10 Beautiful Kitchens in Deliciously Dark Shades
Don’t be scared of the dark! These gorgeous kitchens show how great darker colours can look when they’re used cleverly
Blue and white is a winning combination that always makes a strong visual impact. In this period kitchen, the white butler’s sink and pale worktop really pop against the blue background, helping this largely dark room to glow with light. White accessories add to the contrast for a beautifully simple space.
Pairing greys and dark blues with bold colours can really energise a scheme. In this colourful family kitchen, deep grey is punctuated by the colourful spines of a cookery book collection and a bright red KitchenAid and rug.
Dark greys and blues also work well with neon pink, turquoise, acid yellow and chartreuse.
In this eclectic kitchen, white cabinets are paired with deep purple walls painted in Brinjal by Farrow & Ball. The contrast is heightened by the successful mix of modern and traditional in the room – period furniture sits alongside slickly modern cabinetry, while a black Aga has a copper splashback.
This industrial loft kitchen pairs dark charcoal cabinets with white metro tiles and wall paint. Open shelving adds to the sense of space and light in the top half of the room, contrasting with the heavy colour below. The use of brass fittings and a wooden worktop provides a warm note, bringing the room together.
If you’re going to paint your whole kitchen in one colour, using several different shades is a great tactic for adding depth and interest. This striking room, for instance, is decorated in a range of blues from slate to navy, which emphasises the details on the woodwork and helps to frame the crockery beautifully.
Dark colours pair well with warm metals, which add warmth and a touch of luxe. Here, very dark grey is brought to life by shiny brass taps and a rich copper sink. You could go a step further and have a copper worktop or splashback if you want to make a big impact.
With dark colours, you need to be especially careful to get the lighting right to keep a kitchen bright and welcoming. In this sleek and luxurious space, recessed ceiling spots spread light across the whole room. Socialising areas, meanwhile, are softened by pendant lights hanging low over the dining table and breakfast bar.
In this sophisticated kitchen, recessed lighting beneath the cabinets keeps the worktops brightly lit for easy food preparation, creating a swathe of light between the rich, dark units. The light is enhanced by a shiny white worktop and splashback. The marble wraparound island worktop, meanwhile, catches light from the pendants and lifts the dark unit beneath.
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A strong colour can work beautifully to visually link an open-plan kitchen and dining area. Here, the charcoal cabinets tie in with the grey sofa and dark blue pendant lights in the otherwise white and natural wood space. The consistent use of colour brings a sense of order to the different parts of the open-plan space.
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You might not guess, at first sight, that this dark grey panelling high on the wall actually conceals kitchen cupboards. The charcoal tone and lack of handles make this area look more like a feature wall than your usual units. This kitchen-diner actually conceals a wealth of hidden storage – even the upholstered bench opens to reveal handy extra space.
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