21 Chic Dark Cabinet Kitchen Designs

There are plenty of small choices that you’ll make when redesigning your kitchen, for example what kind of faucet for your sink, or whether or not to include a clock above the stove. But, there are a few large ones that you’ll have to make, perhaps none larger than the style of cabinetry that you’ll use. The cabinets, more so than anything else, serve to create the overall design aesthetic of the room. Light or dark, old or new, simple or ornate; there are so many choices, and so many ways the rest of your design will be influenced by the cabinetry decision you make.

While many will opt for lighter-colored cabinets in their kitchens these days, there are still plenty of good reasons to pick dark cabinets. They have a look and feel that’s all of their own, and can be balanced out nicely by other choices you make in your kitchen, as well as the choices that may have already been made – for example, the style and color of your flooring.

If you’ve been thinking that dark cabinets might be right for your kitchen, then come take a look at these 21 examples. You just may find the dark cabinets (and style) that are right for your kitchen at home!

Credits: Home Epiphany

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How to Find the Ideal Worktop for your Kitchen

Stick to steel

Work a shimmering steel worktop to create a restaurant-worthy kitchen. A staple of professional kitchens, stainless steel is practical, non-porous and heatproof. Use it to define one area, such as the cooking zone. Opt for a brushed finish to hide unsightly marks. As steel is usually bespoke, you should go for an integral hob or sink, or a slim format instead of a format edge.

Go for contrast

Opt for wooden work surfaces in a contemporary scheme to soften the sharp edges of industrial designs. Mix wood with stainless-steel cabinets to help break up the space and create a lighter look. Invest in solid wood where possible, particularly in a busy house where corners are likely to be bashed and dented, as it’s easier to repair than veneers.

Use wood wisely

Incorporate a beautifully cut wooden worktop into your scheme to frame a sink or hob. Choose freestanding painted wood cabinetry to evoke a country aesthetic. Solid wood worktops do benefit from a certain amount of ongoing care so remember to re-oil your surface every 12 months or so – depending on the finish – but it is also easy to repair and restore and will age beautifully.

Dare to be different

Use coloured composite, which can be shaped and moulded to create a truly dynamic design. Choose non-quartz based composites that are made of minerals and acrylic, such as Corian, which are more flexible, and can be thermoformed into interesting shapes, allowing for the insertion of seamless sinks and hobs. Fit shiny, glazed wall tiles to mimic the reflective nature of the worktops. Surfaces make a big difference to the look of a room and the colours and finishes will affect other decisions so borrow samples and see how they behave in different lights.

Mix materials

Think about using multiple materials in your kitchen to help break up the scheme and add character and purpose to your design. A change of materials indicates a change of function – here a stained wood breakfast bar sings out against the matt blue and white finishes used elsewhere. Choose wood for your eating zone as it’s a more forgiving dining surface than stone – it’s warmer to touch, softer on elbows and quieter on crockery…

Extend away

Create an overhang on an island to provide a stylish and practical place to enjoy an informal meal. Tuck a pair of stools underneath to free up floor space when not in use. In a busy family kitchen, opt for tough, hard-wearing materials. Think man-made composite worktops, which are not only sleek and stylish, but can be moulded to suit your every need. Consider having the corners of your worktop rounded to make them more child friendly.

Match a splashback

For an incredibly stylish look that creates a seamless, practical finish, extend your worktop into a splashback. Unlike tiling, there is no grouting or sealant to maintain. If you’re after a surface that is visually striking, opt for marble. Both beautiful and hardwearing, stone is a worthwhile investment and an ideal choice for the kitchen. Highly practical, it withstands heat and water, making it suitable for cooking and wet zones. If you’re covering a large area in marble worktops, consider using book-matched slabs to create a powerful and dramatic effect.

Top a feature island

If you’re lucky enough to have the space, extend an island so it becomes a virtual kitchen in itself – then choose a worktop that will do it justice. The profile of a worktop can change the overall effect dramatically, so explore all design options. If you’re after a designer solution, a White Caesarstone surface with a 60mm double waterfall-edge profile is a fantastic option – and it’s also ideal for a family kitchen.

