Stunning Finishing Ideas for Wooden Modular Kitchen Design

Published On: Apr 16, 2022

A kitchen is an integral and probably the most used space in a home. It does not matter if you are a novice in a kitchen or a seasoned chef. A well-designed, spacious and glamorous kitchen will automatically uplift your mood, which is sure to translate into the food you dish out. While several material options are available today, wood is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most trusted materials in interior design. Wood is durable, adds warmth to your decor and comes naturally with beautiful grain patterns. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when designing your wooden modular kitchen.

Basic Kitchen Layouts

When designing your modular kitchen, the first step is to visualise your desired layout. You would have to consider the space available, the functionality and the budget. In the graphics given below are six primary layouts widely used in kitchen designs.

Basic Kitchen Layouts

Single wall, Galley, U-shaped and L-shaped modular kitchen layouts work best for smaller spaces. These layouts utilise the entire wall to maximise your kitchen storage space. The Peninsula and an integrated Kitchen Island layout are best suited for larger kitchens.

With step one of the design phase complete, let's look at a few ideas on how to finish your wooden modular kitchen.

Wood Finish Options

There are multiple ways that you can finish your wooden kitchen cabinets. It all boils down to your personal preferences, what works best for your kitchen and your home's overall design theme.


Different species of wood naturally have different hues and distinct grain patterns. Nothing beats the beauty and warmth of natural wood. If you prefer lighter colours, go with Steamed Beech, Mohagony or White Oak. If you prefer darker colours, you could go with Teak Walnut or Wenge.

Please do keep in mind that not all species of wood are priced the same, so some research regarding material prices in your locality to find out the options that fit your budget would be beneficial.


To bring out the natural colour and increase the durability of the wood, finish them with multiple coats of a transparent topcoat, such as varnish or touchwood. Make sure that you choose a waterproof finish for the kitchen.

Wood Stains

If the exact colour you are looking for is not naturally available, another option is to stain the wood to achieve your desired finish. There are various types of stains available, from natural wood finishes and watercolour finishes to something that will make the wood look whitewashed.  

Wood Stains

Another advantage of using stains is that if you prefer a species of wood that is way outside your budget, you could go in for something more economical and stain it to match the more expensive wood species. Apart from those who have an in-depth knowledge of wood, most people will never be able to point out the difference. Please remember to use food-grade stains for your kitchen.


If you still wish to have all the benefits of wood in your modular kitchen, but a natural wood finish doesn't appeal to you, consider painting over the wood. This will give you access to millions of colour options to play around with and add a durable protective layer over the wood.


Painting is also a great idea if you want to spruce your existing wooden modular kitchen design, especially if your current wooden cabinets are beginning to seem dull and worn out.

Wood Finish Laminates

Using natural wood in construction comes with its own set of challenges. Natural wood expands and contracts with changes in the moisture in the air. You would have noticed your wooden doors opening freely during the summer while they appear to be grinding against the frame during winter.

Experienced craftsmen build wooden cabinets to accommodate this wood movement. If you feel that this is not something you can live with, you can have your modular kitchen's woodwork done entirely out of plywood or MDF finished with wood-grain laminates.

Laminates are highly durable. They are scratch and impact resistant and last for years.

Wood Finish Laminates

Now that you know the basics of modular kitchen layouts and the various wood finish options available, given below are a few wooden modular kitchen design ideas to inspire you.

1. Experiment with an All-white Theme

White is a colour that signifies cleanliness, freshness and simplicity. A wooden kitchen that is done up with an all-white theme will make your kitchen feel airy and spacious. 

An all-white modular kitchen can be a bit tedious to keep spic and span, but the pros outweigh this one little con. Fresh fruits and veggies stored neatly in trays on your counter will instantly make your kitchen look even more appealing while adding a pop of colour as well.

Experiment with an All-white Theme

Pro-Tip: Try going in for a matte finish instead of gloss when choosing white, as the latter can become a fingerprint magnet.

2. Go for a vintage look

A timeless classic, this design has been around for ages and is evergreen - a superb idea for small kitchens. This design theme for your modular kitchen will blend in better in older homes which will inherently be built with the design theme of yesteryears.

Go for a vintage look

If you are planning to go with a vintage design for your modular kitchen, please do some research beforehand to check if the necessary vintage-themed hardware, such as handles for the cabinets, decorative accessories and so on, are available locally and in sufficient quantity.

3. Fusion of Finishes and Designs

You can also experiment with a fusion of vintage and modern designs and with a combination of finishes. You can choose to have certain areas of the kitchen finished in raw natural wood and a few solid paint finishes. Spend some extra time during the design phase to ensure you get the balance of textures and the colour theme just right.

Fusion of Finishes and Designs

4. Embrace the Darkness

Experiment with dark wooden colours if you fancy a dramatic and eccentric modular kitchen design. This design may not be for everyone, but it can be a mesmerising space to be in when done right.

Embrace the Darkness

Accent lighting in the right places can add a touch of class. Note that this colour theme will work only for large spaces with loads of natural light.

5. Add a Pop of Colour

Here is one for all the vibrant souls out there. If pastel colours are your thing, this could make your dull wooden modular kitchen look chic. 

Add a Pop of Colour

There is a vast colour palette to choose from, which will certainly give you some positive vibes the moment you enter this kitchen.

Bottom Line

Wood-finished modular kitchens look fantastic and can be built to suit your budget. There are a host of design options and colour schemes for you to choose from. Reach out to Interior Company if you are looking to design and build your dream kitchen.

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Q. What are the main advantages of a modular kitchen?

Modular kitchens manage space effectively. Each kitchen module can be designed to accomplish a specific task efficiently to work best for your cooking style. They are also easily repairable as you can replace the particular module that needs to be fixed. 

Q. What are the suitable materials to choose for modular kitchens?

Kitchen cabinets are primarily made out of MDF or plywood. Plywood is stronger and long-lasting but is also more expensive. Keep in mind that you have to use Marine Grade or waterproof grades of plywood and MDF in the kitchen. If you are using natural wood, make sure to waterproof them with a waterproof finish to increase their durability and prevent any water damage.

Q. Are modular kitchens expensive?

The overall cost of your modular kitchen will primarily depend on your design and your choice of materials, accessories and finishes. So in a way, you can decide how much you want to spend on your modular kitchen. They are most definitely cheaper than traditional kitchens as they are made in bulk in factories with minimum wastage.