BACK TO BLACK
We love this shade in the kitchen because it has a tendency to elevate the humble cooking zone to an ultra-chic space. Whether you use it on the cabinets, countertops, fixtures or appliances, this hue instantly adds a sophisticated touch to a much-forgotten space. To ensure that a dark scheme doesn’t overwhelm tight corners, pair it with lighter shades, like off-white and light grey. Or simply choose to dress just a single part of the kitchen in this on-trend hue for a subtle punch.
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TIME AND TIME AGAIN
If you are one for enduring styles, then you will love a black and white kitchen. Balance black cabinets doors and fixtures with white walls and countertops. To keep it streamlined, opt for built-in cabinetry flushed against the walls and sleek, industrial-style accessories.
If you think a black scheme for the kitchen is too severe, think again. The trick is to complement dark cabinets and countertops with lighter shades. Sufficient lighting also helps in keeping the space looking bright and inviting (as well as functional).
OUT IN THE OPEN
Sure, enclosed cabinets aregreat for keeping everything neatly stowed away. But overheadcabinets can make a petite cooking space appear crampedOpen shelving, on the other hand, help to make a spacelook bright and open. In additionshelves let you create a welcoming space as it allowsyou to display (and show offyour dinnerware or any otherkind of collection. And the factthat open shelves make it easyto reach for items, makes it allthe more functional.
For a neat-looking shelf, compartmentalising is key. Keep frequently-used cookware on the bottom shelf and less important items at the top shelf.
This FALSTERBO shelf from IKEA is designed with additional pull-out drawers and hooks to store and hang other small kitchen knick-knacks to help you fully-maximise your wall space.
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Replacing overhead cabinets with a few rows of shelves can actually expand your kitchen visually. Use this vertical space to store essential cookware or well-loved recipe books for easy access.