Black Kitchen Cupboards

January 6, 2015

Black Kitchen Cupboards | |

This is now the third time I have posted about using black in kitchen design. It hadn’t occurred to me before but it seems pretty clear that I should try to work black into my next kitchen. One of the random little things I remember from the interior design classes I took is the idea that every room should have at least a little bit of black. I’m not sure if this is something most interior designers live by but my instructor seemed pretty confident about it and I think she was spot on. I find black to be grounding, dramatic, modern, and somehow calming.  My eye likes to rest on black. It’s a fantastic neutral that works beautifully with of course white and virtually any other color as well. Yes even brown wood tones.

Black Kitchen Cupboards | |

A lot of people are a little afraid of black. It wouldn’t be classified as a “safe” color and it’s not commonly used where I’m from, certainly not in large doses like on cabinetry. To avoid making your room feel too dark you can balance it out with plenty of lighter surfaces as they’ve done in the above kitchen. Good natural light (and artificial as well) also keeps black from feeling overly heavy.

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Honestly I kind of like the heaviness of black. As long as the rest of the room is well decorated, moody dark walls or cabinets can create a cozy feeling. If you’re not convinced check out Kim of desire to inspire’s near-black living room. So lovely!

one | Blair Harris via desire to inspire
two | Blakes London via blood and champagne
three | Claire Delmar via french by design

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  • Reply bylaurenhayley January 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Agreed I love this kitchen!

  • Reply queenofthelandoftwigsnberries January 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I could stare at your kitchen for hours! It is so soothing and relaxing–essential elements for a kitchen. Love the open shelving, too!

    • Reply Christina Ebbers January 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Man do I wish any one of these shots was of my kitchen, but alas they are not. Glad you enjoyed them though. 😉

  • Reply morganT January 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful!! I love the first picture you posted. Makes me want to paint all of my cabinets black!

  • Reply anastasiavt January 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Fully agree! 🙂 We have a dark anthracite kitchen at home and it looks beautiful! I guess I will make some shots in the nearest time and post them on my blog. We have consciously chosen for a dark kitchen as it looks more sophisticated. We have white walls and a light grey floor so the contrast is really nice 🙂

  • Reply shaneschic April 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I love this post. I especially like the use of black in the second image. Its clean, classic mixed with rustic. Totally me!

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