ble with a match­ing mur­phy table­top, £1,096.45, and day­tona chairs, £511.55 for two, com­plete the look. sch­midt kitchens priced from £10,000.

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