30 Classy Projects With Dark Kitchen Cabinets

Classy Projects With Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services

Whether you are updating your kitchen’s look or building a new home, one of the most important décor aspects to consider is the color of the kitchen cabinets. Because they cover a sizable area of your kitchen, cabinets have great influence over how your kitchen looks and feels. While material and cabinet door style are all important issues to think about, the color is often what pops out when one enters the kitchen.

One of the most popular modern décor trends is dark kitchen cabinets. While going for dark colors may seem to go against the accepted perception that a kitchen should have bright and warm colors, you might be surprised at how well it works for most kitchens.

If you are interested in trying out a new look for your kitchen, the dark side beckons. To get you started on some creative ideas, we have put together a roundup of pictures of kitchens with dark cabinets. But before we get to the kitchen ideas dark cabinets, a few tips on how to choose the best dark cabinets for your kitchen and how to mix and match for the best look.

Why Go Dark?

Dark cabinets will introduce a certain richness and depth that lighter colors just cannot achieve. The color invites you to linger, be calm, and ponder. While it may not trigger the exuberant feeling you get in a white-cabinet kitchen, it brings about a calm excitement.

The calmness and depth of dark colors work perfectly for luxury-themed kitchens. However, it is important to note that dark kitchen themes require considerably more expertise and care to pull off. If you are not sure of your mix and matching abilities, you are better off seeking advice from an interior decorating expert. When matched with the right colors and textures, dark cabinets create a stunning luxe look no one can help but fall in love with.

Choosing the Right Color

You already know you want dark kitchen cabinets. But what shade should it be brown? Most cabinet sellers will feature dozens, if not hundreds, of dark shades ranging from tan to ash grey to pitch black.

The first step is to find out what dark varieties your preferred cabinet vendor has. Chances are that they have dark extremes of each color. Decide what dark shade will work best for your kitchen. When most people think about dark kitchen cabinets, they automatically see the color black or grey. But you can get dark versions of any color, apart from white of course. You can choose to go with black, dark red, dark green, dark brown and so on.

Related: Design Trend: Blue Kitchen Cabinets & 30 Ideas to Get You Started.

If you are going for a super luxurious look, black and grey will work best. If you are looking for something to match brown flooring, dark brown or red cabinets might fit in perfectly. If you want a unique look, try unusual colors such as dark green. If you want a bit of the excitement of bright colors combined with the calm of dark shades, try dark yellow (the color of olives).

The most important thing is figuring out what will work well with other aspects of your kitchen and the final look you are aiming for. This is because, while all dark shades will have a similar calming and in-depth character, each dark shade also has its own unique impact on the look and feel of the kitchen. Mahogany colored cabinets (a dark shade of red) will feel quite different from Sangria cabinets (a deep shade of purple).

Compare, compare, and keep comparing until you find something that is perfect for your kitchen.

Mixing and Matching

The most crucial part of choosing dark kitchen cabinets is knowing how to mix and match them with other colors and textures. This is what will determine how good the kitchen looks in the end. Here are a few mix and match tips you will find helpful as you consider installing dark kitchen cabinets.

  • Balance the dark shades with lighter colors. Unless you want a Gothic kitchen, too much dark can be depressing. Balance out the dark shade you have chosen with some lighter hues. One common combination, especially for luxury themed kitchens, is black and white. Most dark shades also go well with white. You can also include aspects of other lighter colors such as a yellow backsplash, brown flooring or a red accent wall.
  • Make sure there is plenty of natural light coming in. If you are not careful, dark shades can create the perception of a much smaller room and can be depressing. To counter this, check that you have a lot of natural light coming in. At night, have enough lighting to keep the place looking bright and airy.
  • Match with other dark elements. While dark cabinets will pop out beautifully against a light colored wall, they also look great when matched with dark flooring or other dark colored elements in the kitchen. This will prevent the cabinets from looking like the sad loner in the room. You can match them with dark flooring, a dark accent wall or a dark countertop.

As we mentioned, mixing and matching dark shades with other elements is a bit trickier than if you had light colored cabinets to work with. If you are not comfortable with your capabilities, get some help from an expert.

