June 30, 2010

Black Kitchens - What Do You Think?


You know I love crisp white kitchens, but I've also seen a lot of beautiful kitchens with black cabinetry lately.  What a stunning look!  I think it can work really well when used along with lighter countertops and floors.  (I've seen black cabinets with dark tops and dark floors and dark backsplashes and, well, they're just too dark.)  

We've been tempted to paint our ugly oak cabinets black.  And I really wish we could.  However, if you've seen my kitchen, you know how off-balance it is.  Half the kitchen is full of cabinets that run all the way to the 10' ceiling.  Painting all of these cabinets black would be just too heavy.   So we decided to get our black fix by painting our Dining Room black instead.

This looks like a DIY project?  I would expect that painting old cabinetry black would be much easier than painting them white.

There's a lot of cabinetry here, but it works because of the tall ceilings and abundance of natural light.  Don't you love the chandeliers?

Gwyneth Paltrow's Kitchen

This kitchen shows a black paint on oak.  I'm not a huge fan of oak grain, but it looks great in black.

I'm curious to hear what others think!