Will Black Kitchen Cabinets Soon Replace White Cabinets?

Just got finished painting your kitchen cabinets white? White kitchen, gray kitchen, blue, black, or brown, a good-looking kitchen is going to be just that, a good-looking kitchen. No color is guaranteed to be the latest ‘it’ color forever. White cabinets will always remain a classic choice, but for the last few years they have remained one of the most popular choices overall. According to some designers, 2015 will see a new go-to color for kitchen cabinets, that color is black.

Black kitchen cabinets are showing up everywhere, and high-end kitchen designers are ordering them for clients at increasing rates. If you love wearing black and have been waiting to incorporate the rich hue into your kitchen décor, now is the time to shamelessly coat your cabinets in darkness. Here we detail what you need to know about black kitchen cabinets, the expected trend to take over the kitchen design scene in 2015.

The Dark, Romantic Kitchen You’ve Always Dreamed Of

The Washington Post recently wrote an article titled “The Latest In Kitchens: Black Is The New White.” But is there any truth to this, and should you invest in some good black cabinet paint today? In the world of fashion, black has been the go-to color for a long time now, but black kitchens are more new wave. If you are looking for a kitchen that is unique, and nothing like your mother’s kitchen, black offers the answer to that.

Goodbye light bright and sunny, hello dark and elegant. Maybe it’s the current obsession with the world of Vampires, but suddenly black kitchen cabinets are a real, growing trend. It’s dark and different, but it truly does look beautiful when cabinets are well done. Black is romantic as well as moody, and that brings something to a room that everyone enjoys. People want to go with dramatic, bold statements these days, which is a big reason that black is being strewn across kitchen cabinets.

You don’t have to paint your kitchen the darkest shade of black; many people are sticking with tones reminiscent of eggplant, or very dark brown or gray tones.

Black Appliances Getting More And More Popular

In general black is a great color; it blends in well with stainless steel, wood, and so many other popular kitchens finishes. Black cabinets also grant you more freedom throughout the rest of your décor than other cabinet colors.

GE Appliances is already on board with the new black cabinet trend. Lou Lenzi, the director of industrial design at GE Appliances, says, “Over the past year, we started hearing about black kitchens from high-end designers all over the country.” GE has offered onyx colored appliances for over 35 years, but they are in the process of making something new, fresh and modern to coincide with the rise in black cabinets.

Lenzi details the new shade of black, “Its going to be a much more sophisticated color in terms of its gloss level and materials.”

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If GE is doing it, and publicly talking about it, it’s logical to surmise other big name appliance brands are working on the same exact thing. Kitchen Aid is adding more black to their line of smaller appliances including mixers, salt and peppershakers, and more. Kitchen Aid has always offered black color options, but not for nearly as many appliances as they do today.

Tips For Black Kitchen Cabinets

If black kitchen cabinets are calling your name, here are some tips to make your kitchen stand out in a good way.

  • Blackout vs. Black Accents. Be careful you don’t do everything black, unless you are well aware what this looks like. If backsplashes, countertops and cabinets are all painted black it can get a bit overwhelming and look sort of like a dark hole. Black cabinets paired with stainless steel, a colorful backsplash, or marbled countertops appears much softer to the eye, while still maintaining that rich, unique look.
  • Just because cabinets are black doesn’t mean they won’t get dirty! It might be harder to see the dirt but you must remember to clean black cabinets just as much as white, brown, or baby blue.
  • There are a number of ways you can paint cabinets black, either with stain, paint, or laminate. It is less expensive to paint or laminate cabinets because you can use a less expensive type of wood. No matter how dark original cabinets start off, staining cabinets is not going to make them dark black, because the wood grain will show through the stain.
  • Don’t feel confined to your cabinets when it comes to incorporating black into your kitchen design. Painting kitchen islands black is also becoming popular, as well as installing black countertops.


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