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When purchasing cabinets for your kitchen – there are dozens, if not hundreds of decisions you will need to make. Since the kitchen is where you will get the largest return on investment – you will want to make sure those decisions are educated ones.
Having your island cabinetry finish contrast from your perimeter cabinet finish became in-vouge over a decade ago. It still remains a very popular design element but it needs to be done correctly in order to be received as done well.
The contrasting color of your island should be very visible – meaning that if you have white perimeter cabinets and you would like to use a grey hue on the island – that grey should be very stark in contrast. If you do a light grey it may be hard to distinguish from your perimeter cabinets – which means, you will have missed your design intent. A word to the wise – do not mix and match your two colors in your light rail or your top molding – this design element comes across as a touch to amateur.
The best professional application for this process is to do painted perimeter cabinetry and a stained natural wood on the island. Also – try breaking up your countertops too. Use one material (or color) for the perimeter and another material (or color) for the island. I like to use butcher-block on the island – which looks fantastic and is great for the chef in the family.
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