Decorating & Design

May 1, 2016

Refresh Your Kitchen With Hits Of Black

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Black, ebony, deep charcoal: no matter what you call it, black is the secret ingredient in some of today’s most stylish kitchens. After all, a touch of black offers depth and a visual resting point in a room. “Black is a timeless designer ‘go-to’ in any space, and this is no different in the kitchen,” says Sarah Keenleyside, principal designer of Qanūk Interiors. “Black adds drama and contrast and can be used in traditional and contemporary ways.” Here’s how to add a pop of black in your space.

Go graphic

Large-scale black and white stone tile floors and smaller-scale exotic or herringbone backsplash tiles work equally well in traditional and modern country kitchens. Or, opt for trendy geometric cube floor tiles paired with dark lower cabinets and black stainless steel appliances. The new Samsung Black Stainless Steel Collection offers a sleek look with a surface that resists the fingerprints and smudges associated with traditional stainless steel finishes.

Think matte

As House & Home noted in its January 2016 Trends issue, this year design is all about matte black. Whether you hang sculptural Swell LED pendants by Pablo Designs over your island or simmer soup in a black Le Creuset pot, matte black accessories inject punch in your kitchen.

Balance style and practicality

“Black stainless steel is a new and exciting appliance finish, but it’s also a neutral — so it’s going to look great for a long time,” says designer Cameron MacNeil. Functionality counts, too. The Samsung Black Stainless Steel Four-Door Refrigerator features a CoolSelect Plus® feature that conveniently lets you switch the bottom-right door from fridge to freezer and choose a temperature from -22 to 5 degrees Celsius.

Punctuate light spaces

In primarily white or light grey kitchens, a black range or faucet adds drama.

Mix wood and black accents

Ebony cabinets and accessories offer a striking foil for wood floors, counters and stools. “I like a combination of light herringbone wood flooring, traditional cabinets, industrial fixtures and black stainless steel appliances,” says designer Ashley Davidson. The Samsung Black Stainless Steel Collection suits the look perfectly.

Get more kitchen inspiration and ideas, including tips on modern country design, creating a beautiful, dark small-space kitchen, mixing traditional and modern style, top kitchen trends and decorating kitchens with black.

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