Mismatching Upper & Lower Cabinets: How to pull it off!

We know a lot of you out there affected by the flood are trying to save your upper cabinets.  We know it’s not always possible, but for the folks who can we’d like to give you a few pointers on how to pull that look together.

1. Paint the existing upper cabinets white.

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2. Have the new lower cabinets match very closely with the uppers or design them to have an intentional juxtaposition.  Not just in color, but in design.

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3. Paint the wall color very close to the upper cabinet color.
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4. Use tall floor-to-ceiling stacked cabinets to ground the room.
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5. For upper cabinets that never touched the ceiling, fur it out to give the look of tall uppers.  Add special moldings to soffits to make them look like an extended part of the cabinetry.  Keep in mind that keeping your soffit/fur down the same color as the upper cabinets helps to draw the eye up and can make your kitchen look taller.

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6. Forgo upper cabinets completely, for a streamlined, minimal look or to display dishes, trays, heirlooms and collectibles.

History Lesson: Drop Chair

 “Arne Jacobsen designed the Drop Chair (1958) for his masterpiece, the legendary SAS Royal Hotel (now the Radisson Blu) in Copenhagen. It was originally manufactured along with Jacobsen’s Swan™ and Egg™ Collections but in very limited quantities. In hibernation for more than 50 years, Drop has finally returned. This compact chair with rare heritage is as fresh and vibrant today as it was back then. Constructed of strong ABS plastic with nylon reinforcement, the seat embraces the occupant while still allowing freedom of movement, resulting in a surprising level of comfort. Minimal tubular steel legs provide stability without stealing too much attention from the sculptural seat.”
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Trend Alert: Black Matte Fixtures

Nothing against stainless steel, but its days as the default finish for modern kitchens are numbered. Enter matte black: Smooth, slick and awesomely onyx, the finish has the austerity of metallic steel, but with a little less shine and a little more warmth.

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