My husband and I are remodeling our dated kitchen and fireplace. I've Photoshopped our ideas, but we keep wavering on which kitchen will work best with the fireplace and with the low ceilings. They're both in the same area so we want them to mesh well.
In my area at least, white kitchens are out of style. Painted cabinets are in, but not the white cabinets of the late 1990's to early 2000's. Islands and other cabinets don't need to match, it is becoming very common for islands to look like a piece of furniture that compliments but doesn't match the wall cabinets.
Wood cabinetry hasn't gone out of style, so I doubt you could go wrong with a rich wood cabinet. Have you talked with a kitchen designer?
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I would have your island coordinate with the living room ( or at least one side) since that is the way it is facing and will look like it is part of the room rather than the kitchen.
White is classic but should have white appliances. Wood is also classic though in the px your wood choice appears to be dark and that is a trend that comes and goes. Better to pick a mid-tone.
But really, you have to live with it so whatever makes you happy. They are both good.
For our new home under construction we have selected a medium colored wood for kitchen cabinets. This is to keep the kitchen from looking dark.
I choose the white kitchen with the dark island. more peaceful.
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