Published at Thursday, July 06th 2017. by Carel Nicolas in Cabinets & Drawer.
In her own kitchen, Jennifer is using black cabinetry to set off a wood island of Macassar ebony, which has a distinctive linear grain of black mixed with brown and gold tones. "I didn't want too much of the patterned wood grain, so I added black as a complementary color," says Jennifer. Whether you choose to go black all the way or merely toss it in on a kitchen island, there are some things to keep in mind when you go over to the dark side of cabinetry.
You can also call frequently or stop by cabinet makers' shops and home improvement stores for discounted and clearance cabinets that were built under contract, but the contracts were not completed. This is where patience comes into play. You'll have to know ahead of time what you want so you don't get something on impulse, but be flexible enough to accept something slightly different from what you'd planned if you find something really good.
The key to having black kitchen cabinets as your color choice is in how you blend it with the countertops, floors, walls and lighting to create a bold and unusual statement instead of a dark and depressing dungeon-like tomb.
When preparing to renovate an old kitchen or install a new one, exploring the range of kitchen cabinet components will be an essential first step in creating a custom kitchen to reflect your own unique style.
A kitchen with a lot of natural light is a natural for black cabinets. If your kitchen is short on sunshine, then make sure you have a good lighting plan for it — pendant lights, under-cabinet lights, even in-cabinet lights if you decide on those metal grid inserts or glass-paneled fronts. One caveat from Jennifer: Don't put lights too close to the cabinet doors because this will create a "hot spot" where the light hits them. Even if you do have a lot of natural light, more of the man-made kind will keep the kitchen from becoming a black hole. Jennifer's other caveat is that black cabinetry may show smudges and fingerprints more easily than wood ones, so consider your cleaning style in your decision.
Next, you could consider the true DIY route and build your own cabinets. This may seem daunting, but cabinets are in the range of "medium difficulty" when it comes to carpentry and construction. There are many online resources and books available for reference should you choose this route.