Dark Kitchen Design Ideas

There is nothing I love more than laying in bed and being able to see my whole apartment. I live in a studio, which I chose for the express purpose of being able to take it all in from any vantage point, rather than dealing with obstructions like walls or hallways or doors. If I’m going to spend time and money making my living room look just the way I like it, I want to see it! I don’t want it to live on the other side of a wall, gorgeous but lonely.

But as I scan my home from one end of the room to the other, there’s one spot I always try to skip over. It’s actually a pretty big spot, that takes up one third of my space, and it’s the kitchen.

Let me be clear, there is nothing offensive about my kitchen. It’s perfectly tasteful, the handles and drawer pulls are modern, the countertops are black granite, the backsplash is travertine – it could be worse. I even feel a little guilty for wanting to tamper with it. But it’s also not the best. It has no character to speak of, well not my character anyway.

As a result I’ve been pinning and hunting for the kitchen look that:

  • fits my style
  • won’t have me sheepishly saying “remember when I thought that was cool?” in a few years
  • can be done on a very, very, very small budget, like almost nothing

With that set of criteria in mind, this is what I’m thinking…
















brooklyn brownstone kitchen

So what do you think? Doable on a budget of none? Not too embarrassing for future Cristina looking back on past design decisions? (I’m lookin at you, zebra fur office chair circa 2002). I’ll keep you posted on upcoming developments, but it’s looking like there might be some navy/gray/black paint and possibly some dark kitchen cabinets in my near future.


Sources: 1 House of Honey // 2 BFerry // 3 & 4 deVOL Kitchens // 5  // 6 Eye Swoon // 7 & 8 deVOL kitchens // 9 Brittany Makes // 10 Frederik Vercruysse // 11 unknown // 12 The New Design Project // 13 & 14 deVOL kitchens // 15 Amber Interiors // 16 Design Sponge

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.