In modern homes, gray and black shades are increasingly used - both in the kitchen, and for the walls and floors. This color choice started a big trend in the early 20th century. Its popularity has barely subsided since then. Many people have seen how nice a black kitchen works and looks, which is why these models continue to be sold tremendously. A black kitchen has both advantages and disadvantages which we will discuss further below.
Black and gray have a number of advantages that make many people choose them. First, stains are obviously much less noticeable in a black kitchen. With black cabinets and a gray floor, you can go pretty out of your way while cooking, and yet everything looks clean again after a quick wipe and mop over the surfaces. In addition, you can easily touch up possible scratches and stains, thus preserving the value of the kitchen for a long time.
You can choose a black kitchen in high gloss or in a matte version of the color. On high gloss, you are more likely to see stains, while matte black hides most things well. In addition, a matte form of black feels a bit friendlier, making the kitchen seem less dark and impressive. You can easily combine both of these variants - as well as most shades of gray - with the furniture in the rest of your home. This makes them perfect for an open kitchen or living room kitchen. Also, you don't have to think too much about the colors you choose for appliances, artwork and other items that will hang or stand in the kitchen, because all possible colors combine just fine.
Modern designer kitchens play a lot with contrast. With this, designers try to manifest the best of both worlds and bring the space to life. The combination of black and wood is very widely used in kitchens. This brings together the sleek, uncluttered feel of black and the vibrant warmth of wood. These colors and materials are both timeless so the age of your kitchen will have little impact on its value.
The most common variation of the combination of black and wood in the kitchen is a black kitchen with wooden worktop. This has many advantages because while you are working you make contact with the natural soft aspect of wood. Many people choose to use a bar, kitchen island or dining table with a wooden top as well, making this style recur in several places.
The combination of black and wood works best in kitchens without upper cabinets. The black base cabinets are not very noticeable there, so that area always gives a tidy and clean impression. Then on the walls you can play with open wooden and black open shelves, hangers and cabinets where frequently used items stand and hang. If you then place some mood creators such as plants, a nice tea box or earthenware crockery on top of that, the whole thing gets a lovely warm but tidy look.
The color black can be integrated into your kitchen in many different ways. If you choose a black kitchen, you might also want a black faucet. However, this unique element can also be used perfectly well in a wooden kitchen, for example. So you can also create the combination of wood and black in a kitchen made predominantly of wood. Thus, you add the advantages of a black kitchen but keep the warmth of wood as the main style.
Of course, you may not want wood in your kitchen, but still want to work with beautiful contrasts. A black kitchen also pairs wonderfully with a marble top and other off-white details. Marble is cooler and more matter-of-fact than wood so this combination holds a sleek effect without being too dark. However, the naturalness of marble comes with it subconsciously which still leaves a lot of room for relaxation. You can very easily complement a combination of black and marble with details from other whitish materials. Thus, you have extensive room to play with shine, light and natural aspects in your black kitchen.
A third frequently chosen option is a black kitchen with a concrete-look top. In terms of style and combination options, this variant has the same advantages as a marble kitchen top - only with the color gray. Gray details add just a little less screaming aspect to your black kitchen than white, and it may combine better with a gray floor and/or walls. Plus, a concrete look is a lot cheaper than marble.
The best arrangement always depends on the space in which your kitchen will be located. Generally, it is not recommended to use too much black in small kitchens that are in an enclosed space. There, it is better to use light colors so that the light reflects well and the room as a whole appears larger. In an open kitchen, living kitchen or large room, you have a lot of possibilities with the color black.
The most frequently chosen kitchen arrangement is a corner kitchen. That shape has some great advantages because it fits into almost any space. In small spaces, a corner kitchen often gives the best combination of walking space and storage options in the many cabinets. In a residential kitchen, this kitchen is located in one of the corners leaving a lot of space. In it you can make the transition from cooking area to living area. One of the best ways to do that is by installing a kitchen island.
A cooking, sink or work island gives all kinds of additional options to your kitchen. If you like to cook in company then it is not nice to look at the wall of your kitchen all the time. An island gives you the ability to turn to the rest of the room allowing you to have a conversation while cooking or keep an eye on your children. Guests can sit on the other side of the island and do their thing there. As soon as you finish cooking, you wipe off the island top and transform it into a dining table. If your black kitchen is in a smaller space you can also opt for a bar or peninsula. These take up less space but have the same benefits.