This gallery is a collection of 37 high-end dark wood kitchens – most with spacious designs, and open layouts. These kitchens feature a variety of styles from contemporary, to modern and traditional. These open-plan kitchen designs offer darker wood cabinets with materials chosen to match. The pictures highlight ways to incorporate dark wood cabinets with flooring and countertops to create a feeling of luxury, and warmth. Dark wood kitchen cabinetry when combined with a light granite countertop or backsplash can really stand-out and make an impression. Below you’ll find beautiful dark wood kitchens from top interior designers and home builders.
The kitchen shown in the picture above offers an inviting eat-in dining experience that is ideal for entertaining and spending time with friends and family. The rich dark cabinetry is custom crafted and topped with a light color granite. The large rectangular kitchen island has a built in sink and a great design for food preparation with easy access to the 6 burner stove.
Kitchens nowadays come in a variety of styles and applies diverse types of materials and finishes available in the market. Because of the wide array of styles and finishes to choose from, one can easily get confused as what to choose, and the decision will definitely boil down to taste preference and the look you are going for.
Some people prefer plain, solid colors for their kitchen, some others prefer the warm feel natural wood finishes are able to give. Solid color finishes gives a cleaner, more modern look, while wood finishes gives a classic natural feel to the kitchen. If you do decide on choosing wood finishes for your kitchen, you would then have to choose from different types of wood colors and finishes, which can be quite overwhelming for some, as wood finishes are also diverse, with a variety of undertones and grain patterns. For a more modern look, people usually gravitate towards lighter wood tones like maple or beech, but for a more classy, sophisticated feel, darker wood finishes would be the best choice.
Dark wood finish on your kitchen tends to give it a more mature, mysterious look. It exudes a sense of luxury and elegance, as dark wood finishes were often used on classic interiors and furniture pieces, especially on baroque period furniture, as well as Medieval age furniture. As such, using darker wood finish on your kitchen gives it a more classic vibe and a timeless appeal. Some people tend to be quite intimidated with using darker wood finishes on their kitchen as they feel it could like a little too heavy or old. However, with the right combination of finishes, natural and artificial lighting, as well as layout, you will be able to achieve a variety looks and styles using dark wood finishes.
Dark Wood Cabinets
To get the beautiful rich look of dark wood cabinets many different types of woods can be used. Generally hardwood is stained the color you desire and made available for purchase, or you can seek out a custom cabinet maker to get the exact color you want.
The type of wood used for dark wood cabinets can depend on what is available in your area. Popular woods for creating a rich dark cabinet are hard maple, oak, cherry, mahogany, bamboo, birch or walnut. As a cost saving measure a thin veneer of hardwood placed over a substrate surface such as plywood or other inexpensive material is often used.
When using dark cabinets its important to pay careful attention to lighting. Large windows will help provide natural light to keep your kitchen from appearing too dark. To compensate good indoor lighting is essential. rooms with dark cabinets and taller ceilings will call for more light fixtures. Installing lighter color countertops and backsplash that is light reflective will also help your dark cabinet kitchen from feeling too dark.
When designing your kitchen you’ll want to ensure that all elements flow cohesively together. If you’re doing a remodel get samples of all the materials together to make sure they match each other. Choosing your countertops first is frequently done due to natural stone tending to vary in color and pattern. After selecting a countertop you can have an easier time matching wood stains, paint colors, hardware and other finishes.
The soft brown used to stain the kitchen cabinets gives this kitchen a rather welcoming appeal, as the shade used is very much reminiscent of milk chocolates. The granite countertop used throughout the kitchen is also a perfect match because while it has a purple undertone, the soft washed-out color it has is very similar to the stain on the base cabinets. Natural light, light maple floors and light cream mosaic backsplash balances the dark wood used on the kitchen cabinets, making the kitchen space look bright despite using dark toned wood.
The natural reddish tone of Mahogany brings out the beauty of traditional kitchens, and this example you will see how this is combined with a more modern finish. The main kitchen cabinets keeps its original natural mahogany tone and is set against capiz-shell backsplash and cream granite, while the rather large island counter paints the mahogany finish over with white paint, making it pop out from the darker wood finish, but also emphasizing the dark wood of the main kitchen cabinets. The combination creates an interesting and pleasing balance of light and dark colors.
For this kitchen, dark-stained Mahogany was used for all its cabinets. The dark wood was combined with black soapstone counters and dark gray ceramic tiles on the back splash, and if you observe more closely, you will notice that instead of using aluminum or stainless steel drawer pulls or cabinet doors, this design uses a carved notch on the wood itself to simulate a continuous drawer pull. The simplicity and dark look of this kitchen makes it look elegant and classy.
