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Kitchens awash in white look neat and tidy, but color is the key to keeping the space fresh and fun. If you opt to paint your kitchen cabinets white, choose one or two favorite hues to use as accents. Touches of bright red and sky blue set off pristine white cabinets in this kitchen. Paint the soffit or wall above your cabinets with one of your accent colors for a polished look.
Can't decide on just one cabinet color? Mix and match finishes for a unique look. Here, high-gloss lower cabinets stylishly contrast upper white cabinets. Use a darker color on the lower cabinets and a lighter color on the upper cabinets. The reverse (dark on top, light on bottom) can weigh down the space and make it feel cramped.
Glass-front cabinets create a gorgeous look. To give the style a new look, paint the interiors of your cabinets a bold hue. Consider coordinating the color with the dishes displayed in the cabinet for a cohesive and chic look.
For a small change with big effect, add stylish hardware to your cabinets. Replacing traditional cabinet door knobs with modern tubular handles is an affordable hardware update that offers a trendy touch for your kitchen.
Cabinets work hard, but need not be used for function only. With crisp white woodwork and stylish glass in the original doors, the top section of this wall set stores an abundance of dishes. A tasteful skirt puts a pretty face on non-display items on the shelves below.
Once-boring brown cabinets now offer streamline style with several coats of white paint over their dated facade. Removing cabinet doors also provides visual interest. Say good-bye to the cabinet doors below your sink and replace then with a soft curtain, or eliminate doors on the upper cabinets and use the open shelves for display.
A kitchen has an abundance of hard surfaces -- appliances, flooring, faucets, and light fixtures, to name a few. To soften the look of your kitchen, refresh your cabinets with a few coats of a soothing paint color. An inviting powder blue does the trick on these cabinets. Light blue walls, white trim, and open shelving also boost the room?s bright and airy look.
Love the look of glass-front cabinets, but aren?t so sure you want your cabinet?s contents completely visible? Try opaque or frosted glass instead, which gives off the same light look as transparent glass, but still conceals the interior.
For a kitchen with a vintage vibe, glue gingerbread appliques (available at home centers) on door panels. These affordable wood pieces come in many styles and are easy to adhere to cabinet doors using wood glue. Kick up the vintage look by applying a thin coat of burnt umber glaze to the doors and gingerbread. Wipe off while wet to get desired effect.
Seeking an industrial, modern look for your cabinets? Take a lesson from these revamped cabinets. Thick coats of paint once covered these 1940s wall-hung cabinets, which were sandblasted to expose the bare metal, then varnished to protect their gleaming beauty. Beaded board, applied like a skin to the base cabinets, was painted graphite gray to harmonize with the steel.
Creamy white paint on formerly dark cabinets can make a kitchen feel larger; such was the case for this kitchen. To add a dose of color, paint your island a bright hue. This island was painted a darker shade of green than the walls to help it stand out. Faux wrought-iron knobs tie in the updated cabinets with the black light fixture/pot rack.
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