Remember the days of purchasing an entire room of furniture in one fell swoop? When the sofa pattern matched the fabric in the chairs, and all the tables were part of a matching set? Even the drapes matched.
These days, as designers and homeowners can attest, we’re more likely to pull a room’s décor together slowly, gathering favorite pieces over time. A living room might be made up of an antique cart-turned-coffee-table from a 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 kitchen finishes. Mixing wood finishes keeps things interesting and gives a room character. Whether you're an interior designer or homeowner, these five tips will help create a winning kitchen finish.
If you’re going for a furniture-inspired look, add elements that stand apart from the standard kitchen cabinet design. 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.
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, similar to the project completed through ProSource of Phoenix North, Transitional Entertainers Delight. The eye is naturally drawn to the darker cabinet finish, while the lighter shade against the walls will make the room appear larger. There are, of course, several more color blocking options with cabinetry.
If you're a homeowner in search of interior design ideas for kitchen cabinets, talk with a ProSource kitchen and bath designer for fresh ideas. If you're a design professional, share these design insights with your clients.
The Common Denominator
Two wood tones from the same species can live side by side when a unifying theme exists to bring them together. One trade pro member at ProSource of Fort Worth did this well in their reclaimed kitchen design. Designers and homeowners are encouraged to try using the same cabinet hardware across all drawers and doors, for instance, or adding glass front cabinets to lessen the impact and add light to a space.
White Works Wonders
If you’re determined to use a variety of wood tones, include some white sections — with painted cabinets, furniture, or fabric — to break up the space and bring a sense of order to 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 plays 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 that feels mismatched.
The right combination of wood tones and textures can live harmoniously in a space and pull a room together.
Review inspirational images and view the latest cabinet styles and finishes. Homeowners, be sure to go the extra step by visiting your local ProSource showroom to talk with a kitchen and bath designer about creating a unique space in your home. Trade pros, be prepared to help inspire!
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