Our New Curbly House Cabinets: To White, or Not To White?

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Sheesh. Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare. Anyway, as you might know, our family is in the middle of a very exciting house addition (you can follow along in the Curbly House section of this site). A big part of keeping a large-scale project like this moving forward is the ability to make decisions (hopefully good ones) quickly without second-guessing yourself. Second-guessing means design changes, and that means delays.

One of the big decisions we have coming up involves our cabinetry. We're thrilled to be working with a great sponsor, Aristokraft, for our kitchen and mudroom cabinets. Aristokraft cabinets are a solid, affordable line from the MasterBrand family. They offer flexible designs with various construction upgrades and embelishments; a good fit for homeowners who want a good value, quality cabinet without going over budget.  

We've been working with Jeannine, a kitchen designer from our local Aristokraft dealer (Gerhards kitchen and bath store), and she has drawn up an amazing design for the mudroom:

That's one wall of the mudroom. Here's the other:

For reference, here's what we have for the kitchen:

Now, Alicia's dead-certain she wants to go with all-white cabinets in the kitchen. Well, at least she's dead certain about it this week, last week she was thinking natural wood lowers and white uppers ... but anyway. So now the question is, what color to do in the mudroom?

An obvious answer is ... white! Sure, it would match the kitchen cabinets, but who wants to get too matchy-matchy? And also, white in a mudroom might be a recipe for very dirty base cabinets. 

So we're mulling over a few different options, and wanted to get some help from the Curbly community! 

Here's one choice: 

Aristokraft Wintead Door in Fawn

That's the Winstead door style in 'Fawn' (that would match the hardwood floors in the house pretty closely ... but the floors in the mudroom will be tiled). Here's another one:

Winstead door style in Autumn

That's the Winstead again, in 'Autumn'.

The last one we're considering is called 'Umber':

This finish is new in their lineup, and I've seen it in person in the showroom; it's a little more 'washed' looking than it appears in the sample photo. 

So, what do you think? Feel free come up with your own combinations and let me know in the comments. Keep in mind, this is just for the mudroom! We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Note: Our kitchen project is being partly sponsored by Aristokraft. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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babybrie on Jul 23, 2013:

If not too late... always, classic white painted cabinets.  They will never date themselves.

Jessica on Jun 07, 2013:

I vote Umber or the white cabinets.  Or, maybe consider going even darker than the Umber, into a more dark espresso color, possibly?  I think that would be gorgeous in a mudroom. 

Is the mudroom connected to the kitchen?  If it is, the white cabinets would look better as a continuance of the kitchen cabinets, unlesss you pull more of the wood color into the kitchen a different way.

Kent on Jun 05, 2013:

Why not use a 2-tone approach, White cabs and wood finish bench area...Just a thought.

kim on Jun 03, 2013:

What about grey???

xxx on Jun 02, 2013:

I have Winstead White and it's beautiful.  You can't lose with any of these choices.  :)

Nicole on May 31, 2013:

What color countertops are you thinking? That will help determine if you want to go with a lighter or darker wood :)

alicia on May 31, 2013:

Thanks for all the feedback! After a visit to the showroom yesterday, we're also considering a natural wood finish on the bench (think Scandinavian). It's a light finish, but the natural wood grain should help with the dirt-factor. 

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Anonymous on May 30, 2013:

I really like the white and cafe combo. The cafe on the bottom would hold up to wear and tear and the white would tie in w the kitchen.

girlfromwva on May 30, 2013:

umber finish!

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