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11 design tips on the design of black and white kitchen

Black and white colors are not only super-stylish, but also versatile, because it is suitable for both small and large kitchens, both for classic and modern interiors.

  • Properly using these two colors, you can even correct some of the deficiencies of the room, for example, visually push the walls or raise the low ceiling.

On the other hand, planning the design of a black and white kitchen, you can make a lot of mistakes and instead of a spectacular interior get oppressive and annoying eyesight. In this material you will find 11 practical tips on the design of the kitchen in a monochrome scale and 50 inspiring photo-ideas.

11 black and white kitchen design tips

Tip 1. Make a bet on white

The use of black and white in equal doses or the use of predominantly black is a risky and difficult task. Indeed, in this case, the interior risks getting too gloomy. If you are not confident in your sense of taste and measure, take white as a base. This is especially necessary if:

  • The kitchen is small (white will expand the space);
  • It does not have enough natural light (light surfaces will reflect and increase light);
  • You are not ready for everyday cleaning (oddly enough, white is less soiled than black);
  • You are planning to design the interior in a classic style.

On the other hand, remember that the abundance of white is also undesirable, because the black details in it can simply "dissolve" and deprive the interior of bright contrasts. Try to keep a balance and stick to the proportion of black and white surfaces, say 1: 3 or 1: 4.

Small black and white kitchen

Little white kitchen with black countertop

Tip 2. If you are afraid to make a mistake, use the following interior design script ...

Decorate the floor in dark color and the walls and ceiling white. The front of the headset is best to choose in white (at least the upper tier), but the apron and, perhaps, the tabletop - in black.

Tip 3. Keep in mind that dust, stains, fingerprints and other dirt are more noticeable on dark surfaces.

Especially quickly glossy surfaces get dirty. To make it easier to keep the kitchen clean, try to choose practical materials, that is, without relief, moisture-resistant, repelling dust. For example, a practical tile or natural wood, which has antistatic properties (this can be parquet / flooring / piece parquet) is suitable for the floor. The same applies to work surfaces - apron and countertops. In addition, for finishing the floor, table top and apron, it is desirable to use materials that have a small natural pattern or print. So, for example, for a tabletop and an apron it can be granite or agglomerate in a small speck (see photo). On this background, crumbs, spots and stains will be noticeable much less than on a pure black surface.

Another great idea is the design of the floor and the apron with black and white tiles.

Completely black apron is very easily soiled, but black and white is quite practical.

Completely black apron is very easily soiled, but black and white is quite practical.

There is another way - the design of the floor, apron and countertops in less brand white, and the facades of the headset - in black.

Tip 4. Create optical illusions to increase space.

If the black element is placed on a white background, then it seems to fall into the depths. This optical illusion can be used to good advantage. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  • If the walls are painted with white paint, and the ceiling is ... black, then it will visually appear higher. There is also a less extreme way - arrange the floor in dark color, and leave the walls and ceiling light.
  • If the walls and kitchen units are white, and the apron is black (see photo below), this will give volume to the space and create a deep niche effect in the wall.

  • If three walls are painted with white paint and one wall (or a fragment of one wall) is black, then it will deepen and the kitchen will appear larger.

Tip 5. Select the appropriate interior style.

Black and white color scheme does not fit with the style of Provence, English classics or ampir. But she gets along well with the following areas:

  • Art Deco;
  • Parisian style;
  • Scandinavian style;
  • High tech;
  • Minimalism;
  • Retro pop (in combination with red and orange flowers).

Scandinavian style kitchen

Interior black and white cuisine in Parisian style

Small black and white kitchen in the style of minimalism

Black-white-red kitchen in retro style

Tip 6. Create a uniform lighting.

In dim artificial lighting with harsh shadows, a black and white kitchen will not look cozy and not so impressive. The ideal lighting for a black and white interior is uniform, soft, with a neutral or warm white light. To achieve this one chandelier will not work, you will need to supplement or replace it with spotlights installed around the perimeter of the ceiling. Also create a uniform lighting will help wall sconces or floor lamps.

Tip 7. Use monochrome prints and ornaments.

Stripes, goose foot, zebra, polka dots, chess cage, notes and piano key motifs are classic black and white prints that fit perfectly into the monochrome interior.

By the way, the floor will look great black and white cell, folded from square tiles. By the way, if you lay it diagonally, the space will visually increase.

In the next selection of photos you can see a few examples of such a floor.

Tip 8. Combine unusual materials and contrasting textures.

Black and white kitchen may seem too strict or boring, because there are only two colors in it. To avoid this, try to combine with each other different in texture materials. For example, the facades of the upper tier of the kitchen unit can be glossy, and the lower - matte as shown in the photo below.

Unusual materials such as black or white marble, brickwork or textured wood will also help to diversify the interior.

Tip 9. Add some color or metallic accents.

Excessive rigor of black and white kitchen will help defuse color accents. For example, it could be a wall decor, vases, dishes, napkins for plates and any other accessories. The main thing is not to get involved in decorating, so as not to overload the already self-contained interior.

  • The combination of black and white can be added to almost any color and it will look organic. But the red, pink, yellow and green colors are particularly impressive with the black and white gamut.

Another clue how easy it is to give a black and white kitchen a bit of chic is to include metallic accents in the color of gold, silver, copper or bronze. Gold details will look especially great, for example, in the form of furniture handles, lamps or plumbing.

Tip 10. Use black and white for wall decor.

Black and white photos or graphic images are simply created in order to decorate monochrome interiors. Just hang on the wall one large poster or a couple of small photos in frames with a mat. And you will see how stylish your kitchen has become.

Perfectly fit into a black and white interior and black and white wallpaper on one of the walls. If the kitchen is small, then you should choose a photo wallpaper with a perspective image.

Tip 11. Soften the black-and-white interior and help to make it cozy wooden details.

The warmth and naturalness of the tree compensates for the severity of the monochrome gamut and make the kitchen more comfortable. Wooden floor can be a tabletop or furniture. Especially organically, wood fits into a Scandinavian, minimalist or classic interior.