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How to Use Dark Colors in Your Kitchen Reno
March 6, 2020

Using dark colors in your kitchen reno can add depth and contrast to your space no matter your style. Whether it’s a sleek, Quartz sink in a contemporary kitchen or dark cherry cabinets in a traditional kitchen, dark colors can bring out the best in your home.

But, too much dark will cause your space to seem stuffy and confined. The key is to use the darks to bring out the lights without overpowering them. Our experts share their tips below on how to use dark colors in your kitchen.

Use dark colors and an apron stainless steel sink in your kitchen to create an elegant design.
Use dark colors and an apron stainless steel sink in your kitchen to create an elegant design.

01.

Consider Natural Light

Consider Natural Light

Kitchens flooded with natural light were big a few years ago, but those skylights can make a white kitchen pretty intense at certain times of the day. Adding some dark colors can counter this effect nicely.

Alternatively, if your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of natural light, go easy on the darks to avoid a cramped feeling. If you love darks, go with natural bolds and reds instead of blacks.

Add color into your kitchen by painting your cabinets.
Add color into your kitchen by painting your cabinets.

02.

Color Your Cabinets

Color Your Cabinets

The most popular way to add dark colors to kitchens is via the cabinetry. Installing or painting dark cabinets is easy and affordable, but consider these general rules:

  • Light floors match well with dark cabinets
  • Two-toned kitchen cabinets are trending
  • Dark Cabinets match with light countertops
  • Gray cabinets can soften the contrast between black and white

These rules aren’t universal, but they make a good starting point for your kitchen reno with dark colors.

Farmhouse apron sinks match perfectly with dark cabinets and subway tile.
Farmhouse apron sinks match perfectly with dark cabinets and subway tile.

03.

Dark Flooring

Dark Flooring

Dark flooring brings us into riskier territory. The trick behind creating a balance between dark and light is to use brighter and cleaner colors on top. For example, a dark wood or stone floor looks great with light wood cabinets and an eggshell fireclay sink.

Use dark colors throughout your kitchen design, and add hints of neutral colors to make the space feel cozy.
Use dark colors throughout your kitchen design, and add hints of neutral colors to make the space feel cozy.

04.

Going All Dark

Going All Dark

If you just can’t get enough darks, you’re in luck. You can put dark floors, cabinets, and walls together without overdoing it as long as you add enough neutral colors to the room. This can help your space to feel cozy instead of cramped.

Add rusty reds, spruce greens, and copper to bring out the cozy cabin vibes. For a more elegant take on the all-dark kitchen, use ash-grey and gold for a modern royal kitchen.

Use bold colors like emerald green or navy blue to add personality into your kitchen.
Use bold colors like emerald green or navy blue to add personality into your kitchen.

05.

Life isn’t Black and White

Life isn’t Black and White

Black and white kitchens can work, but they can also come off as impersonal. For a bit more fun, use bold colors instead of blacks. Bold green and maroon cabinets match exceptionally well with wooden floors and kitchen islands.

Using dark colors in your kitchen renovation can tone down natural brightness, bring out lighter colors, or add a natural coziness to your home. Follow our experts’ tips and do your darks right!