Kitchen trends - Timber accents

Kitchen Trends 2017 – Timber Accents

Timber is timeless; it has remained a classic material of choice in kitchens for decades and featured throughout homes for centuries. Durable and aesthetically-pleasing, it’s guaranteed to bring character into your kitchen. As we head into 2017, timber is making a comeback in a big way. Designers are drawn to wood’s earthy warmth, which lends itself effortlessly to the broader interior design trend of ‘natural texture’.

In this trend blog, we explore how to incorporate timber accents into your kitchen.


If you don’t want commit to a full-on renovation and just want to update your space for 2017, then timber furniture and accessories are a flexible and simple way to tap into the timber trend. This works especially well with monochrome or all-white kitchens, as elements of timber will give welcomed texture and depth to create cosiness. Think bar stools with timber legs, over-sized Macassar wood fruit bowls on counter-tops or pendant lights with lumber accents.


A more permanent way to incorporate timber is through architectural accents; architraves and window or door frames. Ever versatile, the wood will blend seamlessly into both classic and contemporary kitchens when complemented by the surrounding design details.


A large expanse of beautiful, textured grain provides a softness to the overall aesthetic of a kitchen, making the space welcoming and ideal for open-plan spaces which function as a cooking, living and social area for families and friends. Worktops and islands in timber make a striking design feature, bringing the outdoors in with style. If you’re after an even bolder aesthetic, then timber feature walls create instant impact – maximise on this with a contrasting colour scheme, such as Black & White Zebrano. Use timber to create bespoke units and cabinets, fitted to make the most out of high ceilings or alcoves.


Mixing timber with contrasting material is an instant image update, and ideal for a more modern design. Silk smooth or painted grained surfaces work perfectly with the natural elegance of timber. Contrast with natural granite or quartz, or even man made materials such as concrete for a more industrial look. Metals such as steel, copper and bronze add further interest and allure to a design. A clever mix of materials alongside careful planning is essential for the best effect – consider allocating timber to social spaces and use harder materials in preparation areas and around the sink for longevity and for timeless appeal.


Natural timber comes in many different shades. Ranging from a paler Maple, to a sumptuous Walnut or elegant Oak in Anthracite, Black or a colour washed shade, there is scope to pick a colour which suits your design. Wood blends superbly with painted surfaces, and timber’s versatile properties also mean it can be painted or stained, giving you limitless colour options for your kitchen. Key colours for 2017 include grey, dark blues and taupes.

At Stoneham, we work closely with the British Furniture Manufacturers Association to adhere to strict statement of sustainability and traceability. We pride ourselves on ensuring that the wood we use in our kitchens comes from suppliers committed to good forest management.