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How to Rock a Not-White Kitchen

Jo Koenig

An Organic Approach to Kitchen Cabinets

Yes, white kitchens continue to be very popular, but not everyone is crazy about white. Fortunately, there are some really awesome on-trend alternatives that will also stand the test of time.

Painted cabinets are an obvious option, but when it comes to making a personal statement, it is hard to beat wood cabinets—whether they are stained or left natural.

A Case For American Black Walnut

Black Walnut Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most beautiful and dramatic wood cabinet choices is American Black Walnut. Its deep, rich tones evoke an organic warmth that is unequaled. Because of the strength and stability of Walnut, it is an excellent choice for cabinets.

In this kitchen, the warm wood relates to the bucolic rural setting. Natural light streams through the windows and reflects off the stone surfaces, light floors, glass doors, and stainless steel.

Designer Tip: For a striking contrast, opt for darker floors if your cabinets are light. If your cabinets are dark, choose a lighter floor color.

Notice how the light and dark bars of color in Black Walnut gives a sense of visual texture. Combined with a design that emphasizes multi-height dimensions, as well as the use of floating shelves, this kitchen functions as a piece of art.


These photos were taken by David Papazian Photography.

But wait, there’s more!

Check out these kitchens that also feature wood cabinets in a variety of tones and designs.

And just to add something different to the non-white kitchen options, take a look at these painted cabinets:

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