In the past, light cabinets may have been the favorite finish but today dark cabinets are just as beloved — and for good reason! While white and light wood cabinets offer bright and cheery rooms, dark cabinets create a classic and elegant kitchen. For inspiration, take a look at these kitchen design ideas that tap into the dark cabinet and kitchen island trends we love most.
Best Themes For Dark Cabinets
When browsing kitchen design ideas, it’s best to first hone in on a theme. While in theory dark cabinets work perfectly fine with any style, there are some themes that really help them shine. Those kitchen themes are modern, traditional, and Old World.
Modern kitchens are sleek, heavy on stainless steel, and tend to use neutral colors rather than vibrant hues. Dark cabinets perfectly play into this clean, streamlined theme by limiting transitions and serving as a focal point.
Traditional and Old World styles work great with dark cabinets as well because they are inspired by that classic, European style. The dark finish will beautifully emphasize a brick or tile backsplash or floor.
Willow Lane Cabinetry’s Best Dark Finishes
Once you know your theme, it will be much easier to select your cabinets. A few of our favorites at Willow Lane Cabinetry are:
Manchester Shaker in Espresso or Black: Shaker style cabinets are very versatile, and their clean lines make them ideal for a modern kitchen. Both the warm espresso and black finishes are sleek and contemporary.
Roosevelt in Teaberry: Willow Lane Cabinetry’s Roosevelt Collection offers sophistication to a traditional kitchen. The raised panel doors feature an intricate design, and with the Teaberry you get the added beauty of this rich, dark chocolate finish.
Oxford in Merlot Glaze: These cabinets are right on point for your Old World theme. The Classic Series was made to last for generations, with decorative moldings and glass doors. With the Merlot Glaze, you have a truly unique finish that melds deep berry and dark brown.
You can stick with the same finish throughout, or mix and match a bit. Lighter cabinets can serve as a border or arch around your stovetop, or you can go with a different finish for your kitchen island.
Kitchen Island Trends That Complement Dark Cabinets
White marble countertops provide a beautiful contrast to dark cabinets, but we are also seeing a lot of kitchen island trends that utilize unusual materials.
Do you love to cook? Butcher-block countertops create a great foundation for chefs, and their light color also helps dark cabinets to really stand out. Like white marble, they provide a beautiful contrast, but also add a unique element to your kitchen.
Stainless steel countertops are another one of the unusual, but very cool, kitchen island trends. They fit in perfect with a modern theme, will make your dark cabinets pop, and help to minimize transitions when paired with stainless steel appliances.
Use Our Free Design Tool to Bring Your Kitchen Design ideas to Life
Once you’ve decided on the cabinet and kitchen island trends you want in your home, utilize our free kitchen design tool to get a customized layout, photorealistic rendering, and itemized list in just 48 hours!
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