The All-Natural Kitchen
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be familiar with my saying, ‘just because it’s wood, doesn’t mean it’s good’, and that saying rings true in this room – because it ISN’T good, IT’S FREAKIN’ GREAT!
And while personally, I have a soft spot for painted and white cabinets, I have to say I’m loving these natural cherry cabinets that we chose for my clients.
Keeping things natural, warm and slightly rustic, we went with an ‘all-natural’ palette of woods and natural stone surfaces:
- cherry cabinets with a natural sealant on them – cherry ages so beautifully that it rarely needs a stain colour
- natural fir flooring
- black granite countertops with a gold and cream vein
- subway tile travertine backsplash with stone-enhancing sealant
- and while the paint colour looks greenish in the photos, we can blame that on my photography skills – the actual colour is Benjamin Moore Cable Knit, which is definitely NOT green
My client had originally hoped for an island with a different shape, but due to the design of the home, we made the best of the space with an 8′ long island with a smaller raised bar at the end.
The raised eating bar gives a bit of definition between the kitchen and the family room, which is what the homeowner was hoping for. PERSONALLY, I prefer one level (but it’s not all about me – not ALL the time anyway – wink wink).
Contrary to what this photo shows, this room lacks a lot of bright, natural sunlight. The warm tones of the wood and reflective surface on the granite help to balance this out.
This photo is a better representation of the amount of natural light coming into the room (it also shows the paint colour more true to form).
This photo shows how the warm-toned travertine tile works with both the black granite and natural cherry cabinets – I’m just DROOLING over the grain on that drawer front!
The prep sink is a mini-version of the main sink so that things are simple and seamless.
The fir floors look gorgeous with the cherry cabinets. Both products were sealed and left natural – some products just speak for themselves!
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WRITTEN IN 2016, UPDATED FOR EDITING 2020