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Cabinetry: Light vs Dark

  • April 21, 2017 by Finial User

It’s still true today — the kitchen remains the heart of the home. Whether it’s a weeknight family meal or a big party, everyone seems to gravitate toward the kitchen. Homeowners want the kitchen of their dreams, but they also want it to benefit them when it comes to resale value.

So it’s understandable why people sometimes get hung up on kitchen design choices. Cabinetry color is a big decision for most people. Let us help you weigh the pros and cons of both white/light and dark cabinetry.

Light Cabinetry

White cabinetry is less likely to go completely out of style. The other materials you pair with it may go out of style (backsplash, tile, countertops, etc.). While it isn’t the most daring color, it is the most popular when it comes to cabinetry.

It is proven to be better for resale because it appeals to more people than darker colors. Most people want a light, airy kitchen because it makes the space feel larger and more open.

White cabinets also create a crisp, clean look. However, they do require more effort to upkeep. If you have children or if you cook regularly, you will find yourself wiping down white cabinets more often than dark cabinets. When light cabinets are nicked or scratched, touch ups may be more noticeable than the touched up areas on dark cabinets.

White cabinetry pairs well with a greater variety of colors for other design choices (countertops, wall paint, flooring, etc.). Some say they don’t prefer the sterile environment that white gives. But that just means it’s important to create a balance with the other materials you choose to go in the space.

Dark Cabinetry

There are many more stain color choices for dark cabinetry. Stain colors tend to go in and out of style more often than classic white. It is more likely that your stain choice will affect your home’s resale value because the new homeowner may not like the color you chose.

However, dark cabinetry adds depth and a certain richness to the kitchen. It can certainly be carried out well to create a gorgeous kitchen. You need to really pay close attention to the other kitchen design choices in order to enhance the dark cabinetry.

Choose a light wall color, countertop, and backsplash because too many dark elements will close in the space.

You should wisely select lighting placement and fixtures to keep the space as open and light as possible. For example, the photo below features lighting inside the upper glass cabinets, pendant lights, and lighting underneath the cabinets. It’s also a plus if you have plenty of natural light in the kitchen.

Touch ups are a breeze. If dark cabinets get nicked or scratched, usually a stain pen will do the job, and it won’t be noticeable.

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