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Kitchens - wooden cupboards and worktop or contrast needed??

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runningLou Sun 09-Nov-14 15:57:48

We are re-doing utility room as prelude to full kitchen ... Been looking at kitchens today. Both DH and I like wood-look, either oak or walnut. But, if cupboards are wooden then worktops always seem to be granite-look or similar, and if worktop is wooden then cupboards are white / ivory. Is wooden cupboards and worktop just too much?? And if we want a wooden kitchen, which has more impact, cupboard doors or worktop?
Also if utility is adjacent room does it need to be same units and worktops as kitchen? Am thinking it would be more consistent if it was the same but am torn as I think high-gloss in the utility might look good with washing machine etc. Or, will it just attract dirt and be the bane of my life a few months down the line?? (Am thinking similar with regard to ivory/white kitchen cupboards and plinths ... will they just end up looking dirty??) Maybe wooden cupboards and light granite worktop is actually easier cleaning-wise?

runningLou Sun 09-Nov-14 22:03:11

So basically this versus this

Alkemi Sun 09-Nov-14 23:23:56

Not that this will help but I feel your pain. I am trying to build a kitchen from upcycled bits and pieces, including the old oak doors from my old kitchen. I know wood worktops are impractical but cheap laminate will be naff and the quality stuff costs more than wood. I am thinking darker wood, maybe American walnut, with the medium oak doors. But honestly the people who supply bits for kitchens must practice mass hypnosis. £400 for a run of timber that has to have a big hole cut out for a sink and another for a hob is just barking. So I have stalled.. Not sure what to do. I am seriously considering cutting down a tree in my garden and turning it into planks.

PolterGoose Mon 10-Nov-14 18:36:03

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IssyStark Tue 11-Nov-14 11:29:13

We've got wooden cupboards and worktops and it looks good (I think, well, we've quite a few compliments too). The tiles we have, which are dark greens and black, really stand out from the wood.

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