20 Dark & Moody Kitchens That Are Totally Dreamy
For many years, white kitchens ruled the roost. These days, though, we’re seeing a move to the dark side with deep, saturated colors and bold, statement-making patterns. From inky black cabinetry to rooms doused in midnight blue or even emerald green, these dreamy dark kitchens will beckon you in.
H&H design editor Morgan Michener chose classic black for her cottage’s cabinetry color — a hue that, when set against the red cedar–log envelope, feels decidedly rustic.
A graphic black and white palette with stainless steel accents makes homeowner Meredyth Hilton’s kitchen pop. “I like my interiors to have strong backdrops,” she says.
Midnight blue on the cabinetry, ceiling and walls makes a striking statement in this English kitchen. A copper backsplash adds a hint of shine.
Champions of bold decorating, designers Richard Ouellette and Maxime Vandal of Les Ensembliers opted for a smoky grey and black kitchen in their Toronto pied-à-terre. “People are scared of black,” says Maxime. “They think it makes a place feel small. To us, it accentuates a space and makes it feel expansive.”
Open shelving keeps dishes and a collection of cookbooks within arm’s reach in restaurateur Jackie Kai Ellis’s industrial kitchen.
Emerald green may not be the usual go-to hue for kitchen cabinetry, but this deVol kitchen proves how luxurious the color can be. Brass hardware is a handsome contrast, and artwork displayed on open shelving adds a personal touch.
Flat-front cabinetry and integrated appliances give designer Erika Floysvik’s Toronto kitchen a sleek, modern appeal. Bold, large-scale artwork adds drama to the space.
The high-contrast veining of the marble countertop was the inspiration behind the kitchen’s ebony and white palette. “A modern black and white kitchen could look austere, and while this is streamlined, the materials feel rich and warm,” says Erika.
DeVol’s own Flint paint color on the cupboards and walls of this Shaker-style kitchen has a cocooning effect. Copper hardware warms up the room.
Homeowners Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy entertain in style in their glam penthouse kitchen in Saskatoon. Gold accents, dark glossy cabinetry and a dramatic backsplash and countertop make the space sing.
A slim walnut island offers an extra workspace in this moody galley kitchen designed by Jeffrey Douglas. “I wanted this kitchen to have cosiness and warmth,” he says of the dark color scheme.
If you love the idea of black in the kitchen but don’t want to commit to cabinets, opt for a black backsplash, like Alana Firestone and Jordy Fagan of Collective Studio did in this high-contrast kitchen.
“The colors are complementary, so they work well together,” says Theresa of this kitchen’s deep red cabinetry and dark green countertop.
Flat-front black cabinetry and charcoal wall tiles deliver visual drama in Jim Johnson and Mark Robert’s country home kitchen. Exposed, rough-hewn rafters are a stylish contrast to the space’s clean lines and industrial outlook.
Espresso-colored cabinetry and dark grey marble define restaurateur Philip Haddad’s Toronto kitchen. “I wanted a kitchen that was functional but not so modern that it felt precious,” he says.
French doors at the back of the kitchen flood the space with light, with dark grey muntins adhering to the room’s color palette. Dinner parties often begin at Philip’s giant waterfall island, which he says is now the most-used part of the house.
Dark colors create high drama in this Oakville, Ontario, kitchen designed by Lynda Reeves. A rustic farmhouse table replaces the ubiquitous island, with professional-grade stainless steel appliances injecting a restaurant vibe.
“The intent was to make the cabinetry look more like cabinetry and less kitchen-like, so that the space would blend in with the rest of the main floor,” says designer Charlie Coull of this sleek kitchen. The black of the patio doors is carried into the space via matte black cabinetry for a truly bold look.
Glass-fronted cabinetry and a veined, grey-and-white marble backsplash help soften the look of this moody kitchen by designer Nicole Hollis.
Designers Kate Hume and Frans van der Heijden called attention to the ceiling height of this dark kitchen with vertical wood planks on the cabinetry, island and surrounding walls.