Wood cabinets are the classic choice for cabinetry in the kitchen. The past decade has seen a rise in deep, dark, rich wood cabinets and white cabinets. Along with these trends in cabinet colors, warm natural woods continue to be popular choices in cabinetry both in the kitchen and in other built-ins. The natural wood has a lovely nutty brown color that works with both cool stainless steel appliances and the ever popular granite countertops.
This kitchen is a lovely example of warm wood used in both the cabinetry and the kitchen island. A lighter marble with dark flecks tops the island and countertops. Stainless steel appliances are fitted into custom nooks, including a nook in the island for the microwave that saves counter space. Warm wood tones also balance out the cool metallic of the stainless appliances that continue to be popular. Stainless steel appliances go with every cabinet color.
The warm wood is continued onto the floors. The honey stain gives the wood a warm tone that would be great with oak, walnut or hickory floors. Maple floors would also be nice with their honey tones. Break up the wide expanses of wood with colorful runners or floor mats for the sink and stove. Even a deeper brown leather mat would add a depth of color to the space. Picking up the darker flecks of color from the granite in accessories or lighting might be nice too. The existing metal island lighting nicely plays off the color of the appliances.