Sleek New York Kitchen Makeover

AustinCarbonEmily CNew Lebanon, New York

Black Kitchen Cabinets with White Walls
Designing a kitchen in black and white creates a timeless style.

Black and White Kitchen Design

When designer Robyn Belongie looks back at this kitchen, she immediately notices how far ahead of the trends it was. This kitchen was designed in 2015, but the homeowner, Emily, recently sent us these photos when she put her house up for sale. This black and white kitchen design stands the test of time and we so enjoy hearing from homeowners who still love their kitchens years later!

“This kitchen was very unique at the time,” said Robyn. “I love the Carbon finish and it’s all really on trend now.”

Shaker Cabinets

Emily chose our Austin Concealed Hinge door, which is a traditional Shaker cabinet with inset doors. According to a recent study by Houzz, this is the leading cabinet style across the nation, with 57 percent of homeowners saying they chose Shaker cabinets in their last remodel. Shaker cabinets are often white, but we love when customers like Emily choose to modernize them with our bold black paint, Carbon.

Black and White Kitchen
An easy rule of thumb for dark colors in the kitchen is to use them in base cabinets while keeping the rest of the room light and neutral.

Bright White

Houzz’s study also found that white remains the most popular choice for countertops, backsplash and walls. In kitchens like this one that feature dark cabinets, bright white above the cabinets helps balance out the space. Emily chose white countertops with a subtle pattern and brought them up the wall as an alternative to backsplash. Cambria lists this as one of their top trends for 2019 and points out how this minimalist design also eliminates having to clean tiles grout lines.

Black Cabinets with White Countertops and Walls
Carrying the countertops up the wall as a backsplash creates clean lines while still adding depth to the walls.

No Upper Cabinets

Eliminating upper cabinets creates a clean, minimalist look, but remember you are also eliminating precious storage space. In this kitchen, one cabinet above the refrigerator polishes the look of the appliance and adds a bit more storage. If you like this look, consider additional storage solutions below like a multi-storage drawer and storage pull-outs to make the most of the cabinets you have.

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Although white cabinets are still the overwhelming favorite of many homeowners, the popularity of black kitchen cabinets is on the rise. For most spaces, our designers recommend using dark colors on base cabinets and light neutrals on walls and upper cabinets. This kitchen is a perfect example of how to achieve the balance between light and dark.

Island with Black Shaker Kitchen Cabinets
This kitchen island was added after the other cabinets, simplifying the original project.
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Before & After Photos

Black and White Kitchen
Black Cabinets with White Countertops and Walls
Island with Black Shaker Kitchen Cabinets
Black Kitchen Cabinets with White Walls

Showing 4 comments

  1. Vi Reply

    Do you all make drawers within drawers?

  2. Alyce Faulkner Reply

    I like all white with silver. I also like the really narrow black cabinet

  3. Elizabeth Reply

    I like the black cabinets. I also like the counter top and back splash. Possibly!!?

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