If you are in the midst of planning a kitchen makeover, and you are looking for something along the lines of a major change, why not consider one of the latest trends to take kitchen décor by storm: black kitchen cabinets.
Black cabinets are not for the shrinking violet or person that likes to fade into the background. They are a bold statement, to be sure, but they are also a design element that can add a great dramatic feel to your kitchen – and if you are looking for something different, then black is certainly it.
If you decide to go with black cabinets, then you can’t go at it halfway. Such a bold statement requires some careful planning and implementation, but you will find that it can work in many different decorating schemes and design plans. One great way to implement it is in a contemporary or modern design. Bold black cabinets with metal hardware just scream sleek and modern. Pair it up with glossy white countertops and white walls so as not to detract from the main event, and you have a contemporary kitchen with a clean look.
You can also take your black cabinets in the opposite direction and use them to build a great, fun retro kitchen. Chrome hardware on the cabinets, and a glossy black and white checkerboard flooring plan will begin to give your kitchen the feel of a 50s diner. You can take it further with a retro styled kitchen table with a white top and chrome legs, and add great chairs with red seats. Add even more appropriate details like a neon sign or two on the walls, and a classic big eyed cat clock with ticking tail, and your kitchen will bring a blast from the past into your home that is a fun place for you and your family to spend time in.
If you are not sure that solid black cabinetry is a step you are willing to take, then you can still get in on the trend by using black as an accent color on your cabinets rather than the main color. This may be ideal if you have a kitchen that is on the small side space-wise, because too much black in a small room has a tendency to make the space feel even smaller than it actually is. In cases like this, adding a black border to white cabinet doors, or painting the faces of your drawers black while leaving the larger doors underneath the drawers another color may be the way to go. You could also try stenciling a pattern onto your drawers and cabinet doors. Since it is only paint, if you decide you do not like the look after all, it can be sanded down and repainted again, so your risk is fairly minimal in the grand scheme of things.
When done properly, the black cabinet trend is a choice to make for your kitchen makeover that can be modern and contemporary, funky and retro, classic and elegant, and anything in between – the key is to be creative and let your personal tastes guide you so you end up with a look that appeals to you and you enjoy spending time around.