It's In The Mix: Kitchens with Different Cabinet Types

It's In The Mix: Kitchens with Different Cabinet Types

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Eleanor Büsing
Nov 25, 2015

The kitchen in the photo above is pretty much my dream kitchen: black and white color scheme, wood floors, marble countertop, a section of open shelving—throw in a copper or matte black swan tap and I'm sold. But you know what really gets me about the space above? The mix of cabinet types.

Perhaps I'm just being greedy, but I love seeing more than one cabinet style in a kitchen. It's irreverent and cool and oozes personality. At this point, we're all used to two-tone kitchens, but combining two cabinet types takes the trend further. Are you ready?

(Image credit: Lonny)

This kitchen mixes bold painted upper cabinets with no-nonsense, utilitarian stainless steel ones below.


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Are you sick of this kitchen yet? Sorry, I'm not. The dark, glass-fronted upper cabinets are unexpected and oh-so-stylish companions to a lower bank of textured wood cabinets.

White and wood is a modern classic combination, as proven by this sleek, contemporary space.

(Image credit: Cococozy)

Vogue Australia via COCOCOZY

Here's the same combination of materials in a more luxe, grown-up space, enhanced by the addition of a marble waterfall island.

KOMAAN! architecten via My Scandinavian Home

But it needn't be an expensive or precious look. Here, cheap-as-chips plywood covers one random lower cabinet and a bank of uppers.

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I like the play on direction here. A kitchen from the UK company deVOL keeps the material the same, but plays with horizontals and verticals as well as stains.

Hold up—I think I've found my new dream kitchen. Natural and black timber cabinets, marble backsplash, and a row of high-shine brass uppers? Perfection.

How do you feel about mixing cabinet types in a kitchen? Is it creative or just one style too far?

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