It's All About Texture: These 10 Materials Will Set Your Kitchen Apart

by Nancy Mitchell , Jan 26, 2017
Apartment Therapy

What direction will the design of the kitchen take in 2017? That's a question we've been asking ourselves for the past few weeks, and today we're taking a look specifically at materials — all the separate parts, from cabinets to countertops to floors, that come together to make up your space.

A general trend we've been seeing in kitchen design is a movement away from pure, stark modernism and towards a more layered look that mixes traditional and modern elements. Included on this list are lots of materials with a textured, variegated appearance — lovely, tactile elements that will give any kitchen a bit of warmth and history.

Cabinets

Wood

Not those heavily varnished dark cherry cabinets you remember from the early 2000s, but cabinets that celebrate the grain and texture of wood. If you're not sure about doing your whole kitchen in this style, mix it with white uppers, or use wood cabinets only for an island.

Shaker style

Shaker-style cabinets (especially painted in greys or dark colors, like navy or hunter green) add instant sophistication to a kitchen. They're a great fit for more traditional or country-style kitchens, but also a nice way to add detail to a modern space as well.


Naked Kitchens ☆ (Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

Naked Kitchens ☆ (Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

  • Countertops
    • Soapstone
    • Butcherblock
    • Marble
  • Floors
    • Terracotta
    • Cement Tile
    • Worn Wood
  • Backsplashes
    • Zellige Tiles
    • Cement Tile
    • Brass