Wood is mainly used for facades. Usually, it is a panel with a veneered sheet and protected with a varnish or lacquer. Traditional or contemporary, Mediterranean or Scandinavian, whatever the style, the countless wood species allow you to create THE kitchen of your dreams.
In the development of a kitchen, solid wood is mainly used for specific elements such as shelves, table legs, ornaments or cornices for example. This limited use is explained by a few factors including cost, weight, the fact that the wood continues to evolve over time and that some varieties, especially hardwoods, are difficult to work with. Wood kitchens are only possible with certain species of wood) and are often the result of the work of craftsmen or specialized cabinetmakers.
CLEANING AND MAINTAINING WOOD
Maintaining wood is relatively easy. To clean the wooden components, we suggest using a soft, damp cloth. When it comes to stains, act fast. For stains that seem deeper or more prominent, you should use a specialist wood care product with a soft cloth. Always follow the grain direction when cleaning wood.
To be avoided when maintaining the wood
- Detergents containing ammonia
- Jets of steam
- Solvents such as acetone or alcohol (they could damage the varnish).
Real wood is a noble material and expresses itself in many ways. It gives a warm touch to a contemporary kitchen and adds an undeniable note of luxury. A linear grain “rift cut”, for example, provides an effect that is both modern and refined. As you will have understood, the type of wood chosen influences the personality of the project. Veneer panels are made of thin sheets of real wood applied to particle boards. This process achieves an authentic look and natural texture while creating a much lighter end product that is easily supported by the hinges. In addition, veneer panels are more resistant to humidity and do not warp like solid wood panels.
Real wood is available in a variety of species and finishes:
WOOD ESSENCES Wood THEIR TREATMENTS
Wooden kitchens give a warm and high-end touch to a project. There are different treatments that can further accentuate this impression.
Lacquered wood : A lacquer is applied to the wood to give it a lasting color and shine.
Varnished wood: A varnish is applied to the wood in order to bring out and highlight its characteristics, including the grain.
Torrefied wood: A heat treatment that gives the wood a darker color while maintaining the color variations of natural wood.
Wood naturally gives a warm appearance, which makes it ideal for an accent surface such as a table area or a bar counter integrated into the island. The use of wood on the counter surface often makes it possible to make an interesting reminder of the essences used elsewhere in the project. In a minimalist kitchen, the repetition of materials makes it possible to create a link between the different elements.
HOW ARE WOOD PANELS MADE?
The vast majority of wood kitchens are made with veneered wood. Veneered wood is a raw panel on which a sheet of real wood is affixed or veneered. This sheet can then be lacquered or dyed with different types of varnish. This type of panel is much lighter than solid wood, so it is easier to use, especially for the hinges.
PARTICULARITIES AND ADVANTAGES OF A WOODEN KITCHEN
Wood, being alive, evolves over time by changing slightly in color and shade. Wood is an ecological choice because most of the wood species used in the production of furniture in Europe come from renewable plantations with the exception of exotic species.
Wood is timeless. It will always remain a safe bet in terms of design.