An open layout makes for a brighter, more laid-back looking space, and in this classic kitchen example, with the help of its open floor plan & adequate natural light, the paneled cabinets goes for a very bold dark color. The paneled cabinets were painted with dark gray duco finish which gives a nice contrast to the beige granite countertop used.
This kitchen is large and is separated into two areas. It does, however, use the same style of kitchen cabinets and the same stain and finish of wood throughout the kitchen. The kitchen countertop material on the mail cabinets are plain white and paired with natural stone tiles on the backsplash. On the kitchen island, however, white marble with prominent veining was used. The base cabinet doors are paneled with a very elegant oiled finish, creating a smooth surface.
A simple classic kitchen which uses dark Mahogany stained cabinets with paneling details, and a variety of marbles seen on the backsplash and kitchen counter tops. The stain used on the cabinets is rather dark, however, the very large semi-circular island counter sort of “conceals” most of the dark cabinets and makes the kitchen look rather bright.
Since this kitchen is designed to fit in a small space, the natural light leaking from the windows really helps in making this kitchen look batter. Starting from the countertop, you will notice that the whole kitchen uses a thick slab of a red-orange granite, creating instead impact because of its bold and unusual color. The base cabinets uses modern paneled doors and is finished in a red-brown/sienna duco finish. The red undertones of both the base and the countertop creates a natural good combination, while the yellow tone of the teak wood bar stools adds more variety.
This is a modern kitchen design which uses dark Mahogany laminates as its choice of finish for its cabinets. Because the clash of orange and red of the Oak wood floors and the cabinets already prove to be a bold but pleasant combination, the countertop materials used were simpler – marble for the island counter and white solid surface for the main cabinets. The combination of wood tones with harsh, sharp edges of the cabinets gives it a more welcoming vibe.
For this kitchen a more yellow-tone wood was used instead of the usual red-based tones of wood, as the floors are already quite dark. Looking closely, you will notice the natural burly pattern on the surface of the wood giving it a unique look and texture. The yellow tone also helps brighten up the space despite the dark hardwood flooring used. For the counterops, white quartz with peach-colored crystals were used, adding more visual texture to the design.
This modern kitchen has a great balance of colors. First of all, the open plan of the space helps make the kitchen look more spacious and inviting. Aside from that, there is a nice balance and contrast of colors – there’s a good amount of light and dark colors playing around the space. The floors are black-stained wood planks and its dark color brings out the light beige of the stone-clad columns and white ceiling. Most walls are also kept light, using an off-white color and large windows that brighten up the space. The kitchen uses black galaxy granite counters over Dark Walnut solid wood cabinets. The the classic look of the cabinets coupled with the modern look of the counter top and the rest of the house is both refreshing and elegant.
The maroon walls of this kitchen makes it look elegant and classy and gives it a sort of romantic warmth. The chandelier also adds to the romantic appeal, complemented by the solid walnut paneled doors. This is topped by a light beige quartz counter top and has backsplash tiles with golden patterns. The kitchen island is all wood, including its top, and is finished in black.
Compared to the other examples, this kitchen has a softer, lighter feel. The floors are light maple engineered planks, and the kitchen cabinets are solid Oak with a nice weathered finish and modern profile. It was topped with green granite and the small kitchen island has solid butcher’s block instead of stone top. The clean edges and profile of the cabinets makes it look modern despite its classic details, and makes it look refreshing whilst maintaining that classic elegant appeal.
A very modern kitchen in which the storage space is maximized. One whole wall is dedicated for storage wall, as well as 2 wine refs and built-in ovens. Aside from that, there’s a large kitchen island in the same chocolate-toned laminate of the storage wall and is topped with marble. The ceiling uses wood slats for its finish which adds texture and pattern to the space. The colors used are mostly dark – floors in gray and wood finishes in dark wood tones, but the balance and patterns of materials used creates a pleasing combination.
This kitchen is quite large, and this is even more emphasized because it has very sufficient natural lighting and uses light finishes on its walls and floors. The kitchen cabinets however, provides a nice contrast to the light-colored surfaces as it uses dark walnut finish on its cabinets and tops it with gray granite counters. The balance of light and dark colors creates a pleasing appeal, and gives this kitchen design that classic elegance of traditional kitchens.
This luxurious kitchen plays with a combination of light and dark finishes for its kitchen cabinets. You will notice that the main kitchen uses solid walnut paneled doors and combines it with marble counters and backsplash, while the kitchen island’s base cabinet is painted over with an off-white duco finish. The rest of the space uses neutral colors – beige walls and cream stone floors, which makes it easy on the eyes and timelessly elegant.
