Dark Wood cabinets, light countertops, give moody, but sheik look to any kitchen

Using dark cabinets along with lighter countertops builds contrast and provides strikingly beautiful results. Incorporate strong textured wall tiles, glass and stainless steel in the same kitchen, and bright flooring to create an incredibly unique environment that the whole family will enjoy for years. Additionally, placing colorful decorations and appliances on top of cabinets can brighten any area, if the mood is too dark. Consider some details that will help you choose dark over light cabinets for your next remodel.

Of course, if you are choosing darker cabinets, they make a definite impression in style over traditional cabinets. Your adjoining rooms will need to prepare the visitor for the striking visuals of a darker cabinet. You’ll most likely already have, or are intending to remodel to, adjoining rooms that are equally modernized. Otherwise, the kitchen cabinets can make a disconnect for both you and your guests. It will be hard to live with, so plan accordingly.

Notice in the full Torino Dark Wood cabinet kitchen below how the use of darker values in the cabinets, contrasted with lighter values in the countertops and flooring, along with and texture of brick provides an incredibly rich feel to the kitchen. That only happens when you design your space with a balance of the materials in mind. As a bonus, you can place under-cabinet lighting that really enhances the brighter countertops but deepens the shadows.

Be careful, though, if you add too much texture it can cause the juxtaposition of differing materials to fight one another. But, with proper planning that texture becomes a complimentary backdrop that can greatly enhance the feel created by your cabinets and countertops. If the color values are neutral, the cabinets can really jump out in a pleasing aesthetic. The contrast plays well together because the differences of light and how it reflects off the varying surfaces subdues in some areas, and brightens in others.

Here’s a picture of a completed Torino Dark Wood kitchen

Frameless, full height door and drawer cabinets
Shaker Cinder Kitchen
Framed, Shaker style cabinets in the kitchen
Shaker Cinder Laundry Room
Framed, Shaker style cabinets in the laundry

You can easily mimic this design if it suits your taste by following the rules of contrast. You might even brighten up the space even more by using our Torino Grey Wood cabinets on the walls. The sky is the limit, so explore your options. If you need help, we are happy to assist!

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