Kitchen cabinets vs hardwood floor

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  1. May 6, 2010 #1

    emky

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    Hello all, this is my first time posting so I hope I am in the right spot! ; )

    We are having a home built for us and the process will begin in June, so in the meantime I am preparing all the details as far as color, style, etc. I am pretty easy when it comes to this bc I usually know exactly what I want, so it doesn't take me long to make a decision. The one thing that I am having a problem with is contrast in the kitchen between the kitchen cabinets and the hardwood floor that will be in there. I like cherry-toned wood so the cabinets will be cherry stained maple. And the floors will be a cherry-ish color too. I am not sure which to make a darker shade (the floors will be hardwood throughout the main floor). I am thinking the cabinets should be a bit darker than the floor, but I just wanted some input so hopefully someone can help me out : ) The countertops will be a black granite if that helps any. Thanks so much for any advice!
     
  2. May 7, 2010 #2

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    I hope you're planning to put a lot of light in that kitchen; sounds overall dark to me.
     
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    Yes, the walls will be a warm white tone..there will plenty of white contrast to make the cherry pop. I am sure what I am going to do is make the cabinets a bit darker than the floors so they stand out and so the floors don't drown the kitchen. I was just looking for some reassurance, that's all.
     
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    Yep that sounds like a dark kitchen. Anyway, IMO, I'd simply prefer for the darker cabinets. Also, it should blend well with the wall paint.
     
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    Yes, that would be a darker kitchen - cherry is dark. My taste is traditional....I love dark wood. It will be beautiful. Thanks for the opinions : )
     
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    I find it is always best if there is some contrast between the cabinets and the floor. It will not look right if they are exactly the same. I don't think it matters which is darker.

    Now, since your counter tops are dark, I think it may be best to make the floors lighter.

    Why not have dark counter tops, and dark wood cabinets with a lighter hardwood floor.

    I have seen this done in many homes and looks stunning.

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    You guys posting about having a darker kitchen because of the color scheme just got me to re-evaluate my ideas on doing this exact same job. I was going for a saddle colored wood with a black semi smooth textured counter top.

    You need light in the kitchen :)
     
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    Hello,

    In my point of view dark kitchen is not so well . You have to use lightened kitchen. Thanks for sharing this problem to me and i hope more that type in future.

    thanks !

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    A lot of times people will contrast everything, meaning darker floors, lighter cabinets, dark countertop. Then everything kinda stands out on it's own. I would try to get different colors on the wood floor & cabinets, more of a contrast. Otherwise it'll all look the same color or it'll look like you tried to match & just missed.

    Good Luck
     
  10. Jun 18, 2010 #10

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    I would try and narrow it down to a few choices and then hold up some flooring samples next to the cabinet samples and see how it looks. I think a contrast is in order. If they are too similar but not exactly the same then it would look like a mistake.

    Here is a kitchen I did for my parents.
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    Episode #65 – A Handyguys Kitchen
     
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    pretty kitchen
     

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