Cabinet Colors for Dark Appliances
Friday, July 29, 2016
See how to make your black kitchen appliances blend in and look great
White kitchens are a no-brainer, and stainless steel goes with everything. But when you have black appliances, as I do, cabinet color gets a little trickier. New appliances aren’t in the cards just yet, so as I get ready for a much-needed kitchen facelift, I’m on the hunt for hues that will blend in with my black appliances and freshen them up — without making the space feel like a dark hole.
Black appliances in an off-white kitchen? Yeah, I was skeptical too, but after seeing this photo I’m a convert. The dark countertops, backsplash, furniture, flooring and accents all help to ground the range and refrigerator and integrate them smoothly into the space. Love!
Dark wood cabinets and dark appliances are a tried-and-true combo, but this approach feels fresh. There’s a nice symmetry: The use of black on the cooktop hood anchors the black ovens and refrigerator that flank it.
For some people (read: me), black appliances are a default, not a first choice. But for this industrial-meets-artsy space, I can’t imagine any other color. White would look bland, stainless would compete with the ultra-cool corrugated metal cabinet inserts, and anything brighter would complicate the room’s streamlined palette. Black works here as a beautiful balance.
What’s black, white and red all over? This fab bistro-style space, which manages to look eclectic and cohesive at the same time. Red moldings spark the neutral colors, and the soft gray cabinetry ties it all together. And how much do I love the fact that the black on the fridge comes from chalkboard paint?
I’m head over heels for blue in any shade, so I swooned when I got an eyeful of this little vignette. Since they don’t draw attention to themselves, black appliances would be just the thing to let the rich sapphire-hued cabinetry shine. The colorful backsplash tiles effortlessly pull all the kitchen colors together.
I’d never thought of black as a natural fit with dusty green, but the two are perfect partners in this space. Although these appliances have some stainless on them, I think all-dark would work just as well. Black accents (countertops, glass rack, window casing) are key to pulling this off. And I love how the warm wood accents and bright art give the kitchen extra layers of depth.
While pale appliances usually look jarring against dark cabinetry, the reverse is true here. Black appears sleek and modish against light wood. The bright blues on the stools and pendant lighting strike a nice middle ground that keeps the kitchen from feeling stark.