Cabinets & Drawer October 22, 2017. "I believe every room should have at least a little splash of black somewhere. It's a great accent color as well as a great backdrop to other elements in the room; it makes them pop," says Susan Klimala of the Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn, Ill. That splash can be solid paint — such as Pratt and Lambert's Graphite — a black stain, or a rub-through finish, which shows flashes of wood, a la the shabby chic look.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. Flooring and tile work in modern kitchens tend to follow the overall aesthetic, adhering to the clean lines and relative simplicity recognizable in the broader design. Tile floors or backsplashes of slate or granite in geometric patterns are common, as are subway tiles used for simple, elegant backsplashes.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. Lighting can also be a hugely important facet of Victorian kitchen design, with many homeowners who opt for this style choosing to incorporate dramatic, striking chandeliers, which can hang over dining tables or a kitchen island, and provide both illumination and elegance.
Kitchen Design Ideas October 21, 2017. Countertops often dictate the backsplash color and style, says Kira Van Deusen, designer at Covenant Kitchens & Baths in Westbrook, Conn. Also consider fixtures like your lighting and hardware. Try mixing metallic tiles in different shades with various finishes, such as brushed stainless steel, oil-rubbed bronze or even an antique brass. By including small tiles of marble or granite, you can pull in the countertop color without being boring with a panel of granite that extends up from the countertop, says Barrie Spang, interior designer at Lee Meier Interiors in Westlake, Ohio. As for glass tiles, check out some of the newer tiles with a bit of crackle or frosted finish, Spang says.
Kitchen Floor October 21, 2017. A hot trend for cutting-edge kitchens, bamboo floors blend style and durability. Though it's technically a grass, bamboo is actually harder than many types of wood. Bamboo comes in tiles or planks in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and textures.
Countertops October 21, 2017. Granite is still the biggest thing out there, notes Margaret, but less common materials like marble, limestone and soapstone are becoming more popular countertop choices. "For years we've been instructed to avoid these particular materials because they were said to stain, scratch and etch," Margaret says. "But they are much more durable than we have been led to believe."
Cabinets & Drawer October 21, 2017. The most common and often most affordable way to customize your kitchen cabinets is through the use of cabinet hardware. Door handles and drawer pulls come in a wide array of colors, materials, sizes and shapes. They are usually metal but can differ enough to change the look of your kitchen from traditional to modern or vice versa.
Cabinets & Drawer October 15, 2017. And remember that black doesn't have to mean darkest midnight or ink black—most paint manufacturers now offer a wide variety of black hues, many with interesting tones that almost cross over into gray. The color and style of the rest of your kitchen, and how bold a statement you want to make with your cabinets, will likely determine the shade of black that's right for your kitchen cabinets.