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How to decorate a kitchen in dark colours

Although the white, bright trend is one of the most popular styles, there are many, many ways to design and decorate a house. For example, today we're going to show you options for decorating a kitchen in dark shades. You'll see just how stylish it is!

The personality of a dark kitchen

When we think of a kitchen, we usually opt for a bright and spacious space in which light tones prevail, right? However, there is a wide variety of styles and palettes that we can play with when designing a kitchen. And without losing that feeling of being in a pleasant space!

Playing with darker tones, such as browns or black, can help you give your kitchen a distinctive touch and bags of personality. These type of colours, however, are more so recommended for large spaces, where you want to add a little warmth and define the area. If, on the other hand, your kitchen is not very large, we recommend incorporating some light elements so that you don't lose that sense of space (such as on the countertops or in the colour of the walls).  

How to match a dark kitchen

To create a kitchen with dark elements, you can opt for different combinations with the countertop alone. And the result is completely different! Take a look at these options. 

In this case, for example, we've chosen to play with black and dark brown. The result is a modern kitchen with character, perfect for fans of a more industrial style.

For this finish, we recommend that the space be very well lit, either naturally or by means of lamps and spotlights. Otherwise, the added darkness may be too intense and spoil the final result.

If you want your kitchen to be warmer and not lose brightness, even if you play with dark colours, you can always combine darker cabinets with a countertop in off-white tones.

This way, the contrast is not as 'aggressive’ as with pure white but it still adds an extra touch of light in a softer way. This type of combination is perfect for kitchens where you want to emphasise a natural style in earth tones with wood details.   

And, although it's a more traditional style, in this example we show you how to incorporate dark colours into a rustic kitchen.

In this case, we're playing with the personality of more solid finishes, such as the wooden beams and the rough texture of the walls. The drawers and cabinets are stained completely black but the colour of the wood on the countertop is the perfect bridge for the colour transition in the space. What do you think? The charm of traditional rustic kitchens has been retained but with a modern and elegant touch with the colour black.

A tip: if you use a wooden countertop, don't forget to treat it with a special wood oil for extra protection and shine. This will extend both its life and its beauty.  

A dark and sustainable kitchen

Did you know that you can have a much more sustainable kitchen just by the design of your furniture? Our KUNGSBACKA kitchen is one of the best examples as it is created using recycled materials to make better use of resources and be more environmentally friendly.

In fact, the cabinet doors are made from recycled wood covered with a panel obtained from recycling PET plastic bottles. This way, we reduce waste and give plastic a new use.

The result? A modern, durable and soulful kitchen in dark tones.  

What did you think? Do you think that dark colours will work in your kitchen? If you have any doubts or feel you need help with this process, please don't hesitate to contact our specialist advisors. We will be happy to help you decorate your dream kitchen.

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We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original purpose, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return them.