There are many design elements that are infused into the average kitchen: the walls, appliances, accessories, fixtures, flooring, and cabinetry. Everything looks best when there is a focused color scheme that the designer/homeowner has stuck to. Two of the biggest color-producing features of the kitchen are the cabinets and the flooring. When you pair the perfect shade for your cabinetry with a beautiful wood floor, the results are nothing short of breathtaking.
In this inspirational post all about color-coordinating kitchen cabinets and floors, I'll show you how varied your options are when decorating your kitchen. You may find some unexpectedly stunning combinations that you'd have never considered. Perhaps what you see here will help you when it comes time to renovate your own kitchen.
24 Kitchen Cabinet and Flooring Combinations to Inspire You
Though possible combinations are limitless, many homeowners will stick with obvious pairings without considering going outside of the box. These 23 flooring and cabinetry combinations are proof that beauty can be found in the unexpected.
Many people mistakenly believe that wooden floors and wooden cabinets must be of the same hue and pattern to look great in the kitchen. As this example shows, that couldn't be further from the truth! The varying colors found in this distressed wooden floor pair beautifully with the rich espresso color of the kitchen cabinets.
Dreams in Blue and White
There is something to be said about a perfectly color-coordinated kitchen. In this example, the blue-on-white pattern on the floor is perfectly complemented by the light blue of the kitchen island and the white of the cabinets. Blue and white are easy enough to match - and, arguably, a very common combo for kitchens - but this design is really made into something special by the floor.
A Colorful Statement with Cabinetry
The light coloration of the flooring in this example allows the deep, matte shade of blue on the cabinets to really be the room's shining feature. In combination with the modern, tiled backsplash, everything ties together expertly.
A Vision in Violet
Shades of purple are not exactly an expected color choice for the kitchen, but the cool and ashy shade of wood on the floor perfectly coordinates with this cool yet vivid color. The cabinets really pop out from the solid white of the walls, while the floor provides added brightness that makes this space so comfortable and welcoming.
The 1950s Inspired Red and White
This kitchen is a 50s-inspired vision that harnesses the classic white and red combination iconic of the era. The crispness of the white and the bright red embellishments contrast against one another in spectacular form. The shine of the cabinetry really makes every corner of the space a real eye-catcher. Complete the look with some stainless steel or black appliances and watch in amazement as the room is transformed!
Minimalist and Modern
While many of the other examples on this list have been bright kitchens absolutely drenched in color, this kitchen showcases the beauty of minimalism in neutral tones. The geometric look of the cabinetry's fixtures pairs perfectly with the wood-inspired tile flooring. Because of the excellent use of patterns in the layout of this kitchen, it is truly a one-of-a-kind place to make your meals.
A Splash of Lime
Lime green is hardly the first color that most people would think of when it comes time to redo their kitchen, but in this example, it has truly paid off. The light color of the wood flooring allows the green cabinetry to really stand out without providing a contrast that could be seen as "too harsh." White or stainless steel appliances will really make a visual impact when you choose this type of color scheme.
Cherry and Wood
This example of a red and white kitchen invokes more of a modern look than the 50's-inspired, white and primary red example further up this page. The combination of rich, cherry red and wooden cabinets with the subtly detailed flooring is incredibly cozy without being rustic or country.
A Pink Kitchen
Pink is certainly not a color widely considered for interior decorating, especially for more permanent fixtures like cupboards, countertops, and cabinets. However, this kitchen design shows how well this works! The marble-esque flooring lends itself beautifully to this color dynamic, which allows for any number of aesthetic choices for other decor items.
Blue is a very commonplace color in kitchen areas, but how about a vibrant, primary blue color in a metallic finish? The shine of the tiled floor works exceptionally well with the matching shade of blue chosen for the cabinetry in this kitchen!
While it absolutely isn't necessary for kitchen floors to be the same color as the cabinets, there are some examples out there of how great that very color dynamic can look. Even vivid yellow can look incredible when paired with itself, as you can see here!
