Add These Natural Design Elements to Your Kitchen

Nature never goes out of style. Here are six ways to incorporate timeless, natural elements into your kitchen remodel or new home.

The calming effect of green

Green painted cabinets can be a great way to bring nature indoors and create a calming and refreshing atmosphere. The color green has a soothing effect on our minds. When applied to kitchen cabinets, the kitchen is a pleasant and peaceful place to cook and gather with loved ones. Green kitchen cabinets can be paired with other natural elements such as wood countertops, stone backsplashes and woven baskets to enhance the nature-inspired theme further. Green is versatile. Lighter shades like sage can create an airier and more open feel, while darker shades like emerald add depth and richness to the space.

Green kitchen cabinets green kitchen island
Our customer created this custom look in their Northwoods kitchen with grass green painted cabinets for an earthy feel, while toffee glazing added antique charm and character. Cambria’s Notting Hill quartz countertop ties it together with warm chocolatey veining.

Elevevate your kitchen with quartz countertops

Stone countertops make kitchens look natural, elegant and modern all at the same time. They’re solid and durable. Veining can vary greatly from slab to slab, creating an alluring and unique pattern. Quartz countertops—with natural quartz crystals and resin binders—reflect the appearance of natural stone and create a modern and sleek look. At Swita Cabinetry, our top-selling brand is Cambria quartz countertops. Soapstone is a natural quarried stone that deepens over time. Color options are more limited, typically ranging from charcoal gray to black with some subtle veining. Its timeless rustic look goes great in traditional and farmhouse-style kitchens.

Quartersawn Oak island wood countertop soapstone countertops
Soapstone countertops feel luxuriously smooth and give this kitchen a high-performance look the homeowner was after.

Showcase the beauty of wood

Wood kitchen cabinets with light brown stain allow the wood grain to take center stage. It shows off a depth of character and texture like no other material. At Swita Cabinetry, we recommend seven American hardwoods, including Oak, Cherry, Maple, Birch, Hickory, Alder and Quartersawn Oak.

Choose the right lighting for a natural glow

Lighting is an essential component of kitchen design. Choose natural lighting fixtures like pendant lights and chandeliers to bring the kitchen a soft, natural glow. Undercabinet lighting creates the perfect evening ambiance and brings direct light onto countertops. Task lighting provides focused illumination for various activities, including cutting and food prep. Bring in natural light with oversized windows and skylights to make the room more open and inviting.

Add reclaimed materials for a unique and sustainable touch

Reclaimed materials, such as barn wood, salvaged bricks or recycled glass, add a unique and eco-friendly touch. Our customers at Swita Cabinetry have chosen centuries-old reclaimed wood to bring a unique look to their cottages and kitchen remodels. Natural textures like wicker or rattan inside cabinet doors can add texture and interest. These materials also help create a cozy atmosphere.

Reclaimed wood kitchen cabinets
Reclaimed hardwood gives our customer’s lake home kitchen a sense of history and instant character.

Plants infuse life

Incorporate plants. Adding real plants to your kitchen can bring about more life and energy. Plants can also help to purify the air, making it fresher and healthier.

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Karla is married to Pete and together they own and operate Swita Cabinetry.

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