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wood lowers + white uppers = beautiful timeless kitchen

wood lowers + white uppers = beautiful timeless kitchen

White and wood, rustic and slick, contemporary and classic, yin and yang.  Use two opposing elements in a design that contrast and compliment each other.  This is the recipe for beautiful kitchens.

Once you've moved past the basic layout stage, and the budget, it's time to think colour scheme and finishes.  How about using a natural timber grain such as honey oak on your lower cabinets and crisp white on your upper cabinets?

Place wood on the bottom cabinets to "ground" it, give it some stability.  Light, airy white top cupboards to lift the scheme and make the room feel taller and more spacious.  It will be even more effective if that white colour is the same as the walls.  It could be off-white, cool white, warm white, what ever you like.

Here's a dozen examples to get you inspired.

Classic English design by Martin Moore

Classic English design by Martin Moore

Old Greenwich residence, by CT. Veronica Campbell of Deane Inc. | Jane Beiles photo.

Old Greenwich residence, by CT. Veronica Campbell of Deane Inc. | Jane Beiles photo.

Minimalist kitchen in Singapore by Green and Lush

Minimalist kitchen in Singapore by Green and Lush

Builder and interior architecture: Ed Zimmermann, Bradford Estates | interior design by Carey Karlan, Last Detail Interior Design via New England Home

Builder and interior architecture: Ed Zimmermann, Bradford Estates | interior design by Carey Karlan, Last Detail Interior Design via New England Home

kitchen designed by K Marshall Design

kitchen designed by K Marshall Design

notice the shoe lace handles, are they effective?  looks great though.  Norway kitchen via klikk.no

notice the shoe lace handles, are they effective?  looks great though.  Norway kitchen via klikk.no

Mid-Centry modern style kitchen in Victoria, Australia, designed by Doherty Design Studio

Mid-Centry modern style kitchen in Victoria, Australia, designed by Doherty Design Studio

Los Angeles kitchen by Veneer Design

Los Angeles kitchen by Veneer Design

Scandinavian style in Sydney, Australia | Corben Architects

Scandinavian style in Sydney, Australia | Corben Architects

source: Kahrs wood flooring

source: Kahrs wood flooring

This historical home in Sweden will never go out of style | photography by Lina Ostling

This historical home in Sweden will never go out of style | photography by Lina Ostling

white, walnut and copper is perfect | via Style at Home

white, walnut and copper is perfect | via Style at Home

What do you think?  Isn't it the perfect balance of clean and bright, warm and natural? Would you do this in your home?  I think it would never go out of style.  I'd love to know what your thoughts are.  Let me know :)

Epic guide to designing a spectacular Hamptons kitchen

Epic guide to designing a spectacular Hamptons kitchen

Best tips you’ll ever need: French Provincial Kitchen

Best tips you’ll ever need: French Provincial Kitchen