5 ways to add color to your IKEA kitchen

Nexus Brown-Black with Rubrik Turquoise Aluminum Accent Doors


IKEA’s five types of accent doors are sure to brighten up modern kitchen designs with their Rubrik Akurum line.  These doors average about $35-40 more than the main door styles.

The Choices

  • Abstrakt High Gloss Green: The most common choice is pairing this door with a white slab door style – either a painted finish Applad, a foil finish Harlig or a high gloss Abstrakt. Keep in mind that the sides of the cabinet will be white; if desired, additional doors will have to be purchased and cut to cover the cabinet sides and match the accent door.
  • White AluminumFor best results avoid the raised panel doors such as Liljestad, Lidingo and even Stat. Mix it up with doors in birch, black brown, beech, red brown and even grey and red for added zest.
  • Smoked Glass BlackSimilar to the high gloss green accent door, these come only in white cabinet frames.  They go best with white slab doors and look particularly great with Abstrakt white designs.
  • Stainless SteelThe most versatile of the bunch.  It’s similar to the white aluminum door and is available in a wider range of cabinet measurements.  It’s the only accent door that has matching Perfekt Cover panels.
  • Light Turquoise AluminumThese work best with the brown-black styles like Nexus and Ramsjo.  If paired with lighter colors, the design might be a bit alarming, so be careful and choose the position and amount of the accent doors wisely.

Bonus Tip: If you’re feeling bold why not try High Gloss Green and Stainless Steel above white base cabinets?

After selecting an accent door its design location must be determined – this depends on the area to be highlighted.  Since accent doors can’t be used for tall cabinets, the choice is between wall cabinets and base cabinets only.

The best use of base cabinets with accent doors is for islands.  Since most accent door styles don’t have side cover panels available in the same colors or materials, here’s a perfect chance to tie the island accent doors and other door styles together by designing side cover panels in the same color.

Accent doors are more versatile for wall cabinets because there’s a wider range of sizes.  Design them along a complete row of wall cabinets – or just one at each end.  Or design them to frame an appliance by designing one on each side, such as your range or even the sink.

About IKD

IKD began several years ago designing IKEA kitchens for IKEA authorized installation contractors. We've successfully completed thousands of IKEA kitchen designs for every possible range of size, shape, budget and style. We still continue to design for these IKEA contractors, but also serve those IKEA consumers that just want a design or will install themselves. Most often customers want a better quality design than what they can do with IKEA's Home Planner.
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