Dark or light kitchen cabinets: The pros and cons
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When it comes to renovating or redesigning your kitchen, one of the greatest debates continues to be: dark or light kitchen cabinets, which should you go for?

It’s not surprising that homeowners give this question so much thought. After all, the kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of any home. It’s a place for preparing meals, a space for family time, and a hub for socialising. Every element – however big or small they might first appear – can have a huge impact on the overall feel and atmosphere of the kitchen, and the colour of your cabinets is no exception. There’s not a simple, or one correct answer, to this ongoing debate, but to help, our team of professionals at The Kitchen Revival have put together the pros and cons of both dark and light cabinets, to make things a little clearer for you.

Dark cabinets

Lighter cabinets remain the ‘safer’ option, making them a continuously popular choice, but there’s simply no denying it, dark cabinets are trending – and it looks like this particular trend isn’t going anywhere. But why?

The undeniable atmosphere

If there’s one way to make a statement in your home, it’s by adding bold, rich-coloured cabinets in your kitchen. Dark cabinets bring with them a sense of drama, elegance and sophistication – and better still, luxury. They are ideal for homeowners looking to add personality to an already dull kitchen.

Furthermore, dark cabinets will naturally make your kitchen feel more cosey and that’s a fact.

Colours, colours and more colours

The beauty of dark cabinets is they give homeowners the chance to unleash their inner creative, thanks to the huge number of rich tones available.

From deep forest greens to midnight blues, stormy greys, ruby reds and chocolate browns – when it comes to colour themes, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. Some may argue, darker cabinets are the more daring choice – while others suggest weaving bold colours into your kitchen helps make it bespoke and unique to you.

Let’s be honest, dark cabinets definitely give edgier homeowners the chance to push the boundaries when it comes to design.

They hide stains and scratches

If the kitchen is at the heart of a home, then the chances are it’s not going to remain in pristine condition, which means you need to expect a few stains and scratches here and there. The great thing about dark cabinets is, they hide the wear and tear a lot better than lighter options.

Heavy and overcrowded

While we’ve touched on some of the great ways dark cabinets can enhance the atmosphere of a kitchen, it’s important to remember that they also have the potential to make a room feel heavy and overcrowded.

If you’ve set your heart on dark cabinets but you have a smaller kitchen then a top tip from us is to stick a light colour on the walls, choose lighter worktops, or choose a lighter floor. This way, the contrast between those lighter spaces and the darkness of your cabinets will help to balance out feelings of heaviness in the room.

Trends change

We’re said it before and we’ll say it again, going with a lighter cabinet colour is the safer option.

Trends change and ultimately, dark cabinets have the potential to go out of fashion. It’s worth considering that they’re not everybody’s cup of tea either, so if you’re thinking about selling up in the near future, be mindful of the impact dark cabinets might have on potential buyers.

Dark kitchen

Light cabinets

They are trend-proof

Lighter cabinets are timeless and are guaranteed not to go out of trend anytime soon. If you’re not 100 per cent sure about what ‘feel’ you want to create in your kitchen, then stick with light cabinets. This way, you can introduce the colour theme in your kitchen using worktop surfaces, accessories and wall space.

Bright and spacious

If it’s a bright, airy and spacious kitchen that you’re after, then stick with lighter cabinets – especially if you’re conscious that your room is on the smaller side. They bring with them a sense of freshness and cleanliness, while reflecting both natural and artificial light, to make the room seem bigger.

The upkeep

It’s no surprise that lighter cabinets show up any stains or scratches more than the darker options. If you have children or pets at home, and you live a busy life, then remember lighter cabinets will definitely require time for more regular cleaning.

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Why not combine the two?

OK, hear us out – why not combine both light and dark cabinets? Actually, you might be surprised to hear, this is becoming a more and more common choice. If you can’t decide between the two, then why not have a mix of them both? Use darker cabinets at the top and lighter cabinets for your base or use lighter cabinets around the room and then choose a darker option for your island.

When it comes to choosing your cabinet colour, there are plenty of options to explore – including whether to stick with the one design or go with multiple styles. And, with so many possibilities to consider, the trick is getting it right and that’s why it’s important to bring in the professionals.

At The Kitchen Revival, we have more than 600 innovative door styles and colour combinations to choose from. Plus, with a range of materials, all backed by our 6 year guarantee, we strive to make creating your new kitchen not only easy but done with total peace of mind too. Contact The Kitchen Revival and our team can help transform your kitchen, with minimum fuss but the same outstanding results.