Kitchen Cabinetry: White vs dark.. which do you prefer & why?

posted 2 years ago in Home
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Sugar Beekeeper

You know, white cabinets to me always seemed really 90s/cheap/ikea-ish to me. So I loooooooooooved the cabinets in my kitchen. But in the last year or so I’ve noticed a resurgance of white cabinets (although it seems more refinished rather than brand new white) on decor blogs and they are beautiful! I don’t know that I could pick a favorite right now. I think both can be done beautifully. Here are my dark cabinets, btw. 

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Sugar bee

I love dark wood. even though I don’t cook, how the kitchen looks to me is important and if I could, dark cherry wood yum. I say “if I could” because I’m renting for now.

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Honey bee

Dark stained cabinets. Lighter oak ones, honey oak, aren’t so bad either (if it’s done right) Can’t stand white cabinets 

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Busy Beekeeper

While I do love Dark Wood because it seems “richer” – there is one thing that tops that.  Antique White. 

Behold:

I anticipate that just like the dark wood took over the white cabinets, Antique White will take over the dark wood within a few years. 

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Bee Keeper

Well our cabinets are white and I liked them when we moved in but now I rather have dark. White shows dirt so much faster and they get so gross….

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Bee Keeper

I prefer white. I will say that we have white cabinets and they are a b to keep clean.

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Busy bee

I have white cabinets and I HATE them. Everything shows.

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Buzzing bee

I prefer dark cabinets, although we went with white ones when we renovated (they were on sale!). FI says will get dark ones when we move into our ‘forever’ home, though.

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Bumble bee

My kitchen is done up entirely in shades of caramel through deep brown with teeny tiny tiles in every color in between, and I find it very inviting. I don’t like it when a kitchen looks totally sterile, which is a feel that white cabinets seem to impart. Warm tones remind me of eating chocolate dessert or cooking rich brown sauces. Yum!

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Sugar bee

I love a white kitchen! I think about Meryl Streep’s kitchen in It’s Complicated. That said, all the houses I look at have a darker cabinet, which I can also appreciate. 

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Busy Beekeeper

@momolove:  I’m in LOVE with the antique white, but it hasn’t gotten big, yet.  Only a few contractors are using it right now and most of the brand new homes going up are dark wood, which I love, too.  But, not llike the antique white.  The picture doesn’t even do it justice, you absolutely have to see it in person.  It’s gorgeous.  I saw a house with it and all I wanted to do was stay in the kitchen.  FI can have the master bedroom, I’ll sleep in that gorgeous kitchen.  *swoon*

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Bumble bee

I love dark wood.  I’m not a fan of white cabinets.

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