Working with Two Cabinet Colors in the Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath

Trends in kitchen design keep us on our toes. Cherry cabinets with dark granite counter tops gave way to white cabinets with white stone counter tops, which gave way to lower cabinets with open shelves replacing upper cabinets. A new trend we’re seeing is a mix of cabinet colors between upper and lower cabinets.  Typically the upper cabinets are lighter and the lower cabinets are darker.  Let’s look at what this trend looks like in a contemporary kitchen.

Sleek, shiny white cabinets make up the upper cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. The glossy white cabinets are hung above a white tile backsplash. The white on white of the cabinets and tile helps open up this narrow galley style kitchen.

Below the white upper cabinets and tile back splash are lower cabinets done in a bold red.  The red cabinets have more of a similar glossy finish.  The red cabinets help the stainless steel stand out in the space better. Dark lower cabinets will also hide scuff marks and spills better than white cabinets.

If you’re nervous about such a bold color on the bottom, try a more neutral color like deep grey or brown.  While this kitchen uses white and red cabinets, the light and dark combination can work with other colors too. Cream and dark wood would be a lovely choice for a traditional kitchen.

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