Painting Kitchen Cabinets Dark Colors

Do you have Cherry cabinets in your home? Are you ready for something different? Have you considered painting your cabinets instead of replacing them? Painting Kitchen cabinets in dark Colors can be a bold and dramatic choice. Lets take a peek at some of our latest projects, so you can see the results.

Why Dark colors for Kitchen cabinets?

The Appeal of Dark Colors: Dark colors bring a sense of sophistication and depth to any space. In kitchens, where cherry cabinets traditionally exude a classic, warm tone, painting them in darker shades can modernize your kitchen, bathroom, bar or other cabinets while keeping their elegant, timeless charm. Dark colors like deep blues, rich greens, or even a classic black can create a stunning contrast, especially in well-lit or larger kitchens.

How to select colors when painting cabinets

Selecting a color for your cabinets can be exhausting, and if you are like me, to some extent- you may not care! I want white- I cant say I care which white! Is there really a difference in blacks? It is for these reasons that I have said that “if you pick it we stick it”! But that really doesn’t play well with marketing LOL. So how can we help with colors?

We want you to be confident with the colors and the look and feel of your home. To help with that we offer design/color consulting though some interior designers that will help you in selecting colors.

Before you go off getting color chips keep this in mind:

luxurious kitchen black and white
  • if you are doing anything to the floors have that done 1st- it will affect color
  • couner tops are usually dpne when we paint cabinets, have that selcted as well so the color will be a good combination with yout counter tops
  • wall color is LAST!

What are the most popular dark colors for painting cabinets?

I wish I had a magic ball and could say that these dark colors are gonna be it for years to come. But I cannot do that. Colors come and go, in some cases like fads. When you are looking at colors, just aks yourself – or know thyself- and pick a color YOU like, who cares what other people think! It is your home, so find a color you want.

That being said, here are some of the more popular paint colors for cabinets we have used in 2023:

  • Tricorn Black
  • Pepercorn Black
  • Hale Navy
  • Blue Nova
  • and then custom matches to fabrics!

What to look for with a kitchen cabinet painter

How are they Preparing for the Paint Job:

  1. Surface Preparation:are they being cleaned before they are sanded?
  2. Sanding: are they using actual sandpaper or liquid sandpaper?
  3. Priming: are they using a bonding primer or all purpose primer?

What kind of Paint is being used: Selecting the right type of paint is as important as choosing the color. For kitchen cabinets, a semi-gloss or satin finish is often preferred as it offers durability and is easier to clean. Look for paints that are specifically formulated for cabinetry- not trim paint from a big box store? Does the paint meet the kitchen Standard for Durability, finish, stain and bacteria rsistance?

How is the Paint being Applied? Is it going to be brushed, rolled a combination of both?Apply thin, even coats of paint.

Do they have insurance? liabilty and workmans comp should be on your radar. Here In Illinois, painters do not need to be licensed, and if it is not a municipal type project, no bond is needed either.

Will dark painted cabinets last?

Dark painted surfaces may show smudges or fingerprints more readily. Regular cleaning with a soft, damp cloth can help maintain their pristine look- ONLY use 50/50 vinegar and water!

Painting cherry cabinets in dark colors can reinvent your kitchen space, adding a contemporary twist to traditional elegance. This project, while requiring some effort and patience, can result in a stunning and rewarding transformation. Embrace the boldness of dark colors and watch as your kitchen turns into a stylish and sophisticated hub of your home.

Remember, the key to a successful painting project lies in proper preparation, choosing the right materials, and a bit of creativity. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color to create a space that reflects your personal style.


Add a splash of color and style to your walls. Book your paint and wallpaper appointment today!