Inspiration: Beautiful Wood in Kitchens and Baths

Sunlight, cut flowers and fresh air can go a long way toward bringing the outdoors into your home, but perhaps the most natural element to add is wood. This versatile material comes in as many varieties as there are trees, and the unique features of each piece will add personality and beauty to any space.

A horizontal wood backsplash complements the view of the trees from this kitchen window, creating a seamless feel between the great outdoors and cosy indoors. The variegated boards add depth and texture that mirrors the unique patterns of nature itself.

When juxtaposed with gleaming white counters, walls and windows, the dark wood of this vanity sink adds a rich contrast. Pair it with a faucet in Champagne Bronze and a dark-framed mirror, and you’ve got a perfect balance of dark and light.

Wood doesn’t have to be dark to make a statement, as evidenced by these knotty pine kitchen cabinets and island. The circular knots tastefully mimic the spherical pendant lights and the honeyed colour brightens up this spacious kitchen, making it feel warm and welcoming. Bar chairs in a contrasting colour are made to stand out and keep the room from looking too matchy-matchy.

The grey stone tile in this barrier-free shower adds another outdoor element to this bathroom, framed at the top and bottom by a wood ceiling and floor. Even if your bathroom doesn’t overlook an alpine forest and mountain, you’ll benefit from having wood near a window as the natural light has a brightening effect on each board.

Expansive kitchens with copious lighting can be enhanced by a saturated wood look. The muted, ashy wood in this kitchen keeps the space from feeling too heavy, and the under-cabinet lighting ensures that you’ll have plenty of light while cooking and reading recipes. The Venetian Bronze finish on the Mateo faucet and pot filler reflects the dark palette and adds a pop of colour on the beige countertops.

Create a stately bath space by combining dark wood, Champagne Bronze fixtures and grey tile arranged in a honeycomb pattern. The sleek lines of the matching wood vanities and linen closet stand out against the angular patterned tile, especially because of their colour contrast. If you want to create this look in a bathroom without a window, be sure to use the dark wood sparingly and frame it with lighter elements to keep the space from feeling congested.

Whether you choose to add a few wood elements here and there, or decide to go all out, wood has always been in style for kitchen and bath spaces. From mahogany and ash to maple and pine, there’s a type of wood to suit your taste and make your home feel inviting. Don’t get overwhelmed by the choices; most suppliers will let you check out samples to help you decide on a finish before you commit. It’s a wood win-win!

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