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 24×24 inch chocolate and caramel tile. The countertops were going to be quartz. This couple plan to retire in this house — they have an amazing view (below) and it’s going to be fabulous!
So, even though the gray trend is now here, should their kitchen look something like the one (below)? Here are two questions you want to ask yourself to get the answer:
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 the average homebuyer will 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, even a brand new brown kitchen will already look 10 years old!
There are exceptions to this of course. The classic French Country walnut kitchen shown below is one of the exceptions and will look timeless for many years to come. But, for the average kitchen, 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:
And 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 you think white is really hot, you can always paint your cabinets and I can help you find the right white. So for now, enjoy your warm and rich cabinets!
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