In this kitchen we have a nice contrast between the shaker kitchen cabinets and the dark counter and range. This makes for a rich color contrast that is dimly lit, yet not gloomy. This is not an easy balance to strike in kitchen remodeling and you have to be careful that you do not tip that balance toward gloom in the space. What I like about the counters are that they are reflective, which accentuates natural light. At the same time the shaker kitchen cabinets are a nice blend of contemporary design and artisan wood work. I really like this kitchen remodel idea.