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

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

dark

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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….

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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!

Post # 13
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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. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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*

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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

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