When you hear the word “contrast”, you may be very intimidated to include it into your home’s design plans; however, it’s something you should seriously consider to help create an even look throughout your design. When there’s too much lightness or too much darkness, it can overpower the home and create a not so comfortable living area. When you use contrasting shades to draw the eye to other areas instead of one area, you can create a visually appealing and stimulating room.
Using Dark Cabinetry
Looking for that appealing high-end look for your kitchen or for your bathroom? Flirt with darker shades of cabinetry to help create a rich and sleek appearance. Whether your cabinets are shades of charcoal or you’re looking for something warm like espresso, you’ll want to make sure the tone helps set the mood for the space; however, you should always take into account the size of the area you’re working with.
If you have a smaller area, you shouldn’t go for dark cabinetry, as it will make the area feel more enclosed than it really is. When you highlight the cabinets instead of shutting them away, you’ll be able to add appeal and create a better atmosphere.
Tips to look at when choosing cabinetry include:
An appealing backsplash: a backsplash is almost as important as the colouring of the cabinetry. Not only should this element act as a protector of sorts from the grime build-up, but you should also look for something that can act as a splash of colour or a focal point. In doing so, you can have neutral colour contrast with a dash of elegance and fun in the backsplash – something simple and practice.
Contrast with countertops: one of the most important elements in creating contrast is using the countertops as your contrast point. A fresh countertop composed of a white marble, paired with masculine cabinetry can take the breath away of those who enter your home.
Finishing with the floors: There’s nothing worse than a gorgeous home with a not-so-appealing floor. Not only must this flooring be practical, but you should also use medium tones or stone textured flooring to help finish off the contrast.
Creating Contrast with Kitchen Cabinets
Now that you’ve thought about dark cabinetry, it’s time to create contrast with kitchen cabinetry that’s on the other end of the spectrum. The usage of lighter cabinets can open up a smaller kitchen, which is fantastic for those that are using heavy contrast towards the floor. Whether you’re using traditional wooden cabinets with a glass front or a wooden door, having this be white or another shade of a lighter colour can bounce light off and create stunning appeal.
Add depth to your kitchen by utilizing these tips:
Kitchen island contrast: Use the same tips as we’ve mentioned above to create contrast even more within your kitchen island. Dark colour cabinetry on your island with a matching light countertop can pull together the entire room.
Hardware: It’s the little things that help pull together a room besides the overall colour scheme, and this includes hardware. When you use darker hardware on lighter cabinetry, this creates minimal contrast, while using a light hardware on a darker wood can create a masculine but sleek contrasting appearance.
Woodgrain: If you’ve opted for lighter cabinets, create a contrast by using the stunning and simplistic woodgrain appearance. In doing so, you create appeal and texture without overspending.
Whether you want something light on top and heavy on bottom, or vice versa, you should take into account the little things that helps create a winning kitchen design. Looking to change the appearance of your kitchen? Contact Joseph Kitchen & Bath at (905) 707-7756 today.