Black and White kitchens
Coco Chanel is quoted as saying: “I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” There is an eternal truth in this. While other colors can be used as ‘statements’, symbols or fads, black and white are the fast track to effortless elegance, both for modern and traditional styles.
Many interior designers are now opting for bold, simple black and white color schemes in kitchens. The first rule of designing black and white kitchens is that all rules are made to be broken. The second rule is to not overuse the black; it can make a kitchen seem small and uninviting. Large white backgrounds and white cabinets will accent black countertops, as the gallery below shows.
Some designers choose to have the main countertops in white, with the island countertops in black – or sometimes vice versa. Another popular strategy is to make the vertical surfaces white and the countertops black.
When black surfaces are shiny – such as marble or tile – this mitigates their dampening effect and enlarges the apparent size of your kitchen.
You can be a black and white fundamentalist and choose to fastidiously exclude every other color from your kitchen. If you go the other route, remember that brightly-colored touches (such as kitchen appliances in primary colors) will really pop out against this background.