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Finding the Right Ceramic Tile Design to Pair with Dark Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Daltile Team on May 9, 2017 10:33:00 AM

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Although white cabinets are popular in kitchen design, the drama of darker colors can also be used to create a stunning design. Darker wood or black cabinets are an especially great choice for contemporary kitchens. If you gravitate toward the dark side of the spectrum, here are some ceramic tile design options to complement your dark cabinets.

Consider Concrete-Look Floors

If you like the sleek, modern look of dark kitchens, consider pairing your black or brown cabinets with a concrete-look tile. Today's ceramic tiles, such as the Parkway line, visually reproduce the texture and colors of stained concrete. This trendy material is carefully crafted, and is long-lasting and easy to maintain. Going with large-format tiles will further enhance the modern appearance of your concrete-look floors. To contrast against the dark cabinets, choose a lighter shade of cream or gray for your floors, or select a darker brown floor to complement the warm tones of wood cabinetry.

Create a Black-and-White Base

For the ultimate stylish, versatile design, create your own black-and-white tile flooring pattern. A black-and-white design can provide a retro look or a design that's completely new and modern. The Natural Hues line offers a wide range of black and white tile, so check out these options when designing your dark kitchen. Try layering your black-and-white design with shades of gray in order to feature just the right amount of dark and light hues. You can even add pops of color for dramatic contrast.

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Bring in the Texture of Stone

To avoid a dark design that's lacking texture, consider going with a stone-look ceramic tile design. The natural look of Marble Falls, which is available in shades that range from gentle white to darker gray, adds a light, airy touch to your dark kitchen. The replication of marble's unique veining will bring in necessary textural contrast, and the classic elegance of stone-look tile will enhance the richness of darker cabinets.

Warm Wood-Look Tile

Hardwood flooring continues to be a popular design element in many modern homes. However, hardwood may not always be the best choice for your kitchen. The prep area is prone to spills, and constant foot traffic over this important gathering space requires a flooring material that can hold up to it. If you still crave the warmth of wood in your dark kitchen, a wood-look ceramic tile design gives you the durability and resistance to moisture that you need—plus the beauty of this ever-popular flooring option. The Emblem line offers the stunning texture of wood in beautiful beige and gray tones, making these tiles a great option to use alongside dark cabinets for an unforgettable kitchen design.

If you choose to go against the grain and add darker wood or black cabinets to your kitchen, rest assured that you can find the perfect ceramic tile design to accentuate your decor. When you're ready to choose the right tile for your design, head to your local Daltile retailer to view the latest styles.

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