Here are some ideas for dark kitchen cabinets you can use in your renovation process. Find the style that best suits your kitchen and either borrow it or tweak it to perfection.

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Peter Salerno Inc

Warm and inviting kitchen with dark cherry cabinets with walnut stain. Gorgeous copper range hood. The slate floors add warmth and color.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Exquisite Kitchen Design

The light hardwood floors and all the stainless help compliment the deep dark color of the cabinets. What a fresh space!


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Elizabeth Taich Design

Exquisite Bucktown kitchen. Absolutely love those pendants!


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Sebring Design Build

Wonderful open kitchen–great place for the family.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Heidi Rawson Design

Rich and dark with enough light to balance it all out.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
DCI Home Resource

This kitchen is so clean and sleek. Stainless steel counters are nice to see for a change.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Revision LLC

The dark gray is a nice departure from the dark brown tones you usually see. Very fresh with the white island. Love the white Arabesque tile.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Sebring Design Build

Warm spicy color in this transitional kitchen.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Wall to Wall Kitchen and Bath

Lots of great storage in this contemporary kitchen.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Kerr Construction, Inc.

Striking stained walnut cabinets in this contemporary San Francisco kitchen. That view is spectacular!


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Linda McDougald Design

Gorgeous traditional kitchen. Alder/sable finish on the cabinetry. That stove and hood are definitely a major focal point!


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Leslie Owen Persohn, Architect

This kitchen screams WOW! Beautiful mediterranean kitchen that mixes dark and white cabinets.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
ACM Design

Deep and rich. Very traditional.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Stoneham Kitchens

Different and very contemporary. A mix of dark and white cabinets. Fun LED lighting, beautiful ceiling detail, and the curved cabinet is unique.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Risa Boyer Architecture

Cabinets are dark, but the layout brings in a ton of light! Nice contemporary touches–light fixture and seating.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Sebring Design Build

Great space for entertaining, cooking and baking. Love those unique cabinet pulls.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Visbeen Architects

I like the curved shape and open flow of this kitchen. Very warm.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
The Woodshop of Avon

Who says an island has to be massive? Love how they curved the end. Pretty hood detail above stove. Dark, rich cabinets are beautiful.


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Braam’s Custom Cabinets

Nice comforting grain in these rich shaker cabinets.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Braam’s Custom Cabinets

Nice comforting grain in these rich shaker cabinets.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Dijeau Poage Construction

Dark, clean, crisp kitchen. Love the extra height of these black cabinets–lots of extra storage space.


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Titan Homes LLC
The color and the style of the floor tile is a nice compliment to the dark cabinets.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Beautiful solid maple cabinets in the color Iron Mountain–rustic and warm. Love the Light floors with the dark rich cabinets. Nice custom hood.


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Maxine Schnitzer Photography/Stanley Martin Homes

Stunning classic kitchen. I like how the white accents contrast. Pretty pendant lighting.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Teddy Edwards

A beautiful deep dark Farrow and Ball Studio Green on these cabinets. This green is a little more unconventional, yet the space is still very traditional feeling.


Dark Kitchen Cabinets - Sebring Services
Lda Architecture & Interiors

Love the dark black/gray color of these cabinets. All the chrome is a plus–great pendant lighting! Beautiful Caeserstone and Argos marble countertops.


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Kitchen Studio: Kansas City

What a unique storage area in the kitchen. Love the open shelves and the mix of white and stainless.


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Melissa Miranda Interior Design

Rich contemporary kitchen. I like the smaller cabinets on either side of the stove.

Your Dream Kitchen

Do you always dream of a dark-themed kitchen, but do not know where to start? Well, now you have some ideas to work with. Dark kitchen cabinets can create the theme you want for the kitchen. Of course, it all depends on how well you match them up to other elements in the room. We have provided tips for mix and matching above.

With so many styles and shades of dark kitchen cabinets to choose from, it can be confusing knowing what to go for. If you need any help buying or installing dark kitchen cabinets, feel free to reach out for helpful tips from us.


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  1. Hina July 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I have Brazilian cherry wood floors and we are looking to install white kitchen cabinets. Please help me out if they would be a good pick.

