How to get Timber in the Kitchen
With open plan living the “new black”, the kitchen is becoming the heart of the home so its worth investing into the look and feel. Adding timber anywhere in your home can bring a warmth and touch me quality that other materials lack with a timeless character that defies trends.
There are so many stylish ways to get more timber into your kitchen, whether you have a traditional home or a more modern minimalist interior, there is a timber colour and finish to suit it all. Timber floors are the most obvious way to get timber happening in the kitchen, just be sure you select the right timber and have it sealed properly to avoid water damage from sinks or dishwashers. A good alternative these days is to choose an engineered timber floor that gives you the look and feel of timber without the care issues of real timber.
If you already have timber door hardware or windows installed in your home take care in the selection of timber types to avoid a “ski lodge” look of too many different types of timbers in one space. Brio makes a selection of top of the range door hardware in a range of timber finishes and sizes including their highly desirable bifold doors and servery windows to add effortless style to your open plan home.
Timber benchtops were once very popular but have been somewhat superseded by more impervious materials like stone and laminates. The reality is that timber benchtops if prepared correctly can add a wonderful warmth to a white kitchen. Yes, they do need to be oiled regularly and can be damaged by water if exposed to it for long periods of time but this is well worth it to my mind. If you see water droplets dispersing on the benchtop rather than beading, you know its time for a re-oiling. A clever way to use timber, is to use timber bench tops for more social areas like an island bench rather than the heavy use areas around sinks which get a lot of use a water exposure.
Feature panels can be good way to get sections of timber into your kitchen without needing to build an entire timber kitchen. Timber panels can be used under islands benches or in feature cupboards to give a natural highlight amongst a sleek white kitchen. Using the timber in a horizontal grain structure will make the Island look longer as it leads the eye into the distance. Alternatively, running the grain vertically tends to make the space feel taller so if you home has low ceilings consider using this idea.