When it comes to black kitchens it’s pretty easy to see why going to the dark side looks like a good idea.
White kitchens were – and still are – a timeless choice, but black kitchen designs have recently made a bold move into the Melbourne mainstream.
Five years ago they were the exception in the professional kitchen designer’s toolbox. Today black kitchen cabinets and benchtops are everywhere.
When done right, black and dark kitchens pack a visual punch. They provide a depth and texture that kitchens with lighter cabinetry struggle to match.
So here are our thoughts on some of the key elements you should keep in mind when considering your own move to the dark side.
Black Kitchen Benefits
Black kitchens done well are visually stunning.
The owners of this kitchen originally wanted a white kitchen with neutral tones. But Rosemount’s designer suggested the alternative you see here – and the owners were delighted.
They talk about the instant impact the kitchen makes with friends and family when they see it for the first time. The initially reaction is usually: “Wow”.
As well as allowing you to be a bit more “daring” in your kitchen design choice, choosing a dark kitchen means you can use contrast to the max.
In this kitchen the darker cabinets provide a good balance to the lighter subway tiles. They also help to ground what is still a lighter space – with the lighter ceiling, walls and floor.
Black and darker coloured kitchens also suit most kitchen styles and can be mixed well with a variety of colours and textures.
Think, for instance, about offsetting the dark cabinetry with a lighter benchtop that has some texture – like a natural stone benchtop or one of the great engineered stone alternatives available from quality providers like Caesarstone.
Flooring and spashbacks can add texture, light and warmth – a lighter timber, for example, on the floor or mirrored splashbacks to enhance the overall effect.
As you can see, there are so many ways to go.
Key Considerations in a Black Kitchen
The darker more dramatic look might appeal to you, but it won’t appeal to everyone.
Of course, that’s not a consideration if you aren’t looking to sell your home at any time in the near future. But if you are looking to sell at some point – and want to best leverage the cost of the renovation against the increased value it creates – it’s definitely something you’ll want to take into account.
You might also look to add some “warmth” to offset the darker features in the kitchen.
In the kitchen above, the owners chose a brick-look tile because they felt the darker cabinets, floor and benchtops needed some relief. And it really did the trick.
Dark Kitchen Cabinets
One of the display kitchens in Rosemount’s Essendon showroom
Darker cabinets often work best when they contrast with a lighter ceiling, floor and walls. They work particularly well in a larger open space, and can transform the look of an otherwise bland kitchen.
You can mix and match darker cabinets with most colours and textures. Black and white is a popular choice, but the key is to know which colours and textures work within your space.
Consider also the space you have. When it comes to kitchen design, white has traditionally been dominant. There are a number of reasons for this, including the fact that white reflects light and can open up a space or room.
Black, on the other hand, absorbs light and in some cases dark cabinetry can make a room seem smaller.
But when used right, with a good balance of light, black can bring a sophistication and elegance that’s difficult to beat.
If it’s not done properly the finished kitchen might seem unnecessarily cramped and gloomy.
So it’s important to ensure the work areas in kitchens with dark cabinets are well-lit and, ideally, that there’s a lot of natural light in the kitchen.
Black and Dark Kitchen Benchtops
Darker coloured benchtops provide a fantastic alternative to lighter cabinetry.
This French Provincial style kitchen is almost all lighter colours apart from the floating floorboard, Caesarstone Raven benchtop, decorative drawer handles and pendant lighting.
These elements – and particularly the benchtop – help to ground a space otherwise dominated by the lighter 2 Pack cabinetry, Polytec doors and smoke grey island bench.
And they work beautifully.
Black kitchens – Matt or Gloss?
The finish you choose for your renovation is very much a matter of personal preference.
And there’s no doubt black matt is very on trend at the moment.
If you’re after a black matt finish, here are some products we love and would recommend for your project. Our showroom consultants and designers can provide more information on the differences between each.
For example, at the premium end you’ll find the Fenix NTM, where the technology and manufacture of this product makes it one of the best anti-fingerprint surfaces – which is one of the main concerns our clients have with black and other dark cabinetry.
We did a full kitchen and bathroom renovation. Everyone within the company is fantastic, from the reps to the managers/owners to the tradesmen. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to look after this build.
Daniel & Anastasia
Rosemount were by far the best of the trades we dealt with in our whole renovation, and continue to be. And we had a great kitchen designer who was clearly excited about doing something a bit different and edgier. He really brought some of my ideas in the kitchen to life.
We’re thrilled with how the kitchen renovation has turned out. It’s gone from the darkest to the lightest room in the house. It looks so beautiful and I just love it.
Rosemount is a premium product and they should be very proud of the results they produce. Our neighbours walked in and just went ‘wow’. And that wow factor is the difference.
The quality of the build cannot be faulted and the level of service we have experienced from Rosemount has been exceptionally good. Everyone we spoke to over the phone and those that visited our house were a delight to deal with.
Tony and Michelle
This was our first time renovating, so it’s fair to say there was a little bit of trepidation on our part. But our experience was very positive and we’re thrilled with our new kitchen.
A complete kitchen renovation was performed with as little disruption as possible to our household. Having had plenty of work done around the house over the years, I recognise and appreciate quality work, and Rosemount provide that in abundance. They’re also terrific people to deal with.
We have referred loads of people to Rosemount. They weren’t the cheapest company but for me it’s about the quality of the product. You get what you pay for.
I just love this kitchen. It’s worked out perfectly. We had a builder working on the rest of the house and he couldn’t believe how well the kitchen was made and put in, and the after sales service from Rosemount was fantastic.
People love the kitchen, and are blown away with the transformation. And for me it’s not just beautiful, every part is so functional.
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