Professional Design Tip: Mixing Stained and Painted Cabinets in the Kitchen

paneled fridge and hickory island in white kitchenAsk almost any Normandy Designer and they’ll tell you there are plenty of scenarios where it makes sense to mix stained and painted cabinetry in your kitchen. You can opt for a painted perimeter and a stained island or vice versa. Either way, it can give a fresh look in your kitchen and your home.

Together, painted and stained cabinetry can add interest and style. This can be executed in a variety of ways – your island and perimeter are only the beginning. You can opt for different base and wall cabinets, or you can choose a contrasting color for a hutch, a coffee bar, or another furniture-type piece to help set it apart.White shaker style kitchen with stained wood island

White painted cabinets are extremely popular, however, many suburban homes weren’t built with white cabinetry in mind. Many of these older homes have stained baseboards, doors, and trim; while other homes are furnished with pieces in the warm tone family. Adding a stained island or built-in cabinetry to an all-white kitchen can help blend the warm and cool tones beautifully in a traditional home.

If you have children or pets, island color is especially important to think about. gray transitional kitchen with island in stained woodPainted cabinetry probably isn’t the best choice, because it can easily be kicked and scuffed. A wood stain is easier for hiding spills and smudges.

At the end of the day, there are plenty of paints and stains to choose from. Set up a time to plan your kitchen remodel, including how to coordinate your cabinetry colors. Or, learn more about kitchen design and the remodeling process by registering to attend an upcoming workshop. You can also visit the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for ideas, too.

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