Pros and Cons of Black Kitchen Cabinets

Pros and Cons of Black Kitchen Cabinets

Design trends have changed throughout the decades, and while light and airy kitchens are still popular, kitchens that include dark-colored cabinets are equally as trendy. In particular, interest in black kitchen cabinets has certainly grown over the last 10 years, with more and more homeowners opting for the dramatic look that these cabinets can provide.

Truly, the color of your cabinets affects the entire mood of your kitchen, so as you’re considering your remodel, think carefully about what you want to convey and about what colors match your vibe. Remember, cabinet choices aren’t only about layout and style. Color plays a huge role in the look of your new kitchen.

Though black cabinets can be made to match most design styles, consider these reasons to choose – or not to choose – them for your remodeling project.


Certainly, you can create a sophisticated and dramatic look with dark cabinets, black in particular. Pair them with gold knobs and drawer pulls, gold-colored lighting fixtures, quartz countertops with a gold vein running through it, and you’ve got a kitchen that pulls out all the stops in the drama category. Does this match the vibe of the rest of your house? If so, go for it!

Dark cabinets can also make your kitchen feel more intimate. If you think white or light cabinets make your room look too big or too bright, black could pull in that space and make your kitchen appear cozier than it really is.

Black is also way more interesting than traditional white or wood-toned cabinets. It’ll turn your kitchen into a showpiece and will certainly catch the eye of your visitors. So, if you’re looking to have fun with something different for a change, this might be a good option. Furthermore, like white, you can pair black cabinets with just about anything including a variety of metals.

If keeping your kitchen clean has always been a concern, choosing black cabinets means that dirt, grease, and smudges won’t be as obvious. If you don’t like to clean or don’t have much time to do it, this is a terrific advantage.


While black kitchen cabinets are trendy now, they might not be in the future. That means if you’re planning on selling your house maybe in 10 years or so, the installation of these dark cabinets may seriously affect the selling price of your home. So, consider your interest in selling and when you might do that before taking the plunge with black cabinets.

If your kitchen is small, dark cabinets are probably not a great idea. Any dark fixtures in the kitchen will make the room look smaller. Furthermore, if your room is devoid of natural light, dark cabinets will make the room even darker so you’ll need to compensate with some very bright artificial lighting. Remember, black doesn’t reflect light the way white does.

Is there a compromise?

If you really like black cabinets but are worried that your room will be too dark, consider adding other bright elements to the room. You can opt for light or white countertops, a vibrant tile backsplash, and a light-colored floor. Your remodeling expert can help you picture what this would look like and advise you as to the best options for the size and layout of your space.

Remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can still achieve a dramatic, sophisticated space with just a few black elements and you may find that dark cabinets, countertops, and flooring is just too much for the size or shape of your kitchen.

The pros at Mr. Cabinet Care can help you determine whether or not black kitchen cabinets will be right for the kitchen space in your home. We have unique tools like our “design online” option that will help you “see” your remodel options before you make a definite decision. This takes the guesswork out of your project and allows you to proceed with the confidence that you’ll love the result. To schedule an appointment with one of our kitchen remodeling experts, visit

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