Looking for a style idea that will give your kitchen more character but you don’t know what to do? Try mixing woods to create beautiful accents throughout the space. The key to this method is to find the right balance between natural wood and painted finishes. Doing so will give the room a more complex, rich look than you would expect from a kitchen where every feature matches throughout. By simply being a little less predictable in design you will have automatically added visual interest to the space.
Using blocks of color is a simple way to bring variety into the room. Using a medium to dark stained natural wood for the oven hood and the top of your island while painting your cabinets white will make a beautiful statement and give the kitchen a custom look.
If you prefer to stick with natural wood only, keep the undertone of the types of wood you are using in mind. Woods have a base color that can be considered as a cool tone or a warm tone. Incorporating lighter stained pieces with darker ones will tie together better if you match warm tones with warm tones and cool tones with cool tones. Be sure you know which ones you are working with before purchasing materials.
If you will have wood flooring in the kitchen, be sure to use a contrasting color for your lower cabinets to prevent the two areas from blending into one another. This can make the room look drab and you will lose out on the opportunity to add some personality to the room.
Speaking of cabinetry, don’t be afraid to mix it up with your lower and upper units. Having a natural look up top while painting the lower cabinets is a great idea that will add dimension to the room. Doing a mixture up top and below is also an easy way to make things more exciting. Be careful with spacing out the differing finishes to achieve proper balance.
Lastly, use any natural separations in the room to implement a change in wood. It will break things up nicely while also maintaining the harmony of your design.