NY Good Questions: Ideas on Kitchen Cabinet Color?

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Dear AT,

We just bought an apartment and although we love it, I am not crazy about the wood for the floors and the kitchen cabinets.

Changing the floors is not going to happen anytime soon, but I would like to change the cabinet color.

The kitchen is open to the living room, and open to the second floor.

Right now the walls are white, as one wall goes up to the second floor and would be tricky to paint...

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The counter tops are black granite, the floors and the cabinets are natural oak- that is the closest that I can come to describe them.

The living room is painted a blue gray, and has red, white and blue gray as the dominant color palate.

Thoughts on the cabinets?

I love a darker wood, like a walnut, but I am afraid that might make it dark with the black counter tops, and/or look weird with the floors.

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My thought was to paint them a glossy white, but would love other opinions or insight.

I attached 3 pics. so you can see how the kitchen is partly closed/open to the living room and the second floor.

We could also paint some of the walls, but as two of them extend to the top floor, it is going to be difficult to do them ourselves. Would love your help!

Thanks! Tyler

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