Here’s a chart showing that approximately 7.33% of kitchens are considered “black” in color due to the prominence of black throughout.
Here’s a chart setting out the fact that black kitchen cabinets make up approximately 1.89% of kitchen cabinets.
After all, how are you supposed to maintain a cheerful cooking environment when you’re trapped in a black hole? It turns out that there’s more than one strategy you can use to bring black to the kitchen design of your dreams without making your kitchen into a cave.
This sleek and modern kitchen has a pitch black kitchen island that matches with the peninsula. These are both complemented by the black marble design of the wallpaper that contrasts the white ceiling and light hardwood flooring.
It’s easy to swing and miss when you try to incorporate black kitchen design ideas. The difference between successful uses of black color in the kitchen and unsuccessful uses lies in abundance. A kitchen that has too many things that are black colored—wood floors, cabinets, appliances, drawers—is more likely to seem like a dungeon than a place of delicious productivity.
The other undesirable alternative is a kitchen where black is used for cabinets and trims in an overly formal yet not-quite perfect way. The goal is to use black in your kitchen design such that you get the sophistication of the color without the negative absorption of natural and artificial light.
Use Black To Springboard Wood And Color
Wood is black’s best friend in kitchen design. Wood can have a variety of colors and textures which you’ll be able to use to either accentuate black pieces like cabinets or de-emphasize black pieces like appliances or countertops.
Lighter woods offer a more modern and post-industrial feel when paired with black in comparison to darker woods, which offer a more old timey aesthetic. The primary issue is that your two major surfaces—ceiling and floor—need to complement all of the black items in your kitchen design.
If you have a white ceiling and you’re interested in going for a sophisticated black with dark and smooth wood countertop and cabinet combo, it isn’t going to turn out right. Likewise, if your ceiling and your floor are already extremely dark, black cabinets won’t be salvaged by any amount of light colored woods.
Use black as negative space that makes colorful or shiny metallic items stand out if you’re not going to use black in conjunction with wood. Black goes well with chrome specifically because the reflections of light off of the chrome make it stand out even more against the black background.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.