All white kitchens have always been a ubiquitous staple amongst the design conscious. Recent trends of black shifting from an accent color to the focal point of the kitchen have emerged and we’re excited about this bold new trend. Black creates a sophisticated and modern, yet classic look without being too traditional. A traditional style is not what everyone strives for, and black is the perfect addition to make your kitchen stand out.
Black stainless steel appliances have begun to make their debut throughout the kitchen industry. Notable brands like LG and Samsung have given way to this trend and it’s now all the rage. Black stainless steel’s rich, dark color is less susceptible to fingerprints and smudges compared to that of it’s silver counterpart. Black stainless steel also bodes as easier to clean than silver stainless steel. Traditionally, what is used to clean silver stainless steel appliances is widely contested with recommendations ranging from: vinegar, to olive oil, and even specialty stainless steel cleaning products. However, with black stainless steel, the universal recommendation is simply warm water and a soft cloth.
Another way to bring black to the focal point of your kitchen is with black cabinets. Black cabinets are a bold statement piece that fit in all types of kitchen designs. The variety of finishes and coatings can make a significant impact on the overall design. For example, matte black creates a timeless and classic look while glossy cabinets scream chic, stylish and a touch more modern.
If you’re loving this trend but are approaching this bold shift with trepidation, a subtle way to introduce black in your kitchen is with matte black faucets and cabinet hardware. Black cabinet hardware provides a striking contrasting effect on traditionally white cabinets, while a black faucet pairs perfectly with either silver stainless steel or white ceramic sinks. Black faucets are also less susceptible to smudging and staining just like black stainless steel appliances.
Implementing trending black elements into your kitchen is no longer reserved for the bold and can be incorporated in subtle, timeless ways with appliances and kitchen hardware. Embracing black cabinets as a new timeless alternative to white can complement a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern. White kitchens will always be a staple, but black kitchens are the thing to look out for this upcoming season.