Help choosing cabinets for the island
We are putting in an island... the current cabinets are custom, so there will be no matching them exactly. We've been told by some people they are hickory and by some people they are walnut.
The contractor who is doing the work says we should go with something totally different so it doesn't look like we're trying to match it. He suggested painted, but the only painted ones I like are off-white distressed, and hubby hates them. I don't like black, I think it looks totally wrong.
So, back to wood. We went to the kitchen design place and talked to the lady who actually does the cabinets. These are two of the samples we came home with... she thinks either one of these would be fine, and she's the designer so I guess she knows what she's talking about. (and she's been doing it a long time.)
The lighter one is alder and has a darker detailing around the edges (the style we would choose does not have that smaller middle rectangle). The darker one is an amazingly close match to our cabinets in color and in style. It is birch.
Our floor is hickory, and though you see mostly light pieces in the picture, there is a lot of color variation.
P.S. Yes, you can see where we took the hardware off, and yes, it has faded that much. That's a wholllle other issue :-)