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4 Perfect Kitchen Combinations
Today, wood floors and kitchens go hand in hand, especially when it comes to custom wood floors like Carlisle Wide Plank custom floors.
Homeowners no longer have to be concerned with wood floors in their kitchen, because they work so well with the most popular design and architectural elements including:
- Carlisle floors are compatible with radiant heat (in floor heating)
- Floors can be customized to complement or match almost any color or style cabinet
- Carlisle prefinished floors are sealed with a high-quality finish that protects the floor from water
- Floors can be easily touched up and maintained over the years with little to no sanding
Not that you know that wood floors will work for your kitchen lets get to the fun part and look at the design combinations that are so popular.
1. White Cabinets & Dark Wood Flooring
White cabinets are probably one of the most popular cabinet styles today. You can design them in a variety of ways – raised panel, flat panel, custom hardware, or flat and modern. They also look great with dark wood flooring. This custom home in Virginia chose Wide Plank Hickory flooring with a dark finish to complement the modern white cabinets and grey toned custom island.
But white cabinet can go with a variety of darker tones, including gray wood floors, like this quaint ocean front Bungalow in New Jersey. The multi-toned custom white oak flooring and gray finish seem to blend perfect with the white colors of the cabinets, and light, nautical blue tones.
2. Natural Cabinets & Natural Wood Flooring
When you use high quality wood to build your cabinets and floors, you can find wood with rich, natural beauty and character without a finish at all.
One great example of this is Cherry, Birch or Walnut. This contemporary home in Santa Cruz, California features modern Red Birch cabinets and natural Hickory floors beauty of wood.
3. White On White Floors and Cabinets
Today, people can’t get enough white wash stye interiors, a recent home, featuring Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, was seen in Architectural Digest, and uses white wash style wide plank white oak floors, and modern painted cabinets. In this case the homeowner worked with the designer and architect to select a white wash floor that would complement the cabinets not match it completely. So the cabinets have a clean, crisp painted feel with very modern hardware. A rich dark island countertop accents the white colors. The floors are finished with a white wash stain that still allows some of the natural colors of the oak to come through — this is caused by the tannins inherent in all oak flooring.
4. Distressed Flooring & Painted Cabinets
Distressed wood floors are made in a variety of styles, species and colors. The floors seen below in this custom log home is made from 13-20″ Hit or Miss Eastern White Pine flooring (right).
When this floor is stained, it creates contrast in the light and dark tones of the wood. This striking color variation goes perfect with painted cabinets in a complimentary color — in this case dark black, rustic, raised panel cabinets.
You can achieve this same look with dark wood floors like our Watermill Walnut flooring which is used through this rustic, modern kitchen (below). The distressed watermill surface creates a rustic feel to an otherwise formal floor, and since Walnut has natural color variation — and the saw marks of the Watermill surface add some dark highlights — the colors of the floor complement the dark stained cabinets and island.
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