Ok, perhaps the color black doesn’t come to mind when you think of your kitchen colors. The fact is, designers and taste makers are gravitating to this versatile color for the hauntingly beautiful effect it creates in our favorite space in the home. Now, before you splash black on every wall and surface in your kitchen, it’s important to remember these 6 tips.
1. Trust the experts
Everyone loves a good DIY project, but some areas need to be left to the professionals. The kitchen is one of those areas. Industry leaders like Brentwood Kitchens have already taken those risks with daring dark colours and worked up that experience, so fortunately you don’t have to.
They also work to a productive timeline, which means your weekends and weeknights aren’t spent scratching your head when your beautiful black kitchen isn’t ready to go when you think it will be. Turn your Pinterest dreams into a tangible plan and start talking to those in the know about how it will look, and when they can get started.
2. Don’t overdo it
The reason black kitchens are finding their way into Vogue Home is because it’s unexpected and done well to balance. Decide early whether it’s black benches, counter tops, appliances or cabinets and stick to those specifications so you don’t get carried away and end up not being able to see the black between the black. The haunting effect will only be achieved if there is a color to contrast against.
3. Choose complementing colors
The sky really is the limit here. Everything goes with black, but try and stick to only one or two complementing colours or your kitchen will look like a mid-life crisis. White or cream is of course timeless, although don’t shy away from a bright pop if the rest of your space will allow for that fun. If you are bringing in a new marble bench see if there are any shards of color in the marble that you could use to complement your black.
4. Lighting is key
Black kitchens can be a real feature in any home, but beware the effect it can have without proper lighting. Light bulbs come in all different shades and brightness. Choose a light which compliments the space and offers a contrast to the darkness. For example, a warm white may not necessarily do the job, but a pearl might offer that brightness without clashing.
When it comes to watts you should consider your kitchen at its darkest. If you have natural light during the day great, but think more middle of the evening. Look towards a mid-range wattage for all bulbs. The contrast of the light and the dark kitchen will create a hauntingly beautiful space.
5. Know your kitchen style and space
Classic, modern, contemporary and minimalist – there really is so many styles of homes and kitchens. Some house and kitchen styles will be welcoming of the black color palette, and others you may have to work a little harder to incorporate it.
6. Make sure it fits the rest of your house
When it comes to bold design features and accents we tend to think every room needs its own flavor. This can be a design nightmare. When planning out the rest of your home try to consider one central theme that can run throughout the home. All the while, ensuring that theme compliments the new beautiful space you’ve just created in the kitchen.
Think accent furniture pieces and perhaps even a complimentary rug or floor piece. All of the elements should work together and offer a level of consistency and style together.
A black kitchen is a room when done right can be hauntingly beautiful. If you want to make that jump into the world of design and style then use these six tips when creating your very own black kitchen.