It’s always tough to decide which wood to use in your home. There are so many choices and different shades to coordinate. And who knows what it’ll look like when it’s finished? When you decide to remodel, you probably have a vision of your desired finished product. Here are a few considerations to take when remodeling your kitchen.
- What do you want your kitchen to say about you? Dark cabinets are interesting. They’re on the mysterious side since they create a shadowy interior, and they’re unusual, so they’re a bit of a surprise. Light cabinets are bright and sunny. They’re more welcoming, and light colors put people at ease. That doesn’t mean dark cabinets will chase people away or make them feel unwanted: dark cabinets are cozier; light cabinets are more clean and defined.
- How clean do you keep your kitchen? If you have children, this may be the deciding factor. Dark cabinets won’t show dents or scratches as easily, and spills show up more readily on light cabinets. Also, dark wood tends to look new longer. But if scratches and spills aren’t a concern, light cabinets can be great for reflecting light rays to keep the room more visible at all times of the day, so your kids won’t be afraid to maneuver the kitchen with the lights out.
- What other materials are you working with? Do you have other shades of wood in the room, such as wood flooring or trim? What color are your counter tops and fixtures? Coordinating colors can tie the room together, so if you want everything to run seamlessly together, match dark with dark or light with light. If you want to highlight some previously hidden features in the room, contrasting colors may be just what you need.
- There’s no rule book. Once you’ve taken everything into consideration, keep in mind that it’s your home. If you have your heart set on a certain look, don’t settle for something you won’t be happy with. There’s always the option of picking and choosing several different colors to mix. You could coordinate your kitchen island with the floors and choose a contrasting color for the cabinets. You could choose a cabinet color that matches the floors but contrasts fixtures to highlight various part of the room. The possibilities are endless, and your kitchen will look beautiful when you make your final decisions.