High ceilings instantly give an imposing feel to any space and make it look more spacious. In this example, the height of the ceiling is emphasized as the cabinets of the kitchen barely reach the fully height of the ceiling. The cream-painted walls serves as a nice light background to the solid Oak kitchen cabinets and blends with the cream-colored backsplash tiles and granite counters. The classic details of the kitchen cabinets furthers its regal appeal and imposing quality.
This kitchen combines two dark wood tones in order to create this fun kitchen design. The main kitchen cabinets are solid wood in a gorgeous golden walnut tone and topped with cream-colored granite, but the cabinet beneath the range and above the range uses a darker wood, stained in a dark mahogany color, contrasting it from the lighter walnut cabinets. The large island counter also uses the same dark mahogany stain over it which helps bring out the pattern of the cream granite counter. Dark wood kitchens that play with different wood tones can achieve an interesting contrast and unique design.
This kitchen design shows the beauty of traditional kitchens with its very bold wood on wood combination. All kitchen cabinets, including its large kitchen island, is made of varnished solid oak wood, giving it that heavy and expensive look typical of classic kitchens. This is set against solid teak floors and further combined with wooden chairs – the all-wood combination making it look heavy, imposing, and yet maintain a regal and classy appeal.
A more modern open-plan helps this kitchen look bright and inviting despite the dark wood used on its cabinets. The cabinets are fashioned out of classic kitchen cabinet designs and furthers its classic look with paneled doors and red Mahogany finish. But a touch of modern elegance adds to its beauty as white quartztite is used for its kitchen counters instead of typical granite or marble, giving it a lighter & more modern feel. The light maple wood floors also helps brighten the space up and offsets the dark color of the kitchen cabinets.
Bright kitchen spaces – with adequate natural light, light-colored floors and walls – enables you to experiment with using darker wood finishes for your kitchen cabinets without fear of making your kitchen look too dark and drastic. This kitchen design is one of those examples as you can see how the cream-colored stone floors and light yellow floors accommodate and balance the dark red tones brought about by the dark cherry wood kitchen cabinets. The lighter background helps tone down the imposing look of the kitchen cabinets, and this is further aided by the use of cream-toned granite counters and backsplash.
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A very modern kitchen design which uses modular cabinets with minimalist aesthetic. Walls are in plain off-white color, giving you a nice neutral background, and helping the dark mahogany laminates used on the cabinets pop out more. While most of the kitchen cabinets is laminated in the same mahogany tone, some parts of the overhead cabinets and most of the base cabinets, including the kitchen island’s, were instead laminated in a plain white color, helping bring out the coffee brown solid surface countertop and backsplash.
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This kitchen design remains consistent with its choice of wood finishes, staying faithful to the natural oak tone of the floors and ceiling wood trusses, introducing it to the kitchen cabinets used and matching it with the rest of the space. In order to keep it from looking too boring or dark, white wall paper with elegant flourish designs was used on the walls and white marbled topped the dark oak cabinets. It also has an island with a built-in banquette seating finished in a soft-oatmeal color and topped with marble, which helps balance the dark colors present mostly in the space.
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The kitchen above tends to emphasize the natural streaks and burls of its wood and simply varnishes it over to bring it out more, giving this kitchen a nice natural texture and a warm orange tinge which matches well with the yellow-toned polished stone floors. The traditional design of the kitchen is a contrast to the modern structure evident in its unique ceiling design and simple wall finish.
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This modern kitchen uses natural solid cherry wood instead of using laminated planks to create this look, giving it a more natural appeal. While the kitchen cabinets are plain and kept free of carvings and other ornamentation, the use of solid wood gives it more warmth, texture and personality, even as it is set against stainless steel counter top and backsplash. There is also large kitchen island which spans the whole width of the main kitchen cabinets and is topped with white marble to add a classic finish to the otherwise modern kitchen space
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Despite the popularity of modern design and architecture, the appeal of classic kitchen still lives through and proves to be a timeless beauty. This examples shows how you can easily combine modernity and classic kitchen design aesthetics. For this kitchen, simplified paneled doors were used for all kitchen cabinets and is finished in dark wengue, giving it a nice contrast to the light gray walls, as well as an elegant appeal. This also helps bring out the natural beauty of the gray stone countertop used, creating a pleasing balance of colors and textures.
