January 25, 2019
I don’t know about you, but we have been seeing kitchens with black cabinets pop up everywhere we look. Black has always been a go to color regardless of style, but for the last few years, it has been elbowing its way to center stage and is showing up in the mainstream. Maybe because all of those completely white kitchens need some balance! We hope black sticks around for a while. It adds depth to any room it’s in and looks fantastic with lots of different wood tones.
Let’s talk about that though. Experience has given us the ability to tell the future. Fun trick, right? Here is the scoop: that “wall to wall” black kitchen cabinet look that is so popular now, will not last. We won’t lie- it is hot. It makes a statement and guests will be wowed. We doubt you will be bored while making the most mundane of meals. A bowl of cereal will be exciting. You get the point, right?
HOWEVER: When we design with black, it is in layers. Otherwise, in ten years, we will walk into a kitchen like that and know which decade it came from. Anyone remember cabbage roses? Please know, we are not trying to discourage you if this is your dream kitchen. It is just that after designing for so many years, we have seen just about every trend come and go. We aren’t the design team that pushes you into the latest and greatest so we can get website photos or sell you something. Instead, we know the best way to help our clients is by creating designs that are timeless and easy to modify if they want to try out the latest trend. Read on for some key elements to pull off this look and ways to really make the statement work for your home.
USING BLACK CABINETRY THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE KITCHEN IS A TREND AND IT IS GOING TO DATE LIKE PRETTY MUCH EVERY OTHER TREND.
However, there a many ways to pull off this style that gives you all of the drama without creating so much permanency. Our job as designers is to help you create a space that fits your lifestyle, one that you love and will still love as years pass. So here is how to wow:
1.) As you add in the black elements, think about how you might be able to change it up as years pass and your style changes. We would recommend you add pops of black instead of a full kitchen. Try an island, a custom hood, black knobs and pulls and black pendant lights. Black bar-stools and window treatments are statement makers without requiring you to make a long term commitment.
4.) If you absolutely have to have black cabinets, try just the lower half. Most of the light in the room comes from higher sources- light fixtures, windows, anywhere there is glass or mirror to act as a reflector which is what most counter top does as well. It bounces light up. If the upper cabinets are light, you will enjoy the drama of the black cabinets without growing sick of the bold statement. Your longevity to enjoy the space will lengthen.
5.) There is no denying that black and white make the biggest statement. More so than even red. That said, if you are hoping for the wow without such a commitment, try toning it down. Charcoal or gray are going to make that same statement but they speak softer when they say it.
Still ready for an all black kitchen? Let’s do it. You are educated. You have seen your options. You know what you want your home to say. So why not say it loudly? Go ahead and make the statement you have dreamed of. We can’t wait to see what you cook up!
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Kimberly and Andrea
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