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25/5/2022

4 Best Ways to Combine Wood & Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Painted kitchen cabinets mixed with wood are an easy way to refresh the look of your kitchen. These combinations can give depth, complexity, and personality to your home space.

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Mixing painted and wood cabinet is a technique that is well at home with multiple aesthetics, from sleek and minimalist contemporary kitchens to traditional kitchens well-suited for big families and even transitional kitchens in between.

There is a wealth of variations, shades, and grains for wood cabinet designs: from the durable yet gorgeous maple wood, which can be used for both furniture and flooring; to rich mahogany, which can easily become the statement piece of your modern kitchen. Cherry wood wears well and darkens with age. For homeowners with a limited budget, there is also the option of engineered veneers or high/low-pressure laminate, which offer the look of traditional wood kitchen cabinets at a fraction of the price.

Traditional kitchen
Traditional kitchen with a combination of wood and painted finish

If you love painted kitchen cabinets, there is a plethora of colours and textures to be found, which should more than adequately match and contrast the wood parts of your kitchen. Try our strategies below to revamp your kitchen into a beautiful two-tone one:

1. Use Blocks of Colour

Make use of bold blocks of colour to breathe vitality and personality into your kitchen. A kitchen island with a lively grained wood finish can provide a contrasting balance to the walls and painted cabinets, thus making your kitchen space look warm and energetic. Big modern cabinets are also a good choice to insert entire blocks of bold colours into an otherwise neutral-toned kitchen.

Painted kitchen cabinets
These base cabinets, island, and floor with dark wood provide a contrasting balance to the remainder of the space

The typical contemporary palette includes neutrals such as white and beige as the dominant background shades, with a more sprightly selection of colours as the focus and accent shades. The traditional style uses more vibrant colours and outstanding accents while transitional kitchens mix visual elements between traditional and contemporary spectrums.

A-traditional-kitchen-uses-a-vibrant-colour-and-outstanding-accent-with-a-wood-island
A traditional kitchen uses vibrant colour and outstanding accent with a wood island

Tip: Consider their base colours — warm tones vs. cool tones. Do the colours of the islands and floors work well with the darker stained wood cabinets? There is a thin line between bold contrast and a garish mishmash of colours.

2. Let Outstanding Breaks with a New Finish or Colour

Use natural dividers, accents, and accessories such as doors and windows to frame and provide a transitioning space between colour blocks and finishes. Take advantage of that door to the mudroom or laundry room that splits up your kitchen walls, or the beams and mantels and modern cabinets. The right materials and colours will brighten up your space and attract the eyes. For example, oak goes well with white and will liven up and brighten your space.

Oak-goes-well-with-white-it-will-liven-up-and-brighten-your-space
Oak goes well with white - it will liven up and brighten your space

3. Add One Wood Piece

A single piece of natural wood can liven up an entire kitchen, transforming it from a cold, industrial aesthetic to a cozy, inviting space perfectly suitable for family or friendly gatherings. A hardwood floor or wooden molding is an easy pick. For larger spaces, the painted kitchen cabinets and open shelves made from dark Walnut and Cherry wood can be the centerpieces. For lighter coloured woods, you can also try Oak and Birch.

The-white-kitchen-is-more-inviting-with-our-custom-hood-fan-in-natural-wood
The white kitchen is more inviting with our custom hood fan in natural wood

4. Intersperse Painted & Stained Throughout

Typically, this approach is better suited to highly modernized, contemporary kitchens or even transitional kitchens due to its alternative styling. Splashes of natural wood doors, hardwood floors, and white frames can be mixed in for a uniforming effect.

Intersperse-painted-and-stained-finishes-throughout-your-modern-kitchen-space
Intersperse painted and stained finishes throughout your modern kitchen space

At Zen Living, we have lots of painted colour and wood-tone materials that can satisfy different budgets, from laminate to engineered veneer, or hardwoods - the most high-end option.

