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How to lighten up dark kitchen?

6 years ago

The kitchen is our new build faces northeast. Although it has 4 windows and is open to the hall and living room which have large sliding doors, there is a porch across the whole back of the house so they don't let in as much light as I thought they would. The drywall hasn't been primed yet, so it might lighten a bit, but it's dark!

The cabinets will be Brookhaven Nordic White and I had my heart set on soapstone but now I'm worried the counters will suck the light out of the room. The floors will be medium stained oak.

Do you think I'd be better off with a white granite? I prefer a matte finish; does hones white granite stain? I love some of the new quartz patterns but not being able to put hot pans on the counter is a deal breaker for me. It's a vacation house, so marble isn't really an option.

Would skylights in the porch roof be a better option?

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