In most kitchens, the cabinet fronts you choose to cover up your storage with become the very essence of the entire room. Coming just above and below eye level, and taking up a majority wall space within the room, the color, style, and finish you select will undoubtedly have a major impact on the style and atmosphere of the room.
Dark cabinets look absolutely stunning, there’s no doubt about it. They bring drama, intensity, and an extreme sleekness to the kitchen. They’re also a godsend for hiding mess caused by constant cooking or messy children.
The material you choose for your dark cabinets can be crucial in the final style of your kitchen. Natural materials and man-made kitchens can bring an entirely different twist to your kitchen. Laminate finishes give you much more choice of color and finish. Because the surface is man-made, colors can be made bespoke to order and the finishes cover the entire spectrum from matte to glossy. Wood is a timeless and traditional choice that will last for decades and never go out of style, but once you have selected the type of wood and the shade of wood you’d like in your kitchen, it’s an investment that can’t be updated as easily as laminate. Glass cabinets are new to the mainstream market, but their durability makes the investment worth it. Digitally printed to reflect any color or pattern, glass cabinets can be made bespoke for your kitchen.
Because dark cabinets can be dramatic and intense, as well as light absorbing, it’s a popular choice to mix and match the color of you cabinets. Neutral brown colors look great against bold color accents, or lighter muted tones of beige, taupe, and cream. Color blocking can help to separate your kitchen into smaller and more manageable areas, magnify the space you have available, and balance out the dark and light tones in your kitchen until you achieve the perfect contrast.
In a room where you have a lot of dark colors that can absorb color, it’s important that you get your lighting correct. Your existing or planned lighting may not provide you with as much as you thought, and you might need to oversupply the amount of lighting in your room in order to achieve the perfect balance and make sure your choice of lighting will always provide enough for you at any time of the day.