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Old 11-11-2014, 03:33 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with really dark cabinets (i.e., espresso maple or cherry), lighter granite countertops, and select grade hickory hardwoods with a natural stain. My wall color will likely be "antique white" (Antique White SW 6119 - White Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams). What do you think about having a really dark espresso type color on the trim, as well as the doors? Will this work in a contemporary home, is that look more traditional?

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Old 11-11-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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You should do what you want. However, I would make sure that the trim in the kitchen matched the trim elsewhere in the home.

If your home is contemporary, then dark trim might be OK, stylewise, IMO.

I do think antique white walls with all your dark woods is not the best choice, but that might be simply personal taste. The off white will be a high contrast combo with the dark woods. I might try to choose a cool neutral that sets off the cabinets. The cabs are your biggest expense. I'd try to make them look their very best. I think you would do this with color on the walls.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I think the color will be fine, its your choice and you have to like it. But in my opinion, I like the trim painted the same color as the wall. Unless your trim is really ornate and needs attention, why make it stand out?

I think there are other things in a room that need focus, not trim, again, to me, I think it should just blend in with the room....

Now the doors, I absolutely would do the dark color like you say, that would look nice.
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. Regarding the antique white, I thought the whole point of going with a neutral color is that it pretty much goes with anything. My thought was that the antique white is really just a much lighter shade of the cabinets themselves, which would be a deep, dark brown. Creating contrast between the walls and cabinets was really the objective.

Good point on the trim being the same color as the walls. The trim is really nothing special, and perhaps is not worth emphasizing with the darker color; I was just trying to not have the trim clash with the darker cabinets.
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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Do you have a picture with your kitchen or can you give us some dimensions. I am asking because if it is a small kitchen using dark colors can make it cold and small-ish. If its a medium space to large you can pretty use whatever makes your stress go away. Important is to make it the way you like it. If you put a picture of your kitchen i can give you some points if you like. I am an architect and maybe i can help you.
Have a great day. Hausloop.
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:11 PM
 
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Do you have a picture with your kitchen or can you give us some dimensions. I am asking because if it is a small kitchen using dark colors can make it cold and small-ish. If its a medium space to large you can pretty use whatever makes your stress go away. Important is to make it the way you like it. If you put a picture of your kitchen i can give you some points if you like. I am an architect and maybe i can help you.
Have a great day. Hausloop.
The house is still under construction, but I have attached the floor plan. It's not a huge kitchen, but I will note that the entire south wall of the house is glass and it just gets a ton of natural light (that was by design, of course). It's not too late to choose a lighter cabinet, but I've just seen so many houses that look alike, and I was trying to go a bit bolder (and more contemporary).

Light wall/dark trim and doors-kitchen-greatroom.jpg
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:11 PM
 
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Do you have a picture with your kitchen or can you give us some dimensions. I am asking because if it is a small kitchen using dark colors can make it cold and small-ish. If its a medium space to large you can pretty use whatever makes your stress go away. Important is to make it the way you like it. If you put a picture of your kitchen i can give you some points if you like. I am an architect and maybe i can help you.
Have a great day. Hausloop.
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:49 PM
 
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Are you talking about the trim for the great room and dining area? I wasn't clear if you just mean the kitchen or the entire living area.

Personal opinion, but I think dark trim reads as more traditional, not modern. I happen to like white trim, I think it makes a room look brighter and larger/more open. I am going with cherry java cabinets, marble-look counters, medium-dark maple floors, gray walls and white trim.
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Are you talking about the trim for the great room and dining area? I wasn't clear if you just mean the kitchen or the entire living area.

Personal opinion, but I think dark trim reads as more traditional, not modern. I happen to like white trim, I think it makes a room look brighter and larger/more open. I am going with cherry java cabinets, marble-look counters, medium-dark maple floors, gray walls and white trim.
Thanks. Cherry java was my 2nd choice, but felt it was too red for my hickory floors. I think the cherry java and maple will look awesome (basically what I had in my last project, but went with natural maple ... loved it).

What do you mean by "marble-look" counters, exactly?
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Thanks. Cherry java was my 2nd choice, but felt it was too red for my hickory floors. I think the cherry java and maple will look awesome (basically what I had in my last project, but went with natural maple ... loved it).

What do you mean by "marble-look" counters, exactly?
For now, I'm getting Wilsonart HD laminate. It looks a lot better in person than I had expected and was a good interim choice as my builder did not have granite or quartz options that I liked enough to get. In another few years, I'll replace it with quartz.
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