Cabinets are some of the hardest working fixtures in any home and are often the first to show their age. Even if the finish on your cabinets isn’t in bad shape, often times the shade of stain, the color and the style of handles can date them and make the entire room look it’s paying homage to a long-gone era.
In the latter half of the 20th century, medium and golden oak cabinets were the standard whereas in recent years there’s been a shift to opaque colors (whites and soft greys) as well as deeper colored stains such as espresso or even black. It’s also popular now to have a mix of colors and stains such as dark lower cabinets and lighter uppers or opaque cabinets and a stained island. All of these transformations can be made without replacing your existing cabinets assuming they’re in sound structural condition which is so often the case.