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Raleigh Custom Kitchen Color Trends: Light Cabinets, Dark Countertops

Posted by Stanton Homes Design on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

New Home Kitchen Trends: Most Popular Color Combinations

White Cabinets and Black Countertops


We're starting to see another shift in North Carolina new home kitchen design trends. 

While many kitchens opt for dark espresso cabinets and light cream-toned backsplashes and granite countertops, more home buyers are requesting the opposite: light cabinets and dark countertops

See this kitchen trend reversal in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham custom homes by Stanton Homes.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 1: White Cabinets and Black Countertops

White and black kitchens will always be a classic home design choice.

See how Raleigh home owners are mixing things up, though, with these contemporary two-tone selections.

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We're seeing more kitchens like this - from a version of The Rossi - that feature white cabinets and black granite countertops. These mix-and-match designs alternate tones in the main wall cabinets and island.  In this case, the island cabinets and granite contrast the traditional perimeter.

What's a good rule of thumb for where to add light and dark tones?

We think balance is key. Remember that your floors and walls can also make a big impact on the overall feel of your kitchen. So if you love dark cabinets in a large kitchen, don't feel restricted to white countertops. You can also lighten things up with a creamy paint and light flooring

Kitchen Color Trend Example 2: Light Cabinets and Dark Countertops

The extra long island topped with black granite offers a casual dining space perfect for morning breakfast and afternoon homework.

This black and white kitchen photo is from a version of The Carwile near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Columns wrapped in white wainscoting and a neutral tone hardwood floor keep the room light - and prevent the black granite from dominating the room. 

Kitchen Color Trend Example 3: Natural Maple Cabinets and Dark Countertops

Kitchens with natural maple cabinets (and custom natural tone maple flooring) keep the room light and bright.

Touches of white in the dark granite countertops prompt the black backsplash tiles to align with the welcoming tone of this kitchen.

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Kitchen Color Trend Example 4: Light Oak Cabinets and Black Medley Countertops

This kitchen is centrally located, tucked between the breakfast, dining, and family room. An angled eating bar offers twice the seating in the casual dining area.

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Are dark counter tops harder to clean?  The natural pattern, rather than color, of your granite counter tops will more likely impact how visible kitchen spills are.

Kitchen Color Trend Example 5: Light Cabinets and Dark Countertops

In addition to kitchens that mix white and black or black and brown elements, we're also seeing home buyers opt for different appliance colors. 

While stainless steel appliances are still the most popular choice in new home kitchens, don't be surprised if you start seeing more white and black refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens.

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Kitchen Color Trend Example 6: Brown and Black Kitchen

While we've seen a trend towards contemporary style kitchens with a heavy contrast between features in the past few years, we're starting to see a resurgence in designs that focus on the use of tans and browns - with medium wood cabinetry (including some oaks). 

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Raleigh kitchens often pair these tans and browns with white, black, or grey elements.

An example is this version of the Azalea Park - popular on Houzz - which features a finish in the middle of the natural range cabinetry and black granite.





Kitchen Color Trend Example 7: Brown Cabinets and Black  Countertops

This version of the Gershwin is another example of kitchen designs that incorporate strong browns and blacks.

A beige tile backsplash and soft walls even out the color contrast in this kitchen.

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What design elements will we continue to see most in 2015 kitchens? Follow Stanton Homes on Houzz, and see all the latest in custom home design.

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