Decorating & Furniture/kitchen


please offer your advice regarding my kitchen...I have a medium colored hickory laminate picked out for the floor, but also really like natural maple cabinets.  I know there is a trend to mix woods, and I don't want dark cabinets, but can I mix the two woods as well as different color finishes?  I don't know if the natural maple is too modern for the more rustic floor?  I don't want a light floor. I would like to use brushed nickel hardware/lighting in the kitchen as well as stainless steel appliances.  Please give me any advice you have.  

As you've selected a hickory floor (which is quite beautiful) why not visit the cabinet supplier and take home both a maple door and a birch door.  Selecting the color finish is the deciding factor in my opinion.  The hickory floor allows you many choices of stains for either wood and you can still keep your cabinetry light in tone.  Don't forget to select the doorstyle that best suits the rustic theme.

I like the contrast of stainless steel and brushed nickel with the hickory.  Good choice!

Have fun!
Alicia Valair, CKD, CID, Allied Member ASID

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Alicia Valair, CID, CKD, Allied Member ASID


Whole house interior space planning and decorating; kitchen layout, and design trends; residential themed environments; selecting furnishings and accessories for your lifestyle.


12 years experience as an interior designer, FIDER graduate and business owner for 5 years. Speciality area: residential interior designer, NKBA certified kitchen designer, and home office designer


Homes of Color magazine, Las Vegas Life magazine, Tucson Home and Garden magazine.

B.A. Interior Design, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

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