Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

For a monochromatic look, install flooring that matches your light maple kitchen cabinets exactly. Wood floors are often used in kitchens to give them a warm, cozy feel, and using a light maple that matches the cabinets for the flooring creates a unified feel for the space. The golden tones of the maple are light enough that your kitchen won’t be overpowered by the cabinet and flooring combination as it might be with a darker wood like mahogany. In fact, using light maple for both the cabinets and flooring can give your kitchen a bright, fresh look that works well with a variety of wall colors.
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Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

While choosing a matching wood floor for your light maple cabinets may seem like an obvious choice, you can also opt to give your kitchen added dimension by mixing wood tones. Wood flooring with dark, rich tones like mahogany and cherry may not match light maple, but they complement the cabinets because their reddish undertones bring out the warm golden tones in the maple. You can also pair light maple with mid-toned wood flooring such as oak or hickory, which doesn’t contrast as sharply with the cabinets but still adds visual interest to the room.
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Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Complementary colors are across from each other on the basic color wheel. The natural color of maple is some version of reddish-brown, and because the complement of red is green, it is a particularly successful partner for maple cabinets. A medium, slightly grayed tone of green such as sage is a fresh look with a light or medium-toned maple finish. If the cabinets have a slightly orange cast, a softly grayed version of blue provides a scrumptious color statement while highlighting the cabinet color through strong contrast. A deep gray tone offers more dramatic light/dark contrast to balance the reddish cast of maple cabinets.
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Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Create Contrast Complementary colors are across from each other on the basic color wheel. The natural color of maple is some version of reddish-brown, and because the complement of red is green, it is a particularly successful partner for maple cabinets. A medium, slightly grayed tone of green such as sage is a fresh look with a light or medium-toned maple finish. If the cabinets have a slightly orange cast, a softly grayed version of blue provides a scrumptious color statement while highlighting the cabinet color through strong contrast. A deep gray tone offers more dramatic light/dark contrast to balance the reddish cast of maple cabinets.
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Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

If you prefer a non-wood option for your flooring, a tile floor can be an attractive pairing with light maple cabinets and add a different texture to your kitchen. Neutral colored tile works well with maple because it allows the warm tones in the wood to stand out. For a fresh, bright look, choose white ceramic or vinyl tiles to create a cottage look for your kitchen. Cream or beige tile is a warmer alternative if you prefer a softer option. However, if you have small children or pets, light colored tiles can be difficult to keep clean. Instead, opt for tile in darker neutral shades like brown, tan or taupe to hide dirt more easily. Stone flooring in natural earth tones is an ideal complement to light maple cabinets as well.
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Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

With their golden color, light maple cabinets can instantly warm and brighten any kitchen. However, finding a flooring color that matches or complements the tones in the wood can often be a challenge. Fortunately, there are several options that pair well with light maple cabinets and allow the wood to stand out in your kitchen. Choose the floor color that fits the rest of the room's decor and the style that you prefer for the space.
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Light Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Because your maple cabinets are light in tone, you can also get away with a bolder color on the floor. Using a darker, brighter shade on the floor helps anchor the space and allows the light maple of the cabinets to stand out. Select a bright red ceramic or vinyl tile to add a pop of warm color to the room. A bright blue tile floor creates a more soothing effect while yellow tile can help bring out the golden tones in the cabinets.
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Sometimes floors are overlooked when developing a color scheme, yet the color of the floor influences all other colors in a space. When the floor finish is a dark tone, along with maple cabinets, use a lighter value color on the walls to keep the room from seeming small and closed in. A light floor color looks good with most wall colors except for a color that nearly matches the floor’s hue. For medium-toned floors that are lighter or deeper than the color of the maple cabinets, paint a color tone on the walls with a similar value to the floor. That way there is a subtle harmony to the color scheme.
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Coordinate Colors Sometimes floors are overlooked when developing a color scheme, yet the color of the floor influences all other colors in a space. When the floor finish is a dark tone, along with maple cabinets, use a lighter value color on the walls to keep the room from seeming small and closed in. A light floor color looks good with most wall colors except for a color that nearly matches the floor’s hue. For medium-toned floors that are lighter or deeper than the color of the maple cabinets, paint a color tone on the walls with a similar value to the floor. That way there is a subtle harmony to the color scheme.
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Surrounding maple cabinets with warmly colored walls creates a glowing, sunshiny space – think Tuscan red, deep yellow or pumpkin orange. Any of these colors combine with the reddish tones of maple to form convivial spaces that encourage social interaction. A warm color scheme promotes hanging out in the kitchen while cooking takes place – it’s especially appropriate for kitchens that have an attached family room gathering space. Light, medium or dark versions of the colors allow control of brightness and tailoring for personal style in the room.
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Warm Neighboring Colors Surrounding maple cabinets with warmly colored walls creates a glowing, sunshiny space – think Tuscan red, deep yellow or pumpkin orange. Any of these colors combine with the reddish tones of maple to form convivial spaces that encourage social interaction. A warm color scheme promotes hanging out in the kitchen while cooking takes place – it’s especially appropriate for kitchens that have an attached family room gathering space. Light, medium or dark versions of the colors allow control of brightness and tailoring for personal style in the room.
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Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo marvinone There are several different directions to go – all depending on your personality. First, these are beautiful, classic cabinets. Your kitchen layout is good and should function well for you. Right now, what I’m seeing is a whole bunch of beige on beige and since you’re asking this question – I’m guessing you might want a bit more punch. I recommend keeping permanent elements more neutral. These include items which have to be “glued” down like tile. If you have the budget, consider glass mosiac tiles for a backsplash in a neutral color scheme like cream, warm gray, browns. Check out a tile store (not a big box store) and talk to the professionals there and see their installations. It’s hard to tell what your countertops are, but they look neutral to me I would keep them. If you’re bent on changing them then consider a laminate, it really is the most durable, low maintenance countertop out there and can come in about 100 colors and patterns. If you’d like something else, check out solid surfaces like the brand name Corian or Formica (yes they make a solid surface countertop), these should be less maintenance than a natural stone. For a modern look, choose a counterop in something more solid, not in a pattern that is supposed to mimic stone. For your floors, I can’t tell if they are currently vinyl or tile. If it’s vinyl, replacing it with anything other than a vinyl or linoleum (those are different from each other) might cause a difference in flooring levels from one room to another so keep that in mind. You can do this, but you’ll have to install a transition strip between them. If it’s a tile and you want to swap it out, I’m a fan of contrasting colors, so I’d go with a dark wood floor. You can use traditional wood, bamboo or even cork (which installs in a tile, not a plank). I always recommend using the real product and not choosing a plastic laminate fake wood as they will feel different than the real thing. The dark wood floor will make your lighter cabinets pop. Save your bright colors for your paint, small appliances and accessories (I’d love to see apple green dish towels next to that light maple!). They will be easier to swap out with new colors when you want to refresh your look. Good luck. Like Bookmark June 16, 2012 at 7:43PM

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