Of course, you can choose any colour you would like for your cabinetry, but if it clashes or produces a design statement is dependent upon the colour. Dark floors, whether vinyl, tile, hardwood or laminate, provide a strong base in a space. To avoid over-saturating the area with dark colors — unless that’s what you want — pick lighter, airier colors for the cabinetry.
The Light in the Room
Before you choose new cabinets or a paint colour for them, bring home cabinetry samples or chips with all the choices you have in mind. Set the samples in the region in which you intend to use them to observe how the changing light of day affects the way they appear. The room’s compass alignment also affects the motion of lighting inside the room. Northern-windowed rooms get cool lighting, while southern rooms get ample, warm lighting throughout most of the day. Eastern-facing rooms have bright morning light, while western rooms get the fading light of day, all which affect the colors used in the room.
Dark floors have visual weight to them, which makes them a good choice for color-grounding the ground. In case the dark tones are cool, the ground tends to light, but in case the dark shade has warmth to it, the shade advances into the space. Dark earth tones on the ground permit you to pick an assortment of colors for your cabinets in lighter shades. Light birch and tans, white or red oak or lighter neutral colors all provide excellent cabinet colour choices having a dark ground. Even the right shades, tints or tones or red on the cabinets can make them operate with a dark ground.
Make a crude, but compelling contrast with white cabinets and dark floors. When you add white to cabinets, you can also add a light neutral to your countertops. But if you would like to tie the flat spaces together, match the countertop shade to the ground, offset by the white cabinetry between them both. Muted yellow on the walls provides a touch of color. Break up the colour scheme with accessories which provide spots of bright colors.
Dark Cabinets and Floor
Make a dramatic statement with the addition of dark cabinets in a colour which matches the floors. But break up the drama with the addition of white walls and countertops. Solid-surface granite counters with grey veins tie the colors together by providing a mixture of dark in lighting in the gray veins. The point is to avoid making cabinets, floor, countertops and walls the same color unless you intend a thoroughly modern kitchen with lots of stainless steel or gleaming metal accoutrements.