5 Ways To Combine Cabinet Finishes For An Inspired Kitchen Design

ProSource | 10/13/2015 | Project Tips

Remember the days of purchasing an entire room of furniture in one fell swoop? When the couch pattern matched the fabric in the chairs, and all the tables were part of a matching set? Even the drapes matched.

These days, we’re more likely to pull a room’s décor together slowly, gathering favorite pieces over time. Your living room might be made up of an antique cart turned coffee table from your trip to Italy, a leather trunk nestled near a cozy inherited reading chair, and a wrought iron desk purchased from a favorite store.

It all works because those cherished pieces are grounded by a unifying theme or color scheme.

The same goes for kitchens. Mixing wood finishes keeps things interesting and gives a room character. Follow these five tips for creating a kitchen that looks pulled together and speaks to your own design sensibilities.

Furniture Inspired Design

If you’re going for a furniture inspired look, you’ll want to add elements that stand apart from the standard cabinetry. Try a wall of pantry doors in a contrasting texture or a freestanding cabinet in an entirely different tone to give it an original vibe.

Color Blocking

The simplest way to mix finishes is by color blocking. Choose a lighter color for the perimeter cabinets and another darker color for your center island. The eye is naturally drawn to the darker cabinet finish, while the lighter shade against the walls will make the room appear larger.

The Common Denominator

Two wood tones from the same species can live side by side when there is a unifying theme to bring them together. Try using the same cabinet hardware across all of your drawers and doors, for instance, or adding glass front cabinets to lessen the impact and add light to your space.

White Works Wonders

If you’re determined to use a variety of wood tones, include some white sections, either with painted cabinets, furniture or fabric, to break up the space and bring a sense of order to the potential chaos.

It’s All About The Base

When mixing natural wood tones, keep in mind their base colors. Warm tones work better together, while a mix of cool tones play nicely in the same space. Mixing warm and cool tones can be done, but it can get tricky. Overusing colors can mean a lack of contrast (read: boring) or a clash of color tones for a look that feels mismatched.

The right combination of wood tones and textures can live harmoniously in a space, and pull a room together.

Review inspiration images and view the latest cabinet styles and finishes. Add what you like to your myProSource Project Center. Then visit your local ProSource Showroom to talk with a kitchen and bath designer about how to create a unique space in your home.

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