We ordered the cabinets through Joy at Kitchens by Design, the same people who did the guest bathroom. The cabinets are the Cayhill style by Dynasty in the color "pesto". Why pesto, you ask? Wellllll, lemme tell ya.
We have a lot of wood in this room... the floors are hickory, the cabinets are walnut (or hickory, depending on who you ask) and both are attention grabbers. (I just noticed in this picture that the upper cabinets look like they're a different color than the lower ones, but they're not. Weird.)
Anyway. My first thought was to choose a wood with a very subtle grain and stain it a color that matched the cabinets. I was unanimously voted off the island on the Gardenweb kitchens forum, and they all said the same thing my contractor said. You'll never match it exactly, and the worst thing you can ever have is a bad match. So, painted cabinets it was.
Of all the different cabinet makers out there, they all have the same basic colors: black, navy blue, gray, some shade of sage green, fire engine red, and about 73 different colors of white/cream/ivory. Kevin wanted black, but I thought it was too dark. Navy blue was out for the same reason. Gray was too cold. Red was.... well, red. So I tried to convince Kevin that cream was the way to go. He didn't like it. He fought me on it. I thought I almost had him... and then I did a Photoshop mock-up of it, and went "Huh. Yeah, he's right, that's terrible."
So, sage green it was. That narrowed our choices down to three. Willow, Pesto and Sage, with willow being the lightest one and sage being the darkest. I liked willow the best, but it was too washed out against our granite. Sage actually looked the best with the granite, but when we brought it into the room, it was too dark. So, pesto won out.
Still not sure when the granite is happening, but you know we'll post pics as soon as it does!