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8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

Wood is a gorgeous material. It’s natural to the Earth, a grounded balance to painted and metal finishes. We implement a wood finish in every space we design to add warmth, texture, and character.

In the past decade or two homeowners have turned to painted finishes that traditionally have always been wood, with the goal of accomplishing a more modern look. We strive to accomplish modern wood features in every project and enhance the wood elements already in place. We also do this with the use of our very own cabinet shop to achieve unique customization.

CUSTOM KITCHEN CABINETRY

Dual white oak kitchen islands, quartzite and soapstone countertops, white painted accent cabinetry.

Wood is more durable and, frankly, the most timeless finish for cabinetry. It sets the tone for the room. An all-wood kitchen can be contemporary when using the appropriate species, door profile, and finish. Wood also helps accomplish timeless traditional, rustic, and moody design. In our Nokomis Ave kitchen, we used white oak for the lower cabinetry. As shown below we have a reclaimed white oak with additional knots for the rustic charm we were after in our Green Lake Renovation.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

Custom Bathroom Vanity

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

Cool tile, and warm wood were sourced for the bathroom vanity at the Goodrich Tudor, featuring an antique white oak from Manomin Resawn Timbers. Below, is a more traditional white oak for the bathroom vanity at Drew Avenue.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

OPEN SHELVING

Cozy kitchen nook with custom blue radiator cover, orange bird wallpaper and wood shelving

Adding open shelving is a great trick to make your space feel larger. In the Josephine Place kitchen above the kitchen is on the smaller side and the open shelving of warm wood adds contrast, a place to display plants and introduce more color to the space. Below is our Frontenac Place project, we used a walnut species to achieve the open shelving look.

Custom built-in kitchen banquette in 1920s Colonial style home with wallpaper coffee station bar.

CUSTOM STORAGE

The custom built-in hutch in the High Road kitchen is a statement piece. It looks original to the home but the Jkath Cabinet shop made it in 2023. Elegance meets storage with this unique black-stained oak hutch.

Here is a close-up sneak peek of a custom linen cabinet for our Hale House project. We filled a corner of the attic en suite with a white oak linen cabinet to keep the homeowners from running to the main level for fresh towels.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

BUTCHER BLOCK COUNTERTOP

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

Butcher block countertops are a wonderful material to add to a non-cooking surface in your kitchen, such as an island or bar. It’s typically less expensive compared to quartz or other materials. The Silver View Drive and Country Club project was a great way to incorporate warmth into the otherwise all-white kitchen with the walnut countertop.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

CUSTOM WOOD PANELING

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

Adding texture is the greatest pro of paneling to your home, whether you leave the wood natural or paint it. Paneling has come a long way since the 1960s and 70s. When you have a lot of flat wall space applying texture through paneling will help finish a space.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

WOOD POSTS AND BEAMS

Open floorpan, neutral tone kitchen. Modern minimalism with clean lines.

Wood beams enhance a ceiling while posts are great for room division in an open-concept space. If you have a structural beam running across your ceiling or a post in the middle of the room, wrapping it in reclaimed wood or new lumber will make it look more intentional and become a feature instead of an element you’re trying to hide.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

MANTELS

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

A wood mantel, whether applied on a fireplace or range hood, is such a cozy touch and adds character. It’s also a great way to tie other wood elements in a space together.

8 Ways to Add Wood Features to Your Home

Always find elements to add the natural beauty of wood into every room of your house. It can be applied as a focal point or complementary feature. Wood ages beautifully.

Use it and love it.

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