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HELP! Should I paint my cabinets black or cream or taupe?

sclee
12 years ago

Hi! I am getting my cabinets painted next week. Can't decide on color!

Initially I thought painting them black would go great with the granite. Then I got worried, what if it makes the kitchen too dark? I don't mind the island black, but started thinking abt other options: how abt off white/cream or taupe for the perimeter cabinets? Or even black bottom cabinets, and a different color top cabinets? Or should I just be brave and go for the all black???? HELP!!!

The painter recommends Sherwin William Pro Classic paint, but unfortunately, the pro classic is not available in the black. So she'll be using the SW All Surface Enamel on the island. Has anyone used this for cabinets and any problems?

I am still shopping for pendant lights to go above the island (if anyone has any ideas here, please don't hesitate to speak up!) Lastly, I am still shopping for cabinet hardware, leaning towards the long stainless steel pulls (10"?) ..

Here are pictures of the kitchen in the current pickled maple stain (sorry, I haven't figured out how to resize pics!) ..

I would love to have your input and welcome any suggestions or comments you may have. You guys are such a helpful bunch, so I look forward to hearing from all of you! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!







Comments (38)

  • lizziebethtx
    12 years ago

    Your granite appears to have brown tones. Is that chocolate? I love black lowers...I had them in my previous home, but I wouldn't paint your cabs black with that granite...at least what I can see of the colors on my monitor. If that is chocolate brown in the granite, I think chocolate brown on the cabs would be rich and sophisticated. There is enough of the golden colors in the granite so it wouldn't be too dark overall, especially if you paint the uppers a rich cream color. I think that color combo would look great with the floors too. If you say the granite is black and not chocolate brown all I said it negated of course. ha

  • sclee
    Original Author
    12 years ago

    Thanks storklady! I do have some chocolate brown tones in the granite, but there are more black "movements" in the granite. I did consider the dark brown color (LOVE all the rich dark brown kitchens in the finished kitchen blogs), but the SW color consultant thinks black would go better .. Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

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    12 years ago

    How about painting the lowers black, with a gold from the granite in the wells around the raised panels, and black frames on top, with the doors gold, except for the wells in black. That would be very dramatic!

    Or black on the bottom with the raised panel in cream and the well in taupe, and cream on the top with the wells in taupe.

    Or black on the bottom and a light taupe on top.

    Or all the frames black, the outer rims of the doors cream, the wells taupe, and the raised panels alternating black and cream.

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  • formerlyflorantha
    12 years ago

    I sure hope you like black. There are some of us who would not even consider it.

    Not only that, but there are some of us who ask "is this the before or the after picture?" I know you want a change, but your kitchen is very fashionable and is pleasant and airy right now. Beware of what you wish for.

  • paketa
    12 years ago

    I LOVE your granite... what kind is it? I think it is great idea to paint the island black (or even black/brown). I plan to have black/brown island and glazed cabinets... The glazing has much more depth and character than pickling. My opinion... I think having all black cabinets would look good, but think it might take something away from your granite. Have you considered glazed cabinets? I think that would look good too. I see some tile leaning on the wall... Is that the back splash you plan on using?

  • sclee
    Original Author
    12 years ago

    Wow! plllog, I had to read and re read your post to try to visualise what you are saying (I am just not good at envisioning stuff..) Now, I am more confused than ever! I will have to take my kids' color pencils and draw/color some cabinets, that might help! Anyway, thanks for your suggestions!

    Florantha, I appreciate your frank comments! I am having a hard time making the decision, that's why I decided to post this! I do like the "light and airy" feel of the kitchen, and I think that's partly the reason I am afraid of doing black! We built our house 16 years ago and chose the pickled maple cabinets, and altho they are still in good condition, I think they look "dated". So, I feel that a coat of paint will really spruce them up. The question is, what color? Thanks for your honest opinion!

  • plllog
    12 years ago

    Oh! If you want light and airy forget everything I said before. Really. From the colors you mentioned and way you said them I thought you were going for drama and pizazz.

    For light and airy, do cream with the kind of backsplash tiles you have in that picture, or a light taupe with white tile.

  • firstmmo
    12 years ago

    I vote for black island and cream with glaze for the perimeters. I DO think it will update your kitchen. Not that it looks bad, but I think the black will make it more "sophisticated" rather than country like the pickled cabs. I know what you mean...I had a serious country thing going for many years and I am now moving to something just slightly more sleek and modern-ish.

    I think the room would NOT look too dark if you painted the island only black.

  • sclee
    Original Author
    12 years ago

    Paketa, the granite is spectrum classic. I haven't even considered glazing the cabinets (I read somewhere that painting over stained cabinets is easier than re-staining?) I am still deciding on the backsplash, I wanted glass initially but could not find the right shade, so decided to go with ceramic/porcelain tiles. The ones in the pics are my top choice currently! I have such a hard time picking one out! Thanks for your suggestion!

  • becca_g
    12 years ago

    As someone who recently posted regarding our plans to paint our pickled oak cabinets off white, I can definitely understand why you want to update yours :) Our kitchen has a similar layout and tile floor as well. Wish we had your beautiful granite, though!