Keep it simple

Give your kitchen a cohesive look by using the same material on the worktop and cabinetry. If you love this look, consider using a durable acrylic-based material, such as Parapan. They can be totally seamless, too, with one-piece moulded sinks and splashbacks. Create a kitchen that works around you by having it engraved, back-lit with LEDs and even fitted with wireless charging for smartphones. Designs are often pioneering and the material can be thermoformed into fabulous, organic curves, slick cantilevered breakfast bars and seamless wrap-around surfaces on islands.

Mimic the material elsewhere

Integrate your kitchen with the rest of the home to make it an extension of your living space. Use the same material on shelves, cabinetry and furniture to keep the look consistent. Take time to choose the finish of your wood. A wax or oiled finish works well in a traditional setting, while matt lacquers offer a modern twist. Try before you buy – ask for a sample of the worktop you’re considering, then see how easily it scratches and stains.

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Is Quartz a good idea for your new Kitchen Countertop?

How about Quartz for your new countertop?

Quartz counters are some of the a lot of accepted and approved afterwards countertops on the bazaar today for acceptable reason. They accept all the best qualities of added rock countertops, but with added strength, durability, cleanliness and architecture possibilities. And they’re aliment chargeless to boot! Because all this, it’s simple to see why quartz counters are across-the-board the nation.

Near indestructible

One of the a lot of accepted aspects of quartz counters is their durability. This has continued been a draw of all rock countertops, but quartz is a footfall aloft the others. This mostly has to do with the actuality that quartz is the arch bartering brand rock on the planet. And if you accede all the assault a countertop takes from pots, pans, knives, and added kitchen utensils, it’s bright that tougher is acutely bigger if it comes to counters.

Low maintenance

Besides, getting boxy as nails, quartz countertops are as well around aliment free. Back they are fabricated from accomplished quartz crystals, they are about absolutely non-porous (something abroad that sets them afar from added stone), acceptation that already they’re able and installed, you’ll never accept to apperception them again. They will not blot stains and spills like added rock and will not charge the approved resealing that added articles require! All you accept to do is clean them down with a wet dishtowel now and again, and you’re acceptable to go.

Clean as a whistle

The added big account of quartz getting a non-porous rock is that it’s abundant cleaner than added rock countertops. Quartz counters will not blot moisture, aliment particles or added kitchen contaminants that accomplish prime ancestry arena for adverse bacteria. That agency they’re added germ-free than added countertops back they are around bacilli chargeless if bankrupt regularly.

Unrivaled appearance

While all this ability accomplish allotment quartz counters assume like a no-brainer, the capital acumen a lot of homeowners accept quartz countertops is their appearance. There are two types of quartz counters: 1) solid slab and 2) quartz counters fabricated of 95% arena quartz clear captivated calm by polymer resins. Both are appropriately tough, but the arena quartz models action the added advantage of a huge ambit of accessible colors and looks. In fact, quartz counters can be purchased to fit just about any blush arrangement or architecture imaginable.

Don’t stop with counters

The final draw of quartz countertops is that they can be installed just about anywhere the anatomy of your home can abutment them. This makes them as ideal for backsplashes and even showers. If you’re because quartz countertops, why not go with an absolute quartz kitchen? Your new quartz kitchen will accommodate you with beauteous looks and functionality for years to come!

Talk to a professional

If you do adjudge that quartz countertops are for you, allocution to an accomplished contractor, rock aggregation or countertop installer about putting them in. Like any stone, quartz is abundant and bulky to plan with, so it’s best to leave the balance plan to somebody who is acclimated to the abundant appropriation that comes with any rock countertop installation. Furthermore, you’ll wish to appoint somebody who can appraise the structural aspects of your kitchen or bath in adjustment to be abiding your home can handle the added weight of quartz. Skipping these accomplish could advance to adverse after-effects if your home just wasn’t congenital to abutment such a abundant architecture material.

In short, if you’re searching for a above countertop, accept quartz. It’s actual attractive, tougher, cleaner, and around aliment free, authoritative it easily down the best countertop actual accessible on the market.

