Published at Thursday, October 26th 2017. by Paige Martin in Cabinets & Drawer.
Coco Chanel pronounced the "little black dress" indispensable, so what might that particular color do for a kitchen? Black cabinets are new on the kitchen design radar. Whether you use it only on a center island or for all the cabinetry, it can make your kitchen a design standout.
Another way to accessorize your kitchen cabinets is to alter one or more of the actual cabinet doors. Adding glass or glass-paneled doors provides an open look in your kitchen and allows you to display stylish cookware, dishware, cookbooks or other kitchen collectibles. If you aren't sure you are organized enough to reveal the contents of your kitchen cabinets, consider semi-transparent or frosted glass instead; those materials won't reveal any unsightly jumble that might accumulate over time.
However you achieve it, black cabinetry enhances any kitchen style, be it rustic, traditional or modern, says Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, Md., who is using black cabinetry in her own contemporary Asian-style kitchen. And although it's been an option in contemporary kitchens for a while — especially in European cabinetry, says Jennifer — it's now showing up in all styles. It's a flashback of sorts for more traditional designs.
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.
"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 cabinets can be customized with a wide variety of components that will allow you to express your design tastes, while simultaneously addressing your specific cooking and storage needs.