Using darker colors doesn't have to make a room seem small. While balancing out a lot of dark colors in a room can be difficult, using mostly dark colors makes a room feel cozy. In fact, dark wood kitchens can have a sophisticated and warm feeling. If you want to see some beautiful examples of dark wood kitchens, check out our list below!
- Traditional Balance
- Breezy Island Vibes
- Balancing Light and Dark
- Warm and Brown
- Sleek and Modern
- Grandma's Kitchen
- Open and Inviting
- Dark Down Low, Light Up High
- Near Monotone Comfort
- Rendered Design
- Dark Cowhide
- Luxury Dark Wood
- Shiny Modern Kitchen
- Antique Style
- Glossy Black
- Traditionally Bright
- Stylish Dark Wood Displays
- Natural Light Glow
- Spanish Touch
- Simply Modern
- Darkness to Tone the Brights
- Commercial Kitchen
1. Traditional Balance
The dark hardwood cabinets are perfectly balanced by the lighter tans of the wall behind them. Using the glossy stainless appliances and light floors gives the room an open feeling even with the prevalence of dark woods in the room. In addition to this, the large windows bring in plenty of natural light to highlight the dining area and gray island.
2. Breezy Island Vibes
If you want to use dark wood in your kitchen, it can be a nuance instead of a focal point. The natural light, light walls, and white backsplash make the room feel bright and airy. The flooring has a light and dark wood combination as a pattern which combined with the openness of the space give the kitchen an island vibe.
3. Balancing Light and Dark
This kitchen has beautiful dark wood cabinets all over. They're balanced out by the white walls and ceiling. Including stainless appliances helps brighten up the room as well. Including lights under the cabinets helps keep the dark wood from overpowering the room.
4. Warm and Brown
Thankfully, dark wood doesn't always mean black and grays. while those may be popular, dark brown woods are warm and inviting. With the light countertops and ceiling, the room feels open and bright. If you want to go with dark woods, using tans and whites is a great way to balance the room.
5. Sleek and Modern
If modern kitchens are more your style you'll love the design of this kitchen. While it's mostly smooth dark woods, the stainless appliances, fixtures, and furniture keep it from being overpowering. With smooth cabinet seams, the kitchen is sleek and smooth around the room.
6. Grandma's Kitchen
If traditional kitchens make you feel at home, this one will be right up your alley. While it uses plenty of dark brown wood, the kitchen makes great use of natural light and large light fixtures. In addition to this, the green island and light wall paint make the space feel open while showcasing the beauty of the dark brown cabinetry.
7. Open and Inviting
Sometimes the dark colors are the accent in the room. For instance, the white quart island and white walls are the stars of the show. Along with them, a large amount of natural light in the room and an open dining area make the room feel open and welcoming.
8. Dark Down Low, Light Up High
In this kitchen, the white countertops and ceiling break up the huge amount of dark wood in the cabinets and flooring. While it naturally brightens up the room, it doesn't take away from the sleek look of the kitchen. In addition to this, including stainless appliances like the oven directly into the wood gives plenty of contrast and keeps the kitchen looking pleasing to the eye.
9. Near Monotone Comfort
In addition to giving you a calming feeling, monotone designs are a great option for a modern-style kitchen. While it takes advantage of natural light with curves in the cabinets, the multiple tones of gray in the kitchen help break up the room. Also, the bright focal point of the white dining bar brings some much-needed brightness to the room while not ruining the overall monotone design.
10. Rendered Design
While only a 3D rendering, this kitchen makes great use of dark and light woods, with a light countertop and dark cabinets. A white ceiling, light wood ceiling beam accent, and open floorplan the room and help keep it from becoming claustrophobic. Additionally, the hanging light fixtures fit in perfectly, blanketing the island and cooking space in light while keeping with the darker tones of the kitchen overall.
11. Dark Cowhide
For this kitchen, the dark wood cabinets with a cowhide kind of pattern accent the bright colors in the room. Bright white seats and countertops and a light wood floor brighten up the room and make it feel larger than it actually is.
12. Luxury Dark Wood
With a medieval look and ornate dark wood cabinets, this kitchen feels like it belongs in a mansion or fantasy world. The cabinetry is broken up beautifully by the patterned tile backsplash and almost yellow wall paint that shows above the cabinets. Adding in plants and marbled counters breaks up the kitchen beautifully and makes the carved cabinets the star of the room.
13. Shiny Modern Kitchen
With dark wood cabinets, lighter grays on the floor, and shiny stainless appliances this kitchen screams modern style. Including a bright white ceiling and great lighting almost gives the room a sterilized look. Additionally, the lights under the cabinets break up the blacks and grays in the room.
14. Antique Style
While some kitchens go for a sleek modern feel, this one brings in antique dark wood and a worn but beautiful design. The old-school style shows through the wood itself, and the ornate island brings the kitchen together. Using a light hardwood floor, bright ceiling, and white arch entrances caps off the antique design in the room.
15. Glossy Black
Most of the time, you'll need other features to lighten up the room. These kitchen cabinets are so glossy they reflect light and shine, helping to brighten up the room even as they darken it. The yellowed stone countertops are a perfect contrast to the cabinets, while the gray tiling is a great in-between color for the kitchen.
16. Traditionally Bright
The antique-style dark wood in this kitchen is made to seem lighter than it is by the black metal designs laid onto it. Including the white tile backsplash and marble countertops, it's a great way to use the luxurious wood without it being the focal point of the kitchen.
17. Stylish Dark Wood Displays
The real standout of this kitchen is the display cabinet on the island. Each area of dark wood in the room is highlighted by bright colors, even with sharp contrast. It gives a clean and rich design to the kitchen, al0ong with its arched doorways and open floor plan.
18. Natural Light Glow
The dark brown cabinets in this kitchen are polished and shine with all of the natural light let in by the large windows. Having dark countertops lightens the dark brown wood, as does the light colors in the floor and ceiling. Stainless handles and appliances accent the dark colors and give the kitchen a more modern feel.
19. Spanish Touch
This Spanish-style kitchen makes use of the darker red colors to help brighten the extremely dark wood of the cabinetry. Including a white marble mantle place above the stove, light counters, and a bright stove backsplash break up the overall dark tones of the kitchen and make it feel welcoming and warm. Additionally, the natural skylight helps highlight all of the key features of the kitchen.
20. Simply Modern
The beauty of this kitchen is in its simplicity. Dark wood cabinetry is complemented by bright flooring and light walls, with plenty of windows to let in light and open up space.
21. Darkness to Tone the Brights
This kitchen makes use of the dark cabinets to break up all of the white and bright colors of the room. Similarly, accenting the wood cabinets and island are white countertops, and it's broken up by that same wood to help distinguish it from the walls and ceiling.
22. Commercial Kitchen
With its cabinet lights, mirrors, and stainless appliances, this kitchen breaks up the dark cabinetry well. Additionally, white floors, light gray countertops, and light handles help balance out the overall dark tones. Above all, the kitchen has a commercial feel, almost like a professional kitchen.
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