Dark Kitchen Cabinets

June 6, 2013

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I don’t have a strong preference one way or the other when it comes to light versus dark kitchen cabinets. I like the purest whites as well as the deepest blacks and many choices in between. Still, I think I might lean slightly in favor of going dark. Isn’t the above glossy blue cabinetry amazing? I want it to have white countertops and brass hardware. Oh that would be good.

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I adore this. Unfussy chic at it’s best. That matte black is making me crazy.

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Shut. Up. This is jaw dropping. Forgive the slightly creepy suspended cat head. These luscious saturated blues are just perfection. Art in the kitchen gets a big “Yes” from me and I love these poignant portraits. How about that paint treatment with the free-handed stripes? It would be overwhelming covering a whole wall, but as a limited feature I think it’s awesome. This type of room might scare off a lot of people. The predominant reaction is probably, “Interesting, but I could never do that in my own home.” I challenge you to ask yourself: why the heck not? As soon as you start pushing your mind to think beyond the “safe” and the expected, amazing things can happen.

one | Miles Redd
two | Lucas Jimeno, photo by The Ortiz, via 79 ideas
three | David Bromley, photo by Toby Scott, via The Design Files

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  • Reply Kimber June 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

    How do you feel about the trend toward no upper cabinets or just open shelving in kitchens now?

    • Reply Christina Ebbers June 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Usually I like how kitchens look with no uppers or open shelving. With no uppers you obviously have to make sure that there is still enough storage, so it’d be difficult to make work in a small kitchen. And with open shelving you really want to have nice-looking, coordinated dishware and be good about putting it away nicely, haha. Not everyone wants to deal with that. If you can get past these hurdles, I think it’s a fun way to go. Having no (or few) upper cabinets really opens up a room which is always nice! I will say that it can be a risky choice if you intend to sell your home soon-ish, since it is not everyone’s cup of tea. Can’t please everyone though so go with your heart!

      • Reply Kimber June 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        While I dislike the look of no upper cabinets (I like kitchens to look like kitchens), I do agree that open shelving really opens up a kitchen and makes the space look larger. I just wonder about the practicality of having all of your dishes and glassware exposed to all the dust and cooking grime that can accumulate in a well-used kitchen. It just doesn’t seem practical. And you’re totally right about it being a risky choice, as many trendy things are.

        • Reply Christina Ebbers June 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm

          Your comment “I like kitchens to look like kitchens” is very interesting. 🙂 I think a kitchen can still look very much like a kitchen without upper cabinets, but obviously it’s a personal preference thing. While I often like the look, I don’t know if I’d want it for my own home. I’d be more game for maybe reducing the typical number of upper cabinets, still having two or three but allowing a portion of the room to benefit from the open feeling.

          The point you bring up about dust and grime settling on dishes with open shelving is totally valid and always the concern with this concept. I can’t speak from experience, but I have heard others say that they don’t have a problem with this because they put only frequently used dishes on the shelves. Because they’re getting pulled down daily, they’re getting rotated and washed frequently. I for one, don’t think I could handle having an open-shelf kitchen. Knowing myself it would probably just end up looking cluttered. Thanks for chatting with me about this! 🙂

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