Are we getting tired of the white kitchen? There is a long list of reasons why someone might choose a white kitchen but all that can also be said about a black kitchen too. With one major addition to the list; courage.
Why are black kitchens best?
- They are timeless and will stay current. A kitchen is a huge investment and not a renovation you want to tackle any more often than needed.
- The black kitchen is essentially a blank slate. Just like the little black dress it can be dressed up with fabrics, hardware and fixtures.
- It is versatile and will fit with any alterations to colour schemes in the rest of the decor.
- The black kitchen is elegant and unexpectedly sophisticated.
- The black kitchen is a gutsy choice. Come on, you know your dinner parties would be so much more interesting in a black kitchen.
There are lots of factors to consider when contemplating a black kitchen;
- The type of material used for the cabinets. Laminate will be darker and more saturated than painted wood.
- The type of finish. Matte, satin, semi-gloss or high gloss all reflect or absorb light differently.
- A gloss finish will reflect light and be brighter overall but is higher maintenance.
- A matte finish will make a darker room but is more contemporary.
- Lighting considerations are crucial. Different levels of lighting from ambiance to task lighting have to be considered and you’ll need more than you think.
- There are many, many different shades of black from red black to a blue black.
I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge but I sure do love to look at these beauties and day dream.
It’s Monday and you might be feeling a bit cross, so here you go. I’m really late to the party on this one but I still find Swiss crosses used in interiors and anywhere else really appealing. The true Swiss cross is based on the Swiss flag and has very specific dimensions dictating the thickness versus the length of the arms.
Some observations for cross use:
- These are crosses not crucifixes and as such, must be symmetrical (really a plus sign)
- It is most strikingly used monochromatic and bold
- Textured white on white is really appealing
- Repetition is good, more is more
How stunning would these tiles be as a backsplash?
Ready-made (and useful) art for the cottage or cabin. Hang one or two on the wall.
The shape would lend itself to knitting really easily. This motif lends itself to DIY really well as an easy shape to work with and replicate.
The Swiss cross can be really cute when personalized and used in the nursery.
Again, the repetition is what makes the most impact. You could easily replicate this with a jigsaw and plywood.
The one exception to the black and white rule for swiss crosses is red. The original colour and the colour of Victorinox Swiss Army knives and the Red Cross.
Ideally suited to a spare Scandinavian design aesthetic this motif is a classic.
The scent is heavenly at this time of year with blossoms and lilacs everywhere but how can you make your favourite blooms last? Bring your lilacs inside by developing a pretty, romantic colour palette that would be perfect for a young girl’s room.