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The wooden kitchen: always very fashionable

Brushed oak These melamine facades offer a very successful planed wood effect in aged brushed oak. "Trend Oak Timber", from 2,416 e, Cuisinella.


Whether true or skilfully imitated, wood is widely acclaimed in the kitchen. It gives façades, worktops and credenzas an elegant and modern character.

Solid wood, a noble material

Solid wood claims its nobility, both for the quality of the material and for the way of working it. Most often, solid wood works are made to measure by cabinetmakers, a pledge of seriousness and know-how. In order to preserve the richness of its hues, the wood is just oiled or coated with matte varnish. To accentuate its character, it is sometimes brushed, smoked or tinted. When it is lacquered, it is on open pores, so as to bring out its veining.

Respect for tradition

According to a 1986 decree, solid wood furniture consists of parts machined exclusively from sawn timber. They are assembled on songs, structures, frames or panels, but never on their thickness (which must be greater than 5 mm). They are even less glued on any support.

Very popular a few years ago, tropical woods are currently being used in favor of European and American species. And that's good for our planet. However, if you succumb to the charm of exotic woods, check that they are well labeled FSC, which is a guarantee of sustainable forest management. As for other provenances, the PEFC label applies, an eco-citizen approach.

Plating, a compromise of choice

The technique of veneering consists of coating the structure of a piece of furniture with glued wooden sheets. With a thickness ranging from 5 / 10th of a millimeter to a few millimeters, these sheets are obtained by slicing or peeling. They often come from noble species (oak, apple, cherry ...) and are usually hot-dip on particle board or MDF. Many pieces of furniture combine a solid wood frame with a central veneered panel. Veneer makes it possible to have a real wood facade at a lower cost, while preserving the natural resources as much as possible. It also allows you to play with the raw aspects of the material.

A mark of quality

The NF Environnement Furniture brand, dedicated to furniture, is awarded by the FCBA Technological Institute, a certification body mandated by Afnor. This ensures that at all stages (from raw material to recycling) the furniture meets controlled criteria of environmental requirements.

Laminate and melamine, look-alikes are part

Although their surface is only a decoration, laminate and melamine take over all aspects of wood (hue, grain, relief ...). They are both made of particle board. For the laminate, it is a stack of kraft sheets impregnated with thermosetting resins (polymerized at high pressure and high temperature) which cover them by gluing. On the melamine side, a resin-coated decor paper is glued to the panels, hot and under pressure. Both offer very realistic structured finishes, both to the eye and to the touch. The laminate is particularly illustrated in worktop and credence, and brings depth and strong personality to the decor. Melamine, for its part, is used in furniture facades and, in its matte version (soft and silky), it offers a palette of very rich wood tones.

Reduced maintenance

If solid wood is alive and requires protection of use (oil, varnish ...), it is not the case for laminate or melamine, which are cleaned with a simple blow of sponge. But, beware, abrasive surfaces and scouring creams are prohibited because they can scratch the surfaces.