Choosing the perfect kitchen cabinets can make a big difference to the basic style and design of your home. What you need to remember is that cabinets, according to the NKBA, take up as much as 30% of the average kitchen’s remodeling budget.

One of the questions that many people ask when deciding what type of kitchen cabinets to buy is, “should I choose light or dark kitchen cabinets?”To help you decide, we have pulled together some advantages and disadvantages on both light and dark cabinets.

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Light Coloured Cabinets

Easy to match

White or light kitchen cabinets fit in with almost any countertop, backsplash and paint colour, as well as any kitchen style, including modern, traditional, country, etc.


Light cabinets will never go out of style as many designers will always support the clean, sanitary and expansive feel that light colours provide. This also ensures that if you choose light cabinets and sell your home, most home buyers will be happy with your choice of colour.

Warm shades are available

You can choose a warm shade of white to ensure that your kitchen feels homely.

Increases the illusion of space

Lighter colours make a kitchen feel bigger. If your kitchen is especially small, consider installing high gloss surface cabinets as these will reflect light, giving your kitchen an open, modern feel.

Light Cabinets Can Show Up Dirt

White or light colours usually show up dirt and smudges. Pure white will not be the right option for you if you have small kids or lots of pets. If you want light cabinets, stick to light grain coloured cabinets, as this will ensure that the cabinets look newer for longer.

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Dark Coloured Cabinets


Dark kitchen cabinets can add a sense of class and depth to your kitchen. If you want a very cosy feel, as opposed to the more open feel, colour scheme then darker cabinets will definitely add a richness to your kitchen design.

Requires skill to install

Darker kitchens require a little more design skill as opposed to lighter kitchens. Darker cabinets will make small, poorly lit spaces seem closed in.

Shows up dust

Although darker cabinets don’t show up marks or smudges too easily, they do tend to show up dust, as well as water and soap stains. Therefore, you may have to wipe down the surfaces more frequently.

Mix & Match

Mix and match colours in your kitchen to achieve balance. For dark cabinets, you can use lighter backdrops to make the cabinets stand out beautifully. Alternatively, you can install a lighter kitchen cabinet and contrast it with a bold backsplash or a wall colour.

What Will You Create?

Mix and match different countertop and cabinet colours to see which style you like best!