Do I go with white cupboards and a darker bench top or dark cupboards and a white bench top or go all white cupboards and benches? I've seen examples of all three and like all of them. Please help?
Sounds like an eenie meenie miney mo situation. It really is up to your personal taste. We have had some dilemmas with white cupboards discolouring, but yours may not.
Its an important decision. The kitchen adds a lot of value to the house and if I get it wrong or choose the wrong colours, I'm stuck with it.
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Everything dates eventually, but the choices you're describing sound pretty classic.
Thanks a lot Lesley. Great advice. I have a small narrow galley kitchen and I think dark cabinetry would close it in and make it look too small.
Here are a few examples of the options you came up with: [https://www.houzz.com.au/photos/galley-kitchen-layout-modern-kitchen-london-phvw-vp~39529018[(https://www.houzz.com.au/photos/galley-kitchen-layout-modern-kitchen-london-phvw-vp~39529018) (handless gives streamlined look and less to catch or bump into in a narrow space)
[https://www.houzz.com.au/photos/lake-shore-drive-kitchen-traditional-kitchen-chicago-phvw-vp~18378141[(https://www.houzz.com.au/photos/lake-shore-drive-kitchen-traditional-kitchen-chicago-phvw-vp~18378141) ( I like the dark floor continuing the approx colour of the cabinets to give the illusion of a wider space -have you picked your flooring yet? If so, can you post pic?)
[https://www.houzz.com.au/photos/contemporary-kitchen-contemporary-kitchen-london-phvw-vp~23224857[(https://www.houzz.com.au/photos/contemporary-kitchen-contemporary-kitchen-london-phvw-vp~23224857) (White on white but interest created by splashback and illusion of space and light with mirror on opposite wall)
We previously had white cabinetry and dark (laminate) bench top. I found the shiny dark surface tended to look smeary. An easier bench top to live with would have some variation in colour to disguise crumbs etc. I like to be able to see where I need to clean so have warm white cabinetry and warm grey bench too with light veining. The matt 2pac of cabinetry means no fingerprints from sticky fingers.
Thanks for the helpful advice. I was tossing up between handleless and the long stainless steel bar types of handles. Not sure which way to go. One installer mentioned self closing without handles and the ones you have to push in to click shut. Any thoughts on which is better?
It may come down to expense. Heavy duty hinges, self closing and many drawers with no handles is the ultimate. I find cleaning a breeze without handles on the top cupboards. On the lower ones we have a compromise of a handle over the top. Will post a picture.This house unfortunately did not have self closers and we really miss them.
Scott the examples are great. Thanks so much for the ideas. Hardly any photos have a fridge in them though.
What colour splash back should I choose? I was thinking something bright like yellow or blue.
Show us some photos.
How do I add photos of my mid 90's galley kitchen that I need advice with please?
That worked, can you post more angles, please?
Can you only upload 2 photos? My pic of the other wall is not loading. Thanks heaps Tribbletrouble.
I'm getting bad weather are you? Maybe try again in a little while.
Which direction does the window face?
The window faces west and looks out onto the patio. Its above the end of the bench that leads into the loungeroom. Hope this helps. Thanks for the question. Mark
Do you have a big cover over the patio? I ask because I'm trying to determine how much light you have coming in. In Summer my West facing windows are blacked out with drapes, in the afternoon, so it's dark in the room.
My patio is 10m long and is covered but my kitchen dining area is quite light because there is a large window on one wall and sliding doors out to the patio at the other end.