Complementary Colors for Dark Kitchen Cabinets


If you've chosen espresso or grayish black coloring for your kitchen cabinets, a sound decorative choice would be to adorn the rest of the space with light colors so the cabinets will be the room's feature. However, complementary intense colors that showcase the dark wood cabinetry will make the kitchen a warm and inviting space where your friends and loved ones will enjoy gathering.

Light Blue

  • Robin's egg or pewter blue is a pretty pairing with cabinets that are an intense chocolate color. Blue and brown provide a combination of calm and coziness to the kitchen, and this subdued shade of blue on the counters and wall is attractively noticeable, but makes the cabinets the feature. Dark toffee-colored cabinetry looks even more striking with grayish blue shades such as slate blue. Adding light blue decorative dishes to the tops of dark cabinet sets adds a sense of sophistication and comfort, and still draws attention to the wooden cabinets.


  • Cream or off-white counters and walls will make dark brown or gray-black wooden cabinetry the main attraction in the kitchen. Black and white are always a classic color pairing, and making a shade of near white the main neutral color in a kitchen with dark cabinets means you can add small splashes of bright color without overwhelming the space. For instance, electric blue or turquoise dish towels are striking against dark gray cabinets and make the lightly colored walls appear less drab. Warm colors such as neon orange will add even more warmth to the deep brown tones of the cabinets, and give the room an enthusiastic feel.


  • Bright yellow and dark chocolate-colored wood give the kitchen an air of cheeriness and inviting warmth. Vibrant yellow hues also balance the intense shade of the cabinetry, and can bring out the yellow undertones in the dark brown wood, e.g. lemon yellow counters or accent wall. Mocha-colored cabinetry with tan or light yellow tinges will pair nicely with butter yellow bordering or handles. Orange-ish yellow tones complement red wood cabinets in Merlot or Bordeaux, and provide the perfect color combination to stimulate the appetite and make family members feel welcomed in the space.


  • Aubergine, or an intense shade of eggplant purple, goes well with dark coffee-colored cabinetry. Since purple combines the warmth of red with the cool, calm nature of blue, aubergine will balance the look of the kitchen space, especially if most of the room is adorned with neutral accents such as off-white canisters or dishes. An aubergine accent wall directly underneath the dark cabinetry is visually impressive, and deep purple paneling for cinnamon or chocolate-colored walls will complement the dark cabinets as well. Adding a deep purple border to the cabinets further emphasizes the kitchen's color scheme; you can match the cabinets with dark purple appliances such as mixers and blenders to complete the look as well.

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