Time to explore our Pinterest to get more inspiration and check out our Catalogue for your new kitchen plan!

Mixing painted and wood cabinet is a technique that is well at home with multiple aesthetics, from sleek and minimalist contemporary kitchens to traditional kitchens well-suited for big families and even transitional kitchens in between.

There is a wealth of variations, shades, and grains for wood cabinet designs: from the durable yet gorgeous maple wood, which can be used for both furniture and flooring; to rich mahogany, which can easily become the statement piece of your modern kitchen. Cherry wood wears well and darkens with age. For homeowners with a limited budget, there is also the option of engineered veneers or high/low-pressure laminate, which offer the look of traditional wood kitchen cabinets at a fraction of the price.

Traditional kitchen
Traditional kitchen with a combination of wood and painted finish

If you love painted kitchen cabinets, there is a plethora of colours and textures to be found, which should more than adequately match and contrast the wood parts of your kitchen. Try our strategies below to revamp your kitchen into a beautiful two-tone one:

1. Use Blocks of Colour

Make use of bold blocks of colour to breathe vitality and personality into your kitchen. A kitchen island with a lively grained wood finish can provide a contrasting balance to the walls and painted cabinets, thus making your kitchen space look warm and energetic. Big modern cabinets are also a good choice to insert entire blocks of bold colours into an otherwise neutral-toned kitchen.

Painted kitchen cabinets
These base cabinets, island, and floor with dark wood provide a contrasting balance to the remainder of the space

The typical contemporary palette includes neutrals such as white and beige as the dominant background shades, with a more sprightly selection of colours as the focus and accent shades. The traditional style uses more vibrant colours and outstanding accents while transitional kitchens mix visual elements between traditional and contemporary spectrums.

A-traditional-kitchen-uses-a-vibrant-colour-and-outstanding-accent-with-a-wood-island
A traditional kitchen uses vibrant colour and outstanding accent with a wood island

Tip: Consider their base colours — warm tones vs. cool tones. Do the colours of the islands and floors work well with the darker stained wood cabinets? There is a thin line between bold contrast and a garish mishmash of colours.

2. Let Outstanding Breaks with a New Finish or Colour

Use natural dividers, accents, and accessories such as doors and windows to frame and provide a transitioning space between colour blocks and finishes. Take advantage of that door to the mudroom or laundry room that splits up your kitchen walls, or the beams and mantels and modern cabinets. The right materials and colours will brighten up your space and attract the eyes. For example, oak goes well with white and will liven up and brighten your space.

Oak-goes-well-with-white-it-will-liven-up-and-brighten-your-space
Oak goes well with white - it will liven up and brighten your space

3. Add One Wood Piece

A single piece of natural wood can liven up an entire kitchen, transforming it from a cold, industrial aesthetic to a cozy, inviting space perfectly suitable for family or friendly gatherings. A hardwood floor or wooden molding is an easy pick. For larger spaces, the painted kitchen cabinets and open shelves made from dark Walnut and Cherry wood can be the centerpieces. For lighter coloured woods, you can also try Oak and Birch.

The-white-kitchen-is-more-inviting-with-our-custom-hood-fan-in-natural-wood
The white kitchen is more inviting with our custom hood fan in natural wood

4. Intersperse Painted & Stained Throughout

Typically, this approach is better suited to highly modernized, contemporary kitchens or even transitional kitchens due to its alternative styling. Splashes of natural wood doors, hardwood floors, and white frames can be mixed in for a uniforming effect.

Intersperse-painted-and-stained-finishes-throughout-your-modern-kitchen-space
Intersperse painted and stained finishes throughout your modern kitchen space

At Zen Living, we have lots of painted colour and wood-tone materials that can satisfy different budgets, from laminate to engineered veneer, or hardwoods - the most high-end option.

Time to explore our Pinterest to get more inspiration and check out our Catalogue for your new kitchen plan!

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