Mixing Woods and Finishes in the Kitchen

Beautiful kitchens use combinations of materials and textures.

Paint-and-Stain Cabinet Chic

This country kitchen update includes different color treatments on upper and lower cabinetry. Upper cabinets are made from wood and stained. The base cabinets, painted a soft fern green, add earthy color. Weathered-bronze hardware contributes warmth.

Wood Cabinets, Hand-Forged Hood

A variety of wood, tile, and metals offer textural interest in this kitchen. Mission-style cabinets are made from reclaimed wood. Square multihued tiles form the backsplash. And the hand-forged metal island hood adds a rustic patina.

Textural Tuscan Kitchen

This Tuscan-style kitchen gets its warmth and style from a mix of materials: antique-pine cabinets, honed slate counters, tiled walls, stained concrete floors, and stainless-steel appliances. Weathered metals are featured as well, in the hardware, sinks, faucets, and lighting.

Beaded-Board Cabinetry with Wood Accents

Clean style in this fresh kitchen comes from a variety of textures and colors, including the white paint on 1930s-era glass-front cabinets, the wood countertop on the new white beaded-board island, and the marble top on the food-prep station -- a splurge that was well worth it for its added sense of luxury.

Shaker-Style Kitchen Renovation

The combination of materials adds up to style and comfort in this kitchen renovation. Granite counters top gleaming wooden Shaker-style cabinetry. Painted bookshelves (a flat coal-color hue brushed on) make the room feel intimate and inviting.

Light-Filled Bungalow Kitchen

White cabinets feature both all-wood and wood-and-glass doors for interest. A glass-block backsplash fills the kitchen with light. And gleaming hardwood floors and stainless-steel appliances bounce light to every corner of this 1930s bungalow renovation.

Mixed Materials Cooking Station

It's hard to tell which is the most beautiful element of this kitchen cooking zone. The arched inset features an unpolished limestone arch and keystone. Seafoam color square tiles make up the large arched backsplash. Stone countertops flank the gleaming stainless-steel cooktop. The pristine-white custom cabinetry features paneled doors and hardware reminiscent of the 1930s.

Urban Sophistication

Glossy brown-and-white cabinetry, sleek ceiling beams, and stainless-steel appliances infuse this kitchen with city-style sophistication. Dark chestnut floors take the edge off the stainless-steel appliances and metal accessories.

Craftsman Kitchen Renovation

Native woods, honed-stone surfaces, and a sand-and-water color palette keep this remodeled Seattle kitchen in touch with its coastal roots. Craftsman details include custom-stained fir cabinets, fir windows, slate and wood countertops, and Brazilian cherry floors.

New Kitchen, Historic Echoes

A modern kitchen renovation uses elements from the 1900s. Custom-carved cabinets are classic white and feature a mix of lattice and paneled doors. Stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances add gleaming luxury elements.

Multiwood and Stone Traditional Kitchen

A traditional kitchen gets its style from a diverse mix of materials. Cabinets are constructed from five species of wood. And four different types of stone are used on kitchen surfaces -- ranging from a hardworking granite-top island to its elegant counterpart, a second island finished in olive green with gold-leaf trim.

Wood-and-Stone Kitchen Renovation

Furniture-look mahogany cabinets and rock-hard marble countertops mix with stainless-steel appliances to create a rich look for this kitchen.

Kitchen with Mixed Materials

An homage to sun and sea, this kitchen features a palette of yellow, teal, and sea-moss green with copper accents. Rope-turned pilasters on wooden cabinets add elegance to the casual Nantucket theme. Proving the creative use of mixed materials are the old pine planks underfoot, weathered beams overhead, and the addition of an antique table by the island.

Soft Green Island

Adrift in a sea of honey-color plank flooring, this large kitchen island is painted a soft, quiet green. Stainless-steel drawer handles match the gleaming stovetop backsplash and exhaust hood. Cool white stone tops counters.

Traditional Kitchen with Stone and Rich Woods

Marble countertops and limestone floors convey a sense of age and permanence in this kitchen. The niche above the cooktop features a glass-tile backsplash. At one end of the island, a change in height separates the breakfast bar from the busier parts of the kitchen. A mahogany top with elegantly beveled edge offers seating for in-kitchen dining.

Streamlined Kitchen with Stone and Stainless Steel

Classic white, rich browns, and stainless steel deliver a sense of sleek efficiency in this modern kitchen. Marble countertops stand next to sleek metal accents for simple sophistication in this cook's kitchen. The oversize island (13x6 feet) features a French burner and ample storage in the cabinetry below.

Custom Cabinetry in Multiple Woods

Reclaimed wood cabinetry was the material of choice for this kitchen renovation. Several species were used to evoke the same sort of variety that one finds in nature. Dark brown walnut on the islands contrasts with the lighter hue of reclaimed elm on perimeter cabinets and the distinct grain pattern of submerged beech on a pantry near the desk area. All woods boast a natural finish to show grain and mineral streaking. The style of the cabinet doors is simple, which shows the innate beauty of the wood and the artisanship of their handmade construction.

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