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How to DIY a Professional Finish When Repainting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job, and it’s tempting to want to take shortcuts. But if you want a paint job that will look great and stand the test of time, it’s best to take the time and do it right. Here’s how.

You’ll need all the standard painting supplies, like drop cloths, paint rollers, brushes, tape and sandpaper. But the real secret is the paint. Use a self-leveling slow drying paint, such as Benjamin Moore’s Advance, and a mohair roller for a smooth finish. Here are the steps to the whole process.

To turn your dingy old dark cabinets into a light, clean, and bright kitchen only requires a little elbow grease, some patience, and the right tools.

First, label all your doors and drawers. I use a raffle ticket system, as in this photo. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! Then remove all the drawers and cabinet doors. You can save a lot of money reusing the hardware if it’s still in good shape. Just collect the knobs and hinges for reattaching later. Set the drawers and doors aside, and work on the boxes first, so you can get your kitchen functioning as soon as possible. Remove dishes and food items from the cabinets, so they don’t get all dusty.

Clean every cabinet surface with Krud Kutter (find it in any home store or grocery) to remove any grease.

Using a hand sanding block of 150 grit, sand down the frames (outsides) of the cabinets. You need to sand off the top coat of whatever is sealing the original finish, but you don’t need to take off every bit of color from the wood. Use a short nap or mohair roller to paint the boxes with primer. I like Benjamin Moore Advance. Use a primer that is close to your finish color.

Once the primer is dry, use caulk to fill any seems and caps. Let that dry for at least an hour. Sand lightly with 200 grit sandpaper. Clean all the sanding dust and apply the paint with a mohair roller (and synthetic brush for crevices and corners). Follow manufacturer’s instructions for drying times.

In between coats of paint, sand very gently with 320 grit sandpaper. When you paint on the final coat, be careful not to overwork the paint. This will give you a gorgeous, super smooth finish.

Once your cabinet boxes are done, you can replace all your dishes and kitchen items and use your kitchen normally, while you’re working on your doors elsewhere. You’ll follow the same steps for painting the doors, but with extra attention to detail because they will take the greatest wear and tear, and will be the first thing people will notice.

To save yourself lots of time and exertion, use an electric palm sander for the flat surfaces of the doors, and just use your sanding block to get in all the nooks and crannies. It really is worth the time to sand well, so that the paint and primer can properly adhere to the wood. This is how you keep the nicks and scratches at bay.

Carefully remove any sanding dust from the doors, first with a vacuum, and then with a microfiber cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. Do not use water, as it will raise the grain of the wood and interfere with a smooth finish.

Brush primer in the corners of the door panels. Then use the roller to apply primer to the flat surfaces.

Try to lay the doors flat for as long as possible to minimize drips. Once they are mostly dry, you can lean them up against the wall (not touching each other!) to finish drying. Use your caulk to fill in any gaps between the molding the flat surfaces of the doors. Sand lightly with 200 grit sandpaper and clean well.

Using your mohair roller, start painting from the lowest surface on the door, the inside panels.

Then use a synthetic brush to fill in the corner layers of molding. This is where you want to be careful not to overload your brush with paint, or you’ll end up with drips. Finally use the roller to paint the outside flat surfaces. You can also roll lightly over the already-painted edges to even out any drips or excess paint. Taking the time to do this right will really make a difference in the finished product.

Again, try to lay each cabinet door flat for as long as possible. Since this paint is self leveling and slow drying, having the door flat helps the paint do its job properly. Repeat the sanding (with 320 grit), cleaning and painting process one more time.

Finally, allow at least a couple of days drying time for the paint to cure. If you reattach the doors and drawers while the paint is still curing, it will stick together and may end up ripping off a patch when you next open that door.

Reattach your doors and drawers by matching up your “raffle tickets”. I like to put felt pads on the inside corners of the doors, just to keep them from banging on the cabinet frame. And voila! You have a brand new kitchen! And new respect for cabinet painters!

For the full tutorial with lots more pictures and tips, please check out the original blog post.