Natural wood has always been popular because it is practical, widespread, and gives special cosiness and warmth. But today, not everyone can decorate the interior with wood for various reasons. Still, this is a relatively expensive and inconsistent material. To not lose that atmosphere of comfort, you can go the other way – decorate the kitchen “under a tree” using modern imitating materials. Often, artificial turf is much stronger than natural and also easier to maintain.
Advantages and disadvantages of the array
The first thing they like to talk about when talking about the benefits of wood is its naturalness. But, I must admit that now it is not easy to find genuinely natural furniture assembled from planed boards and fastened with nails. Now they use both glue and processing for natural wood so that a fungus does not start in it – otherwise, such furniture will not last long.
One of the main disadvantages, besides cost, is weight. It complicates the delivery and installation of furniture. In addition, you need to think about strengthening the wall, for example, if it is made of plasterboard.
The next difficulty is the variety of facades sizes. It will be costly to make something to order, so you have to get by with standard sizes, which is not always pleasing to designers. Artificial materials do not have this problem.
But the array also has advantages. For example, natural wood furniture is being renovated and restored. Artificial raw materials cannot boast of such.
Materials for finishing wood
Modern materials can imitate the texture of even the most expensive types of wood. They can be used both in the decoration of the surfaces of the premises and in pieces of furniture and kitchen facades.
Such a wood-like interior will be distinguished by its aesthetic and beautiful appearance, as well as resistance to moisture and temperature: the most commonly used fiberboard and MDF.
Wood chips are glued and pressed under high temperature and pressure. This material has many advantages:
- Environmental friendliness – low resin content, formaldehyde is not emitted;
- Convenience in processing and installation – does not crumble;
- Allows you to create reliable fasteners.
Better than another fiberboard imitates:
The specific choice depends on the preferences of the owners themselves and the future design of the kitchen. Such a fibreboard is worth much lower than the solid mass, so you can easily choose an original and stylish set that will not hit your pocket: the cost of fiberboard is cheaper than MDF but more expensive than chipboard.
The main feature of MDF panels is that they can convey a complex texture, becoming as similar as possible to a real array.
A special coating is applied to the panel’s surface – most often, it is a PVC film. This makes the facades resistant to steam, moisture, grease and dirt.
The plates themselves can be used for:
- creation of facades, frames;
- wall decoration, in particular the apron.
One of the main advantages of MDF is resistance to the development of harmful microorganisms, so fungus or mould will not appear in the kitchen, even with high humidity. Popular textures include:
- or just an aged wood.
Since the creation of MDF panels does not use toxic substances (and even glue), the material can be called very environmentally friendly.
In addition, MDF boards are resistant to moisture and temperature extremes, which guarantees a long service life of furniture or finishes.
One of the most budgetary options for MDF facades is their lamination with PVC film with a wood grain pattern. This method of decoration has several disadvantages, the first of which is fragility.
If the film itself or its application was of poor quality, it might begin to peel off with temperature drops or increased humidity. This effect is especially noticeable on countertops that are located next to the stove, sink or oven. Since the creation of MDF panels does not use toxic substances (and even glue), the material can be called very environmentally friendly.
In addition, MDF boards are resistant to moisture and temperature extremes, which guarantees a long service life of furniture or finishes.
Chipboard (particle board)
Particleboard is considered the most budgetary option for use in the kitchen. In the manufacture, all the same, wood chips are used, but only of a finer grinding. Because of this, you have to use glue, which does not make the material environmentally friendly.
The top is covered with PVC foil, plastic or veneer. The lowest cost distinguishes the first option, but this is not the case when it is worth overpaying: chipboard panels will require quick replacement in the kitchen since they are not resistant to steam, moisture and temperature extremes.
- Budgetary cost;
- Ease of manufacture and installation;
- Variety of coatings.
But even these advantages will not cover the main disadvantage of chipboard slabs – a loose structure with gaps, because of which the material will not live in the kitchen for a long time, and all fasteners will quickly loosen.
In modern kitchens, plastic is not a rare guest. Most often, he performs in a duet with MDF panels, resulting in durable and stylish furniture. The shade can be matched to any colour or pattern – even a tree.
