When you decide that it’s high time to renovate your kitchen, there is one big question that pops into your mind: should you go for dark, or are light colors more appropriate for you? Well, when making this choice, there are several aspects that you might want to consider. Each kitchen is different, which is why you need to determine whether the light side is more appealing, or you just can’t say no to the dark side.
Choosing the Light Side
Just like dark colors of kitchen cabinets, light cabinets are also a great trend in 2021. Most people are still going for the classic white, but there are some that choose light shades of mint, cream, faded light blues, or other similar colors. They do so because they can reap the following benefits:
1.They Make Kitchens Feel Bigger
“The rule is to keep everything light! White cabinetry, walls, and tiles are a must,” says Morgana Frampton from John Evans Interior Architecture & Design. Light cabinets are perfect for kitchens that are in a smaller size, as they allow for the light to bounce off. They enhance light that is both natural and artificial, making the whole place seem cleaner and brighter, leading to a kitchen that has a much airier feel.
2.They Are Timeless
If there’s one thing that we love about white or light cabinets, it’s that they are timeless. While dark cabinets have only begun to rise in popularity, light cabinets have been with us for a very long time – and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Light cabinets often allow you to achieve a variety of looks, and you won’t have to make any changes in décor anytime soon.
3.They Allow for Contrast
Predominantly white kitchens are a great choice if you have any accents that you wish to show off. For example, if your kitchen has a brick wall that you want to emphasize, a set of light cabinets can help create a great contrast. It’s all about achieving a balance here.
Going for the Dark Side
Dark colors are very trending in kitchens nowadays, with more and more people buying black, dark brown, or navy cabinets. They give off a “modern bachelor” vibe, but they also tend to make the area feel cozier – provided you use them in the right combo. Here is what dark kitchens can do for you:
1.They Are Elegant and Rich
Have you noticed how, in every TV series or movie where rich guys are featured, their kitchens are a black color almost all the time? That’s because, with dark colors, everything seems elegant and rich while the place feels very cozy. Overall, dark cabinets give off a feeling of luxury.
2.They Are Versatile
There’s a saying for clothing that goes along the ways of “when in doubt, always go with black.” The same thing goes for black in kitchens – you can mix it with any color you want, from warm tones to cool tones. You can mix and match those tones in any way you want so that you may achieve the desired effect.
“Aesthetically speaking, black tends to feel more sophisticated and formal depending on how it’s styled, but for me, that versatility is what’s most appealing. In my black kitchen, I mixed in rope chairs, crackled subway tiles, and old French pottery to take it down a notch,” says Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, partner at Nate Berkus Associates.
3.They Are Easy to Maintain
In 2021, people are looking for cabinets (and furniture in general) that are very easy to keep clean. White cabinets can be very pretty – but there’s no denying that once kids put their sticky hands on them, you can immediately see the stains. With that in mind, dark cabinets are not as difficult to maintain, because the stains are not as visible on them.
The Bottom Line
Both light and dark cabinets are popular this year – the determining factor being your priorities. If you are looking to enhance the looks of a big kitchen and make it seem more elegant, then you should go for dark colors. However, if you want to make a small kitchen feel bigger, you should go for light cabinets instead.
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