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Trend Watch Tuesday: Black Kitchens

I knew I was onto something when I noticed the black kitchen by Steven Miller at the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase (also House Beautiful magazine's 2014 Kitchen of the Year). But I guess it took writer David Keep's article in the Wall Street Journal to confirm what I already suspected: black kitchens are trending.

The prevalence of the ubiquitous white kitchen is prompting home owners to crave color for their kitchen cabinets. White is certainly safe. But if you love color as I do, you want more. Black kitchen cabinets satisfy our thirst for color but don't make us worry about resale the same way green, blue or yellow cabinets might. And the great thing about black cabinets is how well they mix with different materials and finishes.

                    

                                                                          photograph courtesy of Remodelista.com

In the kitchen above, by Robert Stillin, black cabinets mix beautifully with carrara marble, butcher block and stainless steel.

In this butler's pantry by Munger Interiors, black pairs perfectly with brass.

                              

                                                           photograph courtesy of Munger Interiors

To avoid a cave-like feeling in a black kitchen, adding reflective surfaces to create light is a must. Upper cabinets with glass fronts help. So too do glossy backsplash tiles and shiny black appliances like these from the Whirlpool Black Ice Collection in the 2014 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year.

                         

                                                       Photography by James Baigrie, courtesy of House Beautiful

The glass upper cabinets below painted white on the inside create light and balance the black exteriors.

                           

Open shelves and white backsplash tile also help to keep a black kitchen from feeling too dark.

                        

                                                     photograph courtesy of CentsationalGirl.com

And a white ceiling and floor on the horizontal planes create balance with black vertical planes.

            

                                                            Photography by James Baigrie, courtesy of House Beautiful