Kitchen - Out with the Oak
March 23, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We are painting our oak kitchen cabinets. Considering a very light colour on top and a dark brown on the bottom.
Our backsplash and countertops are new and staying as is.
It is an open concept and we are also painting the walls. Likely the wall will be a lighter shade as well. With the opposite wall, not in pictures will be a darker colour.
I'm a bit stuck when it comes to colour combos for the cabinets. Do I choose white/ivory for the upper cabinets and pick up the darkest brown from the backsplash for the lower cabinets.
Help please.
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Clay Aragon
Something to consider when you have a vaulted open concept kitchen is that if you decide to do painted two tone palette on your cabinets, it affects the rest of your house. Because you're introducing white/off white which is not present in other parts of your house, you may need to paint your window casings, baseboards and other mouldings the same colour to create a coordinated look.
In terms of your dilemma, I would suggest painting both your upper and lower cabinets all white/off white because your countertops are fairly dark and your backsplash tiles are really detailed and rich. To still get the look without it looking visually noisy, you could paint or even better stain your island dark brown to coordinate with your backsplash tiles (the big box stores sell this stain colour as espresso).
Here's an example that has a lot of the elements of your kitchen vision.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Do not do paint lower cabs a different color stay in the ivory with a chocolate glaze, on all cabinets. Backsplash very nice. Walls should be a deeper ivory. Get samples try first.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Use bronze pulls.
0 Likes   March 25, 2014 at 12:11PM
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There is a long, detailed discussion about painting kitchen cabinets here:
0 Likes   March 25, 2014 at 12:32PM
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Thanks for the great tips Clay and others.
My next dilema is the oak trim above the cabinets, which is the same as windows and baseboards throughout the living room kitchen.
Do you think it would look dumb if I left that oak trim the same so I don't have to re-stain/paint all trim ( as pointed out by Clay )
So the cabinets would be off white, the island espresso and the trim remains oak.
What is not in my pictures is an oak staircase off the kitchen.
I'm feeling OAKverwhelmed.
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