Plastic has apparent advantages:
- Resistance to moisture and steam;
- Resistance to mechanical damage;
- Ease of care;
- Does not absorb water and grease;
- Long service life and preservation of aesthetic appearance.
In this situation, don’t overlook the plastic panels, which may be used to easily, quickly, and affordably adorn the walls. But you need to understand that this is not an option for the working area since the plastic can quickly deteriorate due to steam and high temperature.
Ceramic tiles are a common kitchen material. Too often, he met and is still found on the aprons of the work area. Another everyday use is on the floor. More creative: instead of a countertop or window sill.
The main advantages of tiles:
- moisture resistance;
- ease of cleaning;
- long service life;
- wear resistance.
What is essential to consider when choosing tiles for your kitchen?
- Grease drops will be less noticeable on glossy apron surfaces than on matte ones.
- The grout should not be white, as it will quickly lose its marketable appearance.
- The grout should be epoxy – the most modern and reliable (but also expensive) type.
- Floor tiles, even when wet, should not be slippery.
- Heated floors are required under the tiles.
The modern choice of building materials is simply enormous, so you can easily find wood-like tiles. It can be used for both the apron and the floor.
The material can completely repeat the pattern and relief of natural wood. After installation, the illusion of a beautiful wooden floor or parquet is created.
Types of kitchen sets
Modern materials allow you to create any shape of a kitchen set. The most popular are the following layouts:
- Straight. Linear headset arrangement – all kitchen modules are installed in a row along one wall.
- Two-row – modules are installed along opposite walls of the kitchen. It is essential to keep track of the distance between them – at least 80–90 cm.
- Corner involves placing kitchen modules along two adjacent walls. The dining area is located in the opposite corner.
- The U-shaped layout is suitable for a large room, or no need to place a dining area.
- The island layout is distinguished by an additional module, which is located separately from all the others. There can be both a working and a dining area.
Style and design
Designers advise using elements made of natural wood, even if the headset or finish is made of wood. As such accents, you can use unassuming wooden decor – figurines, picture cornices, a knife holder, and so on.
Let’s take a look at the basic styles that will look good “woodgrain”.
The classics can be called universal since they will take root in any room. This is an elegant and austere style that seems to emphasize the high social status of its owners.
There is no exotic decor or bright, flashy colours here. Particularly popular are classic wood-like kitchens in country houses.
At the same time, luxury must be emphasized, for this, it can be used:
- Leather or tapestry upholstery;
- Chic paintings in rich wooden frames;
- Natural carpets ;
- Porcelain figurines;
- Carving or gilding, etc.
The colour palette is neutral and assumes natural tones – white, beige, brown. The floor is made of fine wood parquet or ceramic or porcelain stoneware tiles.
Gothic is a style with some pretence. In such a room you need:
- High ceilings;
- Striving upward of pointed structures, as if in a medieval European temple.
The colour palette is exceptionally dark – this is one of the essential features of the Gothic. Used tones:
- Red ;
Doors and windows are best decorated with metal or wood. A popular accessory is a forged chest, and it can become a natural centre of the entire interior.
This design direction conveys the whole spirit of old England, emphasizing the luxury of the interior and the materials used so that wood-like decoration will be handy here.
This style requires space, so it simply will not take root in a small kitchen in a Khrushchev.
The colours are chosen beautiful and profound:
- Dark chocolate;
- Thick lilac.
Windows and doors should be large and massive and made to look like wood. Wallpaper imitating expensive fabric will look great on the walls. The ceiling is also finished with wood.
Accessories that perfectly complement the spirit of old England:
- Expensive curtains ;
- Ashtrays made of natural stone;
- Lamps in oriental style;
Rustic style, the main task of which is to create a cosy atmosphere in the kitchen. Depending on the country of “origin”, it may have its characteristics:
- classic country is all made of wood;
- chalets from England adopted some of the features of the Victorian style;
- Provence from France prefers the lightest possible colours.
Wood is the primary material in such a room, but it can also be replaced. For example, choose not wooden furniture but wicker, or use wood-like finishes.
The colour palette is always calm and gentle:
- Beige ;
- Coffee with milk.
