Trend Report: Oak Kitchen Renaissance

Oak is always a popular choice for kitchens because of its timeless appeal and enduring quality. But while the typical orange finish of decades past tends to look dated in today’s contemporary spaces, oak kitchens have experienced a renaissance in modern kitchen designs that feature a fresher, softer, and more sophisticated look.

Whether you’re looking to reinvigorate or to completely renovate your space using oak’s relaxed, natural aesthetic, here are some kitchen designs to inspire you. With honey toned woods paired with a light, bright, and inviting ambience, you’re guaranteed to love this updated spin on an old staple!

Oak Centrepiece

If you want to incorporate oak into your kitchen but don’t want to commit to full cabinetry, you can opt for a sleek oak island as a contrast to an all white space instead. This eyecatching piece by Damici Design highlights oak’s beautiful finish and feels right at home with the minimalist interiors. Pair with traditional brass fixtures from Armac Martin’s Queslett and Withenshaw collections to add warmth and give your well appointed space a dreamy and relaxing feel.

Contrast of Colours

Oak opens up opportunities to incorporate colour into your kitchen. Cool, refreshing hues like blues and greens can temper rich wood tones, like the choice of cerulean in this kitchen by Lark Interiors.

Using the colour on a few accent pieces and accessorising with paintings and tableware in the same palette keeps the overall aesthetic modern and current. Complement with burnished brass hardware from Armac Martin’s Cotswold and Bakes collections to elevate the space.

Two Tone Approach

If you’re feeling bold about using oak in the kitchen, you can opt for a two tone approach, blending rich wood with light cabinetry. In this liveable luxe space by Cherished Bliss, the use of modern oak channels a subtle, European feel and blends well with the pale cabinets and textured backsplash.

The use of statement elements like the bar style island and industrial style hardware from Armac Martin’s Leebank collection in a chocolate bronze plate finish balances out the hues for a polished look. Reeded glass panels dressing the cabinetry also give the room a visual lift.

Earthy Charm

Old world meets contemporary in this country oak kitchen by AKB Design. The striking oak island is the centrepiece that elevates the earthy interiors, paired with complementing accents from the trio of brass pendant lights to a rustic oak beam framing the oven area. Hardware in a burnished brass finish like Armac Martin’s Cotswold and Bakes collections pair beautifully with the warm wood.

Hidden Gem

Transforming an existing cabinet? Make a splash by opting for shelved oak larders inside, as seen in this sophisticated kitchen by Crouch Design. Contrast a dark exterior by choosing a light material inside the cabinets, and complement the restrained palette with brass hardware from Armac Martin’s MIX collection to keep your space bright and inviting.

Distinct statement

A unique island brings character and makes quite the statement in Michael Farrell’s sleek and modern open plan kitchen. While floor to ceiling navy cabinetry dominates the room, the space is able to breathe with the clever addition of crisp white marble and warm oak wood on the kitchen island. Hardware from Armac Martin’s Sparkbrook collection blends seamlessly with the cabinetry, ensuring the island is the focal point of this gorgeous space. 

Oak is durable and gets better with age, providing you with a lot of chances to reinvigorate the material. All you need is some inspiration to create a theme that fits your home so that you can enjoy your space for years to come.

For more design trends and updates, check out Stylish Spring Updates for Your Pantry, Transforming Interiors with Textured Hardware and The Neutral Kitchen Aesthetic

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