November 22, 2023

The Do's & Dont's of Mixing Cabinetry Colors

Adding a splash of color to your kitchen or living room can breathe new life into the space. But, when it comes to cabinetry, how can you mix it up while maintaining balance and harmony?  

Whether you're blending two or more color tones in your home design, our design team at C & C Cabinets offers the following tips for mixing cabinetry colors to help you design the perfect space!  

black vent hood with white cabinets

The Do's of Mixing Colors

Consider these tips when mixing colors whether in the kitchen, living room, or bathroom.  

  • Think about the size of your space. Lighter colors can make a small room appear larger, while darker hues can lend a cozy ambiance to bigger kitchens.

  • Utilize a color trio. Employing three complementary hues in your cabinetry can add depth and interest to the space without overwhelming it. This technique is particularly effective in large, open kitchens.

  • Choose different colors for your upper and lower cabinets. This modern color-blocking technique creates a beautiful contrast and adds a touch of character to your kitchen. For a smooth blend, choose colors that are either complementary in the color wheel or vary in shade from light to dark.

  • Add a stain or glaze. It can highlight the texture of the wood, enhance the color, and provide a desirable finish. Experimenting with different stain intensities or glaze colors can bring a touch of uniqueness to your cabinetry.

  • Embrace a variety of textures. Blending different materials, like wood and metal, with a rainbow spectrum of colors, can help your kitchen stand out. Varying textures along with colors add a unique touch, creating a kitchen design that truly breaks the mold
blue and gray cabinets with marble countertops

The Don'ts of Mixing Colors

While we typically refrain from imposing don'ts on homeowners' design choices, some color considerations are simply too important to ignore when it comes to creating your perfect living space.  

  • Don't shy away from mixing cool and warm tones. The right combination can create a dynamic contrast.

  • Don't forget about the finish. Glossy finishes can add a modern touch, while matte options create a more classic look.

  • Don't forget to account for the tone of the wood. Different wood grains and finishes can affect how the color appears.

  • Don't forget to break the rules. Contrary to what you may believe, rules aren't meant to restrict creativity, they're meant to guide it. The same applies to mixing cabinetry colors. So when it comes to your home interior, don't shy away from bending the rules a bit. Experimentation could lead to unique, personal results beyond typical color schemes!

More Inspiration > Cabinet Finishes: Stain Vs. Paint

brown and white cabinets with marble island

Have Happiness Built In

Successful color mixing isn't entirely about the colors themselves, but about how you balance them. One color should dominate while the others complement it. And remember, this isn't a contest—there's no definitive right or wrong.

Start with what you love, and build around it. Balance, not match—that's the mantra for mixing cabinetry colors like a pro!

If you need help in designing the perfect space complete with a splash of color, contact head designer Miriam Johnson at The Cabinet Chic for a design consultation. We can’t wait to help you have happiness built in!

“The work of C&C cabinets is incredible. They can make any cabinet dreams a reality. Highly recommend!”    - Seleena N.
C & C Cabinets Butterfly Transform Your Home

The Finest Finishes

Beauty can’t last only as long as the reveal. We pride ourselves in selecting the right finish & proper application, resulting in a durable finish that remains beautifully functional for years to come.

Request Consultation
Follow Us

We’re on Instagram

custom closet design inspiration cabinet chic