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Creating Contrast in Your Kitchen Design: Part 1

By Stevie Storck

Designing your dream kitchen can be an overwhelming task.
There are so many decisions to make! Even after you’ve decided on your most functional and beautiful layout, there a still dozens of decisions to make regarding materials and finishes. What hardware are we going to choose? In what
finish? What type of flooring? What paint color? …The list goes on and on.

For many homeowners, this portion of the remodel process can be very frustrating. You may know the look and feel you want your kitchen to have, but are unsure of how to achieve that. Many homeowners’ first inclination is to “play it safe” and choose materials that are similar in color, like shades of beige to go with a medium wood tone cabinetry. While it’s true that the elements of this design will “match”, the overall effect will be a monotone kitchen where all the finishes blend together.

One of the things I talk about with all of my customers is
how important contrast is in a kitchen design. The best kitchen designs have a balance of light tones, medium tones and dark tones, no matter what shade your cabinetry is. Here is an example of how to create contrast if you are choosing white cabinetry for your kitchen remodel with embee & son.


White-on-white kitchens are a trend that isn’t going
anywhere – people love the light, fresh and bright feeling that they give. However, if you choose white for literally ALL of your finishes, your kitchen will go from feeling light and bright to sterile and institutional. This photo shows a successful white-on-white kitchen design. While white is the primary tone used on the cabinetry and tile backsplash, this designer added warmth with a medium tone hardwood floor and contrast with dark countertops and cabinetry
hardware. The overall effect is still light and airy feeling, but also grounded and balanced.


The Formula?

Primary Tone = Light

Secondary Tone =

Tertiary Tone (or
accent) = Dark

Use this formula when selecting your finishes and you can’t
go wrong! In my next post, I will show you how to incorporate contrast if you are choosing medium and dark wood tone cabinetry for your kitchen remodel!

At embee & son, we have two interior designers who are
here, not only to create the best layout for the functionality of your kitchen, but also to guide you through the selections process to ensure that your end product is well-designed AND beautiful!

If you have any questions for our talented staff, please email us at: info@embeeandson.com. We would be delighted to talk with you and welcome you to visit our showroom at: 1150 Stewart Street in York, PA.

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