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Lighten up your wood kitchen cabinets

One of the newest style trends to appear in the world of kitchen cabinetry is carefully mixing dark wood kitchen cabinets with a few painted or rustic finished cabinets, creating the look of a "furnished" kitchen. Dark wood kitchen cabinets are prized for their handsome formality and rich deep finishes; but too much of a good thing can make your kitchen appear heavy. Lighten the mood by adding a few contrasting accent cabinets in vanilla, painted or rustic maple wood finishes. New furniture-style wood kitchen cabinets feature turned corners, rustic finishes, corbels, columns, and white, painted or bright wood panels.

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Contempory wood kitchen cabinets

Today's big kitchens accommodate everyone and serve a variety of family and entertaining needs, but yesterday's dark wooden finishes can overwhelm a big space. Lighten up by mixing your older, boxy wood kitchen cabinets with newer cabinet profiles and moldings featuring turned trim accents and legs. Picture a maple country kitchen table painted white with a natural wood top replacing a heavy work island; then blend similar style elements into your wooden kitchen cabinet ensemble.

Panels, either raised for a traditional look or recessed Shaker-style also break up heavy design elements. Armoire cabinets on legs are gaining in popularity and have influenced the design of arched and broken pediment cabinet tops mixed with classic straight lines. Newly popular colors for painted wood kitchen cabinets are sage green, goldenrod and shades of creamy white.

Pulling focus to one area highlights and invigorates the entire kitchen. Glass and fabric panels inserted into wood kitchen cabinets add an unexpected visual pop and bring hand-crafted appeal. Base cabinets now sport legs to break up heavy block profiles. Decorative leg styles include turned, pyramid, round, and straight. No wonder guests and family like your kitchen best.

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