The Black & White Kitchen: Trending, Timeless

February 13, 20152 comments

kitchen with white shaker cabinets, beadboard backing on island, black marble countertop and black stools orange flowers in vase on island

White cabinets and black granite partner with richly grained wood flooring.

A timeless concept, the black and white kitchen makes a dramatic statement. It works with interior styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, casual to formal, and urban to rustic. Notice how a simple vase of flowers pops against the monochromatic backdrop!

Some two-tone designs incorporate both black and white cabinets. Others set the stage with either black or white cabinets, then introduce the second color as a counterpoint in countertops, backsplashes and decor. The black and white scheme is often paired with the warm tones of a wood floor. Below are some examples of our customers’ use of this versatile scheme.

kitchen with black cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, open shelves instead of wall cabinets, bare bulb light pendants and woven wire bar stoolsIndustrial with a Contemporary Flourish

The kitchen above is grounded with crisp near-black birch cabinets (Rockford Birch Sable). White subway tile and open shelves displace wall cabinets for a light and airy feel. Clear bulb pendant lighting, unfinished-plank flooring, and wire mesh bar stools introduce elements of industrial style into this contemporary design.

black shaker wall cabinets are stacked and trimmed with crown molding, ogee base molding and center trim to form furniture look feature across from white cabinets in center island
Black inset Shaker cabinets take top billing.

In this graceful transitional design, black shaker inset wall cabinets (Austin Painted Carbon) are stacked and trimmed with double crown molding, light rail and ogee base. The resulting showpiece reflects the style of the buffet in the dining area, creating a graceful transition while balancing the island built of white cabinets and finished with decorative door panels. Exposed nickel hinge posts in the inset cabinets, nail head trim on the bar stools and oil-rubbed bronze pendant lights reinforce the traditional feel.

kitchen with white shaker cabinets, furniture feet on bump out, stacked crown molding and persian rugExpress yourself! In this kitchen, the neutral backdrop highlights a beautiful carpet

If you have a lively sense of color, like to refresh your environment frequently or want to feature a favorite rug or piece of art, nothing provides a better playground for expressing your style than a black and white kitchen design. The room pictured above is a perfect example. White cabinets with high crown molding and furniture feet on the bump out create a transitional style backdrop for the richly patterned carpet and drapes. Black, introduced in the polished marble countertops, cup poles, pendant light and drapery pole, adds interest and depth. If at some time you want to change the look, it will take nothing more than a can of wall paint and a few new decor items.

rustic luxe kitchen with broad exposed beams, wide plank floor with scraped paint, black shaker cabinets and white marble countertops and subway tile backsplashIndustrial with a Hint of Luxe

The kitchen above sports a crisp new look while staying in touch with a wonderful architectural history. Sleek black Shaker cabinets (Dayton Painted Carbon) and gleaming white marble counters and subway tiles stand with sophisticated confidence between rough wood beams and broad plank flooring with scraped paint.

Do you have ideas on black and white kitchen design? Share your thoughts with your readers.

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  1. Carol Perkins Reply

    What is the tallest White Shaker cabinet doors that are available. Height and width, please. Ex: Pantry door.

    • CliqStudios Design Reply

      Hello, Carol,

      Below are dimensions for our tallest pantry door and wall cabinet doors in Shaker styles. We limit sizes, since larger doors would be prone to warping.

      Our tallest door (the lower door on a pantry cabinet) is 49 inches tall and up to 17 1/2 inches wide. A wider pantry will have double doors.
      Our tallest wall cabinet door will be 41 inches high and up to 20 1/2 inches wide. A wider cabinet will have double doors.

      Our company is one of a few that back every cabinet with a limited lifetime warranty against defects, including warping under normal household conditions.

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