Decorating with black and white does not mean you pick the darkest blacks and absolute whites alone. There are plenty of changes you can bring to this color scheme by simple altering the hue, shade and value of the black or white that you use. Strong greys can replace the black while creamy whites can be used in place of pristine white to fashion a novel look. Though you still need to stick to the overall color scheme, feel free to take some creative liberty here and there to set your kitchen apart from the rest.
In Courteney Cox’s Trip Malibu home, wood-and-steel bar stools bring rustic flair to the black and white kitchen. Countertops are by CaesarStone, the ovens and a refrigerator are by Gaggenau and stainless-steel sinksare by Franke. The light fixture is from Nessen Lighting.
In the SoHo loft of designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes, the black and white kitchen features custom-made cabinetry with vintage hardware, 1950s sconces by Gunnar Asplund and 1970s light fixtures. The refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, and the countertops are white glass.
In this Beverly Hills cottage belonging to designer Madeline Stuart, a lover of the Arts and Crafts movement, the kitchen’s cabinetry is custom made and the flooring is Marmoleum.
In the Connecticut kitchen of accessories designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex, the checkered tumbled-marble floor is complemented by white cabinetry and soapstone counters. A rough-hewn beam provides a woodsy touch to the otherwise black-and-white country kitchen, while a factory stool from London adds just a touch of industrial chic to the tailored space.
In this graphic kitchen designed by Darryl Carter, wood beams keep the black and white aesthetic from appearing too stark. The kitchen’s range and vent hood are by Wolf and the sink fittings are by Waterworks.
More importantly, the black and white look allows you to design a kitchen that blends in with any theme and style that you have going in the living room. Contemporary and minimal kitchens in black and white look truly stunning. If you have a living that embrace a more vintage or even transitional style, then the black and white look fits in effortlessly here as well. It is this adaptability of black and white kitchens that makes them trendy across different eras!
In this transitional 1890’s Southampton home, designed by Steven Gambrel, the kitchen features glazed, black subway tile on the walls and classic French tiling on the floor. The white hood is custom made.
But designing and decorating a black and white kitchen is not as easy as just putting stuff in both these hues together. From the glamorous to the vintage and from the minimal to the traditional, here are some gorgeous and sophisticated black and white kitchens that will inspire you to give your own kitchen the monochromatic makeover!
In this Hamptons home of Oscar de la Renta’s young executive Erika Bearman, decorator Miles Redd created a black and white kitchen that exudes vibrant personality. The kitchen’s stools are by Design Within Reach, the ceiling fixture is from YLighting, the refrigerator and wine cooler are Sub-Zero and the photograph is from Natural Curiosities.
In the striking 1920s Hollywood home, which belongs to actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, the white island is topped with a contrasting dark countertop. It features cabinet supports inspired by hand-turned spindles spotted in an old bakery.
Hostess Rena Abboud’s black-and-white kitchen is ideal for elegant evening socializing with its elegant brushed-metal island. The stools are Lamboro and the pendant lights are Eichholtz.
In this storied Manhattan townhouse, architectural firm Leroy Street Studio and designer James Aman devise created spaces that are both glamorous and kid-friendly. Custom-made lacquer cabinetry lines a wall of the black and white kitchen. The barstools are by Philippe Starck, the vintage light fxture is by Stilnovo, and Saarinen Tulip chairs by Knoll surround a table designed by John Meeks.
In this Moscow apartment, designer Olga Kulikovskaia-Ashby created a breakfast nook within the black and white kitchen. Pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the black table. The chairs are by Vitra and the plates on the kitchen counter are by Seletti.
Hairstylist Sally Hershberger’s kitchen was designed by architect Brad Floyd and decorated by Joe D’Urso. White vintage stools from Wyeth offer plenty of seating for guests and provide a highlight against the dark iron island.
