Should I Go with Dark Base Kitchen Cabinets and White Uppers?

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Q: We are renovating our small kitchen (one wall). It has stainless steel appliances, including an under cabinet microwave. In all we will have 3 base units: one cabinet under the sink, a drawer unit under the microwave and drawers to the right of the stainless stove.

The upper cabinets (to the not quite 9 foot ceiling) will be painted white. Should i paint the base units charcoal grey (BM 2110)?

The floor is southern yellow pine, the back splash will be white beveled subway tile and the opposite wall will be white with a stainless pot rack and magnetic knife holder. Thank you! (I am sorry I don't have a picture — but hope you get the idea!)

(Note: The image shown is not of Lucie's kitchen, but is just to give responders an idea of what the light upper/dark lower cabinet look is like.)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.