Mix Cabinet Materials

Why stick with just one type of cabinet in your kitchen? See how to combine materials, colors and designs with tips from this kitchen that masters cabinetry mixing.

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Popular Kitchen Colors

Coat your kitchen in a color you love with our favorite paint picks. With ideas for blues, grays, greens and, yes, even white, these versatile kitchen paint colors bring the beauty.

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One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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Drab to Fab Makeover

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Guide to Backsplashes

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Creative Dish Storage

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Popular in Kitchens

Good lighting in a kitchen is essential for good function. The key is to balance general lighting with more specific task lighting and mood-setting accent lighting.

Recessed lighting
Recessed can lights are very versatile and are great for general lighting. Since you don't have to worry about clearances with doors or fixtures, recessed cans can be installed almost anywhere.

Undercabinet lights
For task lighting, most kitchen designers recommend undercabinet fixtures. When installing undercabinet lighting, be sure to order trim for the bottom of the upper cabinets to cover the fixtures. (If you can see them, it takes away from the effect.) A good trick to know when installing this trim is to caulk the crack (on the back side) between the bottom of the cabinet and the trim itself to avoid having light shine through the crack. There are also special low-voltage strip lights, which can be installed inside cabinets. They come on automatically when the door is opened to illuminate the interior of the cabinet. This is great for pantries or under sinks.

Accent lighting
Accent lights create ambience and add a stylish finishing touch to any kitchen. Use them to draw attention to attractive detailing, such as a dramatic range hood or vibrant backsplash, or to dress up your island. (Bold pendants do the trick). Choose pendants with both both uplighting and downlighting for maximum effect. The uplight bounces off the ceiling and gives good general light, and the downlight provides task lighting for dining or working at the table.

Dimming systems
Dimmers allow flexibility, enabling you to change the mood for prep, dining, and clean-up. For example, ceiling cove lighting on a dimmer is multi-functional, creating good general light when needed or softer, more ambient light when light bulbs are dimmed down.

1. Not having enough light.
As we all get older, we need more light to see properly. This can be as simple as increasing the wattage or adding more lights to work areas.

2. Not having the right kinds of light.
The right light will minimize glare, render color accurately, and create an inviting atmosphere.

3. Not having enough light controls.
This includes things such as window shadings to control natural light as well as dimmers for light bulbs.


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