Don’t you hate it when a room feels small and cramped? We do. That’s why we’re here to show you 42 different kitchens that use dark cabinets in their designs without looking stuffy. Instead, these kitchens look sophisticated and will be on your Pinterest wishlist as soon as you get a glimpse of them.
The key to pulling off dark cabinets is balancing them out with other colors in your kitchen. Even though all the cabinets are darker, the countertops and wall colors are kept light in this room. Stainless steel appliances with matching stainless hardware also keeps the room from being too somber.
Why only stick with one shade of wood? In this modern kitchen, the owners have utilized all different types of wood. To begin, the cabinets are a dark shade. Next, the wood flooring is the lightest shade of wood in the room. Lastly, the kitchen island countertop and two wooden barstools have a wooden shade that’s between dark and light. The end result is a kitchen that looks fresh and contemporary.
This elegant kitchen rocks the black cabinets with ease thanks to the layout of the room and the light countertops. Dark cabinets with white marble countertops is a design no-brainer and brings your home up-to-date immediately. A white brick wall behind the cabinets and tall ceilings reinstate the modern vibe.
When it comes to kitchen lighting, it’s best to think outside the box. You need more than just a few overhead lights, especially when you have dark cabinets. It’s best to add task lighting. This can include under-the-cabinet lights and even lights mounted on your stove exhaust range. In this kitchen, adding a light grey rug and green plants give it a lighter mood.
Stainless steel and dark cabinets are a match made in heaven! This progressive kitchen plays up this design by adding three stainless steel pendant lights over the kitchen island. Large white wooden trim around the windows and along the floors also balance out the dark, ornate cabinetry.
Can you image the delicious meals you could whip up in this luxurious kitchen? Walnut cabinets mingle with a speckled grey, white, and black backsplash and the kitchen island concrete-esque counter tops. The architectural elements on the ceiling and light tiled floors all work together in harmony to bring this kitchen to life. The cabinets give the room a strong design ambiance.
What do you get when you combine dark wooden cabinetry, a teak wood floor, and neutral countertops? This unique home kitchen! Taking design risks, this space works because every element balances out the other. Additionally, the narrow pendants hanging over both kitchen islands gives the room a warm, inviting glow.
This expansive home kitchen is both industrial and homey at the same time. Black-framed windows along the right wall invites lots of natural light in. Additionally, the oak cabinets have a red undertone which you can see when the light hits them. White marble is used as both the material for the countertops and the backsplash, which is allowed to crawl up to the tops of the cabinets. The most welcoming accent is the wooden floors in the connecting room, which is inlayed going different directions.
Designers use a lot of different tricks to keep rooms from looking too cave-like. In this room, one of those tricks is used. As you can see, the dark wood cabinets look beautiful, but may be a little overpowering. The designer has broken up this monotony by adding frosted glass cabinets over two of the doors. This lightens up the wood and adds visual interest. A large skylight also adds more sunshine to the room.
A traditional kitchen such as this one can seem up-to-date with top-of-the-line appliances. Stainless steel mixed with time-honored dark cabinets and furniture makes sure the space still feels relevant. Glass cabinet fronts mixed with opaque ones keep the room from being dull. In-cabinet lighting lights up the crystal glasses, adding depth.
Dark oak cabinets and a matching kitchen island are worked perfectly into the vertical backsplash behind the oven in this kitchen. The different mixed tiles pick up all the colors of the room and keep with the aesthetic of the darker cabinets. Other warm tones carried throughout the room include the lighter oak flooring. A small bar space, which is closest to the dining table gives this kitchen a unique layout.
The wood in this elegant kitchen reminds us of georgian mahogany. With ornate detailing around the frame of the refrigerator and on the legs which uphold the island, this wood is truly the main focus of this space. Although you may expect the same wood to be carried out throughout the home, you’ll be surprised to notice that the baseboards and framing around the patio doors is white.
How can a kitchen have black, ebony cabinets? This kitchen shows you how! The black cabinets above the window and under the kitchen island match the exposed wooden beams on the ceiling. The wood floors aren’t near as dark, but are quite bold. Broken up by the window above the kitchen sink and shelving, which holds colored items, the cabinets make a statement. The white vintage stove, light wood tall ladder, and redwood kitchen table break up the darkness.
