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White & Wood Kitchens

We see white kitchens everywhere!  They are clean, airy and timeless.  But for some, they can be a bit stark.  Those homeowners are looking to add warmth and texture.  That’s where wood comes to the rescue.  White and wood can be the perfect pair to create a space that’s simple and bright yet warm and cozy.  It’s an opportunity to add natural texture and soften the formality of a space.

How can you incorporate wood?  Here are a few ideas.

  • Beams
  • Countertops/Butcher Block Tops
  • Mixed Cabinetry (i.e. stained island)
  • Doors (i.e. barn or French doors)
  • Open Shelving
  • Range Hood

Let’s look at some examples!

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

The dark stained island and the walnut top on the raised portion of the island add a warmth and richness to this classic kitchen.

Wauwatosa Butler's Pantry

The contrasting cabinetry in this butler’s pantry creates an unexpected focal point.

Wauwatosa Kitchen Remodel

This beautiful oak floor adds subtle texture and warmth.  It’s a great contrast to the white cabinetry, cool gray tones and marble top.

Hartford Kitchen Remodel

With a distressed cherry island top, this farmhouse kitchen is a balanced mix of rustic and refined.

Elm Grove Kitchen Remodel

Oak floors, beams, open shelving and a distressed cherry island top – this kitchen blends clean lines and natural texture perfectly.  The warm wood tones also offer an intimacy to the large space.

Elm Grove Open Shelving

Here’s a close-up on those lovely wood shelves.  They make a statement, but keep the space feeling open and airy.

Elm Grove Barn Doors

One more view of this kitchen shows off the beautiful custom wood barn doors.  They are nod to the home’s barn past and add charm to the space.

Kitchen Trends to Consider in 2015

“Trend” is a word we typically steer away from because it often implies that something is hot right now, but may not be two, five, ten years from now. Regardless, in this post, we’ll be using the word to talk about the popularity of the refined, simple, and not too trendy trend that Bartelt is seeing. There are many kitchen design elements on the rise that are smart and adaptable to your future style and upcoming trends.

WhiteFox Point Kitchen Remodel

The white kitchen is a popular option, and it is here to stay. It’s classic, yet versatile enough to work with any design style and highlight the homeowners’ personality. Offering a clean, airy look, white kitchens also seem to make everything else “pop” – wood floors, stainless steel appliances, lighting, and accessories.

Contrasting Island

More and more homeowners are using their kitchen island as an opportunity to add character and variation to the space. A contrasting stain or paint color can make the island a focal point and highlight your style. “One great option we’re seeing is walnut with a gray stain for that rustic, weathered look. It adds contrast to the room, yet still complements the elegance of white cabinetry,” said Heather Scott, interior designer at Bartelt.

Furniture-StyleTurned island legs

Sculpted toe kicks, corbels, faux finishes, crown molding, turned island legs – furniture-style cabinetry has become a staple in Bartelt remodels. It is evidence that the kitchen has evolved from a solely utilitarian room to the family’s hub. It’s the place where people tend to congregate, and it’s a room that seems to touch every other living space. “When your family spends a lot of time in a room, and it is open to other spaces, it’s important that it’s inviting. This is something furniture-style cabinetry offers. The island is no longer just a work station, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture,” explained Scott.

Hartford Kitchen RemodelJuxtaposition

In recent remodels, we’ve seen the integration of varying styles – modern mixed with traditional, rustic paired with refined. This is an important trend because it makes the space flexible and appeals to your varying tastes and needs. Want the clean simplicity of a modern kitchen, but desire some soft lines? A transitional style (modern and traditional) is a great option. Looking for the classic look of a white kitchen, but want to add warmth? White cabinetry contrasted by reclaimed beams or a distressed cherry top, for instance, strikes a nice balance.

TextureLeather-Texture Finish

Texture gives a room depth and character. How do you add texture? Reclaimed materials, tin ceilings, hand-scraped floors, brick, or stone are just a few examples. We’re also seeing a transition from high-gloss countertops to honed and leather-texture finishes.

The (Kitchen) Island Life

As today’s kitchens become more connected to other living and entertaining spaces, the island becomes more versatile and serves as a hub – meal prep, seating, storage, entertaining, homework. The island is a customizable piece, so when you’re planning its composition, it’s important to think about the role you need it to fulfill and how you primarily use the kitchen. Do you have a large family? Are you often the host? Do you love to cook? These are all important questions to consider.

StorageHartland Kitchen Remodel

The island is a great spot to insert extra storage. Whether it’s a spice drawer, roll-outs for everyday dishes, or open shelves for cookbooks, there are many ways to make your kitchen island work beyond meal prep and seating.

Size

The dimensions of your island are shaped by its role in the kitchen. If you’re looking for counter space and enough seating for the family, you may want to consider an extra-long island or an actual table attached to the island. Maybe you plan to use the island for meal prep and a party buffet. A wide island might be the perfect option. It’s also important to consider its height. A 36-inch height can accommodate meal prep and seating. A 42-inch height is ideal for bar stools. The island can also be designed with two levels, so it can work “double duty” – cooking and dining. This also breaks down the scale of the island and gives some separation to obscure cooking messes from view.

Waukesha Kitchen RemodelLighting

Proper lighting over the island is essential. Pendants or a chandelier offer ambient and task lighting to help with smaller kitchen duties and overall illumination. The lighting over your island is also an opportunity to get creative and showcase your style. Glass pendants, lanterns, drum pendants, multi-light fixtures – island lighting can set the tone for your space, add a punch of color, or reinforce the kitchen design.

Utility

As we’ve said, the kitchen island is flexible, so outfit it with the tools you need for your various tasks. Entertainers may want to consider a beverage or wine refrigerator. Others choose to include a microwave drawer or dishwasher in the island. Home cooks often prefer a prep sink in the island because it’s easily accessible, accommodates cooking and clean-up simultaneously, and makes sharing the space with another cook easier.

DetailsShorewood Kitchen Remodel

The island is an opportunity to add character to the kitchen. Consider a contrasting stain or paint color to make it a focal point and highlight your style. Opt for furniture-style legs and toe kicks to create a high-end look. Choose a countertop material that suits your style and the island’s main role. Do you like marble’s classic look? Are you interested in granite’s durability? Perhaps, you’d prefer the warmth of a butcher block top? The options are truly endless!