The natural beauty of wood kitchens


Kitchen trends may come and go but the inherent natural beauty and character of timber cabinetry will always be in vogue. None more so than right now, as we continue to embrace and enjoy a sense of bringing the outside, in, adding a rustic and organic calm to our ever-busy lifestyles. Here’s our pick of the best wood designs this season…


Adding a feeling of nostalgia, authenticity and style to any interior, the East Sheen kitchen by deVOL is a handcrafted oak design, which is a fresh take on its Haberdasher’s furniture. With interior design by @goodboneslondon, this Victorian property is the perfect setting for these mid-century inspired cupboards, large old wooden table, vintage chapel chairs and chequerboard floor. The heaviness of the wood is offset by a chalky off-white emulsion on the walls, deVOL’s Grand Tour desk lamp and large white Lacanche range cooker. The cabinet doors feature a mix of tactile tambour fronts, open drawers and glazed inserts with muslin curtains to add a touch of French chic.


When it comes to savvy storage, Husk knows that it’s all about choosing the right option for each individual space. From drawers, shelves and cupboards to cubby holes, baskets and boxes, every kitchen should make the most of every inch.

To avoid a repetitive look with rows of eye-level cabinets, Husk has a few design tricks up its sleeve including making a feature of a shallow recess with a low run of cupboards that also provide a display surface. In the design below, V groove oak cupboards create textural interest as well as warmth and a light and airy look.

The Husk design below meanwhile uses floor to ceiling white tinted ply cabinets to make the most of the room’s height. A touch of terrazzo for splashback and flooring helps to draw the eye and focus attention on the design rather than the awkward shape of the space.

Husk also recommends mixing materials to add interest and personalise the kitchen. A great way of doing this is to choose a different material for base and wall units. The colourful design of these green cabinets works wonderfully with bespoke slatted timber cabinets and it’s a style that suits both classic and contemporary tastes.


Bespoke designer Davonport has answered the ever-increasing demand for wooden kitchens with its new solid walnut Grosvenor design. Crafted from solid American black walnut, its natural veins, waves and rich tones add depth and texture, which only grow in beauty with age.

Strong and sturdy, this hardwearing kitchen is given a modern touch with polished nickel handles while the Shaker-style frame and horizontal wooden slats contrast with the grain of the wood to add further interest.


With their fine grain, warm appearance and subtle colour differences, wooden kitchens from next125 are both natural and sustainable with a mix of solid woods and fine veneers. The nx670 kitchen for instance features vertical wooden grooves with a linear design and classic look for base units, tall cabinets and end panels. In oak bianco or natural walnut, it’s perfect for a minimal interior.

The Nordic-inspired nx660 meanwhile also has a low-key look with its fine, mitred frame and natural wood grain. In elegant natural oak, this next125 design comes in six colours, from light bianco to dark tobacco

To enhance any wood kitchen design, we’ve also picked some of our favourite timber accessories and furniture to add the perfect finish…

Check out this wooden island in Benchmarx Kitchens’ Cambridge kitchen in Driftwood Blue – a lovely warm, rustic touch to this modern Shaker style.

Sophie Allport’s Bees chopping boards are part of a larger Bees kitchen and homewares collection, which is perfect for summer.

This Natural Curved Wooden Dining Chair from Rose & Grey is destined to become a timeless classic with its low curved back, elm frame and paper weave seat.

Get organised with this extendable bamboo Spice Jar Rack from ProCook, with three tiers that extend to suit your culinary needs.

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert /

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