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Kitchen Decor Ideas: Add Drama With Black Accents


Pale-colored, wood-paneled kitchens are understandably popular because they are attractive, easy-going, and available in a huge range of styles, from traditional farmhouse to sleek modern. But when planning your kitchen, it’s important to mix things up that add an individual touch, and using black is a great way to do that. Like white, it goes with everything, and you can use as little or as much of it as you want. So when choosing features and accessories for your kitchen, rather than automatically going for the standard white, stop and check the black option as well, like in the kitchens below.

Look at your lights. A large island is useful if you have the space, and the way it’s lit can make a big difference. Instead of spotlights disappearing into nothingness, these three black pendant lights beautifully illuminate the island and add character to the room. They also serve as a border to delimit the kitchen from this open-plan space.

If these pendants had been white, they would barely be visible against the wall. These black elements stand out and echo the other black elements in the room, balancing the scheme.

Go for black appliances. Most people have white or stainless steel refrigerators, so that’s what we’d expect to see. Do something different and choose a dramatic black design to make a statement in a small space. Note how this refrigerator gives real personality to this compact room, when a white version would have fallen into the background and designed for a more ordinary setup. Some refrigerators, especially those with a retro vibe, come in a range of bright colors, so if you like this look, do your research and check out the other options. You might be surprised at what you like.

Sit in style. Bar stools can offer just a touch of black if you’re worried about adding too much. These slim-legged examples echo the lighting bead above for a cohesive look, and their delicate shape doesn’t dominate the scheme as so much white is visible through and around them.

A great way to try out black stools is to paint old, cheap picked up second hand stools. Spray paint is quick and tough – just make sure you prep properly (read the box for details) for a nice finish.

To be used on a backsplash. The area behind a sink is a good place to introduce a bold element into a kitchen as it is limited and won’t take over. This pale kitchen with handleless doors could support many different types of backsplash, but this choice is all about opposites: black versus white, texture versus smooth. It’s strong and dramatic but restrained. Use tiles to create this effect, or if you can’t quite engage in the dark, look at other contrasting materials, such as copper or aged glass.

Surprise with flowery accents. The overall feel of this kitchen is light and airy, with acres of glossy white punctuated with striped wood. But look up – there, hanging from the ceiling, is a great design decision: a black chandelier. It contrasts with the rest of the room both in terms of color and style, and that’s why it’s such a hit. If you have a kitchen with an elegant design, the obvious choice is a stylish light. But be bold and black, and he holds on quietly, without being a distraction. Sometimes doing something unexpected is the best way.

Darken your seat covers. Covering stool or chair cushions is an easy way to try out the look. Buy some fabric (leatherette or water resistant fabrics are ideal if you have small children and need to clean the seats regularly) and use a staple gun to secure it to the seat. Turn your stool or chair over to see if the seat can be unscrewed to make the process even easier. Start along one side, pull taut and staple the opposite side. Fold the corners and cut off the excess fabric near the staples.

For a finish with pleats and pleats, as shown on the seats here, your best bet goes to an upholsterer unless you’re comfortable with a pointing hammer and webbing stretcher.

Punctuate pure white. An all-white kitchen needs other colors to blend it in and keep it from looking like the inside of a cloud. Add black and chrome in small amounts for a high-end glossy finish that will always look neat – monochrome has a timeless appeal. Group items together rather than sprinkle them for a defined (rather than Dalmatian) look.

Concentrate on your cooking zone. In a kitchen with a pale color palette like this, a dark, bright range looks grown-up, especially when paired with a matching range hood. It becomes the focal point in the center of a wall. Since this draws attention to the area, make sure you have an attractive stove that you want to showcase.

Make a two-tone punch. A red stove adds a bright contrast to this pale kitchen, but it also really needs black accents. Without black, red and white (or, like here, off-white) can be an uncomfortable pairing, but slabs of shiny marble blend in with the scheme and keep it from looking garish.

If you live in an area with hard water, be aware that black marble like this needs to be polished regularly to maintain its appearance; otherwise, it tends to develop a chalky scale which makes it appear dull.

Work on the industrial atmosphere. Oversized pendant lights in a matte finish help give an industrial style to the kitchen. Some have a metallic interior that evokes luxury, but most exude a utilitarian vibe. This style of pendant with a closed shade casts all the light down, rather than filling the area, so you will often need more than one for a convenient work area. Take a board from this kitchen and place them in a row so you can see what you’re doing.

like Coordinately Yours blogger Julie Blanner did. You could also add a few adhesive plastic folders—the same kind you'd find at an office-supply store—to hold Tupperware lids, or attach a file organizer to keep cutting boards upright and orderly.","credit":"Julie Blanner","creditUrl":"","source":"Stick a few adhesive hooks to the inside of each one to hang measuring cups, oven mitts or stand-mixer attachments, like Coordinately Yours blogger Julie Blanner did. 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