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How to Integrate Black Into a Kitchen Renovation

by غزل موسوی

When it comes to kitchen design, people often want the space to be as light and airy as possible. This means that white and pastel shades dominate kitchen spaces. Unfortunately, this means that black is all too often ignored, because people will think it will make a kitchen space too claustrophobic. While you might not want your whole kitchen to be dominated with black, this sophisticated shade should not be ignored. Here are some ways to integrate black into your kitchen renovation.

  • A chalkboard wall. The kitchen is a room in the house where form and function meet. It's a place where you cook meals and wash the dishes, but you also want to hang out there with friends and drink a cocktail or two. Form and function come together beautifully if you paint a wall with black chalkboard paint. This will create a statement feature in any kitchen, and it can be used for many purposes. For example, you could use the wall for noting down new recipes, for shopping lists, or to give your kids a space to be creative with chalks.
  • Create different textures of black. Black is not one size fits all, and there are many different finishes that black can have. If you have a large kitchen, and have decided to use black in many different ways – for kitchen islands, cabinet doors, and pendant lights, for example, it can be a good idea to change up the surface finishes to create a more interesting space texturally. For example, the kitchen island could be painted in gunmetal black while pendant lights hanging above the island could have a high gloss finish.
  • Balance it with white. White reflects light while black absorbs it, and using both colours is a good way of balancing the natural light in the room. Another benefit of using black with white is that anything painted white will recede into the background, while anything painted black will stand out. This means that you can really place attention of statement items in your kitchen by choosing to paint them black. Say, for example, that you have a white kitchen island next to a black dining table – it's the dining table that will catch your guests' attention, so think strategically about what you want to highlight in your kitchen interior.

Follow these tips and your black kitchen will be more than just a place to cook, but a place where you will want to hang out all the time.