Ways to Warm

6 ways to warm up your kitchen or bath with wood accents

6 ways to warm up your kitchen or bath with wood accents

Houzz kitchen with wood island
A wood wrapped island warms this space. Photo courtesy of Covenant LLC, Houzz
Houzz kitchen with wood accent wall
This kitchen boasts a cozy wood niche. Photo courtesy of Metropolis Design Group, Houzz
Houzz kitchen with wood floor and wood island
The rich wood dining table complements black cabinets. Photo courtesy of Lauren Edith Anderson, Houzz
Houzz kitchen with wood
This kitchen features open shelving and a butcher block countertop. Photo courtesy of Jessica Cain, Houzz
Houzz bathroom with wood accents
Wood is used just for the storage components in this bath. Photo courtesy of sO Interiors, Houzz
Houzz bathroom with wood vanity
The vanity features a section of walnut. Photo courtesy of Andrew Mikhael Architect, Houzz
Houzz kitchen with wood island
Houzz kitchen with wood accent wall
Houzz kitchen with wood floor and wood island
Houzz kitchen with wood
Houzz bathroom with wood accents
Houzz bathroom with wood vanity

Want to warm up your home? See how these different applications of wood can add warmth to your kitchen or bath. 

Kitchen

Generous wood detailing. You won’t believe this kitchen transformation when you see it. The island and refrigerator surround have been wrapped in rich, amber-colored wood to bring some warmth to the blue cabinets and slate-colored floor tile.

Wood wall niche. Sometimes while cooking you need a comfortable spot close by to get off your feet for a moment. The wall niche smack dab in this Minnesota kitchen seems like the perfect solution. Wrapping the area in wood brought some additional coziness to the niche and the mostly white kitchen.

Wood floor and furnishings. Weaving in wood accents is a relatively quick and easy way to add warmth to an already established kitchen, such as a rental unit in which you’re not allowed to extensively remodel. That was the case in this Oakland, California, studio loft. To warm up the stainless steel appliances, black cabinetry, and concrete ceiling, the homeowner introduced a rich wood dining table, wood stools, and a wood shelf unit to join the honey-colored wood flooring.

Wood countertop. For an even subtler but still effective approach, take a cue from this light and airy Kansas City, Missouri, kitchen. Blonde birch butcher block countertops soften the crisp white cabinets and subway tile.

Bathroom

Wood storage components. Wood can bring warmth to bathrooms as well. Here, wood was used just on the storage components. Hard surfaces and materials cover almost every inch of the rest of the space, yet the large blocks of flat-paneled maple cabinetry calm the eye.

Subtle wood accent. Entering this New York bathroom, you will see nothing but white Corian countertops and waterfall edge and swaths of blue square tile. Yet if you use the shower or toilet, you’ll get a glimpse of a section of walnut on the vanity, creating a brief moment of visual warmth.