Good Questions: Thoughts on Black Kitchen Cabinets?

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Dear AT,

OK – I’m doing some labor intensive, cost sensitive kitchen remodeling, starting with my cabinets. Do you think it’s too much to have black cabinets in a “real life” kitchen? I have a typical Chicago kitchen (eat-in with one wall of cabinets and a heinous soffit) and the cabinets are now white. Do you think I could do black at the bottom and white on top? I’d really appreciate the feedback.


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Dear Ayanna,

In our apartment, years ago, we had black cabinets on one side of the kitchen while the others were white. The black ones were on the bottom, (as you suggested for yourself) and we thought the look worked well in our “real life” kitchen. I think the question is, do you have enough light in your kitchen to go the dark route? As with dark paint colors, a set of black cabinets will certainly change the mood. We’ve never seen any other kitchen solutions in person with black cabinets, but we’re sure there are some good ones out there.

AT-ers, what do you think??