Kitchens with Dark Cabinets

White kitchens have had their time in the spotlight as they are bright, airy, and can make even the smallest kitchen appear spacious and welcoming. However, not to be forgotten, is the elegant feel of a dark cabinet. As we settle into a new decade, we are seeing the return of a classic look, but spun with a new twist! Yes, kitchens with dark cabinets are making their return and are here to stay.

Designing a space with dark cabinetry does not mean the entire space is bleak and unappealing.  In fact, it is quite the opposite. Utilizing dark colors in a kitchen design, for example, grounds the look and provides a warm, comforting appeal. Mixing elements of light and dark allow any space to be transformed with your style in mind.

Transitional Kitchen with Dark Cabinets

Transitional Kitchen with Dark Cabinets

Lydia Bogle designed this beautiful transitional kitchen using cabinetry from Signature Custom Cabinetry crafted in cherry wood with a truffle stain. The look is warm and inviting. Paired with a creamy hued granite, the colors play well together creating a cozy yet sophisticated look. The large picture window allows light to pour into this space and lets nature shine as a beautiful feature of this design. Using dark cabinets in a space with particularly high ceilings will help to ground the space and keep it from feeling uninviting and overly airy.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Dark Wall and Base Cabinets

Dark cabinets with range hood in Farmhouse Kitchen

The mix of colors and elements adds a ton of interest to this farmhouse design by Dan Lenner. The wall is appointed with dark cabinetry and finished with a light corian countertop. The island does the reverse – a white cabinet paired with a wood countertop. This look uses Signature Custom Cabinetry, staying true to the farmhouse look but adding a ton of modern conveniences. Given this kitchen is designed in a smaller space, the owners needed the functionality of both base and wall cabinets. The use of both here works exceptionally well to maximize the use of space.

Dark Base Cabinets and White Walls in a Contemporary Kitchen 

Contemporary Kitchen with Dark Base Cabinets and White Walls

Here is a fun twist on dark cabinetry, remembering that you can modernize a classic. Instead of a dark wood finish, opt for a dark paint. We love this contemporary design by Dan Lenner using navy as the anchor in this kitchen. The darker granite countertop completes this modern-day look that any minimalist will appreciate. Choosing to keep the walls a fresh white lets in the right amount of light to keep it perfectly balanced. Minimizing wall cabinets is a newer trend in kitchen designs. If you do not happen to need the space of wall-mounted cabinets, skip them. You’ll save money doing so and can embrace a minimalist look with cleaner walls or even floating shelves.

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