Dark kitchen cabinets are having something of a resurgence. For far too long, light colors reigned supreme in our homes. The early noughties saw many designers and homeowners alike shy away from moody, dramatic kitchen cabinet colors. But they're back, and Jennifer Lopez's kitchen proves that dark kitchens are livable, luxe, and inviting.
Dark kitchen cabinet ideas can be made to look both dramatic and sophisticated in many ways and will suit even the smallest space. Although the kitchen is a functional area, this doesn’t mean it can’t have personality and style. Don’t be afraid of experimenting and taking risks – sometimes the most beautiful decor comes from the most unexpected pairings.
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‘Taking the plunge with dark colors needn’t plunge the whole kitchen into darkness,' says Mioko Fujisaki, director, of Kitchen Bee Design. 'The cabinetry is rarely anywhere near the largest surface area. You’ll see far more floor, ceiling, wall and countertop, and keeping those areas light will provide contrast and a brightening effect.'
'If you are concerned about the darkness, then invest in reflective surfaces, such as metallics and mirrors, which will bounce more light into the kitchen. Mostly you need a little courage. If you love dark colors, and follow these steps, the results will be fabulous.’
Playing it safe with color on a long-term investment like a kitchen is entirely understandable. But first, ask yourself: will it ever really make an impact, and will you end up wishing you’d been braver?
'Committing to a bright or dark color, similar to Jennifer Lopez's kitchen, requires time, effort, and a whole lot of tester pots,' explains Fiona Duke, director, of Fiona Duke Interiors. 'Bear in mind that you’re looking for a shade that will make your heart sing every time you’re in the kitchen. Once you’ve narrowed it down, put your chosen color on a trial door or very large sample and live with it for a few days to make sure it’s the one.’
If you are a traditionalist at heart, why not opt for wood kitchen cabinets in dark timber? Dark wood cabinets are a popular choice for those who love a timeless or classic look – not to mention the fact wood gets better with age.
The most popular dark woods for kitchen cabinets include; walnut, teak, mahogany, and cherry. The best choice for your kitchen might, however, be a locally sourced wood, which will complement your home and the other materials within your kitchen.
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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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