Black Countertops Design
Dramatic black countertops are listed as the number one kitchen trend for 2014 . The reason that they have become so popular is that they offer a very bold and sophisticated look for your kitchen. You can apply a black countertop to any style of kitchen- from ultra-modern to very traditional. Ultimately, your choice of cabinetry, accessories, and colours will dictate the overall design of the kitchen.
If you want your kitchen to have a soft and inviting feel to it, use warm materials such as ceramics and wood together with your black countertops. The ceramic elements can be tiles on your backsplash or just a decorative jug on your countertop.
Wooden furniture always adds warmth, so you should consider a parquet floor or wooden cabinetry to compliment your black surfaces. Small accessories also go a very long way to add warmth and intimacy. For example, if you use striped fabric that has a little bit of black in it, the black tone will help tie everything together.
The traditional kitchen pictured above uses Caesarston’e 4120 Raven countertops. The black surfaces work very well with the various wooden elements- the old-fashioned white painted cabinets, the wooden island as well as the parquet floor. Furthermore, the green tile backdrop adds a lot of colour to the kitchen and contributes to its unique style. Both the ceramics and the wooden elements give the kitchen a warm and intimate feel.
For a more modern and/or industrial look, you should complement your black countertops with stainless steel elements such as appliances, a hood, or even a backslash. You should also consider using contemporary seamless cabinets that have a clean look and a glossy finish.
Playing around with bold colours is also part of the modern kitchen. You can choose one or two design elements such as chairs or a bright coloured stove, which add a splash of colour.
The modern kitchen pictured above is predominately black and has a very dramatic design. The countertop on the island is made of Caesarstone’s Absolute Noir. The black surface is complimented by the black cabinetry on the wall.
The cabinets convey a contemporary clean look and have a seamless design with a glossy finish. The stainless steel appliances also add to the contemporary look of the kitchen, and the fact that they are built-in conforms to the clean lines of the kitchen. The two wooden stools are used to add a touch of warmth. They provide additional textural depth as well as a touch of nature.
A major trend in 2014 for both contemporary and traditional design is to use black countertops together with greys and/or neutrals. Grey is a very popular colour for kitchens since it adds a sense of elegance and sophistication. If you choose a kitchen that combines black and grey, you should consider adding ‘warmer’ elements so that the design of your kitchen isn’t too ‘cold’.
Other neutral colours such as beige or taupe (brownish-gray) also work well. The combination of greys or neutrals gives the kitchen an appealing clean look and softens the effect of the bold black countertop.
The kitchen above combines contemporary grey cabinetry with a black countertop). The combination gives the kitchen a sophisticated and elegant modern look Metallic elements on the cabinetry and elsewhere in kitchen add to its contemporary appeal.
It is important to add a few ‘warm’ accessories so that the kitchen’s design isn’t too cold. You can add colour using clay bowls or jugs that has a contemporary design or even a bouquet of flower can provide the necessary touch.