    Are you planning to stay in the house long-term? If so, you can be a bit more bold and go all black. Might not be my first choice as the kitchen may seem too dark depending on your lighting.

    For resale (and my personal taste), off white throughout or off white perimeter with black, brownish black, or dark brown island would look great. Glazed off white/cream painted cabinets instead of standard off white would look good as well ... would lean more towards black/brown or dark brown island in that case.

    Personally, I'm not a big fan of different color upper and lowers, but that's just me.

    The pulls will depend on your cabinet color. The long stainless ones will look great with black or off white. You might want to consider something less modern if you go with glazed cabinets, especially if they're more cream instead of off white. Antique bronze looks great with glazed cabinets (even with stainless appliances), but doesn't go with your faucet.

    I would take your cue for pendants from the hardware you end up choosing.

  • Sara_in_philly
    12 years ago

    I have an almost identical layout kitchen like yours, with a french door on the right hand side off your picture and then family room with lots of windows. Because my kitchen has only one small window (just like yours) over the sink and the window is facing north, the kitchen was never very bright. I don't feel qualified enough to suggest what color to use, but I know for sure that if you want the light and airy look like I did, painting all the cabinet black will defintely not give you that.

    My cabinets are white and I ended up picking a light colored granite.

  • nkkp
    12 years ago

    Another vote for cream perimeter and a dark island. I think it would look fabulous!

  • aktillery9
    12 years ago

    Another vote for cream perimeter and a darker island!

    Amy

  • beekeeperswife
    12 years ago

    me too--creamy perimeter and dark island

  • Jbrig
    12 years ago

    I think if you did black cabs, it would detract from your beautiful granite, plus darken the room too much. Another vote for cream perimeter (glazed w/ a dark brown) and a dark brown island.

    You mentioned the SW lady suggesting black. One thing you could do to get a better color perspective is paint a large sheet (or two) of foam board black and then do a set in dark brown, then tape them to your island. Then, if you are still undecided, post those pics and we can vote :-) I have a feeling, though, that once you get a good look at your island w/ a large amount of the color showing, you will pretty quickly know which you prefer.

  • three_daisies
    12 years ago

    Yet another vote for a cream or very pale taupe perimeter and a black island. I think that would look divine with your striking granite and update your cabinets completely. Although it looks good now, painting the cabs will make it look like a completely new kitchen.

  • fleur222
    12 years ago

    I agree with the others ...cream with a glaze for the perimeter. From the monitor, I would say chocolate brown for the island or black for the island. I think black perimeter would be too dark, too dramatic, and not the best match for the floors.

  • plllog
    12 years ago

    Okay, I'm going to be the naysayer here. I think in this particular kitchen having the island a different color than the perimeter lowers wouldn't be as nice as painting them the same color. There's too much similarity in visual weight. I think it's going to look confused to have them black and cream, like they're in different kitchens.

    If you really want different colors, I'd keep them in a more similar light/dark value. Cream perimeter with light taupe island. Or light gold. But light, to preserve that light and airy look.

  • jterrilynn
    12 years ago

    I see cream wall cabs and dark brown lower cabs and a cream island.

  • glenster_jr
    12 years ago

    I am a SW paint "fan", but my experience withe All-Surface enamel was not good. We just finished renovating my parents' house for sale. We painted the kitchen cabinets with Pro Classic in "Creamy" and it was a pleasure to apply. Conversely, we chose a dark brown color for the master bath cabinets and the color was not available in Pro Classic. The paint was much harder to use and even with an additive it did not flow well and showed brush marks.

  • vampiressrn
    12 years ago

    I vote for cream cabinets and island. Your granite is gorgeous. You can use a dark brown for kitchen towels to bring out that color. Your back splash tiles look beautiful. I'm sure whatever you pick will be great!!!

  • chicagoans
    12 years ago

    I'm another one on the cream perimeter and dark island bandwagon. I think that would look great with your STUNNING granite!

    And regarding the SW pro classic paint not coming in black... I'm under the impression that they can mix paint in any color. (For example: I only wanted low VOC paint, but picked all our house colors from the 'big' BM fan deck -- not just their low VOC line colors. Then I found out that my painters preferred SW. So they mixed all my color choices with the SW low-VOC paint.)

    So I'd ask again (another person if you have to, maybe call SW) whether you can get the color you want mixed in the paint line you want.

  • kitchenaddict
    12 years ago

    I vote for cream and a dark brown island...I just ordered some pendant lights yesterday..maybe you would like them too so heres a link..

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/hundi-lantern/?pkey=cpendants

    If the link doesn't work just check out the pottery barn website...under Hundi pendant

  • shelayne
    12 years ago

    I vote for creamy perimeter and a deeper, richer cream or taupey colored island. My thinking is that a black island will kind of swallow your incredible granite, with all the dark veins and rivers in it. I think a lighter paint on that island will make the top pop even more, and you will keep the eye floating around the room and being drawn to the drama of that stone.

    But that is just me.

    The granite is stunning, regardless.

