While there will always be a place for the classic look, designers are using wood like never before. From combining it with striking metallics, to amplifying textural variation, to experimenting with contrasting bold colours – new bedfellows that it has tended to shy away from in the past.
Award-winning designer Matt Podesta says, “What I do see though is a change in the way wood is being presented and used in projects; it seems that vast expanses of veneers are being replaced with more down-to-earth types of joinery and then combined with some painted pieces and contrasting worktops.” Matt adds that wooden worktops work especially well on an island, but cautions that it can discolour when placed next to a sink – although patina is a desired effect for some!
Matt continues, “We are also seeing a lot more dark oak flooring laid down in a chevron design, which gives a current vibe but is recognisable as something that is recycled from the past and brought back in as a modern take on a classic theme. We are mixing materials, re-using older styles and creating a palette of warm and comforting effects, and then adding in a modern twist with metals in the form of brass and bronze knobs, handles and taps, and then picking out these details in the lights and hardware. Gone are the days of stainless steel everywhere!”
Neil Lerner, Managing Director of Neil Lerner Design, adds: “We are seeing a major return of wood in the kitchen, but this time it’s for the darker woods like oak and elm in colours like graphite grey and black. This renewed interest in darker woods heralds a move away from the natural coloured woods to a more contemporary look that works as well in the living areas, as it does in the kitchen.”
Featured: Harnessing sustainable British timber along with a combination of traditional techniques and modern innovation, the award-winning Sebastian Cox Kitchen by Devol (featured) includes rough sawn cupboards and has a distinctive urban rustic style. With birch plywood carcasses, beech and ash doors, and the incorporation of delicate woven panels, the kitchen utilises timbers that are often overlooked. The wood has been stained with an inky blue-black dye, enhancing texture visibility and giving the furniture a tactile finish. The use of solid oak for the worktops and subtle copper hardware also make for a very stylish kitchen.
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