Kitchen classics where black and white has staying power
Black and white has always been a classic and timeless combination. It offers flexibility and longevity when it comes to accessorizing, can easily be dressed up or pared down, and works with an endless array of styles and settings. Why should it be any different when it comes to your kitchen?
We have seen the trend of black edge its way into our kitchens for the past few years in everything from hardware and lighting to appliances, tile and even our sinks and faucets. Black is such a simple yet powerful colour that can simultaneously add a bold and sophisticated impact to your kitchen, or simply create a subtle pop in a calm and relaxed aesthetic. However it works its way into your kitchen design, it’s sure to elevate your space and give your kitchen the attention it deserves.
There is an abundance of ways black and white can be introduced into your kitchen design. A classic white kitchen can easily turn heads with the addition of a bold black floor tile; it adds a touch of a modern vibe, while still maintaining the calmness and traditional appeal of an all-white kitchen. The introduction of black hardware can make simple white cabinetry pop. Two-tone black and white kitchen cabinetry might be a bold step for some, but a warm charcoal coloured kitchen paired with a simple white backsplash and black accessories can appear a bit softer while still delivering large on the wow factor.
As a designer, I love working with black and white. The flexibility and creativity this simple yet powerful contrasting combination offers are seemingly endless. It’s a pairing that responds favourably to many different design directions. With the addition of something as simple as warm, aged wood, I can change a rather urban black and white aesthetic into a bit more of a relaxed rustic vibe. I can modernize a traditional white farmhouse kitchen by simply adding black hardware and a small black inlay in combination with classic marble for a backsplash; or I can make a contemporary white-on-white kitchen space pop by adding black lighting and accessories.
The pairing of black and white makes a bold visual statement in any design style. It allows for any additional trend colours to be easily introduced or removed once you have tired of them. Trends can come and go, but the classic combination of black and white will always have staying power.
Whether your kitchen is large or small, your style traditional or more urban, the inspiration of black and white can offer endless possibilities for you to create impact and distinction in your own kitchen.
Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.