When your kitchen remodel includes both hardwood floors and wood cabinets, should you try to match them? Why not coordinate the two with one finish? After all, matching things in a home extends a theme, and why should your kitchen miss out on that action? On the other hand, will too much of a good thing spoil the look? Here's our take on matching wood elements in kitchens.
Try to Make That Match
First, take into consideration that your flooring hardwood and cabinet wood will come from different sources. While they may be of the same species, the chances are that they will have different grain patterns and hues before the stain is ever applied. In other words, the basic woods will almost never match, no matter how far and wide you search. Only a very dark stain could force a match, but how dark are you willing to go in your kitchen? Light stains could end up making the disparities in the woods more glaring. A perfect match could happen, but probably only in your dreams.
Diverse Finishes Create Visual Excitement
A kitchen fully matched from head to toe will lack visual interest, especially if you have a large room with lots of cabinet space. The whole purpose of a makeover is to rejuvenate your excitement about this room so central to the life of your family. Fill it with too much of one color, and you're likely to find it rather boring. But what about tying the room together so it sports some semblance of a theme? Use your countertops for that job. At mid-height, they'll set the visual tempo for your new kitchen.
Finish with Complementing Surfaces
Since it's nearly impossible to truly match your wood floors with your wood cabinets, you should choose stains that complement each other. If your floors will take a dark hue, make the cabinets light, or the other way around. By separating each stain by at least three shades, you avoid the appearance that you tried to match but failed. However, your baseboards should match the floors, and crown molding should match the cabinets. This trick makes the floors and ceiling appear more expansive.
Also, consider painting some of the cabinets for a mix of finishes. For instance, when you use a different finish for the perimeter cabinets and also apply it to the those on the island, you create a design wherein no one color steals the limelight, but all work together as a cast. Another popular combination entails one finish for the all the lower cabinets and a supporting finish for the top rows. No matter how you choose to finish your hardwood floors and cabinets, be sure they will all live happily with your countertops.
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