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4. Bring the shine. Glossy acrylic base cabinets add a sleek, reflective note to this streamlined kitchen. Their juxtaposition with the matte island and upper cabinets, as well as the honed flooring and island countertop, creates an appealing textural interplay.
5. Diversify a neutral palette. This kitchen could have been a study in brown, but the glazed peacock blue cabinetry gives it energy and a hit of sass. Introducing a dramatically different finish is easier and feels more natural when the cabinetry evokes the impression of freestanding units, like this hutch-style approach.
6. Pull the wall hue into the room. Lime green on the kitchen island echoes the paler shade of the walls for a graduated two-tone effect. The same technique also works well when you want to repeat a dominant or background color in tile or wallpaper.