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Wood Kitchen Essentials

It’s true that almost all kitchens serve a similar purpose, but that doesn’t mean that they all have to look alike. In fact, the layout, lighting and appearance of your kitchen is probably completely different from those of your friends and family members. Giving things your personal touch is always a good plan. At west elm, we want you to feel comfortable in every room of the house, from the bedroom to the kitchen. That’s important because it inspires you and makes cooking an occasion you can look forward. Looking to create a culinary space that feels relaxed and sleek at the same time? One way to do it is by adding natural wood elements throughout the kitchen.


Wood gives any space a touch of brightness and positive energy. Simply put, it makes you feel happy. It’s easy to create an emotional connection with the natural feel of wood grain. That means that wood furniture and other cooking accessories are great in country-style or rustic kitchens. Life, love and laughter abound thanks to rich tones and a laid-back atmosphere. If you’re the type of chef that likes to get your kids in on the action, helping out with making pizza dough or distributing the toppings, then filling the space with as much wood as possible fits your personality well. It has a definite family vibe.


Of course, wood is pretty versatile too. Besides being relaxing, it’s also beautiful and smooth. That fits well with the culinary arts. Kitchen tools and cutting boards made out of wood have gorgeous nuances of color and are also very practical and lightweight. They go where you need to go, showing off a smooth surface with tons of charisma. They feel clean and fresh for any task, from throwing together a garden salad to food prep for homemade soups and stews.


When it comes to entertaining, wood accessories offer an incredible twist that delights guests. Instead of plating on traditional china dinnerware, mix things up from time to time with wood serving boards. How do they work? Well, almost any meal – as long as it doesn’t have liquid – looks amazing placed in the center of a wood board. Salads, side dishes, main courses and desserts have major appeal. Wood accentuates the home-cooked aspect of food, making it ideal for anything grilled. One possibility is barbecued ribs and roast potatoes with a fresh salad and citrus vinaigrette. All elements fit neatly – or not so neatly if you want a rustic appearance – onto a large serving board.

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