Matching Cabinetry and Wood Floor Color

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I often get questions from clients about matching wood tones within their home – especially when it comes to cabinetry and flooring. Trends have generally moved away from matching almost anything – including woods. A layering of tones, textures and even styles is infinitely more interesting than matching. Painted cabinetry, like the white cabinets above, offer up a wide variety of options. The contrast of light and dark is always a classic combination. 
Dark kitchen cabinets, like the ones above, tend to lend themselves to slightly lighter toned floors. This mix of tones not only adds interest, but it keeps a room of dark cabinetry from becoming too heavy and monotone.
With lighter kitchen cabinets like the white wash above, you may go darker on the floors for the same reasons – contrast and interest. 
One last option. We’ve blogged about the trend of lighter hardwood floors recently. That trend, combined with the allure of reclaimed products, can be combined with more traditional wood elements to create a really interesting mix of wood tones – see the kitchen above.
Bottom line on flooring and cabinetry colors; avoid matching, go for contrast and interest. You’ll be on your way to creating an interesting space that will stand the test of time.
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  1. The top photo is a gorgeous example of layers of color. Those contrasting colors are perfect. Now I want to go redo my kitchen. I need more contrast.

  2. Hi Beth, enjoyed your article, was particularly interested in the last photo and wondering who makes the hardwood, it has the perfect mix of color tones we are looking for. Do you think it can work in a more contemporary style?
    Thank you,
    Shane

    • Hi Shane – I’m Lisa, not Beth ;) I’ve had that question about those floors before – people really respond to it. It’s a custom stain/scrape, one that if you work with a great wood flooring specialist, they might be able to approximate through experimentation and a bit of trial and error. This type of rustic foundation would be a fabulous contrast to contemporary design. Thanks for reading – Lisa

  3. Hi Lisa,

    I love the wood floors in the first photograph. Any details you can share?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Gina – I don’t have details, but they appear to me to be a slightly distressed oak (red oak maybe?) with a warm brown stain like a chestnut. Often “real” wood floors are stained on site with a custom mix of stain colors based on a homeowner’s preference. Hope this helps!

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