Design Concepts

The Need for Accents

As kitchens have become more visible within the house and as cabinetry designs have simplified and design lines have become cleaner, the need for color and texture accents has become increasingly important.

Cabinets_Woodland Meadows“At one point everything had to match,” says Anthony Moore of U S Homebuilders. “You don’t see that as much anymore. In fact, that concept is really pretty dated. … This is apparent in cabinet door finishes, with the use of two different-colored painted finishes or a mix of painted and stained finish.”

An example is when wall cabinets are painted and all the others are stained. It’s also seen in the mixing of door styles, where the door design may change from the island to the perimeter cabinets or even where one uses frameless cabinets and the other front frame cabinets, he says.

Generally, upper and lower cabinets will be in the same style family and most manufacturers integrate the styles of their solid and decorative or glass cabinet doors.

Inserts are also common, including painted panels, laminate panels and glass doors with textured, opaque or clear glass. You see accent doors that have aluminum or stainless steel frames or banding, metal panels, inserts covered with reed, grass cloth or fabric embedded in a resin, even leather-covered inserts.