Unless you’re purposely trying to create a “dark aesthetic” within your home, preserving and creating brightness in your living spaces is of paramount importance. This is perhaps no more the case than in your kitchen. The reason for this is, of course, simple – you need adequate light to do all of that cooking!
When it comes, then, to keeping your kitchen as bright as possible, you’ll obviously be thinking a lot about lighting. However, there’s something below your feet that shouldn’t escape your notice, and that’s your floors! If you want to have a kitchen that has the brightest look possible, something that soaks in all of the natural light your kitchen receives, then you’ll want to strongly consider using light-colored hardwood floors.
On this list, we’ve collected 53 stunning examples of kitchen designs that use light hardwood floors. Some of these kitchens are a part of open-concept living spaces, where those hardwoods spill out into the other living spaces, and others closed kitchens. In either case, we think you’ll see just how much work light hardwood floors can do in your kitchen design! So, come take a look, and see if you can’t find some inspiration for the kitchen in your home.
1. Dark Counter
With light wood floors on light wood cabinets, this kitchen achieves contrast thanks to its dark countertops.
Here you can see how inlays can be used with your light wood floors to add visual interest and appeal.
3. Dark and Light
Of course, one of the smartest choices you can make with light hardwood kitchen floors is to have dark hardwood cabinets.
4. Go Wide
In a contemporary kitchen design, you should strongly consider using light hardwood floors with wide boards.
Check out how well the light hardwood floors of this open-concept kitchen work with this orange accent wall.
6. Rustic Completion
The light, reclaimed look of the hardwood floors in this stunning kitchen design help to complete the rustic style.
7. Wood and Hardwood
White countertops and white cabinets are beautifully placed against the light hardwood floors of this kitchen.
8. Exposed Brick
Here, the hood over the range in this kitchen has exposed brick, which works beautifully against the light hardwood floors.
9. Modern Open Space
The light hardwood floors of this open-concept living space help to pull the stunning kitchen into the room.
If light hardwood floors seem a little boring to you, then consider how they can be patterned like you see here.
11. I’m Blue
Check out how well the light hardwood floors in this modern kitchen design work with the unique blue used for the cabinets.
With exposed beams like the ones you see in this kitchen, it would be almost criminal not to have light hardwood floors.
13. Craftsman Charm
In a kitchen design that’s incorporating Craftsman elements, light hardwood floors are a consistently good choice.
14. Long Island
The long planks of the light hardwood floors in this stunning kitchen design really accentuate the beautiful long center island.
With a light grey island and white cabinets, the wide planks of the light hardwood floors help to pull the room together.
16. Black Countertops
With light hardwood floors, you can add a sense of dimension to your kitchen design by using black countertops.
We love how the dark walls above the kitchen add a high level of contrast to the beautiful hardwood floors.
18. Green Accent
To add a more natural feel to your kitchen design, consider using green accents with your light hardwood floors.
19. Grey Stuff
The grey hardwood floors of this kitchen design work well with the contemporary grey island and marble accents.
20. Red and Light
Here, the red cherry of the cabinets and granite counters work beautifully with the light hardwood floors.
Despite the light hardwood floors, this kitchen design manages to achieve a masculine feel thanks to its black cabinets.
22. Wonderfully Luxurious
Just take a minute to admire the stunning beauty of this wonderfully luxurious and amply sized kitchen with light hardwood floors.
In order to add some visual interest to this kitchen, the designer has mirrored the black of the island in the range’s hood.
The incredibly light hardwood floors of this open living space with kitchen really allows the modernity of the architecture to stand out.
Check out how the color of the hardwood floors in this kitchen are mirror in accent colors of the backsplash.
In order to bring out the natural beauty of your kitchen’s hardwood floors, you may wish to consider recessed lights.
27. Good Morning!
Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this kitchen with light hardwood floors every morning and have a cup of coffee?\
28. Behind the Range
Although the dark cabinets with hardwood floors are pretty standard, this kitchen design achieves a touch of whimsy by using a tiled backsplash for the range.
29. Blue You Away!
The darker tones of these light hardwood floors word beautifully with the stunning light blue island at the center of this amazing kitchen.
Fans of contemporary style will find a lot to love in the design of this amazing kitchen with beautiful light hardwood floors.
31. Set the Scene
The way that the hardwood boards have been laid out in this stunning kitchen really helps to draw attention to the unique shape of the space.
32. Reclaimed Feel
The reclaimed wood feel of the hardwood floors in this kitchen design works excellently with the dark stain of the cabinets.
If you’re worried about light hardwood floors becoming to “samesy”, then consider an attractive throw rug like you see here.
Light hardwoods doesn’t mean an absence of color; check out the reddish hue in this stunning kitchen design.
35. Full Monty
Everything about this stunning open-concept kitchen design, from the seating area in the foreground to the wall in back, is attractive.
36. Island of the Contemporary
Think of light hardwood floors as a kind of blank canvas, upon which you can paint any kitchen design you like.
37. Two Tone
For example, check out how this kitchen with light hardwood floors makes use of two different cabinet colors.
If you’re going to be making unique choices elsewhere, then we would recommend going with something conservative, like light hardwoods, for your floors.
39. Purple Royalty
You know what they say: purple is the color of royalty. Well, purple works wonderfully with the light hardwood floors in this kitchen.
40. Glass Front
Because the color of the cabinets so closely matches the floors, this kitchen uses glass-front doors to break things up visually.
Everything about this kitchen design, from the backsplash to the floors, gives a clean look to the space.
42. Runner, Runner
The Persian runner, which you can just see poking out, is a smart décor choice for this stunning, Craftsman-style kitchen.
43. Grab a Seat
In order to add a touch of uniqueness to this kitchen design with light hardwood floors, the homeowner has selected some interesting stools.
44. Fit For a Pro
There can be no denying that this stunning kitchen with beautiful light hardwood floors is fit for a professional chef.
With white cabinets and a stunning light hardwood floors that’s illuminated by recessed lights, this kitchen design has a high degree of airiness to it.
This stunning kitchen design that uses light hardwood floors makes excellent use of different levels to fill things out.
We’re sure that we don’t need to tell you that light hardwoods and white marble were made to go together.
48. Cabin Living
Simple though it may be, you have to admit that the light hardwoods of the cabinets and floors work wonderfully for this cabin.
49. At The Center
The dark island with dark counter stools at the center of this railroad open-concept kitchen works perfectly with the light hardwood floors.
50. Capturing Light
Check out how well the light hardwood floors capture natural light in this open-concept living area with kitchen.
51. Bringing It Out
The light hardwood floors with beautiful grain bring out the rustic beauty of this small and charming L-shaped kitchen.
52. Deft Touches
There are a number of deft design choices, including the subtle curves, that have been made in this stunning kitchen with light hardwood floors.
53. Make It Your Own
With light hardwood floors in your kitchen, you can do almost anything! So make sure your design is your own, and that you capture a style that you love.