While many homeowners will go for a wood kitchen made out of medium-density fiberboard finished with wood veneer, solid wood cabinets tend to have better quality and durability than mdf cabinets.
Kitchens made out of engineered woods are more affordable, however, if you are planning a kitchen that will last for years, real wood cabinets are a great option. Unlike other materials, they can easily be refinished or repainted. You can repair scratches by sanding and refinishing the solid wood if needed, making it easy to maintain over the years.
Moreover, wood is a naturally renewable resource that adds less stress to the environment than other materials often used by cabinet makers.
Each wood species and wood treatment has own unique characteristics, making the kitchen design stand out in terms of wood grain and color. In the list below, you can find the most inspiring kitchens with solid wood cabinets of different wood species, each offering a different look and expression to the kitchen design.
Solid wood cabinets paired with a backsplash and island in the same material
The solid wood cabinets in this beautiful kitchen space are made of natural oak that is treated to appear warm, with an apparent natural wood grain that provides a wonderful texture to both the kitchen cabinets and the impressive backsplash behind the sink.
The kitchen island is made out of the same wood as the backsplash and cabinet materials, and accents in black add a wonderful contrast to the space. The
Oak wood kitchen cabinets with a white pigmented stain
Solid wood cabinets can be treated in many different ways, and in this beautiful kitchen, the wood cabinets are stained with white pigment. The
The white pigment softens the natural wood grain and the white oak bar stools blend in with the kitchen island for a calm and modest appearance. The wall cabinets don’t go all the way up to the ceiling, giving the kitchen a wider impression.
Mixed cabinet materials for an impressive look
The cabinet doors in this gorgeous kitchen design have a solid wood frame combined with veneer in the middle. The solid wood construction makes the kitchen cabinets durable, while the veneer inlay makes them more affordable to produce.
Because of this interesting combination of techniques, the wood cabinets have different wood grain directions, which adds an interesting design element to the base cabinets of this kitchen. The upper area is finished off with beautiful vertical pattern tiles and the herringbone flooring adds yet another wonderful texture to the mix.
Solid wood cabinets combined with laminate cupboards on the side
The combination of custom cabinets in this kitchen design gives the space an interesting look and makes it very functional. While the center of the kitchen contains wood cabinets paired up with white marble countertops and no upper cabinets, the side of the kitchen is fitted with floor-to-ceiling mdf cabinets in a laminate that has the same color as the wall, which makes them blend into the space.
The solid wood section of the kitchen doesn’t have any upper cabinets for a light appearance that has been enhanced by a single floating shelf right next to the window.
Solid wood cabinets in a solid wood interior space
The wood materials of the floor and ceiling in this beautiful house give the interior a soft expression, which is accentuated even more by the selection of a kitchen with solid wood cabinets treated with a white pigment. The solid wood kitchen, the dining, and the living room are all located in the same space covered with pine flooring.
The white-pigmented solid wood cabinets have a different grain than the one on the pinewood floor, allowing an interesting play between the two materials. The gold faucet and the black kitchen hardware finish the look off perfectly and add a more modern touch to the solid wood cabinets.
Dark-stained solid wood cabinets paired with a stainless steel backsplash
The solid gray stained walnut wood cabinets in this kitchen have an impressive effect on the space. the stainless steel countertop and backsplash on the wall section of the kitchen reflect the space in a soft and blurry way. The combination of the solid wood grain and the matt brushed steel works wonderfully in this moody kitchen design.
The dark stain on the solid wood cabinets brings out the grain in the walnut even more, adding an elegant look to the cabinets and the side of the kitchen island.
Warm solid wood cabinets in a 70s interior
The solid wood cabinets are stained in a warm tone, matching the warm tone wood of the doors and windows in this 70s home. The limestone countertop softens out the contrast with the wall and allows for a smooth transition between the warm wood tone and the white walls.
The natural wood grain is very apparent in the area underneath the
Custom cabinets with a solid wood frame
Similar to the 3rd kitchen example on this list, these custom cabinets combine a large solid wood frame with veneered mdf cabinets in the middle section. The warm stain on the solid wood gives the kitchen a rich impression with red tones similar to cherry wood, which pairs beautifully with the black countertops, white walls, and warm hardwood floorboards.
While the lower area of the kitchen layout is defined by the warm solid wood cabinets, the dark grey and black tones in the upper area with the floating shelves add a moody and industrial touch to the mix.
White-pigmented solid wood cabinets combined with white-pigmented walls
The kitchen remodeling in this interior was done while keeping the interior of the house in mind. The white-pigmented walls and ceilings paired up with the grey concrete floor in this space have clearly influenced the selection of materials in the kitchen as well.
The kitchen pairs up white-pigmented solid wood cabinets with a
Both the bar stools by the kitchen island and the dining table and chairs on the other side of the kitchen have been picked out in the same material as the solid wood kitchen cabinets and walls, for a coherent design in the modern space.
Solid wood cabinets paired up with white laminate cabinets
The minimal kitchen design pairs white pigmented oak cabinets with a white countertop and other cabinet materials on the lower part of the kitchen and cupboards. The white laminate cabinetry lightens up the design of the kitchen and accentuates the beautiful wood grain in the light solid wood cabinets on the kitchen island and upper kitchen area.
Both the laminate and wood cabinets are pushed to open, allowing a minimal look that matches the modern design of the interior and furniture pieces.
The wood kitchen cabinets on the back of the kitchen island are perfect for storing dinnerware right next to the dining table.
Plywood kitchen cabinets with an integrated handle
While most of the wood types in this list were more high-end, you can also go for a more affordable option. Plywood is a perfect choice as a cabinet material for those who want to keep things budget-friendly, yet also want to take advantage of the long-lasting qualities of solid wood cabinet doors.
The cabinets are manufactured with a hole on the side that also functions as a handle, giving the kitchen design a minimal appearance that adds focus towards the natural wood grain of the plywood.
The grain in the plywood cabinets adds a playful touch to the kitchen interior in combination with the aged texture and grain in the durable hardwood floor. The dark beige limestone countertop adds an elegant finishing touch to this beautiful space.