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Using Multiple Cabinet Finishes

Posted by Suzanne on February 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Just as I always recommend against buying a whole bedroom or living room set, I also recommend against using the same finish on all of your kitchen cabinets. Mixing up the colors or finishes adds a bit of the unexpected, and let's face it, the unexpected results in visual interest.


But don't the cabinets need to match each other and doesn't the kitchen table need to match the cabinets? Negative, Houston. In fact, the opposite is true. Every room becomes more attractive with a nice mix of textures, colors, and finishes, so why not the kitchen?



Take this gorgeous remodel from Beaux R'eves. With the use of multiple finishes, smartly varied by work area, this kitchen becomes artful.


Start with the island. Islands of contrasting color are nothing new, but by selecting largley contrasting colors (black and white) the island is separated from the perimeter cabinets. Moreover, the details of the cabinetry (corbels, moulding, etc.) give the island a furniture feel. Notice they counter on the island is not the same material as the perimeter. This adds another layer of dimension in this room.


To connect the island to the perimeter, these homeowners chose to add a cornice over the sink in the same finish as the island. This works perfectly in this space because of the layout. The sink is symmetrically placed and centered behind the island. If not for that, the cornice wouldn't be as impactful or as well placed.


Finally, the desk area is offset in a third color--khaki. This adds warmth to the kitchen, while offsetting another work area. The details on the desk connect it to the rest of the room, namely the arched open shelving unit that mimics the arched window above the sink. To add to the textural richness of this kitchen, the homeowners added chicken wire to the doors above the desk.


Next time you're tempted to get a matching set of something other than dishes, think again! This example illustrates a successful remodel using multiple materials. Happy remodeling!

Categories: Remodeling, Trends

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