If you’ve been following kitchen trends, it should be no surprise that dark and stormy tones, deep rich chocolate and even black are trending now. The new look of kitchen decor is a welcome alternative to a decor dictum that specified “light and bright” as the kitchen standard. The new sensibility reflects a growing acknowledgment that upscale kitchens should march to a different beat. After all, they are no longer only functional work spaces; they function in many ways as living space that deserves as much style as adjacent dens and living rooms.
Here are some ways to approach kitchen redesign and capitalize on new style trends while still maintaining a comfortable balance. Never be tempted to forgo efficiency just to conform to a new trend.
Just as day follows night in the sequence of time, plan to counter dark cabinets with some light touches. The contrast need not be as extreme as black and white: If your new wood cabinets are a smoky charcoal or deep coffee, balance their tone with dove grey, pale taupe or creamy white. Select Carrara marble countertops to demonstrate that you have mastered the art of contrast. This classic combination has historic appeal, but it’s also as modern as tomorrow. Whether your basic decor is traditional or Euro-tech, you’ll be right in step with the times.
Deep chocolate painted cabinets or gleaming wood that is an almost-black, rich espresso benefit from a lighthearted infusion of color. Paint the walls turquoise or palest pink (just for fun!), pick bold backsplash tile or contrast the darkness with glistening white counters. Then add a cacophony of color for accessories and small appliances. Mix and match primary colors if you wish, go with a garden-inspired rainbow, or stick with a favorite single accent, whether it’s lemon yellow or fire engine red. The bonus with this plan is that you can alter your scheme depending on your mood or change the mood of your kitchen decor with each successive season. It’s a novel approach that’s never boring!
At The Kitchen Master, we’ve helped hundreds of clients create custom kitchens to make their homes more attractive, functional and inviting. Consider some of the following ideas as you plan your renovation to create the kitchen you’ve always imagined. 1. Practical and stylish cabinetry can enhance any kitchen. Kitchens with… Read moreView latest blog posts