Utopia    Feature 01 Jan 2016

How to use timber or marble to achieve an organic and unique kitchen design

From timber with clearly defined graining to marble with unique veining, these kitchens and bathrooms use earthy materials to create a distinct look that is au natural.

Whether biotic (wood or natural fibres) or inorganic (stones or native metals), natural materials have been used in the home for millennia.

Wood has attractive graining, often punctuated by characterful knots, while stone is patterned with intricate veining and unique pigments. Both are available in a variety of hues, tones and textures that can suit a contemporary or traditional scheme. Like a fingerprint, no two segments are the same. Each cut of wood or piece of natural stone is completely unique, and will give your home a serene, earthy look that is timeless.

Marble has long been favoured for its use in bathrooms. To get the look without the cost (or weight), opt for a cast design, rather than one hewn from a single piece of stone. If you opt for wood, be sure to get it treated to avoid rot.

Natural materials will give your kitchen a welcoming, homely feel.

Wood is no stranger in the kitchen. It comes in all manner of colours, from lighter species such as creamy spruce or ash, to rich dark cherry or ipe — each benefiting from its own unique properties such as strength, flexibility and grain patterning. Decide on how you want to feature wood before deciding on the type — some are better suited to carving while others will work best as a veneer.

Stone has long been associated with luxury and granite worktops are a popular choice for kitchens. Man-made or engineered ‘natural-effect’ stone will give you the look of the real material without the need for ongoing maintenance.


Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine