Look We Love: Contrast in the Kitchen

Look We Love: Contrast in the Kitchen

Nancy Mitchell
Nov 4, 2014
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Can't decide between stainless and concrete countertops? Torn between colored cabinets and white ones? Maybe you don't have to choose. Here's an interesting new look we're seeing in more and more kitchens — contrasting materials used in interesting ways. Take a look at these ten kitchens and get inspired.

Above: navy and blonde cabinets create a beautiful contrast in this kitchen by Pelle Designs.

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A concrete-topped island contrasts with the stainless steel counters in this kitchen from Homelife.

(Image credit: Lauren Liess)

Designer Lauren Liess paired dark soapstone and white marble in her own kitchen. There's also a nice tension between the smooth cabinets faces and the island, which is covered in reclaimed wood.

(Image credit: Living Agency)

There's a lot going on in this kitchen from Living Agency (via Apartment Therapy). It makes the most of a variety of materials — white marble, stainless cabinets, butcherblock countertops, and an encaustic tile backsplash.

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Rough wood is a delightful countertpart to smooth white cabinets in this kitchen, spotted on Desire to Inspire.

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White and wood cabinets in a kitchen from IKEA via My Sweet Little House.

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Just a little bit of marble — still pretty, but much lower maintenance. From Canadian House & Home.

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More white and wood, from House Beautiful.

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The rustic wood of the lower cabinets and backsplash gives this kitchen from Elle Interior a lovely warmth.

(Image credit: Katarina Grundstromer)

The upper and lower cabients in this kitchen (from Katarina Grundstromer via The Brown Workshop) almost seem like they came from a different kitchen — but they go together so beautifully.

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