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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.

Great Grain

Photo by Bruce Buck

Gorgeous bourbon-hued wood is the feature in this space, from the island to the window frames. Warm white paint adds to the cheerful effect.

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Into the Woods

Judith Bromley

A classic Craftsman-style kitchen clad in oak still gets plenty of light from the window bank painted bright white.

Cherry, Oh Baby

Dominique Vorillon

Cherry cabinets, golden brown granite, and red oak floors emanate warmth and cheer in this well-appointed chef's galley kitchen.

Deep Doesn't Have to Mean Dark

Deborah Whitlaw-Llewellyn

Even wood has colors in it. Here, muted red walls and blue beams bring out the rosy glow of the wood cabinetry and window frames.

Timeless Yet Modern

Photo by Susan Seubert

Beautiful, amber toned-wood cabinets really shine in this airy, paired down space.

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Smooth Transition

Photo by Thomas-Rouchard Studios

Muted mustard-colored paint unifies the cabinetry and island.

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Broad in the Beam

Bare, horizontal boards make for a bigger looking kitchen.

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A Rich Palette

A red beadboard backsplash and black granite countertop add to the wood cabinetry's richness. Wood knobs add vintage flavor.

What's Old Is New

Photo by Eric Roth

A salvaged wood island sits atop warm maple floor boards.

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Clever Contrast

Photo by Karen Melvin

A black-tile backsplash and oil-rubbed bronze pulls and latches light up red birch cabinetry in this Craftsman-style kitchen.

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Orange Aid

Photo by Eric Piasecki

Juicy orange warms up the walls and heightens the warmth of heirloom oak cabinetry.

Spanish Colonial Revival

Photo by Pete Bleyer

Golden alder cabinets and chestnut flooring glow against jade-green subway tiles.

Distressed cabinet pulls and distressed alder cabinets pull together an old world look in a 1940s Spanish Revival home.

Go With the Grain

Photo by Gregg Segal

Vertical striations in bamboo cabinetry add graphic punch, giving this space modern appeal.

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Dynamic Duo

Photo by Bob Narod

Unexpected yet harmonious hues—muted green and purple—make exposed beams and wood flooring pop.

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Colors in Concert

Photo by Peter Vitale

A honey-colored island topped with sturdy vintage butcher block ties in with cherry cabinets.

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Gorgeously Grounded

Photo by Nathan Kirkman

A cherry-stained island adds depth to a kitchen done primarily in paler muted hues.

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Paint it Black (and Blue)

Photo by Pascal Blancon

An island painted in licorice and cobalt adds a jolt of color to a kitchen dominated by wood flooring and cabinetry.

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A Modern Take

Photo by Kolin Smith

These minimalist slab cabinets show that wood isn't just for traditional kitchens. A yellow glass mosaic tile blacksplash and butcher-block counters in the same color family add heft to the streamlined style.

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Happy Medium

Photo by Joshua McHugh

Cabinetry painted a medium gray-brown, along with a cherry-stained island, add coziness to a brightly lit space.

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Burnished and Bright

Paul Bardagjy

Butter-cream walls bolster and brighten cherry-colored cabinetry and woodwork.