Simple and sophisticated, both black and white kitchens are enduring classics that will never go out of fashion. But which suits your style?
‘Kitchen and interior living spaces should be designed to have a timeless and elegant feel,’ explains Bernard Otulakowski, managing director for SieMatic UK. ‘It is such a big investment and one which isn’t usually changed frequently and this is what makes a monochrome palette so great. Whether you’re using black or white on their own, or as a duo, they don’t date and this is ideal for the kitchen, as it can create a sophisticated scheme that will maintain its fresh, modern feel for many years to come.’ The current trend is for mixing different materials and textures. ‘We have seen a desire for polar opposites such as light grey concrete and dark wood coming together to create one complete look,’ reveals Bill Garvey, managing director at William Garvey.
So how do you decide which is for you – black, white or a combination of the two? According to Vivienne Warman from Kitchen Co-Ordination, it depends on the light in the room. ‘White kitchens will always reflect light so are probably the best choice for those who have smaller kitchens without natural light available,’ she says. ‘In terms of lifestyle, if you have children and pets, a white kitchen will show every mark, as will high gloss lacquers. In which case, a matt laminate or soft lacquer finish may be preferable for base units.’ Whether your natural style is classic or contemporary, there is a design that will work for you – fresh, crisp white, rich, dramatic black or the perfect combination of the two. Avoid overcomplicating the look with fussy details, stick to strong designs with cutting angles and a sleek, symmetrical finish and you’ve got the ultimate minimalist’s dream.
Pictured: Handless advance design, £15,000, from Leicht; Siematic S2 kitchen, from £35,000, SieMatic; Vipp kitchen, from £15,746; Vitrum island from Valcucine, price on request.
Article by: Hayley Gilbert