There was a time in the world of kitchen design when all of the materials used on cabinets, countertops, and furniture had to match. Those days are long gone in 2018, which opens up a world of possibilities for mixing and matching to create the perfect combination for your home.
With so many choices, it can be difficult to determine where to begin or which combinations work best. Here are a few ideas to jump start your thinking:
Warm and Cool
While the exact colors don’t need to match, it is a good rule of thumb to stay within the same color palette when choosing kitchen materials. Think about warm and cool tones as a guide.
For example, oak is on the cooler side of the wood spectrum and pairs well with gray, blue, purple, and other cool tones. Oak and cherry are warm colors that pair well with red, brown, and other colors in that palette.
This is not to say that warm and cool colors can never be mixed, but if they are, it should be done deliberately or with the help of a neutral color to round out the look. Our team at Three Week Kitchens can help you evaluate these options and determine what will work best for your new kitchen.
It’s not even necessary for all of your kitchen countertops to be the same material these days. As kitchens become more professional with pastry slabs and butcher blocks, there’s a growing trend toward kitchen islands that are made from one material and perimeter countertops that are made from another.
Again, it’s best to be deliberate when making these choices. If you know that you want a wooden butcher block to take up part of your counter space, choose granite or wood in a complementary color for the rest of the countertops.
Old and New
Another option for mixing materials is to pair vintage or vintage-inspired elements with more modern finishes. This is a great way to give your kitchen a bit of personality without going too far over the edge and making it detrimental to your home’s resale value.
There are two ways to incorporate a retro look in your kitchen design. One is to use a vintage as a focal point that’s paired with more modern elements. For example, you might have a 1950s-era stove that’s set against modern stone or concrete countertops.
The other option is to use vintage pieces as accents throughout the kitchen. Think things like faucets and cabinet hardware. An antique brass faucet can look great with a brand new sink, and vintage knobs add a unique touch to any type of cabinet you choose.
Create the Right Plan
Again, there really are no rules when it comes to mixing materials in the kitchen. Let us help you create the right game plan for your next kitchen renovation. We’ll with you to create a plan that matches your budget and your design style while keeping in mind the long-term future for your home. Contact us today to get started.