Daval Renzo Character Oak Tobacco Savoy Matt Lichen | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Daval Renzo Character Oak Tobacco Savoy Matt Lichen | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Dekton Kitchen Taga Xgloss | Spaces By Design Client Site, Wansford
Daval Varenna Tabaco Elm Garda Gloss Cashmere 1 | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Daval Varenna Tabaco Elm Garda Gloss Cashmere 1 | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Daval Modern Handleless Kitchen | Spaces By Design, Stamford
Elmore Kitchens Showroom Trilium | Spaces By Design Client Site, Wansford

Kitchen Trends: Why Choose Contrast Kitchen Cabinets?

Whether modern or traditional, contrast kitchen colour arrangements work for a variety of styles, making an impressive statement within the kitchen! With a vast choice of kitchen door colours and finishes available to homeowners, it is inevitable, and also very welcome, that Contrast kitchens have become so popular over the last decade- shifting largely away from the single-colour kitchen look which previously dominatedWhether for its visual appeal, breadth of choice, or else to resolve a design dilemma, there are many great reasons for choosing a contrast kitchen arrangement: 

A Personal and Pleasing Aesthetic

How a kitchen looks is extremely important, so one of the obvious reasons for choosing Contrast kitchen cabinets is the aesthetic appeal of this style. Contrast kitchens offer great diversity within kitchen design, enabling classic and understated, or else out-of-the-ordinary designs, entirely dependent on the kitchen look you wish to create. The additional kitchen colour and/or texture adds depth and visual interest. This, combined with increased scope for creative and exciting designs, makes Contrast kitchens the perfect option if you want a kitchen with definite ‘wow’ factor!

Renzo Charred Japanese Wood | Spaces By Design, Stamford
Farnley Navy Blue And Porcelain Main | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Contrast Kitchens bring Balance

Contrast kitchen arrangements offer a suitable compromise where you’re struggling to decide. Alternatively, you might decide on a kitchen colour but find it overwhelming, or else underwhelming, by itself within a room. Introducing a new colour can break up the continuity of the first, allowing both colours to work in harmonyFor example, your preferred colour choice might be too dark for your kitchen space and won’t work by itself; A Contrast kitchen might not have occurred to you but combining dark colours with lighter tones is an effective and attractive solution for making dark tones work, or in making a room feel larger and lighter.  

Compliment The Theme of Your Home

Contrast kitchens work successfully for both traditional and modern kitchen styles, and so are an effective solution if you want to maintain a home’s existing theme, such as in a Georgian or Victorian homePerhaps you like modern kitchen finishes but feel they are ‘too modern’ for the house? You can solve this by combining a modern door such as gloss or matt lacquer, with a conventional wood grain finish; this tones down the contemporary feel to better suit and reflect your home’s traditional character.

Daval Amberley Dove Grey Kitchen | Spaces By Design, Stamford
Langham Basalt Main | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Contrast Kitchens Can Cost Less

Kitchen price is a major factor when choosing kitchen cabinets and finishes can range significantly in cost. This might mean a preferred door choice proves too costly to include throughout the kitchen. But in a contrast kitchen you can confine a more expensive finish to one area such as wall cupboards, or kitchen island. Here, it will make an impressive statement, in combination with a less expensive finish throughout the remainder of the kitchen. For example, a kitchen with real stone kitchen island surrounded by gloss lacquer-laminate or wood laminate units would prove much more affordable than a kitchen with real stone throughout.

Colour Planning For Contrast Kitchens

When choosing kitchen colours your home’s structure and layout may naturally dictate that certain tones will work better than others. For example, a small kitchen or north facing room with limited light predisposes that lighter colours will work better than dark tones. Dark kitchen tones need careful introduction in design, but they do work, and a contrast kitchen is a simple yet effective means for making this happen. For example, dark colours work well for base units as they ground the kitchen, yet continue the same colour for upper wall units and they can appear imposing. This is particularly so within small kitchen designs. Instead, contrast dark base units with light coloured wall units and the space will feel lighter and more open.

Farnley Charcoal Porcelain Main | Spaces By Design, Stamford
Varenna Alaskan Oak Rio Talpa Cam02 | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Contrast kitchen Colours With Soft Contrasts

As mentioned, light colours make a room feel brighter, so you might opt for a contrast kitchen with light tones and a subtle colour contrast. Neutral colours work well together, and different finish materials also combine to great effectFor example, a white gloss kitchen with modern wood island adds character, breaks up the colour hue, and the wood grain doors effortlessly become a focal point of the kitchenThe juxtaposition is appealing to the eye, and a further advantage of a contrast kitchen with light tones is it is less likely to tire with age. 

Contrast Kitchen Colours with Bold Contrasts

Subtle colour contrasts make for extremely elegant kitchen designs. But equally, bolder contrasts of colour and texture have high impact and add ‘wow’ factor to your kitchenWithout going ‘all in,’ Contrast kitchens enable homeowners to be more confident in using colour, creating a finished kitchen that will retain a timeless look. Colour contrasts heavily influence the look and feel of a room and so each pairing must work in tandem to affect the kitchen look and ambience you intended. The same attention must be given to complimentary worktop, glass, and flooring choices.

Varenna Cuban Oak Mayfair Bronze Cam02 | Spaces By Design, Stamford
Daval Varenna Alaskan Oak Rio Talpa Mainshot | Spaces By Design, Stamford

Bringing in the Contrast

Contrast kitchen arrangements are particularly striking for kitchen features such as islands or shelving systems, making them stand out from the rest of the kitchen. Another popular kitchen trend is to ‘frame’ or encase some of the kitchen cabinetry, ensuring a stylish contrast. This look also works well for kitchen islands, or for complimentary furniture in an adjoining open plan space.  

With so many options of colour and texture, and with no concrete rules regarding what ‘goes’ with what, the possibilities for achieving creative and exciting contrast kitchen designs are seemingly infinite. Combined with the need to satisfy an increasingly diverse range of tastes, the current kitchen trend of contrast kitchens is a look we expect to be designing much more of for a very long time to come. 

To find out how to make this popular kitchen style work for your home contact us today. 

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