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Kitchen classics where black and white has staying power

Kitchen classics where black and white has staying power

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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.

@LindaMazurGroup


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Design: Colourful Kitchens!

DESIGN: Colourful Kitchens!

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DESIGN: Colourful Kitchens!

by Linda Mazur

Kitchens are moving away from simple whites and stainless appliances to a world made of colour, personality and statement-making designs. Kitchens are still the heart of any home, but they have also matured to a space in the home that supports not only the functional aspects, but family life as well as casual entertaining; and as such adding a kick to your kitchen designs with colour can yield huge returns on the design front.

Neutral and white kitchens will always continue to maintain their popularity. The traditional white cabinetry may seem “safe,” but let’s face it … kitchens are an expensive and time-consuming room to renovate, therefore staying relatively neutral can allow you to maximize the longevity of your space and your investment. However, neutral does not need to equal boring.

There are many ways to inject colour in to your kitchen space. From the new popularity of coloured cabinetry, to accessories and coloured appliances, kitchens are developing a life and personality all their own. One colour that we are seeing in everything from faucets to lighting, hardware to appliances is matte black. Matte black adds an element of drama and yet simplicity, modernism and yet a traditional classical feel. Whether your comfort level allows for matte black appliances, or simply a touch of it in your hardware or lighting, matte black undeniably will elevate your kitchen from lifeless neutrals to bold and impactful.

The same can be said for the addition of gold tones to your kitchen design. This warm metal has been appearing in bright tones, aged finishes and one of my personal faves – the unlacquered brass version. Unlacquered brass has a look and feel all its own. Its warm, less formal than polished nickel, less typical than chrome. This finish is organic and ever-evolving. The absence of the lacquer allows the durable solid brass to naturally age over time and develop a beautiful unique patina of colour and texture.

If you are on the hunt for a more whimsical or edgier feel to your kitchen design, then perhaps a brightly coloured gas range from Bertazzoni is more to your liking; or you may want to add a touch of character with a brightly coloured backsplash … either way the injection of colour will not go unnoticed.

Whatever your own personal style, one thing for certain colour has become a strong influencer in the kitchen. Find your inspiration and comfort with colour; and look to inject some life in to your kitchen. Whether it’s simply richly coloured fabrics and wallpaper, a bright yellow gas range or deep earthy green cabinetry that will give your kitchen some character … undoubtedly the new look of your kitchen will be a colourful one!

Linda Mazur is a 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.

LindaMazurDesign.com

@LindaMazurGroup


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