6 Tips for Color Mixing New Neutrals
Accentuate the positive
Use color to draw attention to the most interesting features of your space. Ordering cabinetry for an island or a tall pantry area in a contrasting color such as navy or carbon creates the look of custom built in furniture, adds visual interest and shines a light on your favorite parts of the room.
In the zone
Your kitchen has natural zones for cooking, storage, dining and often, an open family room for conversation. Cabinetry finish choices interplay with paint, flooring, tile and upholstery choices to define those zones. Consider soft, Cloud White for the kitchen perimeter, then complement with Classic Gray in a built-in beverage center.
Keep your balance
When mixing finishes, you’ll see the best results if you place darker colors lower, such as for base cabinets. Allow lighter colors to float toward the ceiling on wall or glass front cabinets. The inverse, light colors on the bottom and darker colors on top, rarely works and often makes a space feel off-balance. Tall cabinets, like pantries and shelving units will work well finished in either a dark or a light choice.
Take your temperature
Be sure to place color samples side by side for comparison. Colors that appear to have blue undertones are considered cool colors. Colors that have yellow or red undertones are warm colors. As you mix and match colors, stick to either a warm palette or cool palette for cabinetry, paint, window coverings and other materials.
There’s no need to limit yourself to mixing only colors, ask your designer to create a 3D rendering to see two door styles. Consider a white Shaker door paired with a wood raised panel door. It’s your kitchen and the final project should reflect your own taste and style.
As you consider the possibilities for mixing and matching colors, order samples to see the colors in person. Computer monitors and even printed brochures can’t represent finishes precisely. Looking at an actual wood finish sample will help you picture the color in morning light, evening light and everything in between. We’ll even send two 5×7-inch samples absolutely free.