Cherry cabinets were very "in" in the 90's. Dark, sexy, classy; they had that Tuscan/ Italian thing going that everyone wanted. Often paired with said cabinets was a dark green granite or granite-like counter-top. Red and green- how could you go wrong? By the very virtue of trends, eventually they go out of style.
In the past 3 weeks I have had no fewer than 3 projects dealing with the same dark green granite counter-tops. 2 kitchens and 1 bathroom. Those who are opting to paint their cabinets have more flexibility. Those who won't be painting the ubiquitous cherry wood have a little more of a challenge.
I give you some examples of what I'm talking about:
The issue here is the deep, rich value of the counter-tops and the cabinets. Those who want a lighter feeling have a few choices. If you think of more that I don't cover here, please add your suggestions in the comments below.