Have you ever wondered why there are so many white kitchens in the blog world and on Pinterest? Personally, I think they are gorgeous. I would take any of these dreamy white kitchens in a heartbeat:
But I recently received a great question from one of my readers. She is not a fan of the white kitchen.
Connie graciously agreed to let me share her email with you.
Love your blog and designs! I will soon be redecorating/designing/remodeling a new town home with an open floor plan. I do not want white kitchen cabinets. My question is: Do you know of decor blogs with wood cabinets? Have you done any kitchens with wood cabinets? All the blogs I find have white kitchens, white slip covered sofa, vintage decor and more of things I do not want. I can't seem to find the inspiration I am looking for. Thanks for any help.
This is not the first time I've been asked this question. Friends, I have the answer. Well, my answer. :-) Feel free to pipe in with your opinions in the comment section!
#1 A white kitchen is timeless. At least it can be if it's done well. Nearly ever other wood tone has a date associated with the color. Oak was in the 80's. Dark cherry speaks to the 90's and even the 00's. But if you installed white cabinets in the 1990's, chances are your kitchen doesn't shout '1995 makeover'.
To me, oak says 80's.
Early 2000's kitchen? Probably.
#2 White kitchens photograph well. There's no denying that white kitchens and even white walls just look fabulous in photographs. Bright. Cheerful. Tasteful. A magazine doesn't necessarily want to publish your dark and possibly depressing kitchen. Even if it looks beautiful in person, it's all about the photograph.
#3 Your natural wood cabinets can be bossy. Take a look at this kitchen below. Helooooooo orange/yellow cabinets. This kitchen is wrong, to me, in so many ways. One being that I don't think that floor looks best, but I am not in the game of criticizing the designs of others. My hope is that you can see the yellow/orange tone of the cabinet really determines all the other materials that can be used in the room. In contrast, with white cabinets, you can really go in any style direction.
Still dreaming of wood cabinets? If you're going to go with a natural wood finish, stick to the medium tones and avoid the orange undertones. Here are some wood kitchens I can actually appreciate. I believe wood tones lend themselves to the following styles: rustic, farmhouse, contemporary, modern.
modern rustic farmhouse
These dark cabinets look like furniture and really make a statement.
Contemporary, custom...it works.
This is not a kitchen I would design, but I still appreciate the look.
This 'vintage farmhouse' look works well with the finish of the cabinets. Personally, there is too much counter clutter for me.
Love this for a really urban environment. The aged cabinets look awesome.
Again, the vintage farmhouse look works well with the wood.
What do you do if you don't want wood but an all white kitchen isn't your cup of tea? I say we mix the finishes. There are so many ways to get the warmth you crave from the wood without having a huge kitchen full of dark or bossy tones.
What I see happening more and more are grey, black or blue cabinetry. Also, we are mixing metals, mixing cabinet colors, and some are even moving away from stainless steel appliances.
So where can you go to find inspiration for wood toned cabinetry in your kitchen?
You can search by room and even filter by style and your location. There are thousands of kitchens no matter your style.
Connie- I hope that answers your question and you find oodles of inspiration on Houzz.
Where do you stand on the white kitchen vs. natural wood cabinets?
Do you know of blogs or websites that feature the look of wood?
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