White on White
You can never go wrong with using white inside of a kitchen. In this example, you can see just how beautiful it is when you outfit your entire kitchen with this ultra-versatile color. An all-white kitchen allows for your chosen accessories and appliances to truly stand out with minimal effort on the designer's part. Look at how pronounced the modern oven looks in stark contrast to its surroundings!
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A Vintage Look in Wood
Wood provides a kind of warmth that can be difficult to replicate through other mediums. In this kitchen, you can see that you don't even need to make the grain and color of the wood the same to get the floor and cabinetry to pair together well. The deep, rich mahogany color of the cabinetry only seems to make the flooring appear warmer. This gives the kitchen a really unique and inspired look.
A Modern, Blue and White Kitchen
White floors do look great when paired with contrasting shades in the cabinetry, but that isn't a steadfast rule. The white floor in this example isn't much lighter than the shade of blue used on the cabinets, but the subtle differences really make a lasting impact. The first thing that the eye is drawn to is the cabinetry, thanks to its beautiful, soft blue color and unique design.
Wood and Navy
Rustic meets modern in this blue and chrome kitchen, complete with a wooden floor that seems inspired by classic farmhouses. In a kitchen, it is easy to fuse different design aesthetics, and this kitchen does so in expert style! The rich navy blue of the cabinets stands out in a complementary contrast against the lighter wash of the floor, which makes for a great visual impact.
Dark and Light
The light and shiny laminate of the flooring in this example is nowhere near the same shade as the wooden cabinets, but that isn't a bad thing! Too many dark colors can make a space seem smaller to the eye, so the wallpaper and the flooring help combat the effect. This allows the rich, deeply colored cabinets to stand out in brilliant fashion.
Pastel Yellow and Chrome
Yellow is a color that really opens up space, making it appear larger to the human eye. This kitchen harnesses the power of light shades brilliantly, using yellow across every cabinet's surface and on the floor - in two contrasting shades! The mustard yellow tiles provide needed contrast while the lighter yellow tiles tie the flooring into the overall color scheme.
Kitchen in Red
Black, white, chrome and red make for a timeless color combination that can serve any room in an effortless style. In this kitchen, you can see how the shiny, red cabinetry infuses color into what would otherwise be a very black and white space. The deep red shade seen here is the perfect partner for the flooring, which is accented with a beautiful slate grey.
A Study in Contrasts
In many cases, you'll see darker cabinets contrasting against a lighter shade of flooring. In this example, the expected gets turned on its head. The dark, wooden flooring stands out in a sea of all white without detracting from the beauty of the fixtures around it.
A Modern Kitchen in Blue and White
Blue and white are a timeless color combination, though most people envision softer shades of the color over a vivid, primary blue. Softer blue is a great option, but this color makes a serious visual impact - especially when you pair it with a stunning white kitchen floor.
A Farmhouse Kitchen in Classic White
Nothing evokes feelings of warmth and comfort quite like rich hardwood. In this kitchen, the white cabinets stand out against the flooring, but this also works in reverse: the flooring stands out against the cabinetry! It can be difficult to get this design quality into a room without clashing colors, but the designer of this kitchen has pulled it off in perfect form.
Rustic Kitchen Basked in Sunshine
Yellow is a color that makes people feel happier, and who wouldn't enjoy eating any meal at all in this beautiful kitchen? The unique flooring in this kitchen doesn't match the shade on the cabinets, but that doesn't make the theme any less cohesive! This is truly a country-inspired kitchen straight out of a cottage.
Wood Can Be Modern, Too
Many of the examples above that feature wood showcase the beauty of wooden design elements in a more rustic or country-inspired way. In this kitchen, however, you can plainly see how great wood can look in a modern setting. Even subtle differences, like stainless steel drawer pulls and knobs, can completely change the vibe of a space.
Shades of Grey
Grey can have a profound effect on any space, which this kitchen exemplifies brilliantly. While grey can be construed as being cold and unwelcoming, the mind behind this kitchen design has taken it another way. The grey on the floors and the cabinets are different enough to contrast without looking too harsh, and even appears to open up the room.
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