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20 Gorgeous Ways to Add Reclaimed Wood to Your Kitchen

If you still have not heard about the reclaimed wood trend in home design, then it is time to come out of the rock you have been living under for the past few seasons! Reclaimed wood has become one of the hottest materials to try out in modern homes, and it is one trend that is only going to climb up the charts in the coming years with homeowners becoming more and more eco-conscious. With that in mind, we take a look today at how you can add the warmth, elegance and unmatched uniqueness of reclaimed wood to your kitchen, even while incorporating it organically into a style and theme that you already have going.

Reclaimed wood accent wall and hood for the small stylish kitchen 20 Gorgeous Ways to Add Reclaimed Wood to Your Kitchen
Reclaimed wood accent wall and hood for the small, stylish kitchen [Design: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design]

Adding reclaimed wood to the kitchen is all about finding out what works best in your own home. For some, reclaimed timber could spice up their kitchen counters, while others might just want to reimagine their kitchen island by tapping into its natural beauty. Whether you are a fan of the simple accent wall crafted from old wooden planks or prefer something more extravagant and exceptional in the form of a custom hood or floating shelves, reclaimed wood works pretty much everywhere.

A Unique Kitchen Island

The kitchen island is increasingly becoming the focal point of the modern kitchen, and even small kitchens are being filled with tiny islands that multitask with ease. It is only apt then that it is the kitchen island that gets the first shot at embracing the charm of reclaimed wood! Covering the kitchen island with reclaimed wooden planks is a task that is both cost-effective and convenient. Instead of revamping the entire island or even creating a new one, just a new woodsy sheen for the existing island can completely transform the ambiance of the kitchen and give it an entirely new look.

Beautiful transitional kitchen in white, gray and reclaimed wood [Design: Wellborn + Wright]
Beautiful transitional kitchen in white, gray and reclaimed wood [Design: Wellborn + Wright]

One of the advantages of reclaimed wood is the richness that it brings to even a brand new kitchen island. Thanks to all those cuts, nicks and dents collected over several decades, reclaimed and treated wooden planks give even a sparkly new kitchen an inviting, aged look, and with the right sealant, your exquisite new island will last for years to come!

Bespoke kitchen island crafted from reclaimed wood [Design: JWT Associates]
Bespoke kitchen island crafted from reclaimed wood [Design: JWT Associates]
Large reclaimed wood counter top for the kitchen island with breakfast zone [From: Carl Mayfield Architectural Photography]
Large reclaimed wood counter top for the kitchen island with breakfast zone [From: Carl Mayfield Architectural Photography]
Reclaimed timber boards give the old kitchen island a new lease of life [From: Sarah Richardson Design / Stacey Brandford Photography]
Reclaimed timber boards give the old kitchen island a new lease of life [From: Sarah Richardson Design / Stacey Brandford Photography]
Create your own custom kitchen island with reclaimed wood [Design: KW Designs]
Create your own custom kitchen island with reclaimed wood [Design: KW Designs]

Woodsy Warmth

Any expert in the field will tell you that reclaimed wood gives you an opportunity to work with wood that is simply no longer available in stores. There are times when these wooden boards would have been acquired for barns and old structures built several decades ago, and that is wood that you just cannot buy off the shelf today. It has a much deeper and richer grain, and of course, the natural process of aging gives these planks an even more fabulous finish. If giving the kitchen island a makeover is not on your agenda, then maybe you can give the ceiling or the walls a new look by covering them with reclaimed timber.

Structural beams covered with reclaimed wood in the kitchen [Design: FauxWoodBeams]
Structural beams covered with reclaimed wood in the kitchen [Design: FauxWoodBeams]
Exquisite kitchen hood crafted from reclaimed barn wood [Design; Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs]
Exquisite kitchen hood crafted from reclaimed barn wood [Design; Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs]
Kitchen cabinets and island crafted from reclaimed wood [From: Richard Bubnowski Design / Sam Oberter Photography]
Kitchen cabinets and island crafted from reclaimed wood [From: Richard Bubnowski Design / Sam Oberter Photography]
Gorgeous kitchen island draped in reclaimed wood [Design: Burns and Beyerl Architects]
Gorgeous kitchen island draped in reclaimed wood [Design: Burns and Beyerl Architects]

Coastal and Beach Styles

If you love styles such as coastal or want a beachy look for your kitchen, then reclaimed wood fits into this breezy picture with ease. The old, distressed, and at times whitewashed finish of reclaimed timber planks adds to the beach style of the kitchen and ushers in textural contrast without moving away from the theme of the room or the color palette. From a modern coastal look to one that combines farmhouse and beach styles, most kitchens inspired by a relaxing life on the beach can effortlessly accommodate reclaimed wood.

Beach style kitchen with kitchen island draped in reclaimed timber planks [Design: Yvonne McFadden]
Beach style kitchen with kitchen island draped in reclaimed timber planks [Design: Yvonne McFadden]
Gorgeous planks of reclaimed wood give the kitchen island and breakfast zone a unique character [Design: Ashley Anthony Studio]
Gorgeous planks of reclaimed wood give the kitchen island and breakfast zone a unique character [Design: Ashley Anthony Studio]
Kitchen island covered in reclaimed wood brings contrast to the polished kitchen [Design: de[luxe] design studio]
Kitchen island covered in reclaimed wood brings contrast to the polished kitchen [Design: de[luxe] design studio]
Stylish accent wall in reclaimed wood for the modern kitchen [Design: Frenchs Cabinet Gallery]
Stylish accent wall in reclaimed wood for the modern kitchen [Design: Frenchs Cabinet Gallery]
Reclaimed teak brings class and durability to this beach style kitchen [Design: Simmons and Company]
Reclaimed teak brings class and durability to this beach style kitchen [Design: Simmons and Company]

Beyond the Modern Kitchen

A smart and attractive little feature crafted from reclaimed wood does look great in modern and contemporary kitchens, but those wanting to welcome reclaimed timber in a more extensive fashion should look for styles beyond these. A farmhouse kitchen with a backsplash made from reclaimed wood or even a rustic kitchen where the ceiling, floor and shelves are crafted from old, salvaged wooden boards tend to also double as engaging and comfy family spaces. Be it an edgy industrial kitchen or even one with bohemian overtones, reclaimed wood finds space pretty much everywhere!

Industrial style attic kitchen in white with a woodsy island [Design: ALL & NXTHING]
Industrial style attic kitchen in white with a woodsy island [Design: ALL & NXTHING]
Cozy rustic kitchen filled with reclaimed barn wood [From: JLF & Associates / Ron Johnson Photography]
Cozy rustic kitchen filled with reclaimed barn wood [From: JLF & Associates / Ron Johnson Photography]
Rustic kitchen island draped in reclaimed wood [Design: Inspired Dwellings]
Rustic kitchen island draped in reclaimed wood [Design: Inspired Dwellings]
Walls of the farmhouse kitchen give old barn wood a new lease of life [From: Kitchen Associates / Jeff Baumgart Photography]
Walls of the farmhouse kitchen give old barn wood a new lease of life [From: Kitchen Associates / Jeff Baumgart Photography]
Ingenious kitchen backsplash crafted from reclaimed wood [Design: Jordan Iverson Signature Homes]
Ingenious kitchen backsplash crafted from reclaimed wood [Design: Jordan Iverson Signature Homes]

Elevating the green credentials of your kitchen and doing so without the dazzle of modern technology, reclaimed wood is for those who love the planet – in every sense of the way!

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