Early this week I arrived at a client’s home during a huge renovation. They showed me the espresso brown shaker style cabinets they were leaning towards as well as the 24 x 24 chocolate and caramel tile. The countertops would be quartz. This couple plan to retire in this house — they have an amazing view (below) and it’s going to be fabulous!
So, should their kitchen look something like the one (below)? Here are the two questions I would ask them:
1. Will you live here for the next 15 – 20 years?
2. Did you love brown before it ever became the trendy colour of the 2000s?
If the answer to both questions is "Yes," then go ahead and install brown cabinets.
But if you plan to sell your house in the next few years then the average homebuyer will soon be looking for gray or white. The brown trend is still about eight years old and trends typically last about 10 years. But as soon as the switch to gray and/or white becomes mainstream, your new brown kitchen will already look 10 years old!
There are exceptions to this of course, the classic French Country walnut kitchen (below) being one of them. But this is my general advice for kitchen colours right now.
The gray trend is certainly everywhere! I just received IKEA’s 2011 Catalogue in the mail yesterday and the cover was entirely done in grays:
As much as I love colour, I love and adore a timeless white kitchen.
But don’t worry, if your kitchen is brown and the time comes when white is really hot, you can always paint it and I can help you find the right white. So for now, enjoy your warm and rich cabinets!
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