Wood accented appliances and equally stunning surrounds are delighting homeowners and designers. From ultra-sleek kitchens to beautifully rustic ones, upscale appliances with wood elements are becoming a critical part of the design aesthetic. The look reinforces a feeling of warmth in the kitchen and is part of a growing trend toward using natural elements throughout a home’s décor. If you are contemplating a luxury kitchen remodel or custom renovation, read on as we reveal some of our favorite ideas for incorporating wood accented appliances into your home.
Wood Accented Sub-Zero Refrigerators
Sub-zero refrigerators are among the most requested appliances for large-scale kitchen renovations and remodels. While stainless steel, black matte steel, and even colorful vintage-inspired models have dominated, a nature-inspired option is growing in popularity. For brands like Fisher & Paykel Appliances, bringing wood accents into the kitchen is a breeze. For a premium, they can customize the front panels and the handles of your refrigerator to meet your design goals while still providing ample storage space, ActiveSmart Foodcare, and energy efficiency.
Suppose a retro-inspired option is more to your liking. In that case, Smeg will allow you to fully personalize your refrigerator’s shell, with everything from wood paneling painted to match your kitchen’s palette to porcelain exteriors painted with recreations of famous paintings or fashion designers. This work can be expensive – one-of-a-kind projects will cost upwards of $40,000.
The most luxurious refrigerator available today is the Meneghini La Cambusa. Starting with a base price of $41,500, this model features an all-wooden exterior. It can be painted in more than 500 different colors to match or contrast with your kitchen cabinetry and is crafted to look like a piece of antique furniture. This stunning refrigerator also includes a state-of-the-art refrigeration and freezer system, a built-in coffee system by Miele, a flat-screen TV, and a temperature-controlled pantry to keep your dry goods, cooking oils, and spices at their peak freshness.
Elegant Wine Chillers
Wine, beer, and other beverage chillers are more popular now than ever for high-end remodels, particularly those from luxury brands like Monogram. As The Spruce raves: “A wine fridge does more than just keep your pinots and rosés chilled, it actually looks like a million bucks in your kitchen.” While many people prefer to have glass front doors on their beverage centers, there are stunning ways of customizing these appliances with wood elements.
One of The Spruce‘s favorite wine chillers features a bank of wood accented appliances. The wine chiller sits next to a sub-zero refrigerator. The doors of both appliances were replaced with custom wood doors painted in an eye-catching peacock blue, although the chiller has a glass insert to reveal its contents. A wood surround stained the same color as the shelves visible through the glass front of the chiller beautifully frames both appliances, making it appear as though they were built into the wall. The overall effect is a surprising combination of dazzling and understated elegance.
If you would love to include a double dishwasher in your new kitchen but don’t love the classic look of the appliances, you are not alone. Whether you covet a double dishwasher drawer by Café or a top-control by ZLine, you can have the front panel replaced for a custom design. From unfinished wood panels to colorful enamel options, you can combine a number of finishes and hardware styles to perfectly personalize your dishwasher – one of the hardest working appliances in your home.
Gorgeous Range Hoods
Range hoods are an absolute must-have for many kitchen remodels but don’t feel compelled to choose from the traditional metal options. My Domaine suggests: “Instead, you can snag a wood-lined range hood cover—and yes, you can probably find one that matches your cabinets.” If you are worried that your wood accented appliances and overall kitchen design won’t feel dynamic enough, the Magazine offers this solution: “Consider layering different wood stains. Snag a light stain for your island, a slightly darker one for your range cover, and an even darker one for your shelves.” It’s a brilliant way to bring in different textures and hues to make your design choices pop.
Hidden kitchens can mask your culinary secrets. A favored concept outside of the United States, the trend is making homeowners’ wish lists here this year. The idea is a simple one – create a design system that hides all of your storage shelves and kitchen appliances (big and small) behind beautifully crafted wood accented cabinetry. You’ll love this minimalist approach, whether you favor sleek, modern styles, French-country décor, or industrial rustic options. It creates a cohesive décor while also keeping potential clutter from sight.
Southern Living is a fan. The Magazine reveals one of their favorite kitchen designs: “Layered in wood from floor to ceiling, the Hierses’ kitchen would convert even the most ardent city slicker into a lover of all things handmade and hewn.” Most of their appliances were wrapped in salvaged, old-growth heart pine – beautiful to look at and appealing to anyone looking for a sustainable approach to their new kitchen décor.
Are you unsure about introducing multiple wood finishes throughout your kitchen space? The Spruce understands the reservations but has recently become a fan of the approach. Over the last few years, one of their favorite kitchen redesigns “boasts three different tones and even includes a chevron application on the single cabinet that houses the refrigerator.” The result offers intriguing dimension and appealing texture while still embracing a neutral palette and a nature-inspired design that impresses all who gravitate towards the heart of this home.
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