Dark or light stain in a 2 story kitchen?
We are building our forever house and it's time to make some final decisions on the kitchen cabinets! We'll have shaker style stained maple cabinets (I really prefer they be painted a soft cream color but unfortunately my budget won't allow the added expense.) The kitchen is basically a 10'x11' L shaped layout with a 4'x7' island. The cabinets along the 10' wall shown in the pic below will be tucked under the 2nd floor loft. The 11' wall of cabinets is completely open above.
I really like the look of very dark stained cabinets but am afraid that it will look awkward in such an open space. I have to let the cabinet maker know which stain to use by Tuesday and I could really use the expert opinion of the kitchen forum members as all of you have such beautiful spaces and great design ideas!
Rough sketch of layout. The small row of cabinets on the far right will be on the same wall as the door opening and will be a small desk/hutch.
10' wall with loft above. Haven't decided wall color and the floors will be natural white oak. The stairs will also be oak with white square balusters. The chunky newel post and handrail will be stained a dark walnut.
Finally, here is the floor plan for the 1st level showing the relationship of the kitchen to the b'fast & family rooms if that helps...