14 Wooden Kitchen Ideas: Design Inspiration Using Timber

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It's no wonder that wooden kitchen ideas are so sought after — the character, warmth and beauty timber can bring to the kitchen is undeniable.

Our collection of the best wooden kitchen ideas out there includes something for everyone, from rustic, raw, industrial kitchen units to sleek contemporary wooden kitchen finishes. 

We've also included ideas on how to use wood in the kitchen on floors and walls, as well as for units and worktops, and incorporated painted kitchen ideas and designs that successfully combine several different materials too.

So, get started on your new kitchen design right now with this stylish compilation of inspirational wooden kitchen ideas.

1. Tranquil Wooden Kitchen Scheme

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This stunning wooden kitchen idea is from deVOL and is from their Sebastian Cox kitchen range. 

The soft tones of the timber finish used on the unfussy unit fronts creates a calm, fresh feel which has been offset perfectly with pale worktops.

The introduction of other shades of timber, for the useful hanging pegs on the wall and the slightly whitewashed engineered flooring, heightens the warm, natural appeal of the kitchen. 

2. Dark Wooden Kitchen

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(Image credit: Mowlem & Co)

This distinctive bespoke wooden kitchen was created by Mowlem & Co for a period property from the 1880s. The design was a response the owners' requirement for a contemporary kitchen which was still sympathetic to the classic feel of the property. 

The softly curved walk-in pantry idea is undoubtedly the focal point of the space and echoes the curves of the spiral cellar that sits next to it. 

The rich, dark-stained straight grain oak of the unit fronts makes a great contrast to the creamy white finishes used elsewhere.

3. Be Bold With an All-Wood Scheme

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Why stop at the unit fronts when it comes to incorporating wooden finishes into your kitchen design? Combine wooden worktops with wooden floors and furniture and what you have is a pleasingly cohesive finish that really makes a statement. 

This wooden kitchen features Hinita worktops from The GoodHome range available at B&Q. The 40mm square edge worktop is available in oak or stained oak. 

4. Chunky Wooden Butcher's Block

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This smart painted wooden kitchen is the Heritage kitchen by Mowlem & Co. The oak kitchen has been hand-painted in Farrow & Ball's Railings and combined with Belgian Fossil marble worktops. 

Perhaps the most eye-catching element of this timber kitchen though is the hefty reclaimed butcher's block that sits to one end of the kitchen island and features exposed bolts. The block doubles up as a breakfast bar and chopping board.  

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5. Rustic Wooden Kitchen With Lavender Accents

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If you haven't considered lavender as a shade for your new kitchen then this lovely wooden kitchen idea might well change your mind.

This lavender kitchen is from deVOL's Sebastian Cox range and it works brilliantly with the other shades in the space. Here, the colour has been used as a subtle wash of colour as opposed to an overbearing splash, meaning the beauty of the wood grain beneath can still be seen.

The natural, rustic look of the kitchen has been added to further with an understated wooden worktop that sits perfectly with the rough sawn cupboards below. 

6. Fresh and Bright Wooden Kitchen 

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This kitchen from the Tranquility range by Mowlem & Co called for a bespoke timber finish island to add warmth to the cool scheme. 

Setting out with a brief for a soft scheme that optimised the natural light entering the room through reflective qualities, the design features handleless kitchen wall cabinets in Stone Grey Parapan and units clad in a stained oak veneer.

7. Painted Wooden Kitchen

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(Image credit: LochAnna Kitchens)

This Shaker kitchen from The Natural Georgian Collection by LochAnna Kitchens, is made from solid oak. 

Painted wooden kitchens are hugely popular and are perfect for those looking to inject a classic, farmhouse style into their home. 

This kitchen is available in 28 different painted finishes and is shown here in a combination of Aegean and Breeze. 

8. Wooden Kitchen Splashback

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This bright, fresh wooden kitchen is the Elswick from LochAnna Kitchens

Offering a modern interpretation on the classic Shaker style, this particular kitchen scheme features a striking tongue-and-groove wooden splashback, painted in the same shade as the units, Pearl Cameo.

If you decide to use a wooden splashback, be sure to use a moisture resistant paint and fit an upstand directly behind the sink to take the brunt of any splashes and spills, as has been done here.

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9. Matching Wooden Kitchen and Floor

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This next wooden kitchen idea features a dark stained timber floor that is perfectly mirrored on the base of the breakfast bar. The dazzling white worktops offset the whole look brilliantly, adding a crisp contrast that exudes contemporary appeal.

The icing on the cake is the kitchen stools by Satara Australia – the neutral oak and white leather bridges the gap between the dark timber and light work surface.  

10. Contemporary Wooden Kitchen

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Airy and modern, this pretty wooden kitchen idea features the Lastra kitchen from LochAnna. The island peninsula has a Grey Grained Oak finish while the floor-to-ceiling units in the background are shown in Fjord.

The generous wooden kitchen drawers not only offer bags of handy storage, but they also lend a contemporary edge to the space.

11. Bright and Beautiful Plywood Kitchen

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This bold, colourful and highly unique kitchen was custom made by Wood Works Brighton using birch plywood. 

Keen to make the most of the tall ceilings, the designed has been inspired by a Mexican home and features a riot of carefully placed zingy colours on the faces and insides of the units, drawers and shelves that make up this wooden kitchen. 


12. Curved Wooden Kitchen

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Crafted by Wood Works Brighton for a new modern Oast house, this solid oak kitchen is one of a kind.

All of the doors, cabinets and work surfaces had to be curved in order to fit the unusual space and hug the walls. 

If you have an unusual space like this it is best to contact a bespoke kitchen specialist or a skilled local joiner. 

13. Two Tone Wooden Kitchen

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Providing it is properly sealed and acclimatised, a wooden floor can be a beautiful addition to the kitchen — particularly when combined with other wood finishes.

The raw, unfinished kitchen drawers in this space offer a fantastic contrast to the dark, distressed Berkeley Cellar Oak Engineered Wood Flooring from Woodpecker Flooring.

14. Upcycled Wooden Kitchen

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Not only is this a beautifully stylish wooden kitchen idea from Wood Works Brighton, but it also has impressive eco credentials. 

Fitted in a house built to Passivhaus standards, the kitchen has been constructed using oak rescued from old barns and railway sleepers sourced from France. 

Interestingly, 100% rubber has been used as a finish for the island doors. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.