Dark vs. Light Colored Cabinets – Which is Better?
White or light kitchen cabinets will look amazing with almost any paint color, counter top and backsplash. The lighter color will work well to achieve any look, whether you want to go modern, contemporary, traditional, or even country with your kitchen style. Keep in mind that a white or light kitchen will show dirt, smudges and food particles more easily. If you have a large family or small children, pure white may not be the best way to go, unless you are committed to constant cleanup. Another important consideration is that while they may be timeless in terms of style, light colors may show signs of aging like cracks or discoloration much more quickly.
Now let’s take a look at dark cabinetry. A dark kitchen will add formality, richness and depth to the room. For those who find a pale color scheme too airy or hospital-like, dark may be the way to go. When done well, dark kitchens and kitchen cabinets can be gorgeous.
To make them work, darker kitchens and kitchen cabinets require more design skill. If you are working with a small or poorly lit space they may make a room feel heavy and closed in. Also, fashion is not as forgiving to darker cabinetry, as color stains are always being updated to current times and trends.
If you love the elegance of dark cabinets, you can provide a strong foundation for them with effective lighting as well as lighter backdrop colors. The darker cabinets will pop beautifully against a light paint, lighter countertop and backsplash, allowing you to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere without going with a pale color scheme.