Posted by: jeb1 | May 4, 2011

High-Contrast Kitchens for Every Style From Houzz

Black-and-White Kitchens Go Modern, Rustic or Traditional With Ease

By: lilygahagan

Assistant Editor, Houzz.com
 
 
Does the thought of a black kitchen still take you back to the harsh look of the ’80s? You know, when cabinets and countertops in laminates were king, and jet black was the ultimate in cool? If so, please don’t let the uglification of the ’80s ruin this look for you. Especially when paired with white, black in a kitchen can look contemporary, modern, even traditional and rustic. Still not convinced? Check out these beautiful kitchens to become a believer that black is back.
 
 
 
The most fail-safe way to do a black-and-white kitchen is to infuse the space with some warmth. Materials like hardwood floors and natural stone counters help to do just that.
 

by Dijeau Poage Construction

 
contemporary kitchen by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.  
 
An island and shelf also in rich wood will help lend warmth to a high-contrast kitchen too.
 

by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.  

 
traditional kitchen by Philip Clayton-Thompson

 
A softer white, like the ivory tone shown here, helps a kitchen veer more rustic than modern. And if you’re going to drop major coinage on an Aga range, might as well make it the focal point of the room by choosing a color that stands out from the cabinets surrounding it.
 

by Philip Clayton-Thompson  

 
 
Introduce other natural elements like a modernized farmhouse table with subtle wood grain and a gorgeous fig tree to warm up your black-and-white space. Pair with neutrals to keep the focus on the contrast.
 

by Feldman Architecture, Inc.  

 
modern kitchen by John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA

 
Top cabinets in white make the ceilings feel higher, and bottom cabinets in black ground the space. The island’s graphic patterned brings them together and pairs well with the Mid-Century Modern style of the house.
 

by John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA

 
modern kitchen by IKEA

 
 
But black and white definitely don’t need a buffer of neutral to work well together. This kitchen straddles the line between traditional and modern thanks to classic elements like the subway tile backsplash and painted wood floors. It’s a great example of transitional style.
 

by IKEA  

 
by Glenn Gissler Design

 
A matte-black backsplash contrasts so well with modern glossy white cabinets in this sleek, minimal kitchen.
 

by Glenn Gissler Design

 
modern kitchen 22nd Street Kitchen  
 
If a kitchen full of black cabinets sounds too dark, consider using glass fronts and open shelving instead. The colors of the dishware and serving pieces will help to break things up a bit.
 
 
contemporary kitchen by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.

 
A thin line of white countertop that drops into a waterfall breaks up the sea of black in this kitchen. It works surrounded by white walls and with a modern chandelier and lots of stainless steel appliances to reflect the light.
 

by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.  

 
contemporary kitchen by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.

 
Hits of black tucked under the island, in the backsplash and in the built-ins modernizes this mainly white kitchen and keep it from feeling remotely sterile.
 

by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.  

 
 
 
Of course, black and white do smooth and minimal particularly well, as evidenced by this kitchen.

Tip: Eschew upper cabinets if you prefer a more pared down look. Without them, the kitchen will feel more open and of the moment.

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