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 Dark finished more traditionnal cabinets?!

Hello!

We had to go pick everything for our house very quickly today and I'm second guessing myself... We chose the darkest brown we could find and I like that because the tiles will be nice and light and the wood floors are a nice medium brown. Anyways, what DH and I didn't agree on was the pattern of the cabinet doors.

We ended up picking a door with an arch at the top (like an indent, straight on 3 sides, curved a bit on top). I liked it at the time, but they didn't have any kitchen with that kind of cabinet in the show room. So I decided to look online and ALL I can find are very dark cabinets with Ikea style outer rim (like just straight pieces of wood) or an indentation but without an arch (just goes around - all the same). We can easily change the cabinets for some without an arch on top, but I'm not sure the handles would match anymore...

Does anyone have this? Could you post a pic please?! TIA!

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 21 Jan 2010 9:12 PM
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I don't know if this helps, but we have stainless steel appliances and an open hood fan over the stove. We'll have combination glass/porcelain tiles as the backsplash...

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 21 Jan 2010 9:36 PM
 14 Jul 2009
 Ottawa
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The style of cabinet you describe is very traditional and IMO a bit dated. But, if that's what you like go for it!

Most folks today choose 'shaker style' (the straight wood you mentioned above) because it's a bit cleaner in its lines. The 'plain indent' style is probably third most popular behind shaker, and plain flat front doors.

If you are planning to sell the house at all in the next 5-10 years I might reconsider.

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 21 Jan 2010 9:56 PM
 3 Jun 2008
 Ottawa, ON
Bebe_Mama
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We are going with a more traditional raised panel door, but all 4 sides are straight. We will also have the 42" high cabinets with crown molding and a light valance.

Here is the picture of our cabinet style and colour we are going with (on the left) but we did not pick that handle.



Here is a sample of a dark kitchen that looks great with cabinets like you described.



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 21 Jan 2010 11:31 PM
 19 Jan 2006
 Ontario
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I agree with BandAidChik. I am not a big fan of the arch door either. If you like them though, and you aren't planning on selling right away, go for it. With that said, the arches in the pic that Bebe_mama posted is a bit more modern looking. (Or maybe they just look different because the 2 doors beside the microwave are wide???)

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 22 Jan 2010 4:11 PM
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OMG Bebe_Mama, those are THE cabinets! And I DON'T like the look! FIEW for weddingbells! I knew there was something I didn't like... Even though that kitchen is nice, everything else we have is more modern and we even have one of those fancy open hood fans (with clean straight lines).

But I'm still not sure about the 'shaker style' cabinets... I might go with something like Bebe_Mama's... I will discuss it more with my husband.

Thanks! And while I'm at it, would you might suggesting handles?!

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 22 Jan 2010 4:12 PM
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And we also have crown molding and possibly 42" cabinets (depending on the price!). Does that make a difference?

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 22 Jan 2010 4:54 PM
 8 Aug 2008
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Well thank gawd you agree. Those arch doors are dated and there's pretty much NOTHING you can do to them to update them other than hope and pray they become stylish again in 20 or 30 years.

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 22 Jan 2010 7:38 PM
 14 Jul 2009
 Ottawa
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In BebeMama's photo, I agree that that 'rod' style while it goes well with shaker style cabinets, doesn't really work with raised panel doors.

Check out cabinetknob.com. It has lots of styles to choose from but something that is sleek but not too modern would be best.

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 22 Jan 2010 8:13 PM
 3 Jun 2008
 Ottawa, ON
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I'll have better pictures next week because we are going to make all our final choices on Thursday, but we are doing a mix of traditional and modern. Our appliances are all commercial grade stainless steel and we are doing a microwave hood fan, but like you saw, the door style is a little more traditional. We were originally going to go with the shaker door style in chocolate with the handles in my previous picture, but everywhere I look, I see those doors now. So DH and I decided to do our kitchen a little differently and so far I am really happy with it.

This is as close as I could find on Google to the handles we are going with, but I can show you our actual handles on Thursday. I'm not sure yet if we will be doing the knob or actual handle on the cabinets and drawers.



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 22 Jan 2010 8:57 PM
 14 Jul 2009
 Ottawa
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That's a good compromise BebeMama. You have such good style smile

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 22 Jan 2010 9:02 PM
 3 Jun 2008
 Ottawa, ON
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Awwww...thank you ladies! blush I can't wait until it's all done!

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 23 Jan 2010 9:46 AM
 11 Feb 2008
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if you can change for straight lines vs. arch , i would do that. that's what i chose for our kitchen and also did the same with my condo.

i find the arches are dated. DH had a townhouse that was 8 years old with the arches and the kitchen looked the same age as my parents kitchen 25 years old.



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 30 Jan 2010 8:20 AM
 9 Jul 2008
miss_martini
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Lotus spring - is that your kitchen? If so, can I ask what color the cabinets are called? I LOOOVE it and we're just picking out the cabinets for our new build. I'd love a kitchen like that!

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 31 Jan 2010 10:01 AM
 11 Feb 2008
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thanks miss_martini, that is my kitchen

the cabinets are from ikea . it's called akurum adel medium brown. we're very happy with the product.

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 3 Feb 2010 7:23 PM
 3 Jun 2008
 Ottawa, ON
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Ok, so we've made out choices. Sorry it's a bit late, but last week was a bad week.

Here is the kitchen layout:


The outer cabinets will be the auburn colour cabinets and the island will be the chocolate colour. The style will be the same for both.


This is a bad picture of a picture of our counters, but they actually are a really nice laminate that almost looks like granite. When we do switch to granite, the counters and island will get 2 different colours.


And here is our travertine tile, hardwood and our paint accent wall will actually be 1 shade darker than the paint in this pic.


Here is a sample pic of a 2-tone kitchen that we like.


Hope that helps a bit! Unfortunately we don't get our house until May so I can't add any pics of our actual kitchen.

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 3 Feb 2010 8:06 PM
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Bebe_Mama, I read the other post... So your DH is onboard?! I really like that concept of having 2 tones! I don't think it would look great in our space considering the way it is, but I think it will be nice in your kitchen!

I asked DH again and said he really liked the cabinets in the model home so he went to take a picture and when we told the kitchen place and by the time we got there, they had taken out the samples and they were really nice! So we went with those! The only thing is that the handles are not the greatest. They're kind of weird actually but with our budget, that's all we could have... I choose to spend an extra 500$ on ceiling-height cabinets instead of super nice handles, but I'm happy with that decision! They're not ugly or anything, just not what I wanted...

So we did go with dark sort-of shaker style cabinets, but not the regular shaker style. I will try to upload a pic if you would like!

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 3 Feb 2010 8:19 PM
 3 Jun 2008
 Ottawa, ON
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Thanks!! That would be great! I can't wait to see! smile

ETA - Oh, and yes he is on board!! YAY! wink

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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
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