Dark on the top, white on the bottom. This kitchen owner didn’t settle for just one wood color! They mixed a dark shade of cabinets and a light shade of cabinets and ended up with a beautiful kitchen which mixes different elements. Walnut cabinets are assigned the top part of the kitchen and white cabinets with a marble countertop sit on the bottom. To keep the dark shade from looking like an anomaly, the designer added a kitchen table of the same color in the middle of the room.
Sometimes kitchen cabinets can look boring. In this kitchen, the layout solves that problem. There are perfectly sized shelves on either side of the stove for decor items! White vases, a pumpkin, cake platters, and some bottles of wine make their home on the shelves and are displayed nicely.
Do you see four different colors of wood in this magnificent kitchen? Beauty is in variety! The dark cabinets are matched with white cabinets. There is also a different shade of wood flooring and yet another shade of wood on the ceiling! The key to mixing different wooden cabinet colors – like white and black – is keeping the design the same. Even though the colors contrast, the materials and designs are the same, which makes it work.
Can you imagine making a yummy pasta dish with your significant other in this cozy kitchen? Dark cabinets line either side of this narrow kitchen. Top-of-the-line appliances accent the cabinets and there is a white tiled backsplash. Our favorite part is the two french doors which open to a lush backyard garden space. The owner has brought the outdoors in by placing two different planters on the kitchen counters.
Matching teak cabinets are the focal point of this classic kitchen. Instead of adding different colored bar stools, the designer chose matching ones to bring the attention to the rest of the room. An island in the center matches perfectly and there are no distractions from the beauty of the wood.
With room for at least six people to sit down and enjoy a bowl of cereal, this kitchen is made for a busy, on-the-go family! The dark wooden cabinets have a warm undertone and are accented with a beautiful ornate tile backsplash above the stove. Granite countertops, which match on the island and the rest of the kitchen, pick up the wood color in their marbled design.
This quaint kitchen has a statement cabinet that doesn’t match the rest! The entire length of the back wall has white cabinets that hold glasses and other kitchen needs. On the left, there is a very tall cabinet that doesn’t match the rest. It’s dark and looks much more rustic. It also is situated more forward than the others. If you look down, you’ll notice that the bottom of the cabinets match it and it’s just an extension of the bottom row of dark, rustic cabinets. White on top, rustic on the bottom. Who would’ve thought?
This kitchen is proof that your island doesn’t have to match your cabinets! The bottom of the large island has a base that’s a cream painted wood. The rest of the kitchen has mahogany cabinets that coordinate perfectly with the wood flooring. Although the island and the cabinets don’t match in color, they do match in design and pattern.
With depth and lots of richness, this kitchen invites you to sip red wine while mixing up fresh food! The stainless steel appliances match the silver hardware on the dark cabinets. This brings a unity to the small space. Instead of keeping the cabinets identical, one side has glass cabinet doors that reveal lots of pretty glasses.
Again, a designer embraces the idea that you can mix both dark cabinets and white cabinets. The entire kitchen has beautiful white painted cabinets along the walls. Once your eye travels to the center of the room, you’ll notice that the two kitchen islands don’t share the same cabinet colors. Underneath the marbled counter tops are dark wooden cabinets. This mismatching works because the white cabinets have a dark countertop and the dark cabinets on the islands have a lighter countertop.
A sitting room and kitchen in one, this space is perfect for relaxing in after a long day at work. The coffee colored cabinets give the dual room a stately style and the sand-like tile backsplash brightens it up. A lighter golden pine wood floor offers a contrasting base for the kitchen to rest on.
Ebony kitchen cabinets never looked so glamorous! White marble countertops and a backsplash that covers all of the walls make this room the perfect place for dark, black cabinets. The three tweed upholstered barstools mix up the colors and add more texture.
One side of this kitchen has white cabinets and the other side has dark cabinets. Each side also has different backsplashes and countertops. The center kitchen island matches the darker cabinets, yet has a lighter countertop. The end result is a kitchen that looks unique and different than any other! On the right side, you can tell that it’s dedicated to more serving dishes and drink serving, while the left side there are more spaces for appliances and tools.
There’s a lot going on in this quirky kitchen. The dark cabinets look sleek against the wall and beside the tile backsplash. If you look longer, you’ll notice that the kitchen island wildly contrasts since it’s white and has a white wooden base. Above the stove, the hood range has both white and black on it, which summarizes the space.
