Do you hate the monotony of your current kitchen design? Do you have one of those eclectic personalities that enjoys combining different furniture styles and colors to create interest in a room? There’s no reason why you can’t add that same flavor to your kitchen.
As a kitchen and bath remodeling company, we are finding that Washington DC residents are becoming much more adventurous with their cabinetry selections, no longer feeling confined to just one cabinet door style or stain color for the entire kitchen. If you’re looking for some ideas on how you can energize the look of your kitchen, we’ve listed below some of the ways you can break up the lines and color tones of your kitchen to fit with your eclectic tastes.
Get Rid of the Straight Lines
The typical kitchen has cabinets that are all the same height and depth, creating neat, straight lines. Adding door styles that have interesting design characteristics is one way to break the simplicity of this look, but it is only the start. To truly get rid of the straight lines, you’ll need to incorporate some creative design into your choice of cabinet sizes.
You may select some wall cabinets that are deeper than others and some that are of differing heights than the others. This not only breaks the straight even line, but also allows you to customize the size of your cabinets based on what they are going to be used for. You may want deeper cabinets to hold those large charger plates that don’t quite fit into standard size cabinets. You may want shallow cabinets with glass doors to show off your china or crystal without wasting space. Adding extra height to a pantry cabinet will not only give you extra storage space but will also break up the cove line around the top of your cabinets.
Adding curves to your cabinets and countertops is another creative way to soften the lines within your kitchen. You’ll find plenty of examples on our portfolio page of how we’ve incorporated curves into our kitchen designs for North Virginia clients.
Create Dimension with Color Contrasts
While you’re breaking up the straight lines with different depths and heights of cabinets, the effect will become even more dramatic if do some color changes in the cabinets as well. The options are really only limited by your imagination. Mixing painted cabinets with stained wood tones is one option. A dark cherry finish alongside a light blond maple creates a unique contrast as well.
Where and how you create your color contrasts is just as full of options. You might choose a different color for your base cabinets from what you choose for your wall cabinets. You might be even more eclectic and incorporate three different color finishes into your cabinet scheme or use more than one choice of countertop material.
Choosing a totally different cabinet style and color for a center island is also a popular technique for creating a focal point of interest in your kitchen. Corbels, cornices, columns and legs can add texture and dimension to your kitchen layout, as well.
Don’t Forget the Backsplash
The backsplash area between your countertop and upper cabinets is the perfect place to get creative with shape and color in your kitchen. Small glass tile has become quite popular for creating colorful accents and focal points in the kitchen backsplash space. A cooktop with a hood above becomes the frame to an artistic display of tile work in many kitchens today. Again, plenty of material and design options are available to turn your backsplash into a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your kitchen.
At Select Kitchen and Bath, our first step in the design process for any kitchen is a detailed questionnaire that helps us determine what your functional needs are, as well as your design tastes. Our aim is to always provide our clients with a kitchen design that they love to look at and can enjoy working in as well.
If you’ve got one of those boring kitchens that needs a transformational remodel to turn it into a spectacular centerpiece for your home, give us a call at 703-866-4224 or fill out the contact form on our website and we’ll contact you promptly upon receiving your request.