Dark Wood Cabinets
Dark with Detail
Cabinetry in rich, dark wood tones can give a kitchen a rich, upscale feel. These have clean lines and simple details -- perfect for a contemporary look with a more formal edge.
Add warmth to dark wood cabinets by using warm wall colors and details. Pale golden walls and oak flooring add that warmth while a touch of black (on the island) is a nice balance to the wood.
Distinctive stainless door handles give these dark cabinets a sleek look, while granite countertops and rattan bar stools provide some much-needed contrast.
Honey-colored wood cabinets surround a kitchen in warm wood tones. These cabinets also blend well with neutrals including limestone and golden-hued tile and granite.
Medium Wood Slick
A mix of straight and curved lines sets this kitchen apart. Contemporary lighting and the curved glass-topped island signal modern, designer style.
A neat black edge on the top and bottom give these plain-front cabinet doors a twist. Notice too how the cabinet hardware has been mixed, using round knobs on some drawers, and wavy stainless handles on others.
Light with Color
Knotty pine gets a fresh look with red stone countertops and fully tiled walls. Pine can be a budget-friendly choice for cabinets, though the look can be a bit rustic, due to the unpredictable graining of the wood.
Deep wall color, as well as a distinctive chair fabric, offers lots of color in this light wood kitchen. To counter an "all-wood" look, the wood floors were embellished with black diamonds.
A variety of neutral and pale wood tones can create a light and airy kitchen look. Be sure to anchor with a few deeper tones like the wrought iron chairs and black accents on the stove.
Though white cabinets fill the perimeter of this kitchen, it is the wood island that adds some personality to the center of the space.
Wood and Cream
Create more interest in a white kitchen by installing a few cabinets in a different color or wood. This wood island and plate rack make the sink area a focal point.
This wood island and china hutch in the far corner pair well with painted cabinets. The honey wood tones are picked up in the flooring, chair seats, and copper pots.
Simple lines and medium-toned woods blend an open-plan kitchen into the adjoining family room. Matching the wood cabinet color to the flooring is a great technique to use when you'd like to seamlessly merge a visible kitchen into a larger space.