The Key To Black Kitchen Cabinets

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When we think about black kitchens, our tendency is to think of them as dark and masculine. There’s nothing wrong with either of those things, but sometimes we don’t want a space to look too moody. Especially the kitchen! When I design kitchens, I want them to feel light and airy. There’s nothing more uninspiring than cooking in a dull, dark kitchen. Today’s post is all about creating a bright kitchen and still using black cabinets.

Design: Pavilion Company | 5000 London Grey

The biggest tip that I have is to use black cabinets on just the lower cabinets. Keep all eye level bright and light by painting the upper cabinets a light color. Or don’t even use uppers and keep the lowers black. You will get a beautiful monochromatic look and keep things clean and fresh.

Design: Sarah Gibson | 5000 London Grey

Black cabinets can sometimes feel really heavy. One way to lighten the mood is by adding brass/gold hardware to the cabinets. This will create a stylish look and keep things from getting too masculine.

Design: Pavilion Company | 5000 London Grey

Pairing black with wood tones is a beautiful thing. Black can enhance wood tones when done right. Use wood floating shelves or a wood island to create this classic look.

Design: Sarah Gibson | 5000 London Grey

If you want to elevate your black kitchen even more, use a black stone sink. This look is stunning! And it’s not a trendy approach and won’t go out of date too quickly.

The key is to play around with black and pair it with the right finishes and colors. Have some fun and create the kitchen of your dreams!

For more kitchen design inspiration: Open Shelving Kitchen Tips | Moody Kitchens

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Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle Decor.com, HGTV.com and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.