    • Bryan Sebring July 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Hi Hina, that seems like a good choice. Hope it turns out nice!

  2. Lilian Cachoeira January 27, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Could you please help me? I like the color turquoise (Tiffany) and I was planning on installing white cabinets, but we ended up buying a new house that has brand new medium brown cabinets and light grey backsplash. Do you think the turquoise accents (mixer, pots, knifes) would match the brown cabinets and backsplash? If not, what colors would go well with in this kitchen? Thank you so much!!

    • Bryan Sebring January 29, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Lilian,
      I would suggest buying a few accent pieces to put around the kitchen. If you like, then it’s a win, win. If it’s not your favorite combination, you can always return or find a new spot within the house.
      Bryan Sebring

  3. Lisa February 21, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Hello, I have grey white oak floors would a dark java kitchen cabinets with apple green backsplash counter work? Also, ton of natural light.

    • Bryan Sebring March 19, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Hi Lisa,

      That sounds like it would work well, good luck on your project!

      Bryan Sebring

  4. Andy Shepard February 28, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for all of the great information! I like to build with birch plywood over MDF because of the dust and the weight. Poplar seems to be a good wood for face frames that will be painted. Once I tried to substitute with some aspen because the lumber store didn’t have enough of the poplar that I needed.

  5. Marlaina McGowan March 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I am having maple wood cabinets with espresso stain, which is really dark installed in my kitchen I love the Tuscan look. We are going to have a tumble coffee mocha travertine for the floor. I have picked a Beijing gray for the pink, it blends well with my accent colors. I’m having a hard time choosing Granite, I love dark colors! What would you suggest?

    • Bryan Sebring April 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Marlaina,
      I’m not sure what material or color the Beijing gray is for the sink, but if you aren’t planning on selling the house any time soon, I would pick the color countertops you love! The trends have been towards lighter colors with darker veining. But I don’t feel that is the best option for the look that you want. There are so many fabulous granite colors, I would really recommend going to a stone warehouse and seeing what speaks to you. Just remember to bring a sample of your tile(s) and cabinet color for comparison. Good luck with project.

      Bryan Sebring

  6. Smith March 30, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Darker cabinetry is a great base for a lighter countertop, they really make the top you choose stand out.

  7. Rishabh April 13, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Hi Brayan,

    I wish to build a dark brown/chocolate color glossy cabinet kitchen but with Cream/Off white floor tiles. Will that be a good combination?

    • Bryan Sebring May 11, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Rishabh, it sounds like a nice combination, however without additional information, I can’t say for sure. Have a great day! -Bryan

  8. Debbie Savich April 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    We bought a used home, we have light maple stained cabinets in our kitchen, with Brazilian Cherry wood floors. I believe we did things a little backward……. as we just replaced the granite countertops with a beautiful Quartz, it is light in color and we put up a beautiful backsplash which is also light however; it has approx. 4″ in the center of colorful mosaic tile. Nothing pops, nothing catches your eye immediately. We liked it at first with the cabinets however; now we don’t. We’re looking into refinishing the cabinets and have no clue as to what color, with the floor being the cherry wood what color cabinet would you go?

    • Bryan Sebring May 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Debbie, that is a tough one without seeing your kitchen first-hand. I would recommend reaching out to a local designer to give you some ideas and then decide from there. Best of luck on your project! -Bryan

  9. John Jerome September 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Have any of you guys heard of artistickitchen.com i would like to hear of an opinion.

    • Bryan Sebring September 14, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Hi John, we haven’t, however they are located in California and we are in Illinois, so we have not crossed paths. Sorry we are not more help, good luck on your project!

  10. Barb November 11, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Where can I purchase pedant lights in picture Sophisticated Chicago?

    • Bryan Sebring November 12, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Barb, this is the interior designer’s page who remodeled that kitchen space. Unfortunately we do not have the exact details of those pendant lights but she may be able to give you information on those. I would also recommend checking out one of our vendors, http://www.lightsourcelighting.com/. They will have similar products featured. Good luck!

  11. Sharon November 18, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Can you tell me the brand and color of floor tile used in “Expresso Cabinets” image?

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