Why We’re Loving Dark & Moody Kitchens

January 19, 2020

Are Dark Kitchens Trending?

In a word: Definitely. While white, airy kitchens have been popular for years, dark kitchens offer a fresh and bold alternative look. They’re featured in Elle Decor, our favorite interior blogs, and even in hotels and restaurants. We are also excited to reveal a new project from our portfolio. This historic Chicago condo has a dark and moody kitchen with dark gray kitchen cabinets and beautiful finishes, see more below!

When designing a kitchen, we strive for a look that can withstand trends but also feels fresh. Consider black and gray cabinets to be neutrals that play well with other finishes, just like traditional white or cream kitchen cabinets. 

Black kitchens can be striking; however, it’s not the only way to achieve the dark look. Greens, navys, and grays also give you the same intensity with bonus color depth. 

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Dark kitchen by Christopher Peacock

Kitchen designed by KitchenLab Interiors

How Can I Make a Dark Kitchen Still Bright and Inviting?

A dark kitchen can be romantic and moody – not to mention it can hide some messes. But a sharp contrast with light colors can make a dark kitchen pop, instead of receding into the background. This can be achieved by contrasting with light toned countertops, backsplashes, or even flooring. 

Finishing Touches

Metallic hardware can add visual interest and a jewelry-like detail. Statement lighting, such as island pendants, is another opportunity to contrast with metallics and other finishes. 

Open-shelving is a way to give visual relief to full cabinetry and display beautiful dish ware. We love the look of open natural-wood shelving, which can lend warmth to a space, or glass shelving with metallic brackets for clean lines. 

Dark Gray Kitchen Reveal

In this historic Bucktown condo, we designed an extensive remodel that included a kitchen, two bathrooms, laundry room addition and staircase. The kitchen features dark gray cabinets that extend from floor to the ceiling. Open glass shelving complements the architectural beam above and lets in natural light via an arched window. White subway tile and countertops brighten this kitchen further to give a clean look that lifts the space. 

To add warmth and dimension, walnut bar stools tuck underneath the extended kitchen island, while industrial glass pendants echo the history of this building.

dark gray cabinet detail

Dark Gray Kitchen by Centered by Design

dark gray kitchen reveal

Dark Gray Kitchen by Centered by Design

dark gray kitchen cabinets

Custom Open Shelving – Centered by Design

Links We Love

Check out the links below for more dark kitchen design inspiration. With more knowledge, you don’t have to be afraid of the dark!

Black Kitchen by Designer Nicole Hollis


Dark Moody Kitchen Reveal by Room for Tuesday

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Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!

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