While a recent Houzz Kitchen Wholesalers survey shows that many homeowners prefer white cabinets, there is such a thing as too much white in a kitchen. To keep your fresh white kitchen from looking like a Snowmageddon highlight reel, look to natural wood accents to warm things up. These four kitchens show how natural wood beams, floors, countertops and furniture can help bring balance. "1. Beam Me Up
Homeowners’ request: Keep things clean and simple, employing natural materials, finishes and textures wherever possible. “The bones of the house are amazing, so I felt a responsibility to Kitchen Wholesalers let it speak for itself and not overdesign,” Holmes says. “It was very important that this space feel authentic, and that the kitchen transition seamlessly into the other spaces. The wall and trim color are consistent throughout the house, so the natural wood tones, the passages of gray slate flooring and the repetition of the honed white marble in the baths — they all draw you from room to room. It just flows beautifully.”
“Uh-oh” moment: “It was actually more of an ‘aha’ moment,” Holmes says. “As is common with projects of this type, you never know what you’ll find when you open up 180-year-old walls. Initially, the space was to be taken back to the studs and the walls were to be Sheetrocked right to the Kitchen Wholesalers ceiling. As demolition progressed, the ceiling beams were exposed and their original face was removed to make room for the new Sheetrock. Once we saw the beams, however, and saw what they added to the space, we knew they had to stay. It was unfortunate that the original face had been removed, but to see them now, you’d never know. They just belong there. The kitchen would be a different place without them.”
Splurges and savings: The homeowners splurged on the sink and custom inset cabinetry, and saved on the appliances.
2. Counter Attack
Why the design works: “This space had low ceilings, pink carpet and a Kitchen Wholesalers dining room that was actually larger than the living room,” Stein says. “It felt cramped and wasn’t even remotely functional. Raising the ceiling was an obvious starting point, but the addition of three large skylights in the kitchen flooded the space with light, taking the transformation to the next level.”
Splurges and savings: “By going with classic subway tiles on the walls, we were able to splurge on honed Carrara countertops,” Stein says.
3. Farm Charm
Why the design works: By mixing modern elements — wishbone chairs, Kitchen Wholesalers light wood, Calacatta marble slab backsplash — with traditional elements — the oil painting in the gilt frame, buffalo check window treatments, pleated island light fixtures — this kitchen exudes timeless charm, Marker says.
Designer secret: “Find a fresh interpretation of something tried and true,” Marker says. “We chose the buffalo check for the window treatments because it is a fresh Kitchen Wholesalers twist on something classic. The larger scale is an update of a classic pattern and brings a freshness to the space. The light blue of the buffalo check ties in with the other blues and grays throughout the home.”
4. Get Floored"