Dark stained cabinets and white pulls: 1880s or 1980s?
I'm beginning to settle on details with a kitchen renovation -- a house built in the 1880s, with the kitchen in an addition put on around 1900-1910. I know I want stained cabinets, fairly dark so it will contrast with the woodwork.
Something like this:
Or this stain on oak:
Ever since I missed out on vintage versions of this, I've been thinking about white pulls. A reproduction:
While I've seen a lot of white cabinets with black/ORB hardware, dark cabinets seems to get hardware that blends. Except in "before" pictures of 1980s country kitchens. What is it about this combination that seems wrong?