Not So Traditional
From butcher block to cabinets to floors and even backsplashes, wood fits right in the kitchen. The well lit space is a great place to showcase the patterns in the material's grain. And, when its surface is polished, even the darkest cherry or mahogany will still reflect light. But if wood brings to mind more traditional interiors, think again: Simply designed cabinetry with minimalist hardware often makes the best backdrop for wood's features, while the inherent warmth of the material will cozy up just about any ultra-modern cookspace.