I love modern, minimal kitchens but I also, like a lot people, find myself drawn towards natural elements. So I particularly love the look of live edge details in a modern kitchen, where the lovely, untamed appearance of the wood adds warmth to the space, but also a welcome bit of contrast. Whether it's just one or two shelves or an entire countertop, this can be a great way to bring the outdoors in, and to add a little bit of extra style to your kitchen.
In this kitchen from C Magazine, a particularly raw piece of wood forms a sort of table/bar. This kitchen, although a bit more traditional than the ones you'll see later on, still benefits from the addition of a rugged, natural element.
This kitchen remodel from DIY in PDX features live edge open shelves, whose texture pairs beautifully with the texture of the marble tile.
This kitchen from Dwell is one of my favorites I've seen. It's a lovely example of minimalist design, but the brass accents and gorgeous live-edge wood countertop (which wraps around the island for a arresting, almost sculptural effect) take it to the next level.
Here's a close-up of the gorgeous live-edge shelves in a kitchen remodel from Kitchn.
The design of this kitchen from The Brooklyn Home Company is quite restrained, but the addition of an island made completely from live-edge wood adds a welcome dose of warmth and contrast.
In this kitchen from DeVos Custom Woodworking, just the bar top (which sits a bit higher than the island countertop) is made from live edge wood. The cutting board, which is made from the same material, helps tie it in to the rest of the kitchen.
Corianne Burton did the same thing in her kitchen, as seen in this image from her Instagram.
In this kitchen from HGTV, the entire top of the island is made from a single huge piece of live-edge wood. Cleaning up crumbs that fall into the knothole can't be fun, but just seeing this grain makes me want to rub my hands along it.
In this kitchen from Dwell, an even larger piece of live-edge wood forms a built-in dining table which abuts the kitchen countertop. It's a unique approach to an eat-in kitchen that I don't think I've seen before.
In this kitchen transformation, a live edge bar provides the perfect complement to a very modern kitchen.