Light Vs. Dark Kitchen Cabinets?

Light Vs. Dark Kitchen Cabinets?

Posted: June 02 2021

We’ve weighed out all the ultimate decision to help determine whether light or dark cabinetry is for you. The controversial white vs. black, (or darker hues) is ongoing and up for debate. The decision is real, and we’re here to help you make the decision… Or find a happy medium.


Light cabinetry has many benefits, a white neutral kitchen–can easily match with décor and other interior finishing. White cabinets can make your space feel airy and spacious. We suggest selecting white cabinetry when your space is smaller or lacks natural light. You may find white is a stark, clinical choice–however there’s so many shades of white and you are no longer limited to painted opaque whites. We have a vast variety of white wood grains with a softer feel if going full white is too ominous. Now, cabinetry is not the only colour to consider in your kitchen. If you’ve always longed for white quartz countertops, be mindful of the undertone of your white of choice. Combining whites can easily contrast and make one look more yellowed when installed next to each other, so choosing the perfect combination is what our designers are here to help with. Overall, we love white kitchens–a bright airy timeless white is a good choice, especially for resale purposes down the road! White cabinets have never gone out of style!


On the contrary, rich dark cabinets are also a great choice! Dark cabinets are great for all spaces with plenty of natural light. Darker colours are associated with grandeur and bring richness to a space. For smaller spaces, we suggest breaking the deep colours up with light countertops and backsplash selections to ensure aesthetic success! Another notable deciding factor to consider is darker (especially matte finish) cabinetry has a tendency to show more fingerprints when compared to lighter cabinets. But there are finishes that achieve this look with an easy clean finish.


Now, let’s talk about the best of both worlds! If going all in dark or light is too daunting two-tone cabinetry is your happy medium! Accent your kitchen with the darker hue or choose to go 50/50 selecting the darker colour for the lower cabinets, and lighter for the upper cabinets. You can also choose to accent a tower of cabinets, or just the island. The sky is the limit. When darker cabinets are selected for the base of your kitchen, it works to ground the space and creates a successfully balanced design.