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Cherry Cabinets, Travertine & Black Granite Countertops: A New Kitchen

Posted on February 4, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

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!

Kitchen, natural cherry cabinets, fir flooring, island with black granite countertop, travertine tiel backsplash and stainless steel appliances

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.

Kitchen design with island, black granite, cherry cabinets fir flooring, stainless steel appliances and raised eating bar

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).

Kitchen with natural cherry cabinets and fir flooring. Island with black granite, raised bar top and travertine tile backsplash

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.

Natural cherry cabinets in kitchen, island, pantry wall, stainless steel, travertine and black granite

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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).

Natural cherry cabinets, travertine tile backsplash, black granite countertop, stainless steel range hood and pot filller. Design by Kylie M Interiors

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!

Natural fir flooring, cherry cabinets, black granite on island with prep sink

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The prep sink is a mini-version of the main sink so that things are simple and seamless.

Kitchen with island, natural cherry cabinet, fir wood floori, black granite, island with raised bar top, travertine tile backsplash by Kylie M Interiors

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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