2018 Trends in Kitchen Design Part 9: Finishes and Woodwork

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Adding paint, stains, and other finishing touches might come last, but they have a big impact on your overall kitchen design.

Woodwork such as cabinets and trim are equally important to consider. And then you have to think about the finishes on your countertops, flooring, and other areas as well.

Simply put, your kitchen’s finishes and woodwork play a huge role in the end product. Choose wisely and you’ll love the result of your kitchen remodel.

Here’s everything you need to know about finishes and woodwork for kitchen design.


Though not exactly a “finish” in the technical sense, the countertops you choose for your kitchen play a major role in its color and texture scheme.

So, select countertops that work well with the rest of your kitchen color palette. Start by selecting the material and then moving from there to additional color and finish options.

Some of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops include quartz, granite, recycled glass, tile, soapstone, concrete, butcher block, and stainless steel.

Cabinets and Trim

Another major in-your-face element of any kitchen are the cabinets.

The cabinets are at eye level so they’re one of the first things you see when you walk into a kitchen. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that they match the style of the rest of your kitchen.

Most kitchen cabinets are constructed from wood. In addition to the type of wood, the stain or paint used plays a huge role in the end look.

Another woodworking factor to consider is trim. The trim is the decorative strip of material that often goes around the windows, doors, and along the floor.

Like the cabinets, the type of wood as well as the color and stain used on the trim can make a big impact on the overall finish of the kitchen.

Appliances Finishes

Next up on your list of kitchen design considerations is the finish of your appliances.

This is the material they are made out of. In addition to contributing to performance and functionality, it also dictates style.

Though the most common appliance finish is currently stainless steel, other options include black, white, paneled, or even a bright color. Some homeowners prefer all their appliances to be the same finish or color while others prefer a mixture of several. It’s all about the look you’re striving towards.

Hardware and Fixtures

A lot of people overlook the finishes of the hardware and fixtures in their kitchen. Yet these small components play a big role in the overall look.

Common finishes for fixtures include stainless steel, copper, brushed brass, or chrome. An example of a kitchen fixture is a sink faucet or even overhead hanging lights.

Selecting the right finish for hardware is equally important. Hardware includes the handles on your cabinetry, drawers, and so on.

Window Treatments

Another often overlooked element of kitchen design are window treatments. Most kitchens contain at least one window – so why not spruce it up?

Adding fabric into the mix adds a burst of texture as well as color. It will help you truly finish of the look of your kitchen.

Paints and Stains

Once all of your kitchen components are in their place, it’s time to start thinking about painting and staining.

Woodworking projects like cabinetry look great in their natural form. But they also look great with a wood stain that darkens their hue or changes their color.

An increasing number of homeowners are even going with paint instead of a stain. Paint your cabinetry and other woodwork any color you like for a very unique look.

Additional Factors to Consider

Don’t just head into your kitchen remodel willy-nilly. There are numerous factors you must consider to ensure your finishes and woodwork turn out right.

Overall Style of Kitchen

If you’re remodeling your entire kitchen, think about what style you want the finished product to have. Use this image to help select the right finishes and woodwork.

If you are just remodeling a few different areas, ensure that these newly remodeled areas work well with the rest of the overall style of the kitchen.

Use of Kitchen

How is your kitchen used? Do you cook family meals in it often? Or is it mainly just an area to heat up food? Do you entertain in the kitchen? Do children use it too?

All of these questions will help you decide the right finishes, woodwork, and other design elements to utilize in your kitchen remodeling project.

Furniture and Décor

Just as important as finishes and woodwork to your kitchen’s finished look are the furniture and décor you use.

Ensure that your furniture and décor match the style of the kitchen, whether that’s modern, traditional, rustic, or something else altogether.

Expert Tips

There’s no denying that selecting the right finishes for your kitchen remodel is difficult. That’s why it’s important to follow the same train of thought that experts do.

Start with Countertops

Not only are countertops expensive, but they’re also a focal point of your kitchen. Start here and then base the rest of your kitchen’s design and color palette around them.

Cabinetry Comes Next

As mentioned above, cabinets are very in-your-face. Choose the materials for your cabinets and then base the rest of your kitchen’s look and design off of these.

Tie It Together with Additional Finishes

While small finishing touches are vital, they should come last. Use them to tie together your countertops, cabinetry, and other elements rather than allowing them to dictate the major pieces themselves.

Final Thoughts

For the most eye-pleasing and functional kitchen remodel, hire a professional kitchen remodeler to get the job done right.

At Honey-Doers, our professional team leaves behind a top-quality finished project, whether that’s countertops, cabinets, finish work, or the whole shebang.

Contact us for more information on your kitchen remodeling project today by calling (952) 985-5383 or using our online contact form.

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