Another conversation about painted kitchen cabinets. . . I’m always pinning different ideas, and it’s rare that I come across a good mix of white and darker wood used together. I thought this kitchen (by Bardes Interiors) was a really nice example of how it can work well:
I think the trick is to figure out where to start and stop with the painted portion. I like how they just left the lower portions unpainted—just enough to add warmth. Here’s a better shot of how it works around the room:
Are you a fan of the white + wood mix in the kitchen?
Tour the rest of this cute bungalow here.
Jessica Horton says
Love it! I think the white counter helps meld the top & bottom… if it was a third color I think it would be too much, but I love it as is!
Trish @TheOldPostRoad says
Love it! I know we will be back around to all wood finished kitchens before I can blink. This one is perfect. You are right about the wood bringing “warmth.”
Carol @ CAD INTERIORS says
I prefer the look of “two-toned” kitchen cabinets. Interesting and dimensional.
Maggie @Maggie Overby Studios says
I mixed white and wood when I did my $5000 kitchen makeover. I chose to mix and match because I got the wood cabinets for free when my sister gutted her almost brand new kitchen. I mixed her wood cabinets with new white cabinets because I was afraid trying to match them I’d end up with two different wood tones. In the end I really liked the results. I think mixing wood and paint would also be a good way to update an existing kitchen without doing a full remodel. Just paint the upper or lower cabinets. In this kitchen it works amazingly well, a little warmth without going too dark. Perfect!
Laurie Jones says
I really like the white and wood look, gives a coziness the room needs, I used to love all white but now feel it comes off too sterile and I also used to love the white cabinets on top and painted gray on the bottom but not it just seems like too much paint for me. I feel like my style is constantly changing.
Holly Irwin says
Hi Emily, What a charming home! The kitchen looks really warm and inviting with the wood cabinets and golden wall color. Thanks for sharing it with us!
carol Jane says
The kitchen is very pretty however it’s a bit choppy for me. I need everything the same color.
I had this look for a while. I had painted my upper cabinets white. When I finished & re-installed all the doors I was surprised at HOW WHITE it looked. I think I choose a white that was too bright.
Because of that, I didn’t want to continue with painting the lowers. I lived with the lowers unpainted for over a year while I was trying to decide on a color. I didn’t mind the lowers being unpainted so I wasn’t in any hurry to finish the project.
Esther Horvath says
Does anyone know of a way to paint varnished kitchen cabinets white in a way that the paint won’t chip off or scratch off? I really need some good advice!
Gwen, The Makerista says
When we were going to build, this is what I wanted to do. I like how light white uppers feel, but I like how much dirt and fingerprints bottom wood cabinets hide. ;)
Emily Clark says
I know…. I can’t imagine how dirty white cabinets would actually look in our house. They look dirty anyway now!
Douglas Brown says
My wife is more of a fan of, for example, white with white as opposed to mix and matching. Personally though, I love the idea of mixing white with a darker wood, like in the first picture. We will be renovating our kitchen for the rest of the summer, but have yet to pick out colors. Hopefully I can convince her with these pictures!