Having a kitchen full of dark cabinets is definitely NOT the trend these days. So, how can you embrace your wood-toned kitchen cabinets without doing a major makeover? In today’s post, “Love Your Dark Cabinets Part 2”, we will see how to love your dark kitchen cabinets with winter neutrals.
LOVE YOUR DARK KITCHEN CABINETS with WINTER NEUTRALS
If you have been a part of the My Wee Abode family for any time, you know that my tiny kitchen includes some dark wood-toned cabinets.
If you are new to our MWA fam, WELCOME… and let me show you what I mean!
My tiny kitchen has wood-toned cabinets that have a bit of a red undertone (photos always make them look even more orange!). The shaker-style is WONDERFUL, and they are in AMAZING condition, however the color…
It can often be viewed as an enemy… by me, anyhow.
The cabinet color also extends over the refrigerator as well as where my coffee station is set up in a little cubby on the side of the fridge.
In this series, I hoping to share tips and tricks on how to embrace kitchen cupboards that might not be our faves. In this ‘installment’, we’re learning how to love our dark kitchen cabinets with winter neutrals.
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Love Your Dark Cabinets Part 2
Until I can muster up the
guts courage to ask my landlord if I can paint my shaker cabinets a white or pale gray, learning how to embrace my dark kitchen cupboards has become my crusade… and sharing in this little crusade together makes it even more fun, don’t you think?
One of the ways I updated my kitchen to give it a brighter and more ‘airy’ feel was to update my counters in one afternoon… and it only cost me $50!
Another way to embrace a dark kitchen is to use color and decor that compliment the foundational colors of a kitchen, not fight against it.
Let’s see how we can improve the look of our dark kitchen cabinets for the winter season by using neutral tones and textures in your colors and decor.
Declutter and Love Your Dark Kitchen Cabinets
After Christmas, do you like to go with a more minimalistic approach in your decor for the winter? I know I do.
The first step on how to love your dark kitchen cabinets with winter neutrals is to take all your Christmas decor down. I’m thinkin’ most of us have done this already.
Heck, you could even take down ALL your decor!
This winter, I decided to only go with a few elements of winter and keep the color scheme in the whites/grays/tans for my decor (oh, and a bit of greenery, as well)!
Keeping the counters clear, except for a few items, brings a sense of calm to a tiny kitchen.
Love Your Dark Kitchen Cabinets by Using a Limited Color Palette
When adding back decor, use a limited color palette. Using whites/grays/tans and even a touch of black keeps the ‘peace’ in your kitchen, and also doesn’t ‘fight’ with dark cabinets.
(Yes, I know my shelves are bending… this is a future fix-it project on my list. Should have gone with thicker wood to begin with! #diylessons)
Before you go out shopping for neutral decor items, it’s always fun to shop your own home. Try to find items that you can switch-out and re-use.
Galvanized tealight houses and a little pine tree that were used on my faux Christmas mantel are being used here as neutral winter decor.
Using neutral tones actually enhances the overall look of the kitchen.
More from my Christmas decor that can be used for winter. Think greenery, galvanized houses, white berries, wood beads, pine cones, milk glass, ironstone, and anything that doesn’t ‘scream’ Christmas.
Love Your Dark Kitchen Cabinets with Winter Neutrals AND Texture
Along with a limited color palette, always be sure to add natural elements for texture. Good faux greenery and florals are a fave of mine!
A couple of dark green wreaths hung over my ironstone soup tureens was easy to do. It added some much-needed texture to the top shelf above the sink.
These are no longer listed on the Target site, but here are some pretty boxwood wreaths that would work!
And, adding a touch of muted yellow with votive candles adds a small pop of color.
These are obviously new candles. But remember, burning candles during the winter is a wonderful way to add some ‘cozy’ to your home. (Would you be interested in a post on how to burn and care for candles? Let me know in the comments).
A black wire lantern holds some small birch logs and more juniper clippings (again, faux… the clippings, not the logs ;-)). Filling this lantern has been an affordable and fun decor item!
A vintage flower-frog with some berries and greenery add more texture to the corner of this dark wooden shelf.
Now It’s Your Turn
Now, using neutral tones in a dark kitchen is not a unique idea! How many of you have used a limited color palette in your kitchen? What decor items did you add to compliment your foundational colors? Do you need to love your dark kitchen cabinets with winter neutrals?