Making it Work: Dark Wood in the Kitchen

Making it Work: Dark Wood in the Kitchen

Susie Nadler
Mar 5, 2010

Dark wood kitchen cabinets, in theory, sound like the stuff of "before" photos, but in fact the look of rich, dark wood cabinetry and paneling can be gorgeous in the right kitchen. Cases in point: The kitchens featured above, all from Livingetc. So what makes the dark wood work in these lovely rooms?

There are various factors at play in the success of the lovely kitchens from Livingetc; here are some ways to make it work if you want to implement the look at home:

Keep it simple. Dark wood cabinets are a bold statement, and one that could potentially look dated in a kitchen that's too busy or cluttered. Keeping the overall décor simple and straightforward creates a more modern aesthetic.

Consider white walls. The contrast between a pure white wall and a dark wood cabinet or counter is striking and classic.

Think industrial. Metals, including stainless steel, look beautiful against dark wood. Consider installing fixtures with an industrial feel to offset the wood.

Play with mixed woods. Mixing dark and light wood finishes in a kitchen creates depth and warmth.

Do you have dark wood in your kitchen? If so, please share your ideas?

(Images: Livingetc)

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