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Create Contrast with Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Contrast is a principle in art that has become increasingly popular in modern kitchens. When used effectively contrast can be the key to adding interest and drama to a space. This principle involves using elements that are different in design to add personality and make a striking statement.

Here are some easy ways you can create contrast in your kitchen.

There are many different ways you can create contrast in the kitchen area. Homeowners can mix a variety of styles such as contemporary and country styles to achieve a contrasting look. Also, you can mix up your color scheme, cabinetry, and countertops.

Below are some ideas you can implement.

Mixing Up Colors
Perhaps the easiest way to create contrast in the kitchen is by mixing up colors. Don’t shy away from bold colors. Pairing two bold colors that are different from each other will have a wow effect. For instance, imagine a bold lime green color paired with glossy white.

Contrasting Textures
You can further add contrast by using various textures within one space. You can mix wood colors and throw in colorful fixtures. The texture on texture contrast has also become trendy in the last few years. Instead of mixing and matching textures you can utilize the same texture in variations around the kitchen. For example, the same natural stone tiles can be used on your flooring and backsplashes. While the final look is subtle, these details will draw attention.

Two Toned Cabinetry

You can create visual diversity in your cabinetry selection. Here are some ideas:

  • Paint the top and bottom cabinet different colors. Using such colors as red or navy blue go well.
  • You can also try contrasting finishes. If your kitchen has traditional dark brown wood cabinets you can switch one set out for a stainless steel finish. You can also break up wood finishes with monochromatic materials.

Kitchen Island
If you’re looking to make one big statement then you’ll let your kitchen island stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Try painting the bottom of the island a vibrant color or replace the top surface with a finish that hasn’t been used yet. Don’t forget to further add emphasis by adding funky bar stools to add to the overall look.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any other great ideas of ways to add contrast to your kitchen! We always love to hear from you!

Glass in the Kitchen

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1692658_SUsing glass or Plexiglas in the kitchen can open up the space.  Clear materials are nice to mix in with solid surfaces like wood and stone. Both glass and Plexiglas can be found in clear, frosted, ribbed and textured forms—each with its own unique feeling. Glass fronted cabinets are great for displaying the pretty things in your kitchen like wedding china and glassware. Frosted Plexiglas or glass doors can lighten your cabinet fronts and still disguise the pantry goods and clutter.

This contemporary kitchen uses frosted glass on the cabinets and traditional stools.  These materials work well with the dark cabinets and neutral flooring.  The glass and dark cabinets contrast so you can really appreciate the glass detail.  However, the light walls and counter top keep the glass from looking too contrasting and out of place in the kitchen. Light colored counter tops continue the look of the room.

In a more traditional kitchen, glass front cabinets can make built-in cabinets feel more like traditional furniture such as china cabinets and hutches.  Single paneled glass front doors feel more modern than glass cabinet doors that have mullions or dividers.

There are also glass fronted refrigerators and wine fridges that can be used in the kitchen.  A fridge with a glass door requires a high level of organization to avoid adding visual clutter to a room. This is why wine fridges with glass doors are a better idea for most of us.

Design Detail: Kitchen Kick Plate

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10871464_SKick plates are one of those overlooked design elements that you don’t really notice until you think about them. Set between the cabinets and the floor, the kick plate is the transitional piece of molding that covers the gap between the bottom of the cabinets and the floor. Because most floors are not even, but counters and cabinets should be, shims are used to level the cabinets. To hide the shims, kick plates are used to give the cabinets a finished look.

Kick plates are most often matched to the cabinet fronts. Sometimes you will see kick plates that continue the stone or wood floor, making them blend in more with the flooring. Keeping the kick plates the same color and material as the cabinets makes them blend in more and grounds the cabinets. Having a lighter kick plate can give the illusion that the cabinets are floating.  Deciding on the kick plate color and material should be done at the time the cabinets are ordered. Most non-custom cabinetry comes with a matching kick plate.

In the kitchen picture here, the kick plate is a great combination to match the lighter cabinets and the grey flooring.  The shadow from the cabinets helps blend the kick plate into the cabinets, as well as the floor. This look works because the cabinets and kitchen design is more contemporary. In a more traditional kitchen more likely than not the kick plate would be the same color and wood as the cabinets.

Some kitchens even have vacuums set into the kick plate. This is a nice feature for sweeping the floors as no dust pan is needed. Just sweep the dust and dirt towards the vacuum panel and it will be sucked away.

Drawers vs. Doors in the Kitchen

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6739121_STraditional kitchen design for years has featured both upper and lower cabinets. These cabinets come in a myriad of wood tones, styles and finishes, including glass front cabinet doors.  Today we are seeing a break from traditional kitchen cabinets.  Upper cabinets are sometimes being replaced with open shelves while lower cabinets are giving way to deep drawers.

Having lower cabinets can mean pots and pans get lost in the back of the cabinet unless you have slide out shelves. Slide out shelves mimic drawers and keep the unified look of cabinet doors throughout the kitchen.  However, these shelves are a premium and can add additional money to the kitchen cabinet budget.

This kitchen has upper cabinets above the counters and drawers below.  As seen in the island, drawers can vary in heights, including deep drawers to accommodate larger pots and pans. The drawers slide completely out so there is no more crawling on the floor and reaching to the back of the bottom cabinet to find the missing pan.

Along with using drawers instead of lower cabinets, some newer kitchen designs feature open shelving instead of upper cabinets. This can be a nice addition to cabinets but requires you to be very organized if all of your plates and glassware are on display.

Kitchen design is continually evolving and trends come and go.  Stainless steel appliances, stone floors, engineered hardwood floors, glass tile backsplashes, kitchen islands are all some of the most recent trends that seem to be lasting.