No matter how comfortable you make the rest of the house, family and guests always gather where they can enjoy the comforts of the kitchen. This makes updating the look of your kitchen very important, as it has become a public space that also needs to be very practical. There’s a lot that needs to be considered in order to create the look you want.

When helping my clients plan their kitchen renovations, one of the questions I am often asked is “should I go for dark or light cabinets”? The colour you choose should help preserve the warmth, feel, and of course, the overall impact you want to achieve.

Making the decision is not always an easy one and knowing what direction to take can be very unsettling. I am going to walk you through some of the things I discuss with my clients when I design kitchens for them. The first and most important to remember is that the cabinets do not exist by themselves, and you have to think about your new kitchen as a whole.

The Pros and Cons of Going With Light Cabinets

Timeless and Trend-Proof

Since cabinets take up a lot of visual space, a lighter colour for the cabinets helps give a more expansive feel. Overall, a white or light kitchen will evoke a clean and sanitary look. This can be both timeless and fresh, and as an overall approach will never go completely out of style. It’s important to consider your own preferences, and whether or not you’ll be selling your home soon. If you are, stick with light.

Flexibility and Versatility

White or light kitchen cabinets will look amazing with almost any paint colour, counter top and backsplash. The lighter colour will work well to achieve any look, whether you want to go modern, contemporary, traditional, or even country with your kitchen style. If you know you need to update looks frequently, you’ll find this easier with a lighter colour scheme.

Cleanliness Counts With White

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 colours may show signs of aging like cracks or discolouration much more quickly.

Dark Kitchen Cabinets

A dark kitchen will add formality, richness and depth to the room. For those who find a pale colour 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 colour stains are always being updated to current times and trends.

Contrasting Dark and Light Elements to Achieve Balance

If you love the elegance of dark cabinets, you can provide a strong foundation for them with effective lighting as well as lighter backdrop colours. 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 colour scheme.

Still Having Trouble Deciding?

Kitchen designs are complicated, and every kitchen and family is unique, so it’s no wonder that people need help to achieve that special look. If you are faced with this challenge, it’s best to get some guidance from an experienced kitchen designer. Any one of the designers at Laurysen Kitchens can help you create the style, taste and feel you’ll still love in the years to come.

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