Get the look with gloss and natural wood


The high gloss look is without a doubt one of the most popular finishes among our customers; but did you know that combining contrasting materials is an even better way to get that wow-factor finish? It’s a great idea to mix things up a bit by combining the shine and sleek look of gloss with more natural elements such as wood. Depending on the type of wood you choose, you could also create a kitchen with a more vintage or industrial edge. In today’s blog we’re going to show you a number of ways you can use these two fantastic materials in your kitchen to get the look and feel of a designer kitchen

Why choose natural wood? 

Using wood to complement a high gloss kitchen

While high gloss looks great, texture is important too, giving your home a less clinical look. The colour of wood also adds warmth – something important to creating that homely, welcoming feel.

What’s more, wood looks good in all homes. Whether you’ve got a new-build, or a Victorian home, wood never looks out of place. However, some more modern materials don’t work so well in older homes.

Using wood to complement a high gloss kitchen


There are many ways you can add natural wood to your kitchen – it’s all about getting the balance just right. Some of our favourite ideas include:

  • A wooden dining table or breakfast bar

Wood looks good and is more practical than most other materials.

  • Contrasting cabinet finishes

Why not combine dark wood lower cabinets with light, high gloss upper cabinets for a stylish, monochrome look? Dark base units with light coloured wall units also make a room feel larger than it is. Alternatively, blonde wood or grey oak finishes would complement a more minimalist, bright, high gloss kitchen.

  • Stand-out wooden features

Wood is a great material for features such as kitchen islands and shelving systems, which can be used as focal points in your kitchen space. One of our favourite kitchens of 2015 features both wooden worktops and a wooden focal point with shelving. You can see it for yourself here.

  • A wooden floor

If you’re keen to keep the majority of the furnishings gloss-based, why not choose complementary wooden flooring? It’s durable, looks good and offers a great way to warm up your kitchen space. Several of our designer kitchens have this look, including this high tech, high spec kitchen and this stylish, family kitchen.

If our kitchen design ideas have inspired you today, why not get in contact with the team to discuss your brand new designer kitchen? We recommend that you visit us in store, at one of our designer kitchen showrooms. Here you’ll be able to browse some of our designs, see what we can offer, and have a one-to-one chat with one of our talented designers. To find out where you nearest showroom is head over to the contact page.

We look forward to seeing you!

How would you use gloss and wood in your kitchen? Share your creative ideas with us in the comments below, or tweet them to us @ModernKitchens

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