butcherblock to dark?
We tore apart our kitchen a year and a half ago. We were slowly working on putting it back together when my husband's layoff and subsequent return to school happened. As a result, we had to put the reno on hold for financial reasons. Since then, we have managed to stay out of debt while he became a teacher (and and slowly trying to work his way into the profession... teaching positions are very few and far between here). As an added bonus, recent projects at my work have had me working lots of overtime, which has allowed me to save for getting the kitchen back together! Now that i am back to normal hours, we have some $, and hubby and getting back to work as well, we are ready to get the kitchen back on track! Woooohoooo!
Here is where I need your recommondations:
We have an old house (100 years) with a small kitchen (as per typical old house design). I'm not interested in tearing down walls or anything, and I have my layout all planned out. The difficult part is keeping the kitchen from feeling so dark! We plan on doubling the size the current window, so thats a start. But I think color choices will go a long way here too.
Our walls are yellow, like a goldenrod kind of yellow, and I really like it. We are doing to do painted shaker style cabinets. I would go with white in a heart beat, but hubby is fighting it. He is open to grey, so I am thinking of finding a nice light grey color.
Countertop is where I feel might make or break how dark it feels. I want carrara, he wants a walnut butcherblock. I must admit I LOVE the butcherblock, but I am worried it will feel dark. Does anybody have any pictures of a dark countertop in a relatively small/dark kitchen? Will undercabinet lighting be enogh to lighten it up?