Glass cabinet doors add a special touch to a kitchen. This space has cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling. To make use of the space, there are glass cabinets that reveal the hard-to-reach contents. Along with storing items you don’t need everyday, the cabinets also add a decor element.
This kitchen uses dark cabinets to draw the eye into the space and to bring focus on the back wall, which is covered with cream painted cabinets! Dark colors typically make a space look smaller, and by utilizing dark shades on both sides, the room becomes more narrow to open up into the beautiful kitchen window and glass cabinet doors in the back.
Instead of looking closed-in, this kitchen looks warm and open. The walnut cabinets are brightened up with under-the-cabinet and over-the-cabinet lighting. A brick statement wall behind the cooktop also makes the room appear larger because it is painted white. Lastly, if you look closely, you’ll notice the refrigerator is covered in matching cabinet doors to blend in perfectly.
Two different tones of wood work well together in this rounded kitchen. The main cabinets on either side of the cooktop are a Vermont maple shade and the center console is more of an American walnut. Each of the three barstools reflect the look since they’re made of a Vermont maple wood frame and have a darker colored cushion.
When the rest of you home is light and airy, it’s easy to incorporate a darker kitchen. This home has lots of white crown moulding and light carpet on the steps. The darker, coffee cabinets work well and look almost farmhouse inspired. The brightness of the room isn’t lost since the cabinets don’t go all the way up to the ceiling and there’s room for the white wall to show. This makes the ceiling look extra high.
This kitchen is very, very unique. Immediately you’ll notice the white subway tile which covers the walls and the stove range hood. Next, you may notice that the wood framing around the two windows is more organic in nature and is a natural shade of wood. This contrasts well and gives the kitchen an electric style. Although all the kitchen cabinets are white, the bottom of the kitchen island is a dark ebony. This shade is then reflected in the pendent lights all around the space.
Whenever you have an architectural wood detail, like exposed beams, it’s a good idea to match your wood shades in other areas of the home. In this space, the exposed beams in the living room match the shade of wood used for the kitchen cabinets perfectly. This design decision connects the two spaces. It’s visually interesting because the beams are on the ceiling while the cabinets are lower, anchored on the ground.
It’s amazing how just a marbled countertop can brighten up an entire room! Dark cabinets look stylish and rich when they’re paired with stainless steel accents, marble, and a bright backsplash. This kitchen’s backsplash is made of thin subway tiles. The space between the hood range and stove where the tile shows gives the space more of a brighter feel.
On the outskirts of this kitchen you will notice that there are white cabinets. Once your eye hits the middle of the room, the cabinets are all coffee colored. The center section where the stovetop lays is like a statement wall. It has a fun tiled backsplash and stands out from the rest of the room. By using dark cabinetry, the statement is made even louder. The kitchen island base also matches.
A glistening kitchen such as this is made with straight lines and understated accents. The simple, yet sophisticated, dark cabinets work with the white, long countertop on the kitchen island. Stainless steel is then used as an accent and a few different vases and some flowers are set out for punches of color.
Not quite black, these dark grey cabinets are connected to the matching barstools along the kitchen island. Silver accents, white woodwork on the house door, and a cream island base keep the room in balance. It’s interesting to note that not all of the hardware on the cabinets match. Some of the cabinets have stainless steel handles and others have a more muted shade.
A dramatic kitchen such as this relies heavily on large statement pieces. The dark cabinets are framed by the white woodwork leading into the space. Avoiding contrasting colors too much, the homeowners made sure the wooden frames around the kitchen windows matched the cabinets. A bright, white countertop and space behind the kitchen tools makes it less dark.
This kitchen looks bright and cheery, but the only bright colors used are the two planters placed on the countertops. The rest of the room is limited to neutrals. The black cabinets encapsulate the stainless steel appliances and give this room a high-end look.
What do you do when you have a kitchen with all black cabinets? Add a punch of color! In this room, the two bright yellow barstools steal the show. The rest of the room is appointed well and has lots of stylish details. Since the colors are dark, the lightest item will draw the most attention.
Some darker wooden cabinets have a red undertone. This helps the room feel warm and keeps it away from cool tones. In this lavish kitchen, the cabinets work well with the sand wall color and tuscan tiled flooring. Since the cabinets aren’t found on every wall, the room feels large and less closed-in.