There are plenty of small choices that you’ll make when redesigning your kitchen, for example what kind of faucet for your sink, or whether or not to include a clock above the stove. But, there are a few large ones that you’ll have to make, perhaps none larger than the style of cabinetry that you’ll use. The cabinets, more so than anything else, serve to create the overall design aesthetic of the room. Light or dark, old or new, simple or ornate; there are so many choices, and so many ways the rest of your design will be influenced by the cabinetry decision you make.
While many will opt for lighter-colored cabinets in their kitchens these days, there are still plenty of good reasons to pick dark cabinets. They have a look and feel that’s all of their own, and can be balanced out nicely by other choices you make in your kitchen, as well as the choices that may have already been made – for example, the style and color of your flooring.
If you’ve been thinking that dark cabinets might be right for your kitchen, then come take a look at these 21 examples. You just may find the dark cabinets (and style) that are right for your kitchen at home!
The lighter, though still dark, wood of the island serves as an excellent contrast to the dramatically dark cabinets in this kitchen.
2. Stand Out
Darker cabinets stand out against the light color of the hardwood floors and white granite countertops.
The dark color of the cabinetry in this kitchen serves to separate the kitchen area from the other areas in this open concept floor plan.
Navy blue is used to great effect in this kitchen, as it balances quite nicely with the white countertops and back splash, creating a pleasing visual profile.
Against the brushed metal of the kitchen appliances, the dark cabinetry in this kitchen creates a sleek, modern visual effect.
Open space with pitch-black cabinets balanced against white serve to create a dramatic space that would please any culinarian.
The black cabinetry melding with the black appliances, this kitchen creates a modern effect that should please those who prize minimalism.
Black and white meld perfectly together in this kitchen, creating a class art deco look and feel.
Moving from dark cherry to white chairs around a black kitchen table, this kitchen establishes a pleasing color gradient.
The dark cabinetry of this kitchen allows the natural light from the windows to play nicely with the shiny granite countertops.
With tall dark cabinets overhanging cream-colored countertops, this kitchen recalls the elegance of a classic, luxurious study.
Cabinets with glass panes keep this kitchen, which features elegant dark cabinets, from becoming too drab.
Slate-grey granite countertops and pitch black cabinets are balanced elegantly by the eye-catching backsplash in this stunning kitchen.
The rustic, dark cabinets in this kitchen are lent a touch of modernism by the tile backsplash and contemporary appliances.
Dark cabinets balanced against a cream-colored backsplash add enough drama to this smaller kitchen to lend it a sense of scale.
The antiqued white cabinets surrounding the kitchen foretell the dark cabinets and hardwood floors that dominate the space.
Against the cream-colored tile, the dark cabinets of this kitchen serve to create a sense of dimension.
The white accents in the cabinetry and the backsplash allow the dark cabinets to pop out into the kitchen space.
With deep-brown cabinets balancing nicely against the softer color of the hardwood floors, this kitchen is as slick as it is inviting.
The black and white scheme of the kitchen and the cabinets is incorporated elegantly into the space by the wallpaper pattern.
This kitchen design perfectly exemplifies how dark cabinets do not necessarily lead to a dark kitchen.