Which cabinet color? Mockups-need opinions!!
I need some help choosing how to stain/paint my kitchen. We have installed raw maple wood cabinets and we are now ready to paint. I took a photo of the kitchen with some of the hardwood laid in front of the island. Added in the counters and appliances with some photoshop magic. Most of the images have dark counters because that is what DH and I both liked at the granite yard, but we aren't locked in yet.
I want something that says "Wow" without saying "Whoa," So I am stuck, this is a big decision. For me, there isn't a clear winner...I like something about every one of these images, I could go with any of them. Which is why I am having a heck of a time deciding!
What I would like you to do is look at each image very quickly and tell me which is your gut response as the "top" one. Then read my comments under each and see if that changes your mind. I would love to hear the initial response and the on-second-thought, if it is different.
This is the easiest option and the least risky since all the tones go with our acacia wood floors, but it also feels sort of ho-hum.
Wondering if a little darker stain looks better, more timeless, or does it makes the space feel too small...
This is with a lighter counter. Theoretically, I could change slabs if I could find something DH & I both like in the lighter tones. My concerns with this: Does the busy counter compete with the busy floor? Does the darker, more reddish stain conflict with the floor? Its definitely not the same tones, but the contrast is kinda "hey, look at me"...not sure if its too loud/different
Playing with this idea...duotone in the kitchen...it's a little radical for me since we have maple cabinets and once you paint, you can't go back to wood...but it really lightens up the space and goes well with the counter. This may be my 15 year freshen up plan. I am also a little worried that it's trendy and will look super dated in 10 years.
Or maybe just a little radical and emphasize the range surround with white...or does it just look out of place?