(Closed) White vs. wood kitchen cabinets

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which color cabinets would you prefer?
    White - so bright and open! : (76 votes)
    59 %
    Wood - so classic and cozy! : (48 votes)
    38 %
    Other - I'll explain below. : (4 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I had this exact problem when I designed our kitchen – the white was too white, and didn’t go with the work top we wanted, and the wood was too dark and wouldn’t go with the floor that we wanted. I was getting in a flap about it and I thought, what if they were different? 

     

    So…. my kitchen has white cabinets on the bottom, and oak on the top! It worked out perfectly and I wouldn’t change it for anything. 

     

    Picture of the design… 

     

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Thank you – when the penny dropped it sort of fell into place. I designed it and we did it all ourselves. I do not regret it for a second, it looks so much better than the design! 

     

    I used the IKEA kitchen design program, it’s free and easy to use – you put in your dimensions and everything. 

     

    Keep us updated πŸ™‚ 

    Post # 6
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    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    With regards to which way around it went – I chose this way because we wanted a solid oak floor and solid oak worktop – so with the oak doors it would have been too dark on the bottom half. This way it went oak cabinets, white tiles, oak worktop, white cupboards, oak floor πŸ™‚ 

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I love white kitchens, but wood is nice too depending on the color. I hate the generic, light colored wood cabinets that come in every other house. We bought our home last year and the kitchen had been completely gutted and updated. Unfortunately, they went with the light oak cabinets – I guess they thought it was generic enough to be applicable to most buyers’ tastes. Since they were brand new I felt guilty having them ripped out, so instead we painted them white. It took forever and was a lot of work, but it looks SO much better now. Its not hard to clean at all, it feels more open and makes the room feel more modern and lighter. I don’t think white kitchens look sterile, but I think in SOME instances they can look a little country-esque, but I think that is dependent on other decor in the room and some people like that look anyway.

     

    My Future In-Laws just had their kitchen expanded and completely redone. They got white cabinets and it looks FABULOUS. Its very similar to the first pic you posted, except just a tad smaller. Of course, a $25,000 kitchen is going to look fab no matter what color the cabinets are πŸ™‚

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee

    White looks absolutely beautiful – but I’ve had them before and they get dirty very easily. They are a lot of maintenance and up keep (cleaning) daily and it got to be a pain in the ass. Seriously. The beauty of them doesn’t compare to the cleaning every day.  I’d go for a darker wood.

     

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I adore white cabinets. I think they make a kitchen look so clean and open. 

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @jmaze:  Same here. I had white in an apartment and I cleaned those things all the time!

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love our white cabinets.  White can look too stark, though, so it’s important to “warm” them up so as not to look hospital-like.  Our floors are dark hardwood and the countertops are dark granite (with gray, green and black flecks).  I used some small Italian tiles that coordinate with the floor color as wall hangings to provide some contrast.  Our backsplash is brushed nickel which coordinates with the brushed nickel hardware and light fixtures.  White can work well and it’s gorgeous, you’ll love it.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I love the white! I think it definitely opens up the room and keeps everything looking so light, calm, and cheerful. 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee

    @jpalm13

    LOL White is great until you are on a cooking frenzy and grease or sauce is splattering everywhere, cookie dough going all over the place, spills on the counters going down the cabinets….etc.  Not fun!

    Not to mention the grease build up, along with dust sticking to it, over time….then they look dirty – so that is a major upkeep every week dusting and cleaning grease from cooking. 

     

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @jmaze:  So true!  They do require constant cleaning.  I keep a spray bottle with bleach and water on my sink so I can clean them all the time.  But it’s worth it to me, because I love to cook as much as I love the white cabinets.  πŸ™‚

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee

    @MrsBee2B:  My fiancé and I have a townhouse so our kitchen isn’t huge. We initially wanted dark wood cabinets but then opted for white with light grey counter tops and ceramic and we love it! It makes the space look SO much bigger and airy. I still love wooden kitchens but in our space, the white is perfect.

    Another thing that’s really in lately is a mix of both. Here are some examples:

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I much prefer white, overall, especially if you have a small kitchen. It will really open and brighten it up. I suggest getting unfinished cabinets and painting them yourself (with a cabinet paint–it’ll be an enamel and last longer/be easier for cleaning) as opposed to veneered or thermofoil cabs. The veneer/thermo looks nice, right up until something hits it or gets too hot and chips/melts it.

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