I would go with the light hickory wood, I am getting sick of the dark cherry......Ron G.
I can relate to your comment. Back in 2007 when we were picking out interior colors, my wife Irene really wanted the cherry. I much preferred the maple only to save the money but Irene said the cherry looked so rich. With the florescent lighting of the era, neither wood tickled me so it was easy for me to agree to.
Today I feel good with our cherry cabinets since I changed from florescent to LED lighting. One day I may splurge and change out the dated brass hardware to brushed stainless. It just has not yet bothered me enough to make the change. A real good local hardware sale just might inspire me to get going.