A distinctive feature is the very active use of fabric: on the windows, on the table, on the floor, instead of doors, a headset, and so on.
The floors are wood or stone.
This design direction looks best in spacious private homes. If your kitchen is small, you’ll have to borrow some ideas. The main idea is simplicity. For example, furniture shapes should be simple and a little rough.
The facades are decorated with carving and iron fittings. The headset itself is painted with brown, black or white paint. The finish is done in the same dark colours with a slight dilution with white.
On the walls, wood panelling is combined with dark stucco and murals. The floors are covered with stone or ceramics.
Of the accessories, it can be noted:
- Large ceramic floor vases;
- Knightly armour on the walls;
- Medieval weapons or imitation for it.
In short, total immersion in the era.
The now popular design direction, famous for its versatility, looks great in large and small kitchens. Main idea:
- Bright hues,
- Only the necessary furniture and equipment,
- Convenience and comfort,
- A small amount of decor.
Of the colours, white and amber predominate. White can be combined with black or blue. Accent blotches of bright colours are also necessary, for example, in pillows, pictures or just in the upholstery of chairs.
The walls are hung with wallpaper or decorative plaster. The floor is made of planks or white or very light wood. The same elements can be used in the decoration of the ceiling.
Choosing furniture made of wood or a very high-quality imitation is essential since the number of elements is minimized. Multifunctional furniture or transformers are welcome.
You can’t think of anything better from decor than natural green plants.
One of the “fads” of the Scandinavians is lighting since they receive very little sunlight. Due to this:
- windows should be as large as possible;
- curtains and tulle are not used, maximum – Roman copies or blinds that can be completely rolled up;
- additional sources of lighting are used – sconces, floor lamps, LEDs.
This direction is very similar to popular minimalism and hi-tech but still has features inherent only in modernism.
The colour palette is made in the following colours:
- Blue ;
- Beige ;
Metal gizmos and chrome and nickel inserts are used as decor. Glass and plastic are also popular. You can find exciting halogen or neon lighting on the ceiling, but it is essential not to overdo it.
The walls are made out of wood, but you can also find metal elements on them. There are no separate recommendations for floors – let’s say even carpet.
Furniture should be modern, neutral and free of inlays ideally – if it is of an unusual or asymmetrical shape or in the form of regular geometric shapes.
The extravagant style that is in trend now. It is suitable for creative people who love fashionable and non-trivial ideas. The interior is simply impossible without using wood or imitation, preferably with a rough and untreated wood texture.
The style of the room should dictate the basis of the colour scheme. At the moment, the choice of materials imitating wood is so great that finding a suitable colour is not a problem. Natural shades are the most popular.
1. White set is just a kitchen design trend at the moment. To stand out from the crowd, take a closer look at the bleached oak texture. You can even choose a matching countertop – an excellent solution for small kitchens. Combining such a headset with a light finish will expand the boundaries of space and fill it with light and air.
2. Another stylish move is semi-antique light headsets. They go well with unusual design trends like vintage or shabby chic. An artificially aged set in delicate colours will become a real highlight of the kitchen.
3. If the kitchen is modern, it is better to stop at the imitation of dark wood. Such modules look very impressive against the background of graphite, grey, brown or beige walls – but this combination is not suitable for a small kitchen.
4. In a high-tech kitchen, furniture blocks made of ebony or imitation under it will look great. These tones go well with glass and chrome surfaces, which hi-tech adheres to. Dark wood also looks harmonious in a classic kitchen – only, in this case, it is better to complement the set with Glass and carved panels.
5. Rustic prefers rudeness and simplicity. The same principles can be attributed to wood and its imitation – it is essential to preserve the most natural tones and textures. To make the space warmer and cosier, you can add golden and sandy beige tones as trim or decor.
Not only a kitchen set can be made under a tree, but also a finish. We will try to consider options that are different in appearance and functionality.
Wallpaper is a top-rated solution for kitchen walls: if anything, you can quickly change them. What is essential to know about wallpaper in your future kitchen?
- They should be non-woven or vinyl – this will ensure their light and moisture resistance and easy maintenance since such surfaces can be washed.
