When it comes to home interiors, white almost feels like it’s in a state of perpetual popularity. Whether it’s for the living room or bathroom, a lot of us still choose white as a dominant color to give rooms that coveted bright, airy, and maaliwalas feel. But, is it time we move on? For the kitchen, designers are now making a case for dark-colored cabinets.

Why Dark Colors for Kitchen Cabinets

Rooms with darker colors often create a more intimate and calming space. This holds true for the kitchen, including if you’re using dark colors for the cabinets.

“The kitchen signifies a place for everyone to gather, and the idea of dark and moody to me also translates as warm, cozy, and togetherness,” Nureed Saeed, owner and creative director of Nu Interiors, told Better Homes & Gardens.

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“Dark cabinetry is everywhere right now,” Patrick O’Donnell, a color expert at Farrow & Ball told Homes & Gardens. Interior designer Marzia Dainelli thinks it has to do with people’s growing need to be closer to nature.

“The use of colors such as brown can refer to the trend toward a return to natural materials. Dark colors are often associated with natural materials such as wood, which are making a comeback in kitchen design,” says Dainelli.

How to Achieve the Look

“The key to pulling off a dark kitchen is layering and balancing dark tones with lighter elements,” says designer Crystal Hackl to Better Homes & Gardens. One of the best ways to do this is by having countertops in white or off-white.

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“In most traditional dark moody kitchens, the countertops are light and airy,” says Ellen Lopez, founder and creative director at EL Design Studio. “Since the surface is horizontal, the light countertop reflects the light; this softens the mood.”

To keep the space from feeling gloomy, choose warm woods as well and incorporate lots of texture. Have elements that pop against the dark cabinets too like some greenery or a pretty hanging kitchen towel.

Getting Paint for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Aside from being trendy, dark cabinets are practical too. Because kitchen cabinets are high-touch surfaces and see a lot of wear and tear, they benefit from whatever can make them look beautiful for longer. Where stains and scratches will easily show up on white, dark colors will be able to hide them better.

Paint that will be able to withstand all that your kitchen cabinets go through on a daily basis is a big plus. Choose from these reliable Boysen products that you can apply on wooden surfaces.

Boysen Quick Drying Enamel

For wooden kitchen cabinets, Boysen Quick Drying Enamel is the first paint product that comes to mind. It’s highly durable, has good hiding, and comes in a glossy finish that’s easy to maintain. With 22 readily available colors, chances are high that you’ll find a dark color you like.

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Boysen Automotive Lacquer

Want that Duco finish? Boysen Automotive Lacquer has a striking visual appeal that you just can’t get with other paints. The smooth, high-gloss finish also means you can simply wipe it clean. It’s readily available in white and black and can be tinted with Automotive Lacquer Tinting Colors to achieve more hues including gray.

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Boysen Acrytex

For outdoor dirty kitchens, go for Boysen Acrytex as this paint product is known for its excellent weather resistance. It’s able to form a watertight film that allows it to repel water so you won’t have to worry about your kitchen cabinets even when it rains. It comes in flat, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes in a white paint color. To achieve other hues, tint it using Acrytex Tinting Colors.

Eager to start reimagining your kitchen with darker kitchen cabinets? Get any questions you have answered before you head to a hardware store. For inquiries and help about Boysen products, send an email to ask@myboysen.com or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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