All-white kitchens are a classic but right now, homeowners are in love with the drama of black kitchen design.

The Benefits of a Black Kitchen

Black kitchen designs are by nature, a more dramatic style choice. It’s a color that stands out, and demands to be noticed.Another benefit is that black blends nicely with every style. Whether you’re going traditional, or leaning towards modern, black makes everything look good.

If you’re looking for a sophisticated kitchen with a universally appealing color palette, black might be a great option to consider.

The Challenges of a Black Kitchen

The biggest challenge with a black kitchen is that it can make your space feel smaller.

While white and lighter surfaces reflect light, black absorbs it. If your kitchen has little to no natural light, it’s going to feel gloomy and less like the open entertainment space we all want.

The secret to making a black kitchen work? Good lighting, and lots of it. Talk to your us to figure out how much black will work for your kitchen, and how much natural and artificial light you’ll need.

There are a few of ways you can incorporate the color black into your kitchen without creating gloomy atmosphere.

Black Kitchen Accents

Accents are a major part of any space. They’re also a great way to introduce colors and styles without making the significant commitment of counter tops and cabinets, which are expensive to change.

For example, you could feature black vases or decorative pots on the window sill, coupled with some black accessories. You could even use it for your window trim!

Lighting and Hardware

Light is essential for black kitchen designs, but it’s also a way to include the color. Use lamp shades as a stepping stone if you still aren’t sure how much you black you want to incorporate.

The same is true of your cabinet and drawer handles. Your hardware is the perfect small step towards the dramatic, and will give your kitchen some extra flair. The best part? These can be changed if you hate them five years from now.

Don’t Forget: Black plumbing fixtures are still on-trend right now, and are becoming more and more affordable all the time. We’re even seeing black refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers.

Wall Space

Your wall space is a blank canvas – you can do anything you want with it. That includes painting it black.

A black wall becomes a great place to feature different colors and textures like photographs, open natural wood shelving, or anything else that suits your style. After all, black goes with anything.

Paint is something that’s relatively inexpensive to adjust post-renovation, so if you realize it’s not for you, you can opt for something different. On the other hand, you may fall head over heels for the color, and start incorporating it in other places in your home.

Backsplash is another place where you can experiment with color. Many people opt for a more patterned design to complement their kitchen, and there’s no reason why black can’t be included in that pattern!

Your Island

Are you spending a lot of time coming up with the perfect kitchen island? That’s what we like to hear – it’s an important part of a kitchen for many people. But when contemplating materials and colors, don’t forget to throw black into the mix.

A black island can add the perfect amount of drama. Paired with a light counter, and you get a sleek monochromatic effect that is light and airy but still has variety. It can either serve as the single accent piece dressed in dark, or provide continuity with your cabinets.

Cabinets

Cabinets are the bread and butter of your kitchen – you can’t have one without them in some way, shape or form. Why not go with black?

Black cabinets are a strong statement when mixed with lighter walls and counters, or they make a striking addition to an already darker-toned kitchen. That’s the beauty of them – they really do go with everything! You can mix and match styles and finishes to get the right look. Talk to your us about picking the right blend.

 

 

Counters

A black countertop is a great option if you’re looking for more than an accent, but less than multiple cabinets. They add a lovely polished look to any space, and are a real asset if you want a black-and-white theme. They also come in a wide variety of materials, so you’ll get the look and texture you want.

Counters are one of the more expensive things to change about a kitchen. We recommend asking your designer as many questions and seeing as many samples as you need to feel comfortable with you decision.

 

Flooring

If you’re ready to commit to black, consider including it in your flooring. A black tile can be a great way to make a statement, and can make your light-colored kitchen features pop.

If you would like to talk with us about redesigning your kitchen, call Elayne Forgie Interiors at (561)254-4354

 

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