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Design Trends: Tile and Wood Kitchen Cabinetry

Going for a natural look in your kitchen? Wood cabinetry offers an effect that can range from modern to craftsman and guess what? It pairs easily with our handmade tile. If you're in need of some design inspiration, we're sharing a few of our favorite kitchens below! 

Keep it Simple: 
A natural pairing, white tile is a timeless choice if you've chosen wood cabinetry. Any of our white glazes paired with a wood finish offers enough contrast that will allow for both materials to stand out. 

Anne Sage opted for soft vibes in her kitchen with subtle, washed out wood cabinets paired with white and pale gray tile: 

Tile Shown: Glazed Thin Brick in Olympic with 6x12 in Gypsum // Design: Studio McGee // Image: Monica Wang Photography 

If you're going mid-century, wood cabinetry and white tile are a classic combination. Consider a pop of pattern with Small Diamonds sheeted in an Escher pattern to complete the look: 

Tile Shown: Small Diamonds in White Gloss // Design: Anne Vartanian // Image: Bethany Nauert 

Just like the Diamond Escher pattern above, you can highlight your chosen shape or pattern with a darker grout or use one of our handpainted patterns and customize with our
Color-It Tool

Tile Shown: Kasbah Trellis in Neutral Motif // Design: Destination Eichler 

The rich tone and natural grain of a wood like walnut are complimented beautifully with our handmade 1x6 tiles in Tusk: 

Tile Shown: 1x6 in Tusk // Design: The Modern Caravan 

Tusk for the win again! If you're going for a white glaze with your wood cabinetry, a specialty shape is a great way to bring another layer of texture to your space: 

Tile Shown: Mini Star in Cross in Tusk // Design: Sara and Rich Combs

Neutral territory:
Play up the warm or cool tones of your cabinetry with the neutral of your choosing. 

Create contrast with a cooler shade of tile and a warmer tone of wood: 

Tile Shown: 1x6 in French Linen // Design: Whitney Leigh Morris 

Every space needs an anchoring point. And darker-hued tile is often the perfect solution. The darker gray tile pops against the white and wood finishes in the mid-century style kitchen below: 

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Loch Ness // Design: Destination Eichler 

Matchy-matchy can actually be a good thing. Coordinating the tone of your wood cabinetry with your tile color can produce a cohesive effect like this: 

Tile Shown: 1x4 in Nutmeg // Design + Image: The Modern Caravan 

The Bright Side:  
Adding a swatch of color to your kitchen is always a bright idea. The key here is choosing the right shade to best suit the color of the wood cabinetry you've chosen. 

Pairing warm tones together makes for an inviting space, as you can see from the sunny kitchen below: 

Tile Shown: 6" Hexagons in Daffodil // Design: Andrea Faucett + Lynn K. Leonidas // Image: Aubrie Pick 

Pale wood cabinets go well with softer shades like dusty blues or soothing greens: 

Tile Shown: Ogee Drops in Celadon // Design: Yumi Interiors 

We'll leave you with another mid-century gem as a reminder of how good wood and colorful tile go together in the kitchen: 

Tile Shown: Small Diamonds in Lagoon // Design: Destination Eichler 

Looking for tiles to match your wood cabinetry? Order color samples online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly. 

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