This black kitchen also opens to much lighter rooms with coastal views, so it recedes into the background in a sleek, sophisticated way. The designers at LDa Architecture & Interiors were inspired by the rocky Massachusetts coastline right outside the home when choosing the countertop. This large slab creates a stunning middle ground between the black and white.
Jeffrey Douglas of Douglas Design Studio recommends making sure that a kitchen has good light showing through from different angles before going black. This kitchen gets plenty from the large windows and doors and another window in the backsplash (not shown). This is also a story of wood — the cabinets are Canadian red oak with a charcoal stain. Engineered white oak flooring, a light ceiling and a rich wood island add warmth.
Light fixture: Zac Ridgely, Ridgely Studio Works; cabinets: red oak with a charcoal stain, Emanuele Furniture Design, flooring: Di Legno collection, Moncer
Interior designer Candace Cavanaugh specified black-brown when coming up with a custom color for these cabinets. The hue adds an unexpected warmth to the dark room. She then custom designed taxicab-yellow counter stools to add a playful dash of color. The overall look is glamorous and unexpected.
Cabinet hardware: custom, Folger & Burt Architectural Hardware Inc.
Renovation Design Group gave this bungalow the contemporary loft-like feel that the owner preferred. The black cabinets fit right in with the industrial-style corrugated ceiling, glass garage door, concrete countertops and stainless steel accents.
Countertops: custom, Mike Lookinland of Just Add Water
There is no more deliciously decadent palette for a bathroom than black, white and gold. Here’s how to work the mix for an elegant result
Deliver it through the details.With white as the main element and black as the second in this bath, the simple gold tap really jumps out, proving you can make a feature out of even your sink line. The designer wisely stopped short of a blingy gold showerhead in favor of antique brass to avoid overkill.
Take risks in the smallest room.The powder room or small downstairs bathroom is a space where you can indulge the most adventurous decorating ideas, such as this gentlemen’s-club look with black lacquered paneling and playful artwork.
Tip: To keep a mix of metallics from seeming haphazard, consider grouping them in some way. Here the chrome fittings are kept to the the bottom half of the room, and gold or bronze to the top half.
Use luxury materials. An abundance of black marble gives this stunning bathroom five-star-hotel appeal, but if your budget won’t stretch that far, limit marble to your basin and bath surround, where it will have the most impact, and economize with ceramic checkerboard floor tiles instead.
Combine them with a chiffon or organza voile curtain in old gold. To finish off, a mirrored wall is relatively inexpensive but really delivers on the wow factor.
Break up stripes. When you’re using an equal mix of black and white, it’s even more important to introduce an accent.
The crisp lines of this monochrome striped wallpaper need a strong counterpoint, otherwise the room could feel too stark. Here the contrast is provided by the ornate mirror and detailed gold accessories.