Can’t decide between natural wood and painted kitchen cabinets?  In today’s kitchens, it doesn’t have to be either/or.  Similar to how matched furniture sets have fallen to the wayside, more and more designers are opting to mix rather than match cabinet colors.

Since cabinets are large financial AND design investments, here are a few tips to ensure your color choices look intentional rather than piecemeal. 

1. Choose consistent cabinetry styles (ie. all contemporary, transitional, etc.).  


2.Painted cabinetry in light colors such as white and cream often mix well with darker wood tones.


3. When mixing woodgrains, keep tones consistent by using all warm or cool colors, or by pairing a warm or cool color with a neutral color.


4.Use different cabinetry colors to designate zones.For example, use one color for the upper cabinetry and another for the bottom cabinetry.Or, keep the primary cabinets one color and choose a different color for the kitchen island base cabinets.  


5.Unify the cabinetry colors by using the same family of cabinetry hardware.