It depends on your taste, of course, but we think dark colors can work well in small and large kitchens. In a little space, a chocolate brown or navy blue can make the room feel so intimate and cozy (nice for a kitchen, right?). In a big kitchen, it can be a really beautiful, dramatic statement.
These two kitchens are opposites of each other, design-wise. One has dark walls and light cabinets and countertops; the other has the darker color on the cabinets, which we think makes them a focal point and sets off the white dishes.
We're partial to the one on the left—the chocolate brown is a really delicious color, the walls won't show splatters and stains, and it still looks really fresh and bright because of the white cabinets. (Also, it's in the home of a buyer for Jayson Home & Garden, a great, stylish store.)
But what's your preference? How do you feel about dark colors in a kitchen?
(Images: Roger Davies and Aimée Herring/Country Living)