Kitchen Cabinet Dilemma - White or Brown?

MzKizJuly 1, 2013

We have just closed on an open floor plan ranch-style house with a really poorly laid out kitchen which we will be gutting. We also will be ripping out the dated-looking white tile with black grout line flooring and replacing it with travertine-like porcelain tile.

When I look at kitchen pictures on Houzz, I tend to gravitate towards white shaker kitchens. The problem is, our great room furniture consists of med. brown leather seating, Stickley mission-style coffee & end tables and a vintage oak dining room table & chairs.

When I try to envision a white kitchen with the browns of our furniture and flooring, I just can't see how it would look good. The only thing that might help would be using a darker wood for the bar which would serve as a transition into the rest of the living area. Should I just forget about white kitchens and start concentrating on finding a natural wood color?

Looking for thoughts from the GW community on this!


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We have this same problem too and have decided to go with a wood look. Though white can look nice, for us the wood seemed to flow better between the areas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pics of OPEN Kitchens to the Only Living Area Needed

This post was edited by aloha2009 on Mon, Jul 1, 13 at 7:35

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 7:33AM
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I think that with white cabinets in an open area, you would want to repeat the use of that color throughout the open area. I would use a creamier white to begin with, and maybe paint out a couple pieces of (cheaper) wood furniture in the same color. You could also add white/cream pillows, ottoman or other upholstered piece, window coverings, etc.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 8:47AM
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You could use a darker floor or darker countertops and also bring white/cream into the great room. Also, could you have whatever floor i sin your great room also in your kitchen?
Couple of pictures:

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 10:28AM
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Thanks for the input - if I would be using hardwood floors throughout the house, as in the posted pics,I think I would be less concerned about the white cabinets but the house is in Florida, on the water, so we will be using a travertine-like tile so the color will be a very light beige. The 2nd pic with the dark wood island shows more of what I was thinking could work to transition the white cabinets into the great room with the brown furniture.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 11:15AM
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What color is the trim in your living room? I think if kitchen cabinets are painted the same color as the trim in the other areas, that helps keep it unified. If you have stained trim, I think it will be more difficult to blend.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 12:49PM
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I think a darker wood for the bar would be great.

Other options:
darker counters
maybe wood counter?

or maybe some dark upper frames, like these:

darker backsplash

darker chairs/stools

also cream not stark white.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 3:19PM
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