Picking a glaze color scheme for kitchen cabinets depends on several factors, such as personal preference, kitchen wall and floor colors, appliance colors, type of wood of the cabinets and type of natural or artificial lights in the room. Contrasting a glaze color with other colors in the room makes the cabinetry stand out, while complementary glaze colors create a harmonious look.
Glazing kitchen cabinets, like staining, accentuates the underlying colors; unlike staining, a glaze darkens the tone overall. A glaze coat on bare wood cabinetry magnifies the wood grain, while a base coat of paint under a glaze is softened and altered in appearance. Kitchencraft.com offers a variety of basic and premium glazes, for example, the majority of which are natural colors in white, brown, tan and gray.
The glazing process typically involves two applications. The initial coat of glaze blunts the overall underlying tone. A second round of glazing, highlighting the edges and corners of a cabinet face, provides a means to contrast grain or paint tone on the same piece.
A kitchen that features dark countertop or wall colors often benefits from lighter wood grain or paint glazing of the cabinetry to create a monochromatic contrast in the room. Conversely, lighter accentuating kitchen colors may visually promote darker cabinet glaze.