Brown granite counters & Swiss Coffee cabinets?

karin_sjJuly 10, 2013

We're having new cabinet doors installed in our 1930s kitchen. Our existing trim (everywhere in the house) is KM Swiss coffee and we were going to have the cabinets painted that color too. Will that look OK with the existing warm brown granite countertops (I think they're Crema Bordeaux) or should I go with a creamier, less white color? The floors are dark brown wood and we have stainless steel appliances (the valance is gone).

I want to try and keep some of the charm of a vintage kitchen. We were thinking of oiled bronze cup handles and round knobs for the cabinet hardware. We're going to paint the walls a warm tan color.

Our painter said that he's seen kitchens where the cabinets are a little darker than the trim and it looks OK.

I'm having major doubts, and there's still time to pick another cabinet color but I have no idea what color. Please help!!

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The kitchen in my 1930 house is similar to yours, wood floor, similar layout with window, sink, cabinet position, and I also have KM Swiss Coffee on all of my trim! I painted my cabinets a creamier white than the trim and I love it. However, my kitchen is quite dark, and in my personal opinion a brighter white needs more light to look good. I don't think you would go wrong with the Swiss Coffee on the cabinets, but a creamy white would be more cohesive with your countertops. It looks like what you have now is a creamy white? If you're replacing the cabinet fronts anyway why not use them for testing and paint a couple with Swiss Coffee to see how it looks?
Also, do you have under cabinet lights? I installed them a few years ago and don't know how I ever lived without!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 4:51PM
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An archived thread on the kitchen forum suggests using antique white with Swiss cream. Why are you replacing the doors? Are they original? They look like they are in great shape. They also look tall; replacing them could be very $$.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 7:05PM
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