  • sayde
    12 years ago

    The granite is so striking -- like a marvelous abstract painting -- the cabs are nice and plain and should be a quiet frame. The granite is the same on the perimeter and island, and it seems that the color of the cabs should be the same too -- I would go with a light taupe pulled from the tones of the granite.

  • sclee
    Original Author
    12 years ago

    Wow! Thank you so much for all your feedback! I did not expect to get so many votes for "cream/glazed" cabinets. That was actually my third choice. I am afraid of doing black, for fear of making the room look dark, so I was toying with the idea of a taupeish color, but looks like most people aren't too crazy abt "taupe" cabinets (including all my SIL's) The reason "cream" color was the third choice was that it would be so close to what I already have and hubby said "why paint, then!" .. What does he know! ...

    I wonder if someone here could tell me how to photoshop colors on the cabinets. That would helped tremendously!

    Anyway, I do have a contemporary home, and even though I love the look of glazed cabinets, I feel that they would not go with the style of the house? Family room has black leather sectional... Formal living is black and creams, maybe I have too much black already!

    big bay window in the eat-in so I do get lots of light from it (all day long) I took this picture on a rainy day, so it doesn't look as bright ..


    Formal living is mostly creams and black ..

  • samthorn
    12 years ago

    You can enter some photo forums and request that they change the colors and they would do it instantaneously.

    Just google 'photo forum'.

  • lizziebethtx
    12 years ago

    "I sure hope you like black. There are some of us who would not even consider it."

    I take no personal offense at that statement, but it's very narrow. Isn't that what makes the world more interesting...diversity? My previous kitchen was beautiful with matte black painted maple lower cabinets. I had no uppers...just art hanging in that space. the cabinets weren't heavy looking, nor did they make the room too dark. It was a beautiful space.....and understated...quite like the proverbial black cocktail dress, a classic. I had tons of natural light...one solid wall of windows and my wood floors were oak with no stain so they weren't dark. I would agree it depends on the kitchen, style of house, countertop, lighting, etc. Decora cabinets used to send potential clients over to see my kitchen anytime someone was considering black. I wish I could post photos, but I only have the real estate tour and you can't snag stills from it. The house sold in 45 days during the worst of the housing crunch. The buyers specifically said they loved the kitchen at the act of sale. So there are also those of us who would and have chosen black. Like everything else...it depends on the big picture.

  • doraville
    12 years ago

    I guess I feel the same way about taupe as some folks feel about black. Go cream!

  • boxerpups
    12 years ago

    There are so many wonderful ideas from GW.
    I love the idea that you had of black.
    Especially looking at the other elements in your home.
    And taupe does not scare me at all but it has to be
    the right taupe color (Not gray or green based). Then
    the idea of cream and blackk sounds simply yummy.

    I can not vote. Tooo many wonderful ideas.
    But here are some images to imagine the possibilities.
    ~boxer

    Kitchen 10 google image

    Shadows and light kitchen remodel


    Attic magic

    Pensive blog This does look a bit dark but pretty

    Syracuse

    Christopher Lee Plumber blue granite

    Astoria

    Water Front Homes

    This is from Traci29 A garden Webber

    Lindsey Buckingham's Kitchen

  • sclee
    Original Author
    12 years ago

    Boxerpups, you are so kind to attach all those kitchen images. I love them, especially the astoria, waterfront homes and shadows and light .. Thanks for taking the trouble to find them!

    I do feel that somehow I am drawn towards the "gray" and "taupe" kitchens! But based on the feedback here, I am going to try to imagine cream cabinets and see if maybe I could convince myself into doing cream!

    Thanks again everyone for all your input!

  • boxerpups
    12 years ago

    Whoooaaaa Nelly,

    If you feel drawn towards taupe and grey do that.
    This is YOUR kitche,n and you want to love being in it.
    As long as the colors match your granite it will be beautiful.
    ~boxer

  • lizziebethtx
    12 years ago

    I'm with boxer...dont' convince yourself to do cream when you are drawn to gray or taupe. She's right...as long as the color matches your counter it will be beautiful and it will be yours. that is the only thing that ultimately matters. Go check out the Zgallerie website....according to them gray is the new neutral.

  • eandhl
    12 years ago

    I am with boxerpups, your kitchen with a beautiful granite. gray, taupe, black or cream would go beautifully. The black cabs she showed above are beautiful.

  • Jbrig
    12 years ago

    Oh, sclee, I only said yes to cream (vs taupe) b/c I thought that was a choice *you* wanted--if you prefer taupe, by all means, go for taupe! Not only is it your kitchen :-), I think it would look just as great as the cream I originally voted for.

  • maggiemuffin360
    12 years ago

    It looks like there may be some gray in the granite..?
    If so, my vote is for a charcoal gray - something like 2nd & 3rd photos in boxerpups inspiration photos.
    That would complement the modern clean feel of your living room/ dining room.
    Not sure how it would work with the tones of the flooring.

  • debbiejoy_ca
    12 years ago

    Here's a vote for black - if you're concerned about making kitchen too dark perhaps you can convert some of your uppers to glass? I'm sure taupe could be great - but after a negative taupe bathroom experience it's a color that scares me :)