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Updating that 90's dark cherry cabinet kitchen

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 11, 2014 01:07 AM
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by (Rachel Perls) last modified Aug 10, 2014

Cherry cabinets were very "in" in the 90's. Dark, sexy, classy; they had that Tuscan/ Italian thing going that everyone wanted. Often paired with said cabinets was a dark green granite or granite-like counter-top. Red and green- how could you go wrong? By the very virtue of trends, eventually they go out of style. In the past 3 weeks I have had no fewer than 3 projects dealing with the same dark green granite counter-tops. 2 kitchens and 1 bathroom. Those who are opting to paint their cabinets have more flexibility. Those who won't be painting the ubiquitous cherry wood have a little more of a challenge. I give you some examples of what I'm talking about:  image source example B: Example C:  Example D source The issue here is the deep, rich value of the counter-tops and the cabinets. Those who want a lighter feeling have a few choices. If you think of more that I don't cover here, please add your suggestions in the comments below. Some solutions I've offered up to my clients: image source  Mid tone beige works by mellowing out all that darkness. It's still super warm, but a softer look that integrates cabinets with walls. Another option is going with the green. image source Here, a light minty green ties in the counter-top colors with the walls, contrasting cool against all that warm cabinetry. But important to note that the green will accentuate the red, drawing attention to it. source Trying a metal finish like silver can cool things down, and brighten, too. To modernize the overall feel, I thought a pressed-tin backsplash would be fun and funky Or a grayish green, either glass tiles, or paint (maybe a wee bit lighter) For a bolder look, what about sky blue  (image adapted from this ) Or bolder, with a deep navy? The navy really tempers all that red by drawing attention to the blue. I think it's a playful solution. What would you all do?  





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