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Being rather spacious, this kitchen boldly experiments with a combination of wood tones/finishes. The floors are already bold by itself – they are solid teak wood floors with a strong orange undertone, which matches well with the yellow paint on the walls. The kitchen cabinets also uses a stain finish on its wooden base with a similar orange undertone, but reveals a smoother surface in contrast to the wooden planks on the floors, and it also has a large kitchen island with a unique antiqued finish, adding more texture into this simple kitchen.
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The elegant appeal of solid Mahogany kitchen cabinets seems to last through time, and in this example, you will see how the classically-styled kitchen manages to look updated despite its traditional inspiratios. The cabinets used modular, but uses red Mahogany finish to give it a more elegant appeal. This is paired with lack galaxy granite, an easy-on-the eyes combination, and white backsplash tiles. Modern lighting and appliances were also used, helping this kitchen achieve that updated look of a traditional kitchen.
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A lighter shade of brown used to paint the walls help soften the over-all look of this kitchen, but also help emphasize the beauty of its traditional kitchen cabinets with a gorgeous walnut finish. You will also notice the beautiful combination of brown ceramic tiles with bronze mosaic tiles used to adorn the backsplash of the kitchen. The large island counter gives a refreshing appeal to the warm browns of the kitchen as it has an antiqued gray finish over the natural wood base, introducing a different texture into the kitchen.
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Despite the classic style of the kitchen cabinets, the finish it uses is definitely a more modern update to the classic kitchen look. Instead of the typical natural wood finish, this kitchen opts to paint over the paneled cabinets in a dark gray color, maintaining the elegant appeal of classic kitchens, while giving it a more modern appeal. This is combined with retro lighting fixtures, warm under-cabinet lighting and a seamless application of marble on its counters and backsplash.
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Natural wood sometimes help bring a warmer, homier feel to a very angular modern design, and as shown in this example, despite a modern design, the kitchen cabinets uses natural wood finishes to give it that natural glow. The natural timber used was sanded, polished and stained in a nice red mahogany tone, giving life to the plain gray surfaces of the walls and floors.
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The solid Mahogany floors and dark red paint of this kitchen sets a pretty warm and dark background to work upon, but adequate natural lighting helps alleviate the dark tendency of its choice of finishes. The kitchen cabinets uses gorgeous solid walnut, while the large kitchen island has a black-painted based in antiqued finish, exposing its natural wood base. As reprieve to the darker colors, the countertop used has a light gray base, which complements the gray tiles used on the backsplash.
This is a simple traditional kitchen with traditional materials and finishes, but maintains a classy and elegant appeal. The wood used on the cabinets is solid Mahogany, which gives it a nice red undertone. The countertop uses 100×100 ceramic tiles which was commonly used in old kitchens and the backsplash is also ceramic tiles with a weave pattern. For the kitchen island, however, it uses gray granite instead of ceramic tiles but uses a more neutral walnut cabinet base. To further the classic look, you will see pans hung above kitchen island on the iron chandelier above it.
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Traditional kitchens have a timeless beauty and elegance to it, and sometimes, it needs only a little improvement to give it an updated look. As in this example, all kitchen cabinets are of solid wood and has a sort of aged/antiqued finish. and even combined with natural granite counters and similarly-toned backsplash tiles. The lighting and use of modern appliances, however, updates this classic design a little. You will see how under-cabinet lights were integrated, as well as accent light above the overhead cabinets, sending a warm wash of color to the plain white ceiling.
Dark wood kitchens work great when combined with the modern style. The kitchen occupies a separate room with typical modern finishes – white tiled floors and plain white walls. The interesting architectural finish would be found on its ceiling with skylights, as it is clad with teak wood planks. To add to the drama of contrasting colors, the whole kitchen space uses wengue-finished cabinets topped with black solid-surface counters which makes the cobalt blue graphicote backsplash stand-out.
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Earthy tones and warm colors are ever present in this kitchen design as you will see this element throughout the space. From the tiles used, to the light beige rag-rolled finished walls and even to its kitchen cabinets. The main cabinets are of solid wood in a golden oak finish, giving it a natural warm look, while the large island counter in in an antiqued black paint finish, revealing spots with some natural wood coloring and giving it an antiqued/aged look. The warm earth tones are also present in the beige granite counters and the cream stone backsplash tiles, as well as the rush seats of the bar counter.
(Attribution Flickr #9) Placed in a rather confined space, this dark wood kitchen design utilizes the limited space rather well, being able to use both of its main walls for kitchen counters and even able to fit an island counter. What’s more interesting is its use of ebony-stained wood, giving you a very dark and bold color of kitchen cabinets which nicely balances with the white tiled floors, beige granite counters and cream tiles used on the backsplash.Show Image Sources
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