The kitchen is an area of the home where it’s common to spend upward of $30,000 or more on the various kitchen cabinets. As a result, it’s necessary to ensure that you’re putting together something that you’re ultimately going to feel very satisfied with over the course of a lifetime. Selecting colors for your kitchen cabinets involves considering lighting and style to ensure a pleasing result, helps you avoid kitchen layout mistakes. These are some tips for you to choose color for your kitchen.
Lighting is an important element in deciding the right color for your kitchen cabinets. In a kitchen setting with hanging lights above an island and undermount lights on the bottom side of the wall cabinets, the focal point is wherever the light is directed – usually the countertop.
Track lighting works in the same fashion. This is opposed to a living room or bedroom setting, where a center light, such as a ceiling fan and light combo, or wall lights, illuminate the whole room, reflecting off the walls rather than a horizontal surface. Dark countertops benefit the most from direct overhead lighting. Light-colored countertops work best in settings where there are no direct overhead lights. As far as contrasting or matching cabinets go, the choice depends on where you want the eye to be drawn. The more things match, the less the eye is drawn to a specific point, which means contrasting materials are ideal if you want to pull the eye to either the countertop or the cabinets.
Because illuminated countertops are up against the backsplash, you have to consider the splash material in your kitchen cabinets selection. The same rules for contrasting or matching colors work here, depending on where you want the focal point. In wide-open kitchens where the cabinets are more visible than the countertop, consider matching the cabinets to the color of the backsplash. Where you’re limited for space, the countertop has the most visibility.
Whether or not you match the cabinets and countertop with the floor material depends on the type of kitchen you’re building and whether you want a matching color scheme. For example, a rough gray slate with tones of brown and green throughout works well with a cabinet color that matches the brown in the stone, while a countertop of cultured marble or granite with green marbling throughout completes the blending of colors throughout the kitchen. Contrasting the cabinets with the floor is a good idea if you want to set the cabinets apart, while you match the countertop material to the floor.
Material selection depends on whether you want a modern, contemporary look and feel or a kitchen with a more rustic presence. Sheet metals such as stainless, copper, zinc and other formats are common in countertops and work well with natural stone floors and real wood cabinets. Composite, laminated cabinets with a stock brown wood look-alike material work well with many countertop colors and materials, ranging from tiles to slabs, laminate or wood. Natural materials such as stone and wood look best in their raw, natural state, with only stain used on the wood. Composites, on the other hand, can be painted or otherwise covered to display a large variety of custom finishes and color schemes.
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