Young designer Megan Winters infused her dream house in Illinois with Parisian flair and exuberant personality, and this black and white kitchen is no exception. The cabinetry is custom-made and the eye-catching pendant lights are by Urban Electric Co.
In this New York townhouse’s black and white kitchen, the sleek pendants are from a Czechoslovakian factory and the 1940s stools are by Warren McArthur. The oven is by Wolf, the floor is lined with Corten steel tiles and the staircase is suspended from cable supports.
In the black and white Manhattan kitchen of designer couple Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie, a glass pendant light hangs above a dark Valcucine island. The photograph is by Eric Slayton.
This is arguably the most important aspect of designing with black and white. The balance between these too colors varies with the style of your kitchen, how it fits in with the remainder of the house and the size of the space on offer. Most homeowners feel that there must be a more or less 50-50 split between both the hues. But that is far from the truth and in most cases it is better to use white as the major component and black as the color that highlights specific features and brings in the oomph factor. This is especially true in case of small kitchens where an overdose of black can lead to dreariness, making the space seem even more congested.
Modern kitchens are much more than mere places to cook and serve food. With the growing popularity of living spaces with an open floor plan, the kitchen is quickly becoming an extension of the living area and a social space to host friends and family. The black and white color scheme comes in handy when designing such versatile kitchens that seamlessly blend with the living area and the dining space. By using the monochromatic color scheme, you ensure that the kitchen stands out visually even while keeping the transition from one area of the house to another smooth and appealing.
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In photographer William Abranowicz’s Westchester ranch house, pendant lights by Produzione Privata hang above the marble-top kitchen counter, adding a clean, minimalistic accent to the black and white space. The black bar chairs are by Thonet and the milk glass-lined cabinets are custom made. The backsplash tiles are by Waterworks.
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Accent colors are another wonderful way to freshen up the black and white interiors with changing seasons. You can embrace the ‘spirit of the season’ by simply adding fabric and accessories in the hottest accent color that is doing rounds. Since black and white kitchens offer you a perfect neutral backdrop, your accent additions will stand out instantly. As a rule though, if you are going heavy on the black, then keep accent colors down to a minimum.
It is amazing how the use of two simple and basic colors can instantly create interiors that are both dramatic and exquisite. Black and white are two such colors that make a bold visual statement and do so in any design style of your choice. The black and white kitchen is a classic that is never ‘out of style’, making it a perfect choice for those who are not too keen on constantly changing the look of their home every year or two. While contemporary kitchens with bright purple backsplashes and orange cabinets might fall out of favor quickly, black and white kitchens manage to always stay relevant.
In this Brazilian home, designer João Mansur assigned black lacquered cabinetry and a high-gloss painted door to the white-walled kitchen for a noted sense of sophistication. A pair of 19th-century English chairs and a Kartell table add comfort to the space.
Designed by firm Ashe + Leandro, this Manhattan loft kitchen belonging to Coldplay’s lead guitarist Jonny Buckland and his family blends natural materials with modern finishes, embracing a black and white aesthetic with touches of rustic appeal. Leather-upholstered barstools provide seating around the room’s mahogany butcher.
Fashion designer Jackie Astier’s New York City kitchen is splashed with white cabinetry and Calacatta marble flooring but accented with a black drum pendant light. The sepia-toned tree-lined wallpaper is from Cole And Son.
Swedish photographer Magdalena Björnsdotter covered the kitchen of her monochromatic, century-old farmhouse in rural Sweden in bright white paint, but added shadows of black on counters and industrial-style chairs. The space includes a flea-market table and a metal-and-driftwood pendant light by Olsson & Jensen.
Just remember that balance does not mean using both the shades in exact same quantity! Lighting is another key factor that makes or breaks the black and white kitchen. While good lighting is always important, it becomes even more significant when going for a monochromatic look. Combine smart pendants with beautiful sconces and recessed lighting to create multiple layers of illumination. Get it right and you will have a black and white kitchen that is chic, cheerful and picture-perfect!