A Guide to Incorporating Timber in Contemporary Kitchens

Blog | March 20th, 2020

Natural timber gives the appeal of warmth and personality if incorporated in the interior design of most homes. More often than not, they are seen in kitchens to induce an accommodating aura and ambiance. Below is a guide to incorporating timber in contemporary kitchens.

Ratio of Usage

The number and coverage of timber usage in contemporary kitchens are highly dependent on how much you prefer timber; if it is a gorgeous dreamy natural timber, then you may want to use it for the entire kitchen.

Natural timber can be very expensive and therefore you may want to restrict it to a simple accent area that you can see, for example a row of upper cabinets only.  If you are tentative about using some natural timber, it is recommended to use it for some door fronts only in one area and this way you can easily change them at a later stage.

Overall Appeal

When assessing how much timber to use in your kitchen design and considering its placement, you should think about the following items namely flooring, windows and door colour, furniture and in some cases, ceiling finishes which can sometimes be a natural timber.

You can always be more liberal with the introduction of timber if you have a stone or tiled floor. Timber flooring can sometimes fight with a timber kitchen. Introducing repetition works really well as the front of the island links to the upper cabinetry and creates a flow and connection in the design.

Timber Finishes

Timber veneers provide the beauty of natural timber, but you only use a tiny proportion to that used in a solid timber kitchen. Raw veneers are less than a millimetre in depth and are placed onto a strong, durable board by a fabricator and then finished with a tough 2 pack polyurethane finish.  Timber veneers are regularly used for furniture but are also perfect to use for kitchen cabinetry.

The design process can also get quite involved with timber veneers as there are different ways to firstly produce the veneer and then to put them together. Timber veneers can be quarter cut which produces a linear grain while a crown cut will produce a very distinctive V shaped pattern.  Individual veneer leaves will need to be matched together.  You can leave this as a random pattern, but others prefer to have a book matched finish so that each piece lines up and mirrors the one next to it.

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