Do these cabinets look dated?
I am a long time lurker and a first time poster! We moved into a new home a little less than 2 months back.
A lot of things in our new home work wonderfully for us except the fact that the family room/kitchen area gets almost no natural light! This completely depresses me and we are trying to do what we can to get in more natural light.
We put a solatube in the kitchen and are planning to put interior clerestory windows between the formal living and family room to get in more natural light. I hope that works!
Meanwhile our kitchen cabs are cherry (I think?) in an orangy darkish shade. We intend to change out the hardware to brushed nickle and will change all the lighting too.
The question is should we paint it? Honestly my dream kitchen has stained wood but in a modern way with modern cabs. Although I do love many white kitchens very rarely does one make my heart skip a beat.
I do know tho that my cabs will never look like the stained wood cabs that I so love and that a white or cream kitchen will completely open up the space! Also I don't really hate these but they do feel dark sometimes.
My question to you all is
Do you think these cabinets look really dated? Do they NEED to be changed? Will more modern hardware make a difference?
The part I really dislike about the set up now is the front of the island(not really an island..what is it called?) that has those ugly ugly streaks! I was wondering if it will look okay if I leave the cabinets as is and only paint this portion either white to match the trim or the wall color?
Your thoughts are so very appreciated.
P.S. These pics were taken before we moved in by someone else. I know it looks nice and bright here but for some reason it really doesn't in person!!