The short answer to this is yes, dark kitchen colours definitely can work for small kitchens. But this answer comes with a caveat as dark kitchen colours usually require careful implementation within small spaces, which starts at the planning stage. Dark kitchen colours will work depending on where they are cited, the quality of lighting within the room, how much light there is, and also what other colours they are introduced with.
All of these factors need consideration during kitchen planning. If you are considering dark kitchen colours for a small kitchen design, here are 5 suggestions for achieving success:-
1) Go for a two tone kitchen
Dark kitchen furniture tones are usually inadvisable throughout the entirety of a small kitchen design because they can too easily overwhelm the space. This can make the kitchen feel smaller than it actually is, as well as too dark for comfortable and practical use. But if you have your heart set on dark toned kitchen doors then you can still include these in a small kitchen space – but ideally only for your base units. Kitchen base units can be implemented in small kitchens within any colour, whether light or dark, and in either a gloss or matt finish. But the same doesn’t apply for eye-level wall units. Dark kitchen colours at this height simply don’t work and instead create a feeling of unease and confinement. This includes making the worktop space beneath the wall units too dim for safe and comfortable use. Consequently, within any small kitchen design incorporating dark tones, it is better to select a compatible arrangement of dark kitchen base units with light toned wall units.
2) Balance dark kitchen colours with a contrasting décor
If including dark kitchen furniture in a small kitchen then be sure and balance the dark hues with a surrounding light decor. This includes light coloured walls, worktops, and flooring; all of which will help ensure your dark coloured kitchen furniture won’t swamp the room.
3)Effective lighting options
All kitchens need plentiful lighting. This includes ambient lighting, feature lighting and task lighting, so that you can work safely and comfortably within your kitchen. Of course, lighting is also important for making your kitchen look good! But for dark kitchen tones, you will likely require more lighting solutions within your kitchen. Glazed ceilings and skylights are excellent for letting natural light flood a room and ideally the ‘working’ area of the kitchen should be located in the part of the room which receives most natural light. But if such options aren’t feasible then additional lights may be required and carefully cited, such as an extra run of ceiling downlights above a run of units. This should bolster your dark colour scheme whilst ensuring your kitchen is bright enough for working in. Additional lights are especially likely within really small spaces and where natural light is limited:
4) Choose dark kitchen colours with a gloss finish
Gloss kitchen doors reflect light off their smooth surface finish. This light bounces back across a kitchen, impacting on other surfaces by giving them a lighter and brighter look. For this reason the gloss kitchen finish is the most effective kitchen style for a dark kitchen colour scheme, and especially in conjunction with all those extra lighting solutions we just established!
5) Dark kitchen accent colours
It may be that you like dark kitchen colours but are still unsure of taking the plunge with dark toned furniture throughout your kitchen; if so then why not introduce dark colours as a kitchen accent instead? For example, dark reds, greys or inky blue accents can create a big impact on a lighter and more neutral kitchen colour scheme.
Such colours can fully transform the look and add an entirely personal touch. You might include colour accents for your curtains, linen, small appliances such as kettle or toaster, or even a rich and moody dark kitchen splashback. Colour accents offer an easy means of bringing character and panache into a kitchen design. They also don’t have to be permanent, so should you feel they don’t work, or later decide on a change, they are usually not difficult or expensive to replace.
Get the kitchen look you want
Just remember, when it comes to choosing kitchen colours your choice doesn’t need to be dictated by the size of your kitchen! Of course it goes that light colours are ideal for small kitchen spaces, and much easier to include; But that doesn’t mean dark kitchen colours can’t work too, and there is nearly always a workable solution for achieving the very kitchen look you desire!
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