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Kitchen Color Trends: Dark Cabinets, Light Countertops

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

Kitchen Trends: Most Popular Color Combinations

Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

In North Carolina new homes, the pairing of dark espresso cabinets and light cream-toned backsplashs and granite countertops is becoming a huge kitchen design trend.

See these kitchen trends for yourself, in recently completed Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham custom homes by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 1: Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops - Grey Tones

Kitchen Color Trends | Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

Why do we love this dark-against-light kitchen design?

Black and white kitchens have stood the test of time. And dark espresso with cream-and-grey infused whites are a modern take on this lasting trend.

The kitchen pictured to the right is located immediately off the foyer - designed to draw your eye as you enter the home with an immediate wow factor for your guests.


Kitchen Color Trend Example 2: Dark Cabinets, White Island

Kitchen Color Trends | Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops


The kitchen pictured to the left is tucked between the great room and formal dining, out of view from the foyer.

But the effect is just as dramatic: a huge bright white island with bar seating contrasts sharply with dark cabinets and dark tile back splash.

The stainless steal gas range, pot filler, and large sink make this kitchen perfect for those who love to cook.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 3: Dark Cabinets, Light Countertops - Shades of Brown

Kitchen Color Trends | Dark Cabinets and Light Countertops

The kitchen pictured to the right is located off the great room and breakfast nook - designed for stylish efficiency.

Cabinet storage and countertop square footage are maximized in this kitchen floor plan design. 

The speckled cream countertops have an easy contrast against the cabinets - creating a smooth integration of lights and darks.

The contrasting custom tile backsplash with diamond insets brings the entire kitchen together.


Kitchen Color Trends

While we see a trend towards contemporary style kitchens with a heavy contrast between features, we can't ignore other popular designs that focus on the use of tans and browns - with maple and oak cabinetry.  Watch for more trends and tips!


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