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From traditional to modern, and just about everywhere in between, wood kitchen cabinets can usually find the perfect way to suit any interior design style. These cabinets have several positives that make them an easy choice when deciding on cabinetry materials.
Besides being incredibly versatile, wood cabinets are sturdy, easy to change with paint or a colored stain, and are long-lasting when you care for them properly.
However, there are some pitfalls to wooden kitchen cabinets. Selecting a cheaper wood can leave you with weak cabinets that won’t stand up against time like sturdier and more costly wood will. Certain stains, like yellows and red cherry, can also cause cabinets and the kitchen to look dated.
When looking for the perfect color scheme to go with your wood cabinets, it can be difficult to narrow it down. Especially when you are playing with natural woods that come in various shades and tones, the options can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have done the research and found color schemes sure to inspire your next kitchen transformation!
1. Light And Natural
Bright and white kitchens are popular for many reasons. Natural light reflecting off light-colored surfaces creates the illusion of a larger space. Brighter kitchens will almost sparkle when they are cleaned, and they provide the best lighting for cooking.
Natural wood adds a touch of rustic luxury. Especially in the lightest wood tones, when paired with white, these kitchens look modern and high-end.
If you’ve been looking for an alternative to the ever-popular all-white kitchen, this combination is the way to go! You can have all the positives of a white kitchen with a completely updated look, including gorgeous natural wood.
2. Royal Blue And Natural Wood
Natural wood isn’t only gorgeous with bright white. These royal blue painted wood cabinets are an ideal mix of farmhouse and mid-century modern. Combined with natural wood shelves and oven range, cozy and inviting with the perfect amount of glamorous.
3. White Wood With Navy And Gold
By picking a richer shade of blue and adding gold accents, a similar color combination will become a classy and modern kitchen.
Whitewood cabinets are entirely versatile in both decor and style categories. There is so much you can do with them! This kitchen takes design to a new level by pairing white wood cabinets with a deep blue island, gold fixtures, and tying it all together with an ornate tile backsplash.
4. Unfinished Wood Combo
Did we mention white and wood is a match made in heaven? This is a combination that rests somewhere in between farmhouse and contemporary. The shining star in this kitchen is the beautiful break-in color with the unfinished island and cabinets.
Don’t get us wrong, white wood cabinets are stunning on their own. But there is something special about the mixture of polished and painted wood and the highlights and lowlights of unfinished woodwork.
5. Bright White And Natural Wood
For a traditional farmhouse look, this kitchen makes wood the main component and uses white as a shining contrast. It’s bright and the perfect blank canvas for styling and decor.
This kitchen focuses on a minimalistic look, which is popular with contemporary styling. So although this material and color combo is perfect for the more eclectic look of the farmhouse design, it’s versatile enough to fit so many more!
6. Adventurous Green
Speaking of eclectic, if you want to skip the look of natural wood or popular white, painting your wooden cabinets an original color can create a space that really stands out. This kitchen uses seafoam green cabinets, red accessories, and touches of royal blue. The result is a unique and fun kitchen.
7. High Contrast With Dark And White Woods
Two-toned cabinets create depth and contrast in what would otherwise be a bland, one-color kitchen. Injecting color into the kitchen island is a great way to break up the monotony, which we’ve shown with lighter, natural-colored woods.
Choosing a richer, stained wood follows a more traditional design, and looks high-end and classy. If you love the look of adding wood elements to an all-white kitchen but aren’t a fan of the raw-material look with natural wood, this can be great for you.
8. Indigo Painted Wood
Did you like the idea of adding color to your cabinets but weren’t feeling inspired by the eclectic seafoam cabinets? Well, this kitchen may be the inspiration you’re looking for.
Indigo and denim shades of blue have a gray hue to them, allowing them to act as a sort of neutral color. This makes them perfect for adding color to your wood kitchen cabinets without having to commit to a very specific color scheme for decor.
Although this color can be used as a neutral for decorating, it’s best to stick to cooler color schemes when working with blue-gray.
9. Natural Wood And Brass
This kitchen is less about the colors and more about the materials. The brass range hood, light fixtures, and cabinet hardware take this kitchen from farmhouse chic to modern industrial.
When using materials in your color palette, make sure they stand out. Don’t be afraid to go beyond simple cabinet handles. Add it into the lights, artwork, and even appliances!
10. Worn Earthy Green
This French cottage-style kitchen features worn olive green cabinets with exposed wood, weathered wood shelves, and a brown and white backsplash. These earth tones are perfectly paired with natural woods.
According to the psychology of color, greens and other earth tones are reminiscent of nature and invoke a relaxing and calm feeling. What better reason do you need to incorporate these colors into your kitchen and home?
11. Painted Gray And White
Gray has worked its way into the most popular kitchen color spot, edging out white that has held the spot for almost a decade. However, along with the use of grays, there has also been a rise in the modern kitchen that features plastic and other man-made materials for their cabinets.
This kitchen takes the best of best, combining the beautiful classic white cabinets and the new popular soft gray, but uses a more traditional approach in using real wood. If you don’t enjoy the glossy sheen of plastic cabinet doors, then this is the way to go. There is a depth created by cabinet stiles that looks more sturdy, high-class, and all-around higher quality.
12. Ivory And Green
Traditional kitchens boast warm and inviting color pallets, and this one is no exception. Ivory is a warmer tone and provides a softer contrast in a color palette than white. Pairing it with green brings us back to that calm and relaxing feeling created by earth tones that we mentioned before.
13. Modern Black And Light Wood Kitchen
For those in need of more dramatic contrast in their decor, pairing light natural wood with deep gray or black will give you just what you are looking for.
Darker colors, even black, can be just as glamorous for kitchens as the lighter alternatives. This Scandinavian-style kitchen uses light natural wood and a white backsplash to brighten up the room. This high contrast look is dynamic and bold.
14. Wood, White, And Blue
Are you in love with the wood and white kitchen combinations we have shown you, but are craving something extra? How about adding a light, glassy blue into the mix.
This kitchen takes the classic wood and white and ups the style points with a counter-to-ceiling backsplash. The pale, shiny blue is a great addition to the neutrality of the whites and browns featured in the kitchen, without going overboard on a color explosion.
The choice of a glossy finish is also a magnificent complement to the smooth finish of the cabinets and the straight, clean lines of contemporary kitchens.
15. Black, White, And Cherry
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, cherry stains on cabinets can date your kitchen. Maple cabinets with light, red-tinted wood, are becoming outdated, however, there are exceptions to the cherry stain.
This kitchen modernizes redwood cabinets with glass fronts and circular cabinet pulls in rod iron. The cabinets are also richer and aren’t over glossed, which allows them to look more timeless than past their time. Pairing them with black and white is another trait of a modern kitchen that ties the whole look together.
As we also mentioned before, wood cabinets are versatile and changeable. So it’s easy to take something from a more traditional style and modernize it into something current and new.
Even though wood kitchen cabinets can look outdated and may cost a bit more for quality material, the positives far outway the negative of these stunning kitchens. From colors, stains, and interior design styles, the possibilities for color schemes are huge. Hopefully, we have inspired you for your next kitchen update!
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