Mixing Cabinet Finishes in your Kitchen

27 Sep 2017

Done right, two-tone (or even three-tone) cabinetry can enhance a space in any number of different ways, from adding visual weight to introducing texture.

Creating a Brilliant Focal Point

Finishing your kitchen island in a different texture and colour pulls the eye towards it as a feature in the room. This also subconsciously pulls people to the island where they congregate to socialise and participate in the cooking experience – great if you are an avid entertainer.

Ground an airy space

A light, ethereal kitchen might appear to float away. Use a bank of richly coloured cabinets to anchor it. Limiting the palette to two neutral colours helps to maintain the serene vibe.

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Bring the ceiling down

Dark cabinets on top and lighter ones on the bottom can help to make a kitchen feel snug and cosy. A contrasting colour is also a great method of highlighting handsome architecture, such as the four-pane design of the upper cabinetry in this space.

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Pull the wall colours into the room

A colour on the kitchen island cupboard can echo the paler shade of the walls for a graduated two-tone effect. The same technique also works well when you want to repeat a dominant or background colour with tiles or wallpaper.

Bridge floors and walls

Sometimes a contrasting cabinet finish can provide a visual transition between the wall treatment and the flooring.

Diversify a neutral palette

Inject some attitude into what would otherwise be a neutral uninspiring space by accenting certain cabinets.

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