It is a common misconception that kitchens need to be bright, airy, and neutral. With the rise of white cabinets, farmhouse chic, and acrylic, rarely does the beauty of a deep cabinet get considered. Thankfully, a moody, luxe, and rich, dark cabinet-clad kitchen is making a comeback.
Why The Dark Side?
Dark cabinets bring fourth a richness and a depth that bright, white kitchens cannot. Pair that with the warmth, and comfort of a darker cabinet, it is a recipe for greatness. Remember, dark cabinets doesn’t mean a dark kitchen!
How Dark Is Dark?
The best thing to do at this step is pair up with your cabinet seller. Let them know what you have in mind, they will have great suggestion.
When most homeowners are considering a deeper-colored cabinet, their minds go right to black, or deep grays and browns – which can be daunting. If that is what you have in mind, great! Just remember that a deeper cabinet can include jewel tones such as navy blue, army green, maroon, olives, etc. They key here, is to compare, check and consult.
Keys To a Dark Kitchen
They keys for a dark kitchen lies in lighting, contrast, and other dark elements. To keep you kitchen from feeling small, make sure there is a lot natural light with a mix of artificial light for the evening.
Unless you are going for a 100% deep, dark kitchen, mix your dark cabinets with some lighter elements. Cabinets take up a lot of visual weight in a kitchen. Consider planning larger pieces in lighter colors, like an island, countertops, or backsplash. Or, a particular trend for 2019 – two tone cabinets.
While contrast is essential, mixing in other dark elements keeps the cabinets from sticking out like a sore thumb. Some of our favorite pairings are a dark countertop, dark island seating, black appliances, etc.
A darker kitchen can be more difficult to nail on your own, thankfully you can contact us for a design consultation!