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If painting, staining, or replacing your wood cabinets is out of the question, try one or a few of these ideas for a fresh look.
1. A white subway tile backsplash
White subway tile can brighten and modernize oak or maple cabinets.
2. Gray walls
Gray is a trendy choice for wall color (“the new beige”), and it happens to complement amber colored wood nicely.
Dark slate walls are bold choice that may be too dark for some spaces, but with light floors and plenty of natural lighting, the look can be stunning.
Dark gray peel-and-stick subway tiles and stainless steel hardware and appliances give this RV kitchen a sleek look.
3. Accent with stone or brick
A stone or brick backsplash or accent wall makes light wood seem rustic and earthy.
Although real stone is likely too heavy for an RV, a look similar to the one below might be achieved using a faux stone veneer.
Removable peel-and-stick wallpaper offers an affordable and reversible alternative. The RV kitchen pictured below features this wallpaper.
After what was deemed an unsuccessful attempt to paint a “brick” backsplash, this homeowner ended up using brick wallpaper and was very happy with her results.
Brick wallpaper was also used in this RV kitchen.
4. Mosaic tiles
Another RV kitchen upgraded with Smart Tiles:
5. Colorful walls
Try choosing a wall color that contrasts with honey colored wood.
Alternatively, oak blends nicely with a neutral wall and gold accents in this bathroom.
6. Replace the hardware.
Dark, modern cabinet hardware can give a kitchen a richer look.
Brass cabinet hardware and copper accessories, along with white walls and a natural fiber rug, create a modern rustic feel in this kitchen.
Don’t want to spring for new hardware? Try updating them with a can of Rustoleum spray paint, like this RV owner did.
7. Add a decorative insert
Do you have a light wood look that you love? Share a photo in the comments!
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