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Kitchen: dark cabinets, white island?

fuzzypillJanuary 22, 2013
We like the idea of mixing light and dark cabinets in the kitchen -- please see attached picture for the style that we're looking for. However, we're thinking of doing all dark cabinets except for the island which will remain white. I've seen a lot of pictures of white cabs/dark island but not vice versa. Does anybody have any pictures that show this combination? Any thoughts or advice? Thanks!
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It looks like there are oodles in the photo section Fuzzy. Use the browse rooms feature. Select kitchen and when you get there, select the style you like. Type white island in the search window to narrow the photos you get.

Here are a couple in a contemporary style.
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Becker Architects · More Info
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 3:05PM
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Ironwood Builders
Dark island, dark countertop?
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 3:05PM
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Have you browsed the Houzz site?Take a look at their kitchens. There are hundreds to view and I'm sure you will see the cabinet color combination you are looking for that will help you decide what to do next.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 3:06PM
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I had a difficult time finding the combo you're looking for too but I did find one picture. Just because it's uncommon doesn't mean you shouldn't go for it. Here's the link

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    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 3:13PM
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Thanks for the pics, onthefence! Will keep searching.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 8:29PM
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Hope they helped fuzzypill. Actually, they were useful to me as well. One thing I'm seeing which will impact what I'm doing (and possibly you too) is that the shades make a major difference. In your photo the brown and white were a bit softer. In the sample photos I found the brown was almost black and the white was WHITE WHITE. I liked the tones in your photo better.
    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 10:25PM
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here's one click on the Project Camelot link
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    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 10:40PM
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Yes, you're right. The shade/tone of the dark/white makes a difference. It might be the lighting too. I think the tones of the counter top and flooring will be important too. We are leaning towards a lighter color counter top but worried it might make the white island look too washed out (light on white).
1 Like    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:17PM
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We are doing darker cabinets and a light island in our house. It seems to be fairly common in my neck of the woods. You don't see a lot of painted cabinetry around here, so painting just the island is a small way to add a big impact. I saw quite a few photos on Houzz. I just searched "dark cabinets white island" under photos. Good luck!
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:53PM
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Jennifer Hogan
Love this kitchen with the combined white and dark cabinets. The island is also the dark wood and the granite slab for the island wasn't installed yet when I took this picture.
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:19PM
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Jennifer Hogan
Better picture
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:26PM
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Shelley Wells
This is what we did. I enjoy the contrast.
    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 9:54PM
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