Beautiful Kitchens with Dark Features

February 21, 2020

A luxury kitchen must be trendy, sleek and unique. Having an all white kitchen was the go-to for many years, but now designers are encouraging darker accents in kitchen features like cabinetry or backsplashes. Dark kitchen cabinets create an alluring, dramatic aesthetic that can work with just about any kitchen design style. Although black might seem dramatic, “going over to the dark side” isn’t as scary as it seems. There are plenty of easy and simple ways to introduce black and other dark colors into your home and kitchen’s color palette.

There are many benefits of using dark features in your home. For starters, dark accents add an ambiance that is both contemporary and cozy, amping up the style in your home. They also contrast well with the lighter features that are customary in most kitchens, which can be used to draw a visitors eye to whatever feature you may want to highlight. The best part though? Dark colors also hide any sign of wear and tear, which is always a plus in the kitchen.

The key to designing your kitchen around dark features is hitting the right balance between dark and light elements. With the proper attention to detail, you can create a kitchen space that is sophisticated, yet still comfortable. Check out these magnificent Engel & Völkers homes that have nailed this balance and created beautiful spaces that any chef would feel at home in. From dark marble to deep woods, these homes really take advantage of this growing design trend to make themselves all the more special.

Desert Dream Home

Located in Tucson, Arizona, this contemporary masterpiece boasts 360 views of the stunning desert and captivating mountains. Complete with two guest suites, this home is perfect for entertaining. This kitchen design really took advantage of the dark woods and marble. The island stands out, with dark cabinets, white stools, and an exciting granite countertop. Placed across from floor to ceiling windows, this creates a modern luxury vibe in both the kitchen and dining room.

Modern Open-Concept 


Located in Nichols Hills, an ideal location in Oklahoma, this open-concept home is complete with gorgeous finishes throughout. Enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding parks and close proximity to Nichols Hills Plaza. This kitchen focuses on dark wood cabinets separated by white interior walls. The finish on the wood brings out many shades and compliments the rest of the interior well. The wood used in the kitchen cabinetry also matches the shade used in other features of the home, like the staircase and the shelving in the living space, creating a consistent feel and look throughout.

Panoramic Penthouse

The placement of dark features is subtle but definitely effective in this Carlsbad property. The black granite countertops lining the kitchen match the light fixture and chairs, bringing the whole kitchen together. Also featuring a waterfall countertop, this kitchen design opens up the space while remaining sleek. This California penthouse is the perfect example of how you can easily include dark features to spruce up your space. On top of that, it offers commanding views and close proximity to Carlsbad’s world-famous beach. Offering ultimate privacy, this home is ideal for anyone looking for a modern beach-living sanctuary.

Contemporary Masterpiece

This contemporary mansion in Park City, Utah incorporates dark features throughout the entire property but its effect is most mesmerizing in the incredible chef’s kitchen. Rather than utilizing black countertops like most properties with dark kitchen features, the deep grey cabinetry in this kitchen contrasts beautifully with the light countertops. Paired with bright white ceilings, your eyes are drawn up and out to the incredible Park City landscape through the floor to ceiling windows.

Luxury on Park Ave

Enjoy beautiful views from this luxury New York apartment. Still aligning with the traditional, bright white kitchen, this stunning home takes advantage of subtle dark features in its countertops to give it a unique flare. Dark accents in this kitchen include the hardwood floors, marble kitchen countertops and bar top overlooking Manhattan. Without the dark wood floors and counters, a certain flare would be lacking in this otherwise pristine kitchen.

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