Unlock the entire Houzz
There are few looks that really do stand the test of time...black & white, hi-contrast, hi-drama is one of them. It was my mom that taught me early on that black & white never goes out of style, and this is a lesson I share with my clients time and time again! I compare the hi-contrast, black & white kitchen to the tuxedo...the shape, lapel, length of the jacket, or the cut of the pants might change - but the basic tux is timeless! Here are a few kitchens that share that sense of black & white, hi-contrast classicism.
Love this whimsical kitchen with the chalkboard wall! This kitchen just looks like this house is a fun place to hang out, while still cool and classic with the black and white palette.
If black & white is too severe for you, try a dark navy. This is a more subtle example of the same principal.
Blue/gray was used instead of black, but the hi-contrast effect is still there in principal.
Mixing lights and darks doesn't have to be all black and white - with the charcoal wall and diamond pattern floor playing off all that creamy white.
It's important to consider the allocation of how much black and how much white...it's about balance. This kitchen has black upper cabinets as well as base cabinets, but this is tempered with the glass front cabinets and white walls, and balanced by the black trim around the windows. This kitchen would have a totally different feel if the trim around the windows was white!
This is a more subtle example of the same application of black windows on white walls. Creates drama and contrast without being overwhelming.
In this kitchen, all the cabinets are white, and of course there's the black & chocolate brown countertops to add contrast. But the real winner is that the backs of the open shelf cabinets were painted gray for more drama.
A more subtle and modern use of charcoal gray and white mix.
The seating area off this kitchen provides a drama and elegance, just like that tux I mentioned! Love those white curtains with the black border. And the reverse treatment on the chairs, and the black frame around the print complete, not to mention the black border detail on the cabinets...