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A Nod to the Contrasting Island
I’m positive that one of the things that will date us is the contrasting kitchen island. But I still love them and recommend them regularly. In fact, here is the one we have in our own home right now.
Why are contrasting islands such a big hit? They allow us to combine two cabinet colours and potentially even two different counter tops. And this helps break up a space that could fall flat and be boring because everything is very much the same. Contrast is a good thing, especially when it comes to cabinetry.
Combining stained wood cabinetry and a painted finish creates tension and tension in the decorating world is where the magic happens. Colours and textures that play off each other liven a space up. Maybe for you, you’d prefer a light and a dark stain or two different paint colours. It’s up to you, it’s your kitchen and it’s about creating a space that speaks to you and your personal style as well as your family’s needs.
I get asked a lot if two different countertops should be used in the case of the contrasting island. And there is no right or wrong answer, really. Again, it is personal preference. My advice is always to make sure to use finishes that compliment each other. You want to achieve contrast without being jarring in your choices. If you go the route of two cabinet colours and two counter tops choices, you will have a higher contrast and a space that is visually busier, but if space can handle that, then go for it.
A more classic option is to do a contrasting island but keep the counter top unified. It’s a more subtle route to go so you may not tire of it as quickly, either.
But sometimes the counter top choices are determined by the function of the space, too. If you do a lot of baking, you may want to top the island with marble but that might not be what you want everywhere. Maybe you like the look of wood and butcher block as a counter top may be better suited to you and how you cook.
Here is the kitchen in the Cullen display home. We selected cream cabinets for the main cabinets and a rich wood for the island, and topped both with the same granite that picked up both colours.
So, look around, seek inspiration and select something that speaks to you and your home. And if the people down the road can peg the era we did our space in, so be it, we enjoyed it while it was ours!
Until next time,
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