Colour Choice Makes Eclectic Kitchen Lovely

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Colour Choice Makes Eclectic Kitchen Lovely


change, Connie Oliver Room for, Winnipeg Free Press


I often mention how unique a kitchen can look if you choose a dual paint treatment for upper and lower cabinets. Our feature photograph displays such a kitchen with a style that is eclectic enough to be visually interesting but neutral enough to be palatable.

This kitchen has a slight country flavour but fits into a contemporary home. The vintage style of the drawer pulls adds to the country twist while the modern Moen faucets lean toward the contemporary style. The colour is warm and inviting but not too cute.

The window bench is casually juxtaposed against the stainless-steel pots and countertop accents. The rough-hewn stone-tile backsplash accents the sleek marble countertop. The large, mullioned windows with wide trim are great architectural features that are best left unadorned by curtains or blinds. The darker green colour used on the windows highlights their beauty and size.

The chef's hanging pot rack says "I'm a serious cook," while the padded window bench seat says "I don't take myself too seriously." The neutral wall colour helps the various elements relate and also makes the window trim pop. This is a truly inviting kitchen.

The light wooden cabinets are lovely and would be acceptable had the entire kitchen had the same wood finish. By the same token, the green paint is a lovely, soft colour and would also look great on all of the cabinetry. Mixing the two finishes, however, creates an unusual feel and look.

I suspect even reversing the look by painting only the upper cabinets would look just as nice. Notice, too, how the island and pantry relate to the built-ins because they are painted the same colour as the lower cabinets.

This is a good lesson for those who are in the middle of a kitchen renovation. There are certain scenarios in a kitchen that may require a change but not necessarily an entire cabinet replacement. Perhaps you've decided you need additional storage space and choose to add a stand-alone pantry to your kitchen but are having a hard time finding one that matches the existing cabinetry, or you want to add an island and are having the same issue with mismatched finishes.

Another common dilemma is a lower-cabinet water-damage event, either from the sink drain or a dishwasher leak. Again, finding matching cabinetry can be a challenge, especially if your current cabinets are older.

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