- In a tiny kitchen, light colours should be used as often as possible.
- For a country kitchen, the ideal solution would be a coating with an imitation of stone, wood or brick, and the invention of animals, birds or just a floral ornament.
- It is better to choose canvases in neutral tones for a classic kitchen – white, brown, beige. “Beautiful” copies with embossing, drawings, monograms and so on will suit smartly.
If ceramic tiles are also made under a tree, then it will not be difficult to find similar wallpapers for sure. But still, you should not design the entire kitchen like this – it is better to limit yourself to an accent wall or two. In addition, if you hang such wallpaper in a circle, then the drawing at the point of the beginning and end of glueing (if it happens in a process) can simply not converge.
For a kitchen made under a tree, you can offer several options for decorating the ceiling:
- Stretch canvas – you can choose a classic white colour or experiment with brown or beige.
- Use wood or wood-like panels on the top. These can be boards, lining, beams, or just plastic commissions. You can choose light timber so that the ceiling does not seem heavy and massive.
- Wallpaper or paint. The roof is most often levelled with drywall and then trimmed with paint or wallpaper in this option. In this case, it is undesirable to use wood-like wallpaper since the drawing is prepared for use on the walls.
In addition to tiles and porcelain stoneware, there are several more options for how you can decorate the floor in the kitchen with a wood-look:
- cork is natural, warm and practical. It is pleasantly springy when walking;
- linoleum – you can pick up a pattern for a stone or wood, moisture resistant, unpretentious;
- laminate – the primary option for creating a wood-like floor, looks gorgeous, often confused with natural parquet.
At the moment, wood-like countertops are trendy because they are versatile and used in Scandinavian interiors. Of course, you can use a natural wood countertop, but it is pretty inconsistent and requires careful and constant maintenance. It is much easier, in this case, to get by with a good imitation.
Most often, these are chipboard or MDF panels covered with a thin plastic film. But acrylic or even veneer can also be found.
Caring for wood-like surfaces
Cleanliness in the kitchen is a matter of principle since the comfort and health of households and the service life and appearance of the kitchen depend on it.
Natural wood and chipboards must be protected from moisture. Otherwise, the surface may deform, and fungus may also start. In addition, with natural wood, it is necessary to carry out additional processing 1-2 times a year and in the first year – 1-2 times a month, which is somewhat tricky.
Artificial wood-like materials do not know such problems. Since the surface of such materials is most often treated with film or plastic, most of the contaminants are removed with an ordinary dish or window cleaner. Still, aggressive or abrasive products are best avoided.
For washing, use a regular sponge or soft cloth. Iron brushes and similar aggressive tools are prohibited.
For inspiration, consider a few successful wood-like kitchen interiors.
In the 2019 photo, one of the most popular kitchen interiors is a matte white top – a wood-like bottom and a wooden countertop. Pay attention to inexpensive black handles – they are contrasts and give a little drive to the kitchen. It would be too dull without them. It’s safe to infer this is a kitchen-living room combination.
No less modern version of the headset: white top – bottom under a tree. Please note that the tiles on the floor have been chosen imitating wood.
The shade was chosen very competently: if it were a couple of shades darker, then the kitchen itself would be very dark. The apron is made of skinny to match – a perfect and practical solution.
A beautiful combination: a beige wood- look kitchen and a black stone countertop. The large island also plays the role of a kitchen table, which is very practical. Very laconic and stylish interior.
In this example, you can enjoy an unusual combination of colours and textures: a wood-like kitchen and an apron made of grey mosaic tiles. The decision is not the most practical from a practical standpoint, as cleaning the mosaic seams is tough.
A controversial and bold duo suitable only for a large kitchen – the top is black, and the bottom is wood-like. Still, black attracts too much attention (especially the chandelier) and reduces the space even in this photo. It looks gloomy – it is better to replace black with graphite tones.
The red tree in this high-tech kitchen resembles a bright summer sunset – it looks just amazing. That’s what it means – the right colour combination!
The woodgrain interior creates the same warm and homely atmosphere as natural wood. In addition to this, only artificial materials have several other advantages such as lower cost, easier maintenance, and more variety.