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Next Wave Natural: The New Way to Do Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

We predicted that natural materials and warmer finishes would rule the kitchen in 2017 (here are our other guesses). One way we’re seeing this natural-material trend play out, thanks in part to the popularity of minimalism, is with unpainted, unfinished wooden cabinets. The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood—just another reason we’re adding “kitchen renovation” to our home wish lists.

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The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. The result is minimalist, yet warm and inviting. See the rest of the room on Bungalow5.

We’ve talked before about the beauty of mismatched kitchens, and the one above from Shoot Factory featured on DecorPad is no exception. I’m now convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen.

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It’s no surprise that this relaxed kitchen is nestled inside a quaint 1920s storybook-style home in Oakland Hills. If you’re a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don’t have to stop there—extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Tour the rest of this fairy-tale home over on Domino.

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If you’re looking to channel cozy cabin vibes, draw inspiration from this Norwegian kitchen found on Nordic Design. All wood everything looks great with a long horizontal window that seriously improves your view while washing dishes.

Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tiles keep the look fresh. To maintain flat-front cabinets’ sleek appearance, pair them with recessed hardware that blends in seamlessly. Every single room of this home styled by Tina Hellberg for Elle Decoration deserves a spot on your Pinterest board—explore them all on Oracle Fox.

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The reclaimed wood, substantial metal hardware and stainless steel range hood in this kitchen from The Style Files will make fans of warm industrial style happy.

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In this New Zealand home by MRTN Architects featured on Design Milk, pale wood cabinets join forces with black hardware for a striking study in contrasts.

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In this deVOL kitchen, natural slated cabinet fronts sit beside those with a dark wood stain. Consider skipping the hardware altogether and cut holes in the cabinet fronts for a minimalist alternative.

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While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel-tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in Swoon Edition‘s showroom, above.



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