Do you find yourself sighing over the jaw-droppingly dark yet gorgeous cabinets in all those kitchen design magazines, but left wondering how your kitchen could pull it off? It can be tricky for first-time ‘kitchen buyers’ or remodelers to figure out what kind of decor goes well with this darker palette (without looking like a cave). Others may be in the design phase of their remodel and feeling a little intimidated by the shades. But we’re here to show you how to get the most out of these beautiful, relaxing colors without making your kitchen look smaller or uninviting.
Dark shades are becoming more commonplace these days, and for good reason. We especially love how these dark colors invite people into the space and make them feel cozy. Customer favorites include the Palm Beach Dark Chocolate, the Santa Fe Mocha, and the Bordeaux collections.
Bring out the beauty of dark-colored cabinets with these ideas:
If you love countertops that have beautiful detail, then darker cabinet colors can make those features shine. We’re talking about the beautiful wood grain of butcher block, the crystalline shine of quartz, or the marbled look of granite. Those details may get washed out in other designs, whereas dark shades give them a pedestal for standing out.
While cabinet color is one of the first things people notice when they walk into a kitchen, the second thing is usually the flooring. And that’s especially true with darker colored cabinets, which almost point at the floor saying, ‘look at this beautiful floor!’.
Dark cabinets tend to be very smooth and have subtle grain textures, which don’t stand out as much as lighter colored cabinets. This makes a great palette for letting other kitchen fixtures standout, like beautiful backsplashes with unique stone that extends from counter to ceiling or frames an oven hood.
To get a healthy medium, consider going half-and-half with dark and light cabinets. A powerful way to approach this is to use dark colors on base cabinets and light colors on wall cabinets. This look really grounds a kitchen design with a solid foundation, while also letting homeowners get the best of both worlds.
Showing off unusually colored cookware or kitchen tools has become a well-loved, on-trend style these days, and beautiful dark-colored cabinets can really make them pop. Think about how a brightly colored set of cookware or special pieces would look on open shelving, positioned like pieces of art made for display, rather than workhorses that get hidden away.
Now that you know so much more about the potential of darkly colored cabinets, there’s no reason to be wary of them anymore. And if you still have any doubt about pulling off a dark cabinet shade, don’t forget that we have expert design consultants who know exactly how to approach bold shades in any home.
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