First of all, choose your style. Dark colors can fit almost any décor style: modern, minimalist, vintage and they are traditional for masculine spaces. Second, choose the colors. Dark and moody spaces do not always mean black, it can be grey, dark green, purple or blue. Molding on the walls looks very good, especially in graphite grey or black. Accent walls are not necessary because they there will be many more other accents in the room.
Black-on-black kitchens look gorgeous as well! This one uses different textures for contrast and depth. Nearby, a green rug and a wild vertical garden bring color to this dark and sophisticated style. Wood isn't limited to classic style kitchens. Here, muted tones contribute a natural aesthetic without breaking away from the greyscale color theme used throughout.
Shades across the brown spectrum may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you imagine a trendy kitchen space, but this design has sandwiched a few together to great effect. The T shaped kitchen island is a really nice touch too if you have that kind of floor space. Sweet pink and blue color pops are the focal point in this culinary scene, placed upon a pretty rug that you might normally see in plusher parts of the home.
Each material seems carefully chosen to accent the brighter portions of the color palette. Yellow brings out the sunny tones of the wood, and the polished coppery bronze seems to reflect the depth of the orange. Other accents are more subtle but still fall along the spectrum of spicy appetizing hues – the deep carmine radio and coffee grinder and sage green scale are just two gorgeous examples.
Cool greys and creamy whites are the perfect calming influence for this modern kitchen. The pops of yellow in the cabinets and backsplash of this kitchen make it extra welcoming. Done the wrong way, wood paneled cabinets can look kitschy, but the horizontal grain in this kitchen are elegant and sleek. Keeping the shelving in the island open in this sunny kitchen make the whole room feel bigger.
While there certainly was a time when the home kitchen was seen as the domain of women, that's far from the case today. From self-sufficient bachelors to egalitarian couples to wannabe celebrity chefs, more men than ever are cooking for themselves and for their loved ones. Of course, not many of these men want their kitchens covered in pictures of kittens in chef's hats or even the bright, spastic yellows or quaint ginghams of "country chic" and designers are catching on. These modern kitchens are sleek and ready for any style-conscious man to get to work.
Steel and chrome feature in this darker space. Matched by an almost-black art piece at its entrance, only a wooden dining table and chrome swaying lights break the tone. A bit of curve rounds out hard edges. This wave-design bench leads up to an orange-hued enclave in this black-and-silver interior.
Giving the breakfast bar area a separate wood finish creates a relaxing separation from the kitchen's countertop and a comfortable place for guests to relax while dinner is being prepared. A butcher block countertop is a dream come true for any chef, making quick work of chopping and aging beautifully over time. Black and white is always chic as evidenced in this kitchen/breakfast bar space that's perfect for one or hopefully two.
Want to get that "effortlessly clean" look in your own kitchen? Natural materials and simple colors are a great place to start, and they have the added benefit of being easy to adapt to changing tastes. This post contains 25 kitchens with white and wood to inspire your next big redesign. It's pretty fun to see how designers use these otherwise ordinary ingredients to create such a wide variety of distinctive and appealing kitchen styles. Both light and dark palettes are represented - ranging from organic to ultra modern themes - so you just might find something you like!
Here's another kitchen that uses wood, this time as a point of warmth among an otherwise cool-toned white and black theme. The inset lighting above the range matches well. White geometric patterns catch the eye immediately! The shadows between each panel compliment the black breakfast bar, grey chairs, and black backsplash.