How to create a black, white and wood kitchen

Michelle, Team member
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Project Overview

These days, the kitchen is not just a place we cook, it’s a place we come together. A natural elements kitchen, with black and wood accents, n is a great choice for modern looking homes and anyone looking to renovate their kitchen. Its light, natural look provides a relaxed, modern and functional space to share with family and friends.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 The beginning
2 Planning your design
3 Choose your materials
4 Achieve the natural look
5 Choose your lighting
6 Add a personal touch
7 All the elements come together
  • Step 1. The beginning

    This was your classic 70’s retro kitchen which we transformed using natural elements of timber and stone. If you’ve got the budget and space for a complete renovation, you can’t go past this look. We’ve used a natural palette to fit with the overall look of the home. With touches of timber providing warmth to what is essentially a classic white kitchen.

    The black hardware and gunmetal tap and sink are on-trend while surface mounted downlights give it a designer touch. The beautiful stone island bench is the centrepiece of the kitchen and the place where everyone will love to gather.

    A large part of creating this kitchen is the clever use of timber in the shelving, flooring and ceiling. The diamond mosaic tile splashback adds texture to an otherwise all-white background.

  • Step 2. Planning your design

    When it comes to designing your kitchen, it’s important to consider the shape of your space. There are various layouts, from your classic galley style to an L and U shape design. You can explore the different layouts using our online kitchen planner. Take into account your ‘working triangle’ which is the distance between your fridge, sink and cooktop. Ideally, they should all be within a few steps of each other. 
  • Step 3. Choose your materials

    Once you have your layout sorted, it’s time for the fun bit! Head into your local Bunnings and choose your colours, textures and finishes. We have a great range of kitchen displays in-store for inspiration and loads of sample boards to help you piece together the look and feel you’re after.

  • Step 4. Achieve the natural look

    To get the natural elements look in our kitchen, we chose modern profile cabinet doors. For a more classic look, you could keep the neutral colour palette but play with shapes and textures. For something more dramatic, you could change the cabinet doors to black and introduce a natural black granite on the counters. Just make sure this look fits with the rest of your home.

    The clever use of timber benchtop material as shelving is a beautiful and practical addition. While timber floorboards give the kitchen a natural look from the ground-up. If you prefer tiles in the kitchen, there is a range that looks like timber but has all the advantages of a tile. They’re hard-wearing, easy to clean and spill-proof.
  • Step 5. Choose your lighting

    Surface mounted downlights look great as task lighting over the island bench, while strip lighting on the underside of your cabinetry creates a lovely ambience. You could also consider pendant lighting to give your kitchen a modern or industrial look. Your local Bunnings Warehouse has a huge range of lighting and there’s nothing like seeing them for yourself before you decide.
  • Step 6. Add a personal touch

    To give your natural elements kitchen that personal touch, you could make your own wooden chopping board or sleek knife block. You’ll find a step-by-step guide in the D.I.Y. advice section of our website.
  • Step 7. All the elements come together

    And there you have it, everything you need to create this amazing natural elements kitchen. Before you get started on your project, don’t forget to watch our D.